Perched high above the city, Breeze rooftop bar and restaurant gazes down upon the Powai lake and towering steel buildings in the distance, with lights glittering through the evening. Once inside, it is clear that Breeze attracts with its own beautiful design. The restaurant boasts a serene, futuristic look. Precisely aligned low seating, uniformly white, is set off by blue and yellow accents and sensitive floor lighting. The bar has a wide foreign and domestic selection and the restaurant menu provides an international selection of delicious, flavourful vegetarian dishes.
Bungalow 9 is charming. It is more European looking than Indian, with its exposed wooden rafters, white walls and carpets. Nevertheless, it achieves an unfussy and sophisticated air. It is perhaps ideal to visit when the weather is dry, for the veranda area outside, under lanterns and amid tall tropical greens, promises beautiful evenings under gorgeous starry night skies. The menu includes stylishly plated Italian and South East Asian cuisine.
Bungalow 9, St. John Baptist Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, India, +91 22 6117 9999.
The Jam Jar
To walk into The Jam Jar diner is to enter a delightful and whimsical world. The rooftop section is spacious, filled with chairs that have a lively, sunshine colour. Mosaics in yellow, white and blue swirl across the floor and extend to the seating. Inside, long tables and decorative benches sit under ornate lamps, with the addition of an old school jukebox. The rooms are strewn with crockery cupboards, wine racks and bookshelves. The menu however, is largely reminiscent of a traditional American diner, with British and Italian accents. It offers innovative takes on favourite classics like bean lasagne topped with pineapple, as a main, or lotus root chips, as a side.
Khyber at Fort
Khyber at Fort, a Mughlai restaurant, serves melt in the mouth kebabs and biryanis and the usual popular north Indian cuisine. While the food is excellent, it is the beautiful walls that take your breath away. Lodged between rough hewn bricks are large original murals by two of India’s foremost artists, M. F. Hussain and Anjolie Ela Menon.
Draped foliage, twinkling lights and close standing bamboo make Kombava a perfect woodland retreat. Tasteful swatches of bright colour, on the floors and furniture, tell us that Kombava is attached to The Art Loft, established by a French family, which runs exclusive art therapy workshops. The food is fresh and healthy, offering a wide variety of vibrant natural colours. They serve an assortment of selected French, British and house tea blends, soups, salads, creole dumplings and sandwiches, as well as speciality Vietnamese rice paper rolls.
Kombava, The Art Loft, 37, Waroda Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, India, +91 22 6999 6663.
With an unassuming, almost disguised exterior, you would be forgiven for thinking there was nothing noteworthy on the other side of the green and brown doorway on Pali Hill. Step in however, and you enter a traditional bhavan in old world decadence. Its sepia tones of brass and wood seem straight out of one of the many old family photographs in the house. The tables are surrounded by decorative wood, wrought iron and rattan-back chairs and they specialize chiefly in delicious North Indian cuisine.
Pali Bahavan, 10 Adarsh Nagar, Pali Naka, Bandra West, Mumbai, India, +91 22 2651 9400
Silver Beach Café
Situated near the beach in Juhu, Silver Beach is cosily decorated with leather sofas and warm yellow lighting downstairs, with beautiful and eye catching wood décor on the mezzanine level. The café offers a mix of continental and international cuisine with a few sophisticated variations. An Indian twist on a traditional breakfast, for instance, is the kheema (a dish of spiced meat) with eggs sunny side up. They also offer the unexpected lunch dish of prawns with saffron coconut rice and peach butter.
Silver Beach, Shri G. B. Jukar Marg, Shanti Road, Juhu, Mumbai, India, +91 22 2620 8930.
The Lotus Café
At the J. W. Marriott hotel, the Lotus Café shimmers golden with its all sandstone façade. The space sits as a stunning water-side restaurant with an unsurpassed view. It looks out onto a lotus pond, flanked by tall flaming torches and beyond that onto the Arabian Sea. Indian and Continental cuisine are always available, at any time of the day.
The Lotus Café, J. W. Marriot, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai, India, +91 22 6693 3344.
The Sassy Spoon
The Sassy Spoon has a vibrant design. Its colourful chairs and enchanting show piece wall entirely stacked with colourful trunks and suitcases make the space pop. The restaurant was established by two chefs, one trained in India and the other in the UK. Together they have created an erudite menu, with Indian and Continental cuisines, alongside traces of other international influences. Some of their more creative inventions include a hazelnut crusted trout and polenta, mulberries and fenugreek leaves and a soya, asparagus and artichoke lasagne.
The Yoga House
Tucked away in a corner of Bandra, The Yoga House sits with high white windows and deep green walls, reminiscent of Portuguese houses built in Goa. The restaurant occupies the lower floor and you must take your shoes off at the door and find a place inside or on the open veranda. Plants and white washed furniture create an airy Mediterranean feel and the food is both strictly vegetarian and strictly healthy. The menu claims to blend macrobiotic nutrition and Indian dietary principles. It includes smoothies with almond milk, an ayurvedic soup and smoothie and a popular range of juice blends. The bungalow also houses a yoga studio and a shop, with jewellery and cosmetics, organic pulses, honey, traditional earthen and copper crockery among other things.