If you are willing to pay for an experience that makes you feel like royalty, then these fine dining restaurants will cater to all your desires.
Delectable cuisine, tantalizing cocktails and an ambience that is bound to leave you breathless, there is no dearth of fine dining restaurants in Mumbai. It’s not every day that you can go to these places, but during the rare times that you do decide to invest, the courteous staff makes sure that it’s an experience you don’t easily forget. Since there is a lot of stiff competition in this sector, fine dining restaurants try very hard to stay ahead of the curve and these are the ones which have successfully managed to do so.
Toast & Tonic
Possessing an old country barn feel, Toast & Tonic should be on your list of places to go-to if you are a lover of gin and tonic. They use locally made ingredients which elevates the drinks and foods to another level altogether. Out of everything, you must try out Tuna Tataki (mango, avocado and chilli salsa, cilantro aioli, sesame and mustard oil) and a cocktail called The East India Company (a concoction of gin, strawberry, clove tonic water and strawberry spiced ice). Watch out for their herb infused ice cubes, which add so much flavour to your drink once they melt.
Where: Unit 1, Ground Floor, Jet Airways, Godrej Building, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
If you are fond of Japanese cuisine, then there is no better place in Mumbai than Wasabi for you. It has a celebrity clientele, and for good reason, because where else can you bite into sushi, while overlooking The Gateway of India. When it comes to food, you should definitely try out Cha-soba (chilled green tea noodles with chopped scallion, sesame seeds and dashi soy for dipping). And if you’re trying Japanese cuisine for the first time, then do give the Non Vegetarian Morimoto Omikase a shot.
Where: The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai
A rooftop restaurant overlooking the Arabian Sea is a perfect setting for a romantic date night, and if a quiet time with your significant other is on the agenda, you should head to this place. Other than the view, the place is also known for its quick service and extremely friendly staff. People love ordering the Afghan Chicken as well as a dessert called the Dome Tiramisu (Bailey’s cream, chocolate sand, cats tongue biscuits and espresso). From the cocktails menu, you can try a cocktail like the Watermelon Caprioska (vodka, fresh watermelon, brown sugar and lime) or French 10 (gin, lime, campari and sparkling wine).
Where: Hotel InterContinental, 135, Churchgate, Mumbai
Olive Bar And Kitchen
One of the most well-known fine dining restaurants in Mumbai, Olive Bar and Kitchen is often frequented by celebrities and possesses a cosy ambience. You have a range of cuisines to choose from – they have Continental, Mediterranean, Italian, European and Lebanese. The must-have dishes include the BBQ Chicken and Mediterranean Crock Pot. They have some creatively named signature cocktails as well, and you’re likely to appreciate this one called Stiff Upper Lip (green peppercorn-infused gin shaken with muddled strawberries, fresh peppercorn, spanked basil, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup.)
Where: 14, Below Pali Hill Tourist Hotel, Union Park, Khar, Mumbai
Slink & Bardot
Located in Worli, Slink & Bardot is one of the best places (if not the best) in the Maximum City for cocktails. The décor is extremely seductive with green walls and tall lamps (a lot of people rave about the lighting here). We recommend you to try seared scallops (bacon, whiskey cream, rocket & parmesan mousse) and French Picnic Basket (chicken liver parfait, pork rillettes, gazpacho, brie, red wine jam and pickles). Out of the cocktails, you need to try the La Parisienne (gin, dry vermouth, crème de mure, plum bitters and lemon twist).
Where: 329/A, Thadani House, Opposite Indian Coast Guard, Worli Village, Worli, Mumbai
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By Sameer Jha
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