After kicking off 2016 with itchy feet that had me travelling nearly every week, over the past month I’ve been firmly planted in #BomBAE… not that life in the Maximum city has been any less busy or exciting though…
For a start, I managed to squeeze in a quick culinary trip along the French Riviera and coastal Italy, without actually leaving the Mumbai airport!
The extravagant nine-course feast complete with wine pairings, creative cocktails and deconstructed desserts took place at Rivea, the new French-Italian restaurant at the recently opened Taj Santacruz (adjoining the domestic airport).
Read more, here.
And then there was the Peruvian foray at Lima – Atul Kocchar’s new Latin American tapas bar in BKC. Although I loved the fun and buzzy vibes here, to be honest – I was underwhelmed for the most part – the food & drinks were good but not great, definitely falling short of the dizzy delights we may (reasonably) have expected from a Michelin-starred chef.
Full review, here.
Other new openings I was quick to check out included Grandmama’s cafe new outpost in Lower Parel (the less said the better)…
Earlier today @GrandMamasCafe's new outpost in Lower Parel. The cafe itself is a cheerfully cute and quirky spot… but alas, this wasn't enough to make up for the rather mediocre fare, not to mention the haphazard service – we'd asked for pancakes with Nutella, vanilla ice cream and a side of maple syrup. Pictured is what we were presented with instead (an example of one of the many teething issues we encountered during our lunch). Needless to say, I'll be sticking to my own grandmama's cooking next time round 😐 #GrandmamasCafe #NewOpening #BrunchTime #MumbaiFoodie #FoodTalkIndia #TheFoodieDiariesBombay
… and Mockingbird cafe and bar – a quirky, literary-themed all day spot in Churchgate with bookshelves, beanbags and aptly titled cocktails – “Tequila Mockingbird” anyone? Turns out they serve a good cuppa too – hot buttered apple tea that is, taking its cue from the recently shuttered Tea Centre next door.
We’d popped in post-dinner so I can’t say much about the full menu, but if you’ve been – then do drop in your recommendations on what to order, in the comments below.
March was also a month for new experiences, the most memorable of which was a blind-folded tasting at Maritime by San Lorenzo. The unique sensory twist to our dinner definitely sharpened the rich depth of flavours in Chef Alessandro’s traditional Italian dishes, making us that much more aware of each intricate element…
More on the experience, here.
Rolling along the sushi trail
From rainbow uramaki the size of my fist, to sushi rolls pulling off fiery, creamy and crunchy textures all at once, I also followed the sushi trail in pursuit of the top veggie picks across Bombay.
More on those sushi scenes, here.
Eggs Benedict with chipotle hollandaise, one-of-a-kind morning pastries and tiramisu pancakes… I just can’t resist a good brunch and the Table’s Californian-style Sunday offering provided a litany of reasons for me to fall in love with one of my favourite restaurants all over again!
Have a tasty look, here.
But while I love a bit of decadence as much as the next foodie, there’s a lot to be said about life’s simple pleasures too…
A lazy Sunday in March was spent driving around town in yet another brunch-induced #foodcoma with a quick stop for the famous cold coffee found at a street stall in Breach Candy – the refreshingly smooth blend was just what we needed to beat the heat that balmy afternoon.
Meanwhile, a recent dinner with school friends at the casual chain eatery Bombay Blue brought back a flood of childhood memories with each bite of their classic cheese nachos; chatpatta gloriously deep-fried onion rings; and cheese corn balls… not to mention the lime ice soda with dollops of vanilla ice cream! I’ll admit that we took as much pleasure in scrambling to complete the puzzles drawn across those paper place mats too.
And on that nostalgic note, I’ve also recently rediscovered my childhood love for Havmor’s ice cream biscuit sandwiches. Sometimes, old really is gold.
So, what were your most memorable March moments?