Dining is not the same as it was a decade ago and with this massive change has come a variety of concepts. Varying in décor, style of service and ambience these concepts are amazing to see and it’s all thanks to the out of the box thinking of their respective owners. Some of the restaurants, cafés and bar concepts are quirky, happening and have come off as huge successes in Mumbai. Here are the 11 such concepts that are a must visit for all foodies.
Tranquil is the apt word for the ambience at Rainforest which is complete with rocks, leaves, waterfalls making a jungle environment quite real. This, with the exception of animals of course!
Location: Phoenix Market City, Kurla, Mumbai
The Bar Stock Exchange
We’re sure you’ve heard of The Bar Stock Exchange and even been there a few times. But if you haven’t then do take a trip down here to order drinks whilst their prices shoot up and down exactly like stocks and you’ve take the best deal using their app.
Location: Outlets Across Mumbai
The Wine Rack
Oenophiles are simply going to love this one. Stacks and stacks of wine from around the globe makes The Wine Rack no less than a mini cellar. You can buy the wines or simply enjoy them with a special modern Indian menu created by none other than a MasterChef Australia Winner Sarah Todd!
Location: The Wine Rack, Festival Square, High Street Phoenix
Leave all the daily woes behind and let yourself revel in the beauty of Shiro where you’ll see tall Buddhas, waterfall and dim lighting. Perfect for a date or any occasion, this place can change your mood in seconds. Oh, and they have sushi!
Location: Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli, Mumbai
It’s back to school for us adults at Hoppipola. Write on their chalk-friendly tables, play board games as you get drunk on their crazy concoctions. We highly recommend their Auckland Ice Freeze!
Location: 759, 5th Ln, Ram Krishna Nagar, Khar West Ram Krishna Nagar, Khar West, Mumbai
The Irish House
The Irish House is another place that’s our favourite hangout and for a reason. We love the pop music that keeps getting louder post 10 PM. Plus, the ambience with a tavern appeal with wooden barrels and bricks doing a peek-a-boo on the walls gives this place an irresistible charm. Sing out loud at Summer Of The 69 as the whole bar will be singing with you!
Location: Level 2, Rampart Row, 30 , K Dubash Marg, Above Royal Oak Banquets, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai
One of the iconic cafes of Bombay, Café Mondegar or Mondy’s as referred to by the regulars, this place has a lovely vibe. With the crowd outside shopping at Causeway, the patrons inside chattering over chilled beer and rounds of spaghetti, take one glance around and seep in the sights of the paintings by Marlo Miranda. You’ll giggle and get transported into an era that was Bombay!
Location: 5A, Metro House, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba, Mumbai
Bombay To Barcelona Library Café
We recently chanced on Bombay To Barcelona Library Café and we were absolutely mesmerised. The food and the coffee were great but the servers had a different story to tell. We were in amazement as we found out that each one of them were either an orphan or lived on the streets when they were kids and now watching them smiling, earning a livelihood in a happy environment, meant a wholesome experience for us. Their omelette, cappuccino and creamy mushroom on toast was yum!
Location: Shop No. 3 and 4, Golden Nest Society Apartments, Mapkhan Nagar, Marol, Andheri East, Mumbai
Mirchi and Mime
While we’re on the topic of making a difference, we can’t forget Mirchi and Mime. The servers at this restaurant are either cannot speak or cannot hear but they make up for all their handicaps with just a smile which we think is all that matters. Such café concepts deserve a salute!
Location: Trans Ocean House, Lake Boulevard, Hiranandani Business Park, Powai, Mumbai
The Junkyard Café
Holding true to its name, the Junkyard Café is literally looks like a junkyard only in a fun, quirky manner. With an aeroplane hanging on the roof of the outer section to old car plates, store shutters, parking signs and gear parts on the walls, this is a concept we simply loved. We love the Edison Bulb cocktails and their Classic Margherita Pizza.
Location: 164, Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai
Aleph – The Divine Space
Go into your zen mode at Aleph as you can spend a day in leisure, simply reading, getting creative or even working here. The ambience here is fun, colourful and really comfortable.
Location: 7-28/29 1st floor Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu , Vile Parle West, Mumbai