At the Four Seasons Hotel, this rooftop lounge is an elegant drinking and dining destination. Aer is touted as India's highest rooftop bar and offers a beautiful bird's eye view of the city and the Arabian Sea. Gorging on Mediterranean and Lebanese food while listening to lounge music, and sipping your choice of beer, champagne or wine, you could not ask for more. Be sure to drop by when you want to have your head in the clouds.
Establishes in the 1870s, Leopold Cafe is a cozy cafe and bar which is known for its rich historic heritage. People come here for the turn-of-the-century feel, to sip on some beer or try out the food menu which includes a wide variety of Chinese options as well as European and American staples. The cafe was badly damaged by terrorist attacks in 2008 but has, since, bounced back and is once more one of the most popular watering holes on Colaba Causeway.
The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, which is one of the most famous landmarks in Mumbai houses the Wasabi by Morimoto which is a sheer example of dining in style. The atmosphere in this fine restaurant is simply amazing with a beautiful decor and excellent lighting. Serving some of the finest delicacies from around the world, Wasabi is known for their seafood dishes from delicious Kumamoto Oysters to Shrimp Tempura and Sashimi. Not to mention the variety of vegetarian dishes they have on offer too. The service here is top-notch, which assures you of a memorable dining experience.
Bonobo is named after the ape just behind man in the evolutionary race and here all are likely to cut him some slack after due inebriation. With a decor that includes florescent trees and monkeys jumping off the wall, this cozy restaurant is meant solely for fun times. Bonobo is one of Mumbai's newest cocktail bars and offers a diverse range of colorful cocktails and contemporary Euro cuisine. Call for details.
Gajalee offers sumptuous Malvani style seafood. The uniqueness of this cuisine is that most of the dishes have a strong coconut and chili base making it spicy and delicious. Gajalee has quite a few outlets in this food-crazy city. But the one located at Vile Parle is by far the most popular. This place is always crowded. You have to be a little patient to get in. Once you enter, you will find three sections. When you are comfortably seated, it is advisable to start your meal with Solkadhi (a drink made of coconut and flavored juice). You can then opt for any type of full-fledged meal, thali. Highly recommended is the delicious bombil fry, bhangda fry and the well done crabs.
Ziya is where Indian fine dining can be enjoyed at its best. With specials rolling out from the menu carefully designed by Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia, Ziya attracts connoisseurs of modern Indian cuisine. The opulent interiors are a reflection of the inline theme of earthen lamps and light with a panoramic view of the Bay. Patrons can enjoy the sights and smells as the chefs work.
'Thali' meaning 'plate' literally in Hindi, is an authentic Indian dish and one among the locals favorites. It consists of a complete meal, right from 'rotis' to a sweet dish, all in a single plate. Pick from two-three different types of vegetables, all cooked in Indian gravy and not to forget the 'papad', all at Gautam's Thali. Make sure you bring along your appetite because you'll end up eating more than you bargained for.
To soothe both your hunger pangs and luxury needs, walk into The Peshwa Pavilion at any time during the night or day. Located minutes away from Mumbai's International Airport, this restaurant serves everyone from the tired traveler to the busy socialite. The feast is laden with flavors from across the globe with a special affection to the Indian palate. The succulent meats simmered in spices, the aromatic rice dishes and the colorful assortment of salad and entrees seduce all. Housed within the 5 star ITC Maratha, the ambiance here is gracious and luxurious. A combination of divine flavors and excellent service makes it a perfect destination for a hearty meal.
Not in the mood to tour the city or just want to be all by yourself? Then head to the Splash, a restaurant of The Westin Mumbai Garden City. Sit by the pool and read a book, or simply relax with your favorite drink. The crystal blue pool and the well-maintained garden not only create a serene ambiance, but also make for a visual treat. Try the short eats and light snacks or binge on large burgers complete with protein shakes. It also serves champagne that flows well with your conversations. Truly, Splash with its calmness is a welcome change in the busy and fast-paced city of Mumbai.
Serving traditional Malwani delights like the Crab Sukhe, Pomfret Green Masala and Bangda Fry, Mukkam Post Malwan is all set to make your dining experience a treat for your senses, right from the aroma of the food to the flavor and the taste. What's more, it completely fits your budget too. Try out this joint that doles out mouth-watering preparations and finish with Kharwas - a locally made sweet pudding.
Port is an elegant setting ideally located in one of the busiest areas of the city. The exquisite furnishing and classy ambiance complement the simple yet delicious menu perfectly. They are known for their breakfast menu and pasta preparations. Mushroom and Spinach Ravioli and Arabiatta are some of the popular items on their menu. The restaurant is open to aspiring musicians and encourages live performances as well as poetry reading, which is a rare scene in the city. The cafe has a pretty rooftop seating area where you can relax and enjoy your beverage.
A Saluti is a gourmet store and cafe located in Mumbai. They have a wide array of dairy products, both local and international. They have a collection of some rare variety of cheese like French and Spanish goat cheeses, Italian Gorgonzola, Dutch Edam and Gouda, and Danish Blue cheese available. The store also has cold cut meat and other items like yogurt and dips on sale. There is a small cafe with a good choice of snacks and beverages available. Balsamic Onion Chutney, Neurenberg Sausage Rolls, Marinara, and Granola are some of the most sought-after items on their menu.