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New Restaurants and Bars To Check Out In 2017 January Edition 2| The Urban Vibe

New Restaurants and Bars To Check Out In 2017 January Edition 2| The Urban Vibe

The past year gave us a bunch of fantastic new restaurants and new bars that had us ooh-ing and aah-ing all through 2016—but now it’s time to start getting excited about what’s to come in 2017. We saw fantastic fine dining restaurants making their way onto everyone’s restaurant bucket lists, and bars at which we could spend all night (and all day, even). They set us up for a great 2017, and we already have the beginnings of a list of restaurants we’re anxiously awaiting in the New Year.

Top Dubai and Bangalore joints are all set to open their Mumbai outposts  and Mumbai’s own eateries are now expanding their intra-city footprint. A few bars from SoBo to travel to the suburbs.



A brand new nightclub Matahaari, located inside Atria Mall in Worli, which launched on Saturday, January 14. The club is named after and inspired by Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari who was convicted of being a German spy during World War I, is owned by Beluga Hospitality, the company that will also open American diner called Burn in Mumbai this year. The signature cocktails on the menu feature drinks like Mystery Whiskey (Irish whiskey, ginger ale, mint, five spice); Secret Touch (white rum, sweet and sour mix, cinnamon, burnt rosemary); and The Scent (vodka, vermouth, lemongrass spray, gold glitter). The food here is multi-cuisine and the menu is conceptualized by Nikhil Merchant, think sushi, salad bowls, baos, Asian and Indian appetisers, hot bowls, steamed packets and house specials like kare pan, okonomiyaki and maki rolls. The options include eel nigiri; grilled shiitake maki roll; spicy salmon ceviche; prawn sugarcane; rajma galouti; 5 spice chorizo bao; sweet and sour roast eggplant bao; orange chicken and edamame rice bowl; miso silken tofu packet; coriander white salmon packet; fried sesame balls; and chocolate brownie with matcha. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 9pm to midnight.

Address: Matahaari, Level IV, The Atria Mall, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli. Tel: 022 6736 3636.



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The folks behind Smaaash, the gaming centre in Lower Parel, are now on something refreshing and organic called Verbena, a rooftop brewpub and restaurant in Lower Parel (Kamala Mills) on Wednesday, January 25.This is the only rooftop bar in Mumbai which is a pretty jungle by itself. The menu highlights a lot of colorful, cheerful and healthy stuff. The drinks here are bizarre and we loved everything they have on the menu. The star mixologist from Delhi, Viju Raj will definately fall in love with his botanical cocktails and drinks. The bar and kitchen will employ the herbs, flowers and vegetables grown in the garden housed in the 10,000 square feet open venue. Its one of the prettiest jungle we have ever seen before.  The vibe is so cheerful that we have fallen in love with the place already. So the bar menu highlights include botanical cocktails such as Botanical Breakfast (cinnamon, orange juice, sea salt and red wine) and Vino Julep (red wine, bourbon and clove). The brewpub will start serving house beers in March and will start off with 4 to 5 beer initially. They have 2 different food menu which literally swings from being Good to being Bad. The Good side of the menu offers quinoa bowl with poached egg citrus salad; and the Bad side offers all the fried stuff like the charmoula-spiced chicken tikka; nachos with tawa kheema; and blueberry pecan pie. Open daily, from 4pm to midnight.Go for the drinks, the charm, the vibe and off-course the food. Oh you can thank us later. Review out this week!

Address: Verbena, Fourth Floor, Trade View Building, Gate No.4, Kamala Mills Compound, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 3997 1886. 




Kamala Mills Compound in Lower Parel is now home to another  rooftop bar and vegetarian restaurant called 1Above, which opened on Saturday, January 14. This rooftop bar is chic, modern and very elegant.The multi-cuisine menu includes feta and melon salad; asparagus tempura; chipotle burritos; tandoori tofu; mushroom dumplings; baked zucchini; pesto spaghetti; khao suey; paneer Chettinad; avocado panna cotta; and baklava. Their extensive cocktails menu includes American Prohibition drinks such as the Negroni, Mary Pickford and Sazerac and whisky concoctions like the Scottish Cream (whisky, Baileys, strawberry puree, whipped cream, cinnamon and coffee bitters) and The Malty Mule (whisky, cranberry juice, soda and ginger and honey gomme). Open daily, from 6pm to 1.30am.

Address: 1Above, Second Floor, Kamala Trade House, Kamala Mills Compound, Lower Parel. Tel: 77000 62111. 



16266018_998305393646623_6895191515767316933_n (9)Tamasha, the all-day bar and restaurant from Delhi, opened in Worli nearby Kamala Mills on Wednesday, January 18. This bar looks pretty, its lit up and peppy too. Right next to the Kamala Mills (PDT gate). This bar from delhi surely looks promising and local.Among the cocktails they offer smoked sangria; Negroni; whisky sour; Moscow mule; and Manhattan. The food menu is fusion and has spiced guava chicken salad; chicken gyoza; dahi kebab; achari mushroom wonton; bhatti murgh souvlaki; tawa bheja with bunmaska; pizzas, Madras curry chicken risotto; and Mumbai mawa cake cream toast. Open daily, from noon to 1am.

Address: Tamasha, Ground Floor, Victoria House, near Bombay Dyeing Mills, E.B. Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 82919 00141. 



Shizusan, a branch of the South-East Asian restaurant from Pune fashioned after a shophouse, is slated to open in Lower Parel, in place of the Anita Dongre store inside Phoenix Mills (Exit gate) on Saturday, February 4. The ground floor of the two-storey restaurant is part-dining room and sushi bar and the first floor has a bar specialising in sake, shochuumeshu, Japanese whisky and Asian-inspired cocktails such as Cocky Rooster (vodka, bird’s eye chilli, beer, celery and salt); Chairman Mao’s Negroni (Campari, Bhavnagri chilli and black pepper gin, vermouth and grapefruit bitters); and Hattori Hanzo (Tequila, butterfly pea flower tea and lime juice). Highlights of the food menu include kimchi fried rice; Taiwanese miso milk broth with noodles; Hibachi-style Japanese fried rice; seafood quinoa maki; soft shell crab roll; Peking duck bao; kimchi spice mushrooms; pork belly adobo; and black pepper lobster. Open daily, from noon to midnight.

Address: Shizusan, next to Lifestyle, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel. Tel: 70450 04138.




LMNOPQ, a South-East Asian bistro in Khar opened last month, by restaurateur Suved Lohia, who also owns Mirabella in Andheri West. The menu has items such as cold soba salad; crispy sesame sliders; edamame truffle dumplings; crab and avocado roll; spicy tuna roll; BBQ chicken tacos; Singapore prawns; black bean tofu bowl; steamed soy fish; kimchi fried rice; caramel tart; and peanut butter and Nutella pie. Open daily, from noon to 1am.

Address: LMNOPQ, Mangal Bhavana, near Cafe Mangii, 14th Road, Khar. Tel: 97699 74175.




G5A, the cultural venue in Mahalaxmi, is now home to a cute all-day cafe called Port. It’s a huge restaurant that will serve comfort food. They serve vegetarian nosh such as chilli cheese toast; mushroom and spinach ravioli; quinoa salad; grilled eggplant; and quinoa burger, and a limited selection of egg preparations. Open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 7pm; Sunday closed. 

Address: Port, G5A, Laxmi Mills Estate, Shakti Mills Lane, off Dr. E. Moses Road, Mahalaxmi. Tel: 022 2490 9394. 


Bombay Cocktail Bar

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Bombay Cocktail Bar, a bar which portrays to specialize in cocktails and drinks, was opened in Andheri (West) in  December by Buena Vida Leisure, the company that runs Blanco in the suburb. A few of the signature tipples on offer at the 4,500 square feet bar are the Ganna Mule (white rum, reduced sugarcane juice, candied ginger, fragrant mint, lime juice and vanilla sugar); Verano (gin, pomegranate reduction, grapefruit juice, all spice syrup, lemon juice and fresh basil); Mumbai Smash (vodka, muddled capsicum, bell peppers, orange juice, coriander, celery salt); and All Night Long (smoked whiskey, dark coffee, Red Bull); The multi-cuisine food menu has dishes such as kurkuri bhindi, wok toss prawn, naan pizza, grilled Cajun cottage cheese steak, nasi goreng, tofu salad, Puneri missal and mawa cake with Bailey toffee sauce. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 7pm to 1.30am.

Address: Bombay Cocktail Bar, Deluxe House, Ground Floor, Plot No. B-50, off New Link Road, Andheri (West). Tel: 90292 98340., the online South East-Asian food delivery service from Delhi has been launched in Lower Parel. They serve maki rolls, dim sum and meals in boxes. Among the choices are the salmon and tuna sushi box; grilled salmon in miso or teriyaki sauce with rice; chicken katsudon; prawn and crab teriyaki; crispy asparagus roll; avocado maki roll; crystal prawn dim sum; tofu and spinach dim sum; and grilled pork dim sum. They deliver from Lower Parel to Bandra against a minimum order of Rs500. Open daily, from 10.30am to 11pm. Place an order here or call 93124 44086. 


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