Dining beneath the stars with the sound of the tide nearby and a spectacular view of the sea heightens the sensuality of an already pleasurable meal. The romantic sunset at these five restaurants in Mumbai will transform your dinner into an experience that will not be easy to forget.
Gadda Da Vida – Novotel, Juhu
This chic and vibrant sea lounge at Novotel overlooks the scenic waters of the Arabian Sea. Get there in time to catch the glorious sunset seated on the plush couches or the cushioned rattan chairs outside. The music is soothing and conversation friendly. The expansive bar boasts a range of some of the finest spirits and great starters. The must try stuff here are the calamari rings, lamb kibbeh, saunfiyani paneer tikka and Korean fried chicken. Look out for the special alcohol promotions as there is something on invariably and the deals are pocket friendly.
Where: Lobby level, Novotel, Balraj Sahani Marg, Juhu Beach, Mumbai. Call: 022 66934444
You may not be able to slip off your shoes and sink your feet into the sand beneath your table but you can do the next best thing – of enjoying an outstanding meal while being serenaded by the lovely sea breeze and the magnificent sunset at Juhu beach, at Estella. The modern Australian meal served here encourages you to linger on, while soaking up the ocean views and some great people watching on the beach. Start with the grilled scallops with miso honey cream and carrot foam is exquisite. The presentation too is breathtaking. The seafood al ajilio (with clams, shrimps and scallops) is a thing of dreams and a must try here. The accompanying sherry saffron garlic butter sauce is simply addictive. If you drink, go for the Yuzu Sour which is a bitter, sour and sweet drink of Singleton of Ord malt with Japanese yuzu.
Where: Nichani Kutir Building, Opposite HDFC Bank, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai. 10 mins drive from Vile Parle station. Call: 7999998232/ 7999998212
Trilogy Beach Club, Juhu
Soak up some sunshine and luxuriate in some dim sums in the soothing company of the Arabian Sea at this groovy and glamourous nightclub. It’s easy to unwind and let go in the gorgeously romantic cabanas and poolside tables. Relish the hot barbeque spread as you sip on some fine spirits before partying at the Trilogy SuperClub. Drinks are curated by the renowned mixologist Dimi Lezinska. When hunger strikes, hit the Asian spread of Trilogy Special Roll (a cocoon of Lobster Tempura, avocado and crisps), the Hamachi carpaccio or the Edamame Truffle Dumplings. But if you are looking to dance the night away, head to the two storied SuperClub in the same premises. The unprecedented DJ booth here is a motorised one that spins between the two floors and is something the city has never witnessed before.
Where: Hotel Sea Princess, 969, Juhu Tara Rd, Airport Area, Juhu, Mumbai. Call: 022 2646 9689
Ziya – The Oberoi Mumbai
This award winning restaurant at the Oberoi Hotel serves North Indian delicacies with a wonderful view of the Queen’s Necklace. The wooden flooring adds a regal touch to the place and the wooden inlay work looks quite impressive. But the most significant aspect of this restaurant is undoubtedly the view. Wherever you choose to sit, you get a fantastic view. The magnificent dishes by chef Vineet Bhatia may burn a hole in your pocket but that’s the price you pay for innovation and exclusivity. Go for the finest butter chicken in the city. But if you are daring enough to move out of your comfort zone, do try one of Vineet's signature dishes. The Chocolate Samosa is a true classic.
Where: The Oberoi, Nariman Point, Mumbai. Call: 022 66326210
Bay View, Marine Drive
This 24 hour dining restaurant, helmed by Chef Kshitiz Shekhar is designed like a ship and comes with stunning views of the Arabian Sea. Intimate, casual yet elegant, it’s a perfect place to unwind while feasting on North Indian and Continental delicacies. Start with the mellow and flavourful Bhune Badam Ka Shorba and graduate to the Baluchi Ghosht, Mahi Methi and Tamatari Paneer. Bay View offers you a chance to leave behind the chaotic life of Mumbai and simply unwind with friends, chilled beer and great music.
Where: Hotel Marine Plaza, 29, Marine Drive, Churchgate, Mumbai. Call: +91-22-22851212
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