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Dining in December

Finally wrapping my head around the fact that this year is getting over and we have the #holiday season just around the corner! This means catching up with friends, family, and loved ones for a hearty meal.

 

So here I am, compiling my list of top 10 picks for Dining in December in Mumbai. Some of these are classics and some are fairly new. Most of them serve continental food. Do let me know in the comments if any of these are among your favourites.

 

1.     Silver Beach Café, Juhu

 

Cuisine: Continental and Italian


Although there are other outlets in the city, this #Juhu café remains one of my favorites. A cozy little pet-friendly place close to Juhu Beach is a must-visit this winter season. Whether you choose the morning time to bask in some daylight or plan to go for dinner to enjoy the coziness of this place, you are guaranteed a good time. The service is always on point. The music is never loud, which makes it an ideal place for a meal.

P.S. Their breakfast menu is quite good too.

 

Recommended Drinks – Sangria, Bellini

Recommended Food – Arugula Citrus Salad, Farmers Burger, Peri Peri Churros Fries, Ravioli

Image courtesy - Local Trick

2.     Eve Powai


Food – Multicuisine


Now, this is a mixed affair. Serving pretty much everything from North Indian food to Sushi, this place in #Powai has won people’s hearts since its opening. If you are a regular on Instagram, there is a tiny possibility that you’ve missed their pictures of the gorgeous staircase and pretty décor.

It's perfect for a date or even a family meal. The music gets louder as time passes in the evening though.

 

Recommended Drinks – Elderflower Twist, South Side

Recommended Food – Wok Tossed Tofu and Black Bean, Three cheese broccoli tikka, Pesto Pizza, Blue pea rice with Thai curry.


Picture Courtesy - Mid Day and Zee Zest

3.     Toit Lower Parel


Cuisine: Pub grub 


A favorite of mine as I am a craft beer lover (read good beer lover)! I have lost count of how many times I have been to this place. Of course, a heaven for #craft beer fanatics, it is equally liked by others for its food and the fact that it is reasonably priced.

 

P.S. They do not take table reservations. So you have no choice but to wait. Also, the place has an amazing vibe on weekends.

 

Recommended Drinks – Just go for the Beer Tasting Kit and choose what you like. But my personal favs are Tin Tin Toit - A Belgian style fruity Ale and Toit Weiss – A Bavarian wheat Ale

Recommended Food – BBQ Madras Mushrooms, Beer Battered Onion Rings, Okra Podi Chips, Aubergine and Spinach Pizza, Pesto Roasted Veg, Mushroom Chettinad.

 

Image Courtesy - Good Homes

4.     Cray Craft Kitchen & Bar, Marol

 

Cuisine:– Modern Indian, Asian  

 

A fairly new resto bar in #Andheri East, Cray Craft, serves modern Indian cuisine along with a few Asian delicacies. Their Chef - Subrat Swain is a renowned personality in the F&B world. The ambiance deserves a special mention for its chic interiors. The muted color palette is easy on the eyes and the greenery just makes it all elegant and homely.

 

Recommended Drinks – Green Apple Martini, Popcorn Tiki, Legend, and the new Mogra-infused Gin cocktail.

Recommended Food – Thai Pomelo & Avocado Salad, Buddha Bowl, Kulfi Samosa, Chilly Paneer Bao

 

Image Courtesy - Cray Craft Website

5.     Woodside Inn (Multiple locations)

 

Cuisine – Pub Grub


Popular for its Burgers and Craft Beer, Woodside Inn has been a city favourite for decades! You can pick any outlet i.e. #Colaba, #Bandra and #Andheri and you’ll get the same experience in terms of their food, drinks, and service. It's an easy laid-back gastro pub that attracts all kinds of people.

 

Recommended Drinks – Beer on tap

Recommended Food – BBQ rubbed sweet potato chips, Primavera Pizza, Brooklyn Melt Burger, Vegetable Lasagna

 

Image Courtesy - On the grid

6.     Café Panama


Cuisine: Mexican


Tucked in the lanes of the industrial estate, this café has a character. And if the beautiful deep green vintage car at the entrance doesn’t whisper the charm to you, I do not know what else will! It has exceptional décor elements that fit in beautifully with its theme. The staff is impressionable, knowledgeable, and quick. Not just the menu, but the plated food that arrives on your table is sure to leave you mesmerized. Won’t deny that it is heavy on the pocket.

 

Highly recommend their cocktails

Recommended Drinks – Lily, Costa Del Sol, Toro Blanco, Smokey Julia

Recommended Food – Artichoke sundried tomato and parmesan flatbread, Refried bean, Avocado and Pico De Gallo Taco, Quinua and orange salad, Avocado Haloumi Fries

 

7.     Cecconi’s Juhu (Soho House)


Cuisine: Italian

 

This celebrity chef’s restaurant is an international brand. Present at multiple cities across the globe, including #Barcelona, #Amsterdam, #Berlin, #Istanbul, Los Angeles, and so on, does not need any introduction. A Soho House’s Italian specialty restaurant, Cecconi's is undoubtedly admired worldwide. This sea-facing restaurant in Juhu offers some of the best sea views of the locality and the open structure lets you enjoy the breezy day sipping on your glass of wine. The staff here is impeccable.

You might end up spotting a celebrity or two here.

 

Recommended Drinks – Pick any wine (the staff will recommend you the best ones) the drinks menu is very concise but they will get you a well-made drink based on your liking.

Recommended Food – Beetroot Tartare, Melon seeds, celery salad, Zuchini Friti/Fries, Linguini Basil Pesto Percorino, Gelato or Sorbets

 

 Image Courtesy - Soho House Mumbai

8.     Café Noir, Lower Parel


Cuisine: French and Continental 


This place is sheer beauty! A small cozy #French café in the lanes of Lower Parel, this place is known for its small but interesting menu serving French Casual Cuisine. The food here is delicious and is a piece of art! Their #Parisian Breakfast Combo is a hit among the foodies. Although a small restaurant, it works perfectly for a long conversation with a lovely meal followed by a cup of tea! The mirrors across the wall make it look bigger than it is and it gives it a pretty #vintage look too.

 

P.S. - My friend who is a hard-core non-vegetarian could not stop raving about the confit duck here.

 

Recommended Drinks – Sangria and any Gin Cocktails.

Recommended Food – Red wine poached Pear with smoked feta cheese, Zatar spiced broccoli, Goat cheese spinach and sun-dried tomato Quiche, Wild Mushrooms and scarmoza Garganelle

 

 Image Courtesy - Hotelier India

9.     1522 Café and Bar Chakala


Cuisine – Multicuisine


Housed inside #Goldfinch Hotel, 1522 Bar & Kitchen is a cool place to hang out. They have a decent alfresco seating. The décor will remind you of Socials or any similar urban set up. I have visited this place a few times and it’s been quite consistent. The staff is very attentive. Slightly on the higher side when it comes to pricing but the food and drinks both are very well made. We have tried a few dishes off their menu as below. 

Recommended Drinks – Miami LIIT, Russian Sangria, Elderflower and Rosemary infused G&T, Martinis

Recommended Food – Gunpowder Potato, Trio of shots, Curry Leaf Mushroom, Shetty Ghee Roast, Himalayan Spiced Mushrooms.

 

 Image Courtesy -LBB

10.  The Nutcracker (Multiple locations)

 

Cuisine- Continental


The Nutcracker has been known for its #breakfast since its first-ever outlet opened in South Bombay. All their locations have one thing in common – a cozy ambiance, comfy seating that would make you feel like grabbing a book and sitting curled up on the couch, and delicious food. I highly recommend going here around #Christmas time. It is pet-friendly and has outdoor seating too.

 

Locations – Kalaghoda, Bandra, Jio World Drive and Lower Parel

 

Recommended Drinks – Iced Mandarine Jasmine Green tea, Salted Caramel Banana Smoothie, Pecan Pie with ice cream, Any Pancakes and Waffles.

Recommended Food – The fruit, root and nut salad, Nutty Spaghetti, Spaghetti Pangratato with Burrata,

 

Image Courtesy - Architectural Digest

Wrapping up this blog post, just want to mention that is from a vegetarian’s point of view and it's strictly based on personal taste and opinion. (Not Sponsored) Before making a reservation, do check their menu/ call the respective restaurant to get a better understanding.

 

Happy Holidays!

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