Imagine this: You enter the restaurant and are escorted to your finely appointed table by the maitre d’ – Champagne chilling in a bucket, dim lighting and the swish feel of good linen makes your senses tingle as you embark on your culinary odyssey.
With its underlining mantra of relaxing, savouring good food and creating memories, great ambience makes fine dining an affair to remember.
So whether you’re spending the day with a significant other, or just pampering yourself, here’s a pick of the ten most stylish restaurants in Mumbai that promise to be a feast for your eyes and a delight for your taste buds.
1. Sea Lounge
Evocative of old-world charm, the Sea Lounge at Taj Mahal Palace offers a chance to live life British Queen size. Elegantly designed, the restaurant is a classic – for both its unbeatable view of the Gateway as well as its afternoon high tea. Topped off with charming tableware and attentive service, time spent here is akin to a visit to a stately heritage home.
Apart from its fantastic new American menu, Ellipsis offers a quick time-travel through art and design. Lovingly decorated, this cozy-chic restaurant features modernist chairs, minimalist graffiti, portraits and abstract paintings, creating the right ambience for a laidback meal and lingering conversations. Reserve now.
3. Toast Bistro & Bar
Easily described as a Pop Culture fanatic’s haven, Toast Bistro & Bar is full of little kitschy details that add a little intrigue to your night out. The one thing that clinches the deal is the poolside seating. A reservation via WowTables entitles you to a swim at their rooftop pool and a scrumptious five-course meal paired with lip-smacking alcoholic beverages. Truth be told, we’re probably going to need one of their hangover kits. Reserve now.
4. Pa Pa Ya
Unabashedly modern, Pa Pa Ya has been taking Mumbai by storm ever since its launch a few months ago. Created by Zorawar & Jiggs Kalra, the restaurant features an eclectic menu and fabulous presentation of their dishes. The spaceship-like interiors and the mouth-watering delicacies are sure to transport you to an alternate universe!
5. By the Mekong
Towering over Mumbai at the 37th floor, By the Mekong at the St Regis grabs our attention with its great views, French windows and beautifully laid-out tables. A fantastic choice for date night, a table reserved here is a great way to show your appreciation for your significant other. Reserve now.
Set amidst Mumbai’s green lungs, Neel at the Tote on the Turf is a delightful place for a leisurely lunch. With its fluid organic tree design, the rest of the interiors are subtle and interact beautifully with its surroundings. Don’t forget to check out their WowTables curated experience- An extensive spread of flavourful Nawabi dishes paired with a glass of Sangria. Reserve now.
Introducing the finest of Japanese sensibilities to India – Saizen at Colaba makes it to the list with its fabulous interiors. There’s a graffiti street style lounge nook contrasted with an intimate cocoon space for quiet dinners making it a perfect destination for all kinds of diners.
8. The Tasting Room
The Tasting Room at Lower Parel can’t really be described in a few words….Edgy, eclectic, paradisiacal, kitschy, cute, cozy.. I could go on and on. I love the food, I do, but what I love even more is that it’s right next to Good Earth (fabulous interiors!) & right above the CMYK bookstore – it’s like visiting a designer’s paradise – the best of food, art and design.
An old favourite, Gallops during the monsoons is a must-visit. Though the fare is old-school, the view here is to die for. Luxe leather couches, scrumptious spreads, French windows, calm in the middle of the city, Gallops has it all.
Who would have thought that chaotic Lower Parel could have a haven like this? Aqaba, with its super high ceilings and airy white interiors, is a fantastic option, day or night. The rooftop garden offers some respite from it all and is a great place to watch the city and unwind. Reserve now.