#Mumbai: New Restaurants/Bars Alert: The Bombay Havelli, D:OH, Gymkhana 91, Glokal and More | The Urban Vibe
The year 2016 has been an extremely exciting time for Mumbai’s booming restaurant and nightlife scene. So many new eateries, bars and breweries have opened, it’s sometimes hard to keep track, even for those of us who cover food and drink.
Here’s a latest list of eateries and bars that have opened last week. Read further to find out which one to go first 🙂
The Bombay Havelli, Charni Road
The Bombay Haveli- an all vegetarian eatery at Charni Road in SoBo focuses on serving regional Indian (Gujju-madu) fare. The Bombay Havelli, a joint venture by Restaurateur and Corporate Catering Giant Marzy Parakh along with Parth Dalal and Sarthak Oza, is a restaurant with a cause. This restaurant aims to provide a comforting environment to the physically impaired by giving them the opportunity to showcase their skills in all sections of restaurant operations. A significant part of the restaurant profits will also be ploughed back towards the upliftment of those with physical disabilities The menu serves authentic regional vegetarian delicacies, the restaurant is sure to exude a dramatic Indian feel with interiors that showcase a modern day Haveli, with murals, jharokas and Persian vibes.One can indulge in delicious platefuls of authentic Marwari and Gujarati dishes like Dal Batti Churma, Dal Dhokli and the undiscovered pure vegetarian Parsi dishes like Patra ni Paneer with Tamarind Chutney. Additionally, they also serve dishes to satiate the International taste buds from Mexican, Lebanese and Italian cuisines.To wash down these lavish delights, there’s going to be an array of exciting mocktails like Ice-cream Soda, Signature Green Teas and Organic Smoothies etc.
Opens to public on 11th of February, 2017
Address: The Bombay Havelli, Ground Floor, Ladhabhai Mansion, Next to Punjab National Bank, Charni Road (E)
D:OH, Kamala Mills
D:OH! Is an all-day new space at Kamala Mills that meets old-school with a new age dinning experience. The name D:OH! is in itself a (rather large) inside joke – a pop-culture derivative that’s both familiar and fresh. The official story is that D:OH! is a play on the word dough, but the truth is likely that it’s intentionally left wide open t interpretation, feeding into the DIY-ness ofof the brand. Yes you get to DIY. If you’re just hanging out then they have shakes, smoothies and ‘freak’ drinks to choose from. Pick from a host of inventive drinks including the Salted Caramel Pretzel Shake, Choco Freak Shake, Tibetan Tea or Kokum Spritzer (a Kokum inspired drink). For those looking for something stronger then Red Eye, and for the truly carnivorous, the Bacon Milk Shake. If you’re the DIY kind, the counter experience makes placing an order extremely simple and fun – a pleasant departure from servers accosting you the minute you enter. In case you want to study the menu, you’ll find someone to guide you through your ride.
The menu here is designed around how much time you want to spend at D:OH is part healthy and part decadent ready to eat fare, coupled with a selection of quick service a la carte food as well. The best quality ingredients have been paired with traditional cooking processes – delicious and affordable food! There are Snacks, Mains, Soups, and all kinds of beverages to choose from. If you’re the kind looking for a quick belly-filler on the go, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the range on the ready- to-eat section of the menu. D:OH! #ProTip: The 65 (available in chicken, prawn or paneer) and DOH’s BBQ Chicken Melt or Chilli Cheese Melt are potential house favourites in the making. There are also a host of small bites to choose from like the Wicked Fries (spicy, spicier, spiciest?), the Fish & Chips – Amritsari Style or the D:OH! Dumplings. If you’re in the mood for a leisurely lunch, the mains section does not disappoint – competitively priced and full of spice, you’ll find that the Peppered Mutton Stew or the ‘What We Chefs Eat!’ dishes are a great place to introduce yourself to D:OH!’s food philosophy..
Address: Ground Floor, Unit 2B, Trade View, Kamala City, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Gymkhana 91, Lower Parel
Lower Parel gets its own Gymkhana, a restaurant and bar called Gymkhana 91 is the newest addition to Raghuvanshi Mills growing popularity. The menu focuses on serving multi-cuisine Colonial-era fare with elite vintage vibes. Offering an all-day menu of gymkhana-inspired cuisine and a bar of exciting signature cocktails, Gymkhana 91 is certainly the best thing that happened to us said most of the office goers in Lower Parel. Reminder: Its location is one of SoBo’s most bustling business/commercial district with tons of bars around, therefore this one sets it up as a potential post-work energy bar for professionals to unwind. Or maybe a dive in bar for pre-gamers. With a capacity to take up to 130-150 people it also plans on having food festivals and live music gigs.The vibe here is a lot vintage with large ticking clock tower, a very pretty looking garden from the outside with Victorian arches, neo-gothic windows and old-school tiles. The menu offers customary gymkhana favorites such as Kejriwal Toast, Chutney Edu Pattice and Naga Chilly Wings, along with other Indian, Japanese and Chinese dishes and a host of continental classics. The bar is open all day, serving signature cocktails like Rustom nu Soda, Admiral’s Move and Tsar of Rus.
Verdict: For the fairly reasonable price of Rs. 1200 for a meal for two, the Gymkhana is well worth a visit
Address: Gymkhana 91, Raghuvanshi Mills, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 6533 3535.
Glokal Junction, Worli
Glokal Junction comes from the same team as Bungalow 9, China Bistro, India Bistro and FoodLink (a new banquet management and catering at Jade Gardens). Glokal Junction in the suburbs was designed by Social Offline’s ex team members – Chef Gaurav Gidwani and mixologist Shishir Rane ans had a lot of traits from Social Offline. This one is said to travel to town with a whole different menu, modified flavors and a new look. The new outpost of Glocal Junction at Worli is rather a big space. It spreads acroos 12,000 square feet in size and its very Farzish (same same but different) with its attitude. The interiors are modernized and very elegant with gold, bronze, black and shades of grey in it along with carved cement tiles that shout Farzi a lot loud to us. As you enter the bar it splits into different seating areas with high-low tables, a very stylish bar in the middle and picturesque selfie stairs. Having said much the food here restructured with local flavors and global finishes. You can choose from wide exotic flavors to multi cuisine or local bites. Expect dishes like peri-peri paneer, banana flower tikki, Lebanese pizza, nachos, Goan pork sausages and churasco chicken. They have interesting combinations like rice conjee risotto to a middle-eastern Murtabak dish too.
Verdict: A modernized elegant bar with interesting cocktails and a lot traits from Farzi Café. Mostly for dinner and drinks but they have plans to host gigs, concerts and homegrown Dj’s. Opened last weekend, first Friday had a lot of family walking and a bunch of young office goers celebrating a birthdays. We also noticed a few regulars walking in with a bunch of oldies hoping for it to be the same old Indian restaurant Jewel of India which it replaced. So like we said earlier it could either be another Farzi Café for major #FamJams or just another high energy bar at Worli.
Tip Off – The lights here get a little annoying post 11 with spot lights running all over. Hoping they change that to a few sober ones. Guests must always be able to read the menu and see their food. Direct glare should also be avoided by placing lamps/spot lights outside the natural field of vision.
Address: Plot No B-57, Ground & First Floor, Morya Bluemoon Building, New Link Road, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053
Pravas, Kamala Mills
This Gujrati Kitchen and Bar recently opened at Kamala Mills is which is marketed as the first Gujarati bar and kitchen with interiors of train bogies and a whole lot of khathiwadi vibe to it. Pravas is located right next to SMAAASH at Kamala Mills, giving guests a complete home-style, Gujarati culinary experience (quite literally) all while enjoying the beautifully done up interiors. An upgraded version to Soam but just cannot beat the much loved Swati Snacks (SoBo peeps, you know what we are talking about).The bar hasn’t started yet as they are struggling with the liquor permits. So we don’t have much to say on the drinks part. But the food here needs a lot of finishing touches. No one in town will agree to pay 100 bucks extra for a Misal which isn’t authentic at all.
Basically, you’re going to be in for an authentic train bogie dining experience but maybe only once. The food needs a lot of improvement as almost everything on the menu is very basic yet not done up to the mark. Perfect for a Gujju-Madu diners looking for comfort food.
What to get: Dhokla, Lasaniya bateka with bhungra, Masala khichdi, Pooran puri and Shrikhand puri.
Skip: Methi muthiya, Misal pav , Panki, Dosa and Malpua rabdi.
Address: Beside Smaaash, Gate No. 4, Kamala Mills Compound, Lower Parel.
There’s an to all new Bar in Versova,Andheri(W). With the same team as SOHO (Mir Aga & Abhishek Shetty) along with Jitu Asudani bring to you a treasure among their chain of restaurants and lounges. DRAMA is a comfortable lounge bar spaced out in two sections which tells the inimitable story of food and culture through a colorful and flavorful palette of cuisines aiming to create a delightful atmosphere. Its contemporary interiors are designed with a modern perspective and exotic décor to allow the guests to experience handcrafted cocktails, signature spirits and different culinary cuisines with great music. DRAMA welcomes one with a warmly-lit brick-house with its retro logo embossed on white walls decorated with luxurious and comfortable sofas. The niches over the walls accessorized with different dramatic frames such as Marilyn Monroe that gives a modern yet contemporary look. On the other hand, the decor is Dramatic yet classy which makes it a more youth centric place. The dimly lit area serves as a designated smoking area with hookah.
Address: 243, SVP Nagar, MHADA Road Junction, Before Versova Telephone Exchange, 4 Bungalow.
The folks behind the Royal China chain of Chinese restaurants in Mumbai, Pune and Delhi launched Jia, a modern South East-Asian restaurant, in Colaba on Saturday, January 28. The restaurant has the replaced an outpost of Le Pain Quotidien just next to Pizza Express. The menu focuses on Cantonese fare and also offers a small selection of Thai and Japanese dishes.
Address. Jia, Ground Floor, Dhanraj Mahal, near Gateway of India, Apollo Bunder, Colaba.