2019 has barely begun and we already have a slew of new restaurants and bars making their mark on India’s ever-evolving culinary scene. Here’s where you should be eating at in your city.
Juss by Sindhful
Want to get a taste of the food from Ranveer Singh’s and Deepika Padukone’s big fat wedding last year? Sindhful, Mumbai’s first Sindhi food delivery kitchen catered the celeb couple’s Sindhi wedding ceremony. And now they have launched Juss by Sindhful at Flea Bazaar Café serving up vegetarian and vegan Sindhi fare with everything from traditional thalis to scrumptious chaats. Try the Tuk Platter with both aloo and arbi tuk, Dal Pakwan, Sai Bhaji, and more. For a sweet ending, there’s meetho like Sev Burfi & Sindhi Kulfi Falooda Rabdi.
Flea Bazaar Cafe, 1st Floor, Trade View Building, Oasis Complex, PB Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai. Tel: 9152017990
Maffy’s – Pan Arabian Bistro
With its colourful decor and beautifully presented plates, Maffy’s channels the spirit of the Levant. Add to this a fabulous location overlooking the Arabian Sea with an al fresco seating option. Try the smoked hummus with spicy shrimp (or the vegetarian cauli version) served with excellent house-made pita, Bahraini machboos, Moroccan tagine, Levantine pizzas, and more.
Ground Floor, Sea Palace Hotel, 26 P J Ramchandani Marg, Opposite Radio Club, Colaba, Mumbai. Tel: 022-61054370
Oi – Kitchen & Bar
Inspired by the punchy flavours of Latin America, Oi is a fabulous addition to the culinary hotspot that’s Bandra-Khar. Quirky decor combines with an extensive bar and a menu of gorgeous plates that taste every bit as good as they look. Begin with the Roasted Pumpkin Salad or Lobster and Avocado Ceviche, order the Pulled Duck Tacos or Slow-Cooked Lamb to share, and wind up with the decadent Dulce de Leche Cookie—you can thank us later.
2nd Floor Gabbana House, 15th Road, Khar, Mumbai. Tel: 022-61739711
Mumbai’s love affair with Asian cuisine continues with the newest kid on the (overcrowded Lower Parel) block. LILT’s minimalistic dining space is spread over 7,500sqft where you can savour house-infused cocktails and pan-Asian cuisine with a modern twist like Wok Tossed Edamame with Shichimi Powder, Thai Lotus Roots with Pink Ginger, Braised Eggplant and Straw Mushrooms, and a luscious Red Snapper in a melange of spices.
Mathuradas Mill Compound, N M Joshi Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai. Tel: 8928936041/42
Plate It Up
If you’re looking for a new catering service for your next house party, try Plate It Up by Pinky Saraf. Saraf offers a range of savouries and desserts made with nourishing, organic ingredients. Try her Cauliflower Pizzas with herbed Greek yoghurt and vegetables, or the Flaxseed and Almond Flour Wraps stuffed with pickled superfoods, or the Crunchy Quinoa Kebabs with satay sauce.
[email protected], Tel: 09821808512
Anglow, the capital’s recently opened Anglo-Indian themed whisky bar and kitchen is a delightful step back in time (the colonial connotations notwithstanding). The decor is eclectic with patterned wallpaper, deep armchairs, and incandescent lighting. On the menu are dishes like Scotch Eggs, Railway Mutton Curry, Kedgeree, and Tipsy Pudding, coupled with classic cocktails.
57, Khan Market, New Delhi. Tel: 011-33107639
Cicchetti by Mr Beans
Italians have been eating small plates (cicchetti as they are known in Venice) long before they became fashionable. Cicchetti by Mr Beans at DLF Cyber City recreates the Italian bar with its powder blue walls and muted lighting where you can feast on the Cheese Dome (a decadent cheese plate with sausages and crackers), ravioli and other freshly-made pasta, and end the meal with a refreshing affogato.
Building 10A, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurugram. Tel: 0124-4067318
Delhi’s answer to Mumbai’s Soho House is nestled in an upscale South Delhi mall. HOME’s five distinct hospitality and entertainment ‘rooms’ are all done up in bespoke furnishings curated from artisans, vintage stores, and collectors from around the world. Relax in The Den, or take in a live performance in The Music Room, or savour some fine international dining at The Supper Club.
3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. Tel: 09873584442
Andaz Delhi’s spanking new deli, Soul Pantry opens doors this month and shines the spotlight on indigenous grains. From flatbreads made with nutrient-dense grains like finger millet, amaranth, spelt, and barley, to salads and wellness bowls, Soul Pantry is all about making more sustainable and mindful food choices.
Andaz Delhi, Asset 1, Aerocity, New Delhi. Tel: 011-49031234
Opening this week, Foxtrot brings the concept of crossbreed cafes to Khan Market. Bring your Macbook and park yourself in a cosy nook or strike business deals while sipping on curated coffee blends. By evening, the cafe transforms into a lively bar serving artisanal cocktails and a mix of Indian and international plates.
Shop No. 19, Khan Market, New Delhi. Tel: 011-41009360
San Francisco’s award-winning progressive Indian restaurant ROOH makes its India debut this month in a stunning heritage property overlooking the Qutub Minar. Helmed by Chef Sujan Sarkar, ROOH offers a sensory, luxury-dining experience —think Oysters and Burnt Mango, Duck Galouti, and Sea Bass with Rhubarb Curry, all paired with artisanal cocktails drawn from the ancient principles of Ayurveda.
Ambawatta One Complex, H-5/1, Kalkadas Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi. Tel: 07303600299
Arena – Artisanal Brewkitchen
You can’t miss the pyramid roof of Arena Artisanal Brewkitchen. The interiors are equally cool with futuristic metallic accents and psychedelic colours. It’s perfect for a private party, or a mid-week cocktail in the basement seating, or a Friday night out in the DJ space upstairs. Cocktails are inventive and potent—try their signature Popcorn, a whisky-based cocktail with caramel popcorn.
48, Defence Colony, 100ft Road, Indiranagar, Bengaluru. Tel: 080-41133313
Sanchez Taqueria & Cantina
Sanchez’s super popular live taqueria churns out signature tacos like Mexican Blue Corn Hard Tacos, Sea Flavored Charcoal Corn Tacos, and Soft Roasted Beet Corn Tacos. Plus there’s a smashing Avocado Toast with house-made Bolillo bread and Tex-Mex Wet Burritos. Pair with some margaritas or micheladas for a proper Mexican fiesta.
608, 12th Main Road, 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bengaluru. Tel: 080-42200081
Levitate Brewery and Kitchen
Levitate’s Insta-worthy decor with tilting barrels, chairs, and other props may make you wonder if you have imbibed one drink too many! The rooftop is perfect for breezy Bengaluru evenings coupled with a range of house-brewed beers or cocktails (including artfully deconstructed ones). Food ranges from Asian and North Indian to Conti, so there’s something or everyone.
57, 1st Main Road, Sarakki, Industrial Layout 3rd Phase, JP Nagar, Bengaluru. Tel: 080-49653113
Goa’s popular Anjuna gets a new contemporary restaurant nestled in a restored century-old Portuguese house. Mahé has a statement bar done up in French pastels and an al fresco section where you dine under the stars and the swaying palms, a mean Negroni de Goa with house-made vermouth by your side. The menu is eclectic—think Slow Cooked mackerel with Fresh Plums, Pickled Mussels in Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, and Fish with Moilee Foam.