Best New Restaurants in Mumbai

3 months ago

Bandra is always a work-in-progress. Somehow there’s no dearth of new fitness studios, workshops, pop-ups and restaurants. Every week brings us something shiny and fresh to look forward to and this time it’s new restaurants specialising in niche cuisines. Here’s a look at our new favourites.

Pali Thai
(Thai)

Actor Jacqueline Fernandez and entrepreneur Mishali Sanghani joined forces to give us a charming Thai restaurant. Tucked inside Pali Bhavan, Sanghani’s Indian restaurant, the art deco-inspired space has been designed by architect Ashiesh Shah. It’s so discrete that you won’t find a menu online or any signage on the façade.

 

The fine-dining dig is dotted with plantain leaves and velvet chairs, and lights that are a nod to ngobhats worn by Thai farmers. Without batting an eyelid, go for the miang kham, sago and turnip dumplings, or the pad Thai with the turnip cake. The pomelo salad is a winner too.

Pali Thai, 10, Pali Mala Road, Adarsh Nagar, Pali Hill, Bandra West, Mumbai. Tel: +91 9820008424

 

Izumi
(Japanese)

Izumi, Izumi Bandra
Izumi

The wait might be long, but it’s entirely worth it. This little hole-in-the-wall sushi and ramen joint is buzzing, so get here at 7 pm if you’re in the mood for an early dinner. The quaint 15-seater is a passion project helmed by Nooresha, who’s in charge of the kitchen, and Anil Kably (of Zenzi fame), who dutifully mans the floor. Nooresha’s just returned from a stint at the Tokyo Sushi Academy and Yokohama’s International Ramen School, and here she puts her newly acquired skills to excellent use.

 

The small plates are deceptively full of flavour – try the tuna zuke with leek fries or the hamachi truffle ponzu with wasabi jelly. The tonkatsu ramen is the equivalent of a warm hug. Save room for dessert, because you’ll be tempted to ask for seconds of the green tea malabi (pudding) and a black sesame ice cream.

Izumi, Shop 4, Ground Floor, Sunbeam Apartments, Perry Cross Road, Off Carter Road, Bandra (West), Mumbai. Tel: +91 9004984476

 

El Mercado
(Spanish)

El Mercado. El Mercado Mumbai
El Mercado

 

Another charming Bandra gem you shouldn’t miss – and as it happens, it sits right next to Izumi. This Spanish tapas joint opens at 8.30 am and is a neat breakfast spot with eggs done in all manners. Basque Eggs (eggs baked with peppers and tomato sauce, on a skillet), Pablo’s Tortilla (deep dish Spanish omelette with your choice of meats and veggies) and Moorish Fried Eggs (with crispy veggies and queso) are some of the top choices.

 

From the tapas menu, you’ll want to try the Gambas Al Ajillo (prawns in olive oil and garlic) and Bocadillo De Calamares (sandwich with fried calamari and brava sauce). The sliders with cumin-scented lamb are already a hit, we gather. Round off your meal with a Crema Catalana or Arroz Con Leche (rice pudding).

El Mercado, Shop 3, Sunbeam, Perry Cross Road, Pali Hill, Bandra (West), Mumbai. Tel: +91 9137770978