Mumbai can be extremely unnerving for someone who is new. But a few days in the city and everyone figures out that the most “happening” place to be in Mumbai is Bandra. Bandra is a lot less conservative than other parts of Mumbai (from personal experience) and it has a lot of wonderful places to experience. The best part about Bandra, is the fact that it has almost all types of cuisines which you can possibly crave for. Here’s a list of places you absolutely cannot miss in Bandra:
The Bagel Shop
A cute café just off Carter Road, the Bagel Shop is the one stop shop for a quick and delicious snack. They specialize in bagels and croques, and have non-vegetarian, vegetarian and vegan options as well. With cool background music, mismatched chairs and an option for open to air seating- The Bagel Shop provides a perfect ambience for long conversations with friends or colleagues. Their staff is efficient and friendly, which is a definite pleasure to experience. The Croque Monsieur and ham bagels are delightful. Also try their Ice Tea, which has finally been gotten right!
A restaurant/ café at Pali Naka, Basilico is a hot favorite amongst the connoisseurs. It has an option for open to air seating as well. They specialize in Italian/ Mediterranean food- let’s just say Continental, shall we? But what really sets Basilico apart from the others, is its superb bakery. Basilico has a to-die-for cheesecake which literally melts in your mouth.
A new restaurant which has recently opened on Carter Road, Sufra caters to the Middle Eastern food lovers in Bandra. In this area specially, you will find a variety of shawarmas, but Sufra has the most authentic one. They will also provide the right kind of pickle, as well as the garlic butter which makes Middle Eastern food savory. Zatars – which I had looked far and wide for, are also found here. Sufra has an indoor seating option as well as a fast take-away option.
A Mexican restaurant which does serve alcohol, Sancho’s in Khar is a perfect option for a late night Saturday dinner. With dim lighting and a great ambience, Sancho’s is the place to relax and let go. Their fajitas and enchiladas are really, really good. What really makes or breaks a Mexican place is its dish of nachos, and the one at Sancho’s will have you licking your fingers. The best drink to go with these is beer (of course).
For tiny café at Pali Naka, Suzette has become an extremely famous creperie. Its size does cause a few limitations in space, but the ambience is pleasing. Head to Suzette for the crepes of all sorts- the vegetarian ones are also quite exciting. If it’s your first time at a creperie, play safe and order from the list of crepes that they provide instead of making your own. More than the main course meal, dessert is especially enjoyable at Suzette because of the variety their of sweet crepes. For drinks, opt for the refreshing fresh juices. Suzette is exquisite, yet affordable.