There’s no refuting that good food leads to a good mood. And, what better way to spend the week ahead than by tucking into delicacies — both seasonal and artisanal — at popular gastro haunts in and around you? Whether you’re in bustling Mumbai, breezy Bengaluru, the mist-laden Capital, or the city of Charminar; we bring you a roundup of F&B spaces worth checking out.
Make It A ‘Wine’some Weekend
Wine connoisseurs in town are in for a treat as The Wine Cellar by All Things Nice launches its first flagship store in Mumbai’s Malabar Hill. Quaintly designed to resemble a cellar, the aesthetic and temperature-controlled store is home to an exhaustive range of quality wine labels from across the globe. Wide-eye enthusiasts can drop by to gain deeper insights on purchases, gifting, and wine pairings by sommelier Nikhil Agarwal.
Where: The Wine Cellar by All Things Nice at Rajat Apartments, Next to Rajat Stores, Mount Pleasant Road, Malabar Hill
Timings: Weekdays 11 am to 8 pm | Weekends 11 am to 9 pm
Call: +91 98206 98883
Take Your Taste Buds Up by A Notch Or 3
What better way to ring in a one-year milestone than by tucking into a scrumptious tasting menu? Ekaa’s all-new Tasting Menu 3.0 is a well-curated 11-course affair inspired by India’s iconic ingredients, stories, cultures, and milestones. The freshly curated menu, crafted by chef Niyati Rao is made from interesting and rare ingredients such as the Himalayan trout roe, tree tomatoes from Nagaland, bael or wood applem, Sirarakhong chillies among many others. Each meal promises to tell a story that’s sensorially engaging so dig into classics like dabeli, farsan, akhuni, and the iconic Bombay ice cream — an ode to the legendary K Rustom Ice Cream sandwiches.
Where: Ekaa, Kitab Mahal, 1st Floor, D Sukhadwala Rd, Azad Maidan, Fort
Timings: 12 pm to 3 pm, 7 pm to 12 am
Call: 099876 57989
A Whiff of Continental Is Never A Bad Idea
Conceptualized and founded by Chef Yashasvi Modi, The Burrow is a great spot to soak up some peace and quiet around you on a Sunday. Tuck into an array of modern continental cuisines and unique handcrafted drinks, such as birria pulled lamb taco, grilled fish, orange and chili sauce, spinach, and feta pierogis. For desserts, the recommended picks are Kahlua panna cotta, white chocolate crumb, and basil crackle. Finish up your meal in true weekend decadence with a signature ‘Burrow twist’ like The Seville Sunset, (a gin-based drink made from orange, fennel, oolong tea, lime, almond fat wash, red wine float, and foam of gin), or Sazerac with cognac or rye and aniseed liqueur, sugar, bitters, and memon, among others.
Where: The Burrow, Adani Inspire, G Block BKC, Patthar Nagar, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East
Timings: 12 pm to 12 am
Call: 976 975 2787
It’s The Weekend For Fun, Frolic, and Flea
Precisely after a span of three years, Mumbai’s favorite flea aka The Lil Flea is making a comeback. With over 200 pop-up shops — featuring homegrown fashion and lifestyle products, food trucks, pop-ups, and carnival games — there’s so much and more to indulge in at this market. The event will also feature live performances, open-air movies, book exchange, board games, VR & Carnival Games, and workshops. This event serves as a leeway to support local businesses.
Where: JIO World Garden, BKC
Timings: January 20th to 22nd (11 am onwards)
Get Ready For A High Energy Cocktail Night
There’s a really good reason to drop by Sidecar — one of Asia’s top 50 bars. Well, Cobbler& Crew, a high-energy cocktail society bar in Pune, has collaborated for a special bar takeover with Sidecar and promises to be a rager in every sense of the word. Mayur Marne, head mixologist, and partner at Cobbler & Crew joins forces with Holly Graham, a specialist in cocktails and spirits, and some of the bestselling Cobbler &Crew specialties to order up are Feeling Good (made from Roku gin, basil, cucumber, and fennel), Autumn Leaves (made from Jim Beam bourbon, apricot, butterscotch, citrus, and spiced quinoa), and Midnight Blues (made from Jim Beam bourbon, palo santo, aromatic bitter, and maple) and the like.
Where: Sidecar, Greater Kailash, Part 2 Market
Timings: January 16th, Monday ( 8:30 pm onwards).
Call: 081307 37103
Dine Out Like A True Delhi-Ite!
Wine and dine with your tribe this Saturday Night with a touch of decadence, in true Dilli style! If you’re game, drop by Chica and start the weekend by digging into gourmet delicacies. Offerings worth trying include the all-American burger, featuring buttermilk-marinated batter fried chicken thighs with chipotle aioli, dill pickle, and aged English cheddar; hass avocado on sourdough toast, or better yet, the flourless chocolate brownie or, Chica’s Miso caramel cheesecake.
Where: Chica, One Golden Mile, Block A, Netaji Nagar
Timings: 12 pm to 1 am
For The Sake Of Old Times And Classics
Delhi’s favorite all-day diner has a menu featuring European, pan-Asian, and a modern interpretation of classics for the new year. Its hallmark is an approach that involves reinterpreting classics and includes items such as tom yam soup, pickled cabbage, and ginger dumplings, Sri Lankan pumpkin curry and rice, butter chicken, smoothie bowls and
Where: Nineteen78, Select Citywalk Mall, S-18 2nd Floor, Saket
Timings: 9 am to 11 pm
How About Happy Weekend Luncheons?
Aviary loyalists, huddle. The outlet’s newly launched Express Chef Luncheon is the perfect way to unwind while satiating those sinful weekend cravings in a jiffy with their newly launched express luncheons. Relish chef-curated delights such as bread and butter pudding, mushroom wontons, dal makhni chawal, and saucy spaghetti among several others on the menu.
Where: Aviary Cocktail Nest, Saket
Timings: 12 pm to 4 pm
Call: +91 9910434575 or +91 9910434898
Middle-Eastern For The Win
If you’re a lover of Middle-Eastern cuisine and in namma ooru, checking in at Qissa could be a good idea. Housed in central Indiranagar, Qissa promises to do justice to your love for the cuisine with its noteworthy offerings like a hot mezze platter, creamy hummus, parsley-heavy tabbouleh, and hot falafels. There are multiple ways to give this place a try — a lazy takeaway
or better yet, dine in to enjoy your meal while soaking up the comforting views of Indiranagar’s bustling lanes.
Where: Qissa, 46, 9th Main, 80 Feet Rd, opposite BSNL, HAL 3rd Stage, Indiranagar
Timings: 12 am to 12 pm
Call: 076250 49692
Keep The Ramen-ce Alive
In this chilly weather, a bowl (or two) of ramen won’t hurt. The cute sun-dappled spot on Brigade Road serves the best of yakitori, sushi, and of course, ramen in town. Surrounded by street shopping spots, Kuuraku is the place to be for authentic Japanese rolls, ebi tempura, warm drinks and also, Kotteri and Iekei ramen after a day of shopping or better yet, doing nothing.
Where: 202, 1St Floor, Forum Rex Walk, Shanthala Nagar, Brigade Road
Timings: 12 pm to 3 pm, 6 pm to 10 pm
Transport Yourself To A State Of “Eudaimonia”
Inspired by Asian and Mediterranean culinary traditions, Seta is an informal izakaya-inspired space, where can have a great time. Sandwiched between a charcoal grill on one side and a beautiful pool on the other, Seta ticks all the right boxes — on the aesthetic and gastronomical front with signature dishes like turnip cake garnished with garlic chips and Sichuan pepper, the Yuzu Kosho shrimp with shiso lime drizzled with chili butter and the grilled cauliflower served on a bed of sweet potato puree with harissa hummus and curry-oil drizzle.
Where: Embassy GolfLinks Business Park, Off Intermediate Ring Road, Domlur,
Timings: 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Call: +91 93640 05195
Nothing Like A Plateful Of Piping Hot Food
The city of Hyderabad now has a plush new spot to satiate those pan-Asian cravings—Kembara Asian Kitchen And Bar. The cosy fine-dining restaurant is as perfect for a lazy Sunday lunch as is it for a quick run for wontons, or their signature comfort bowl (don’t miss the tonkatsu ramen). So, drop by to witness Chef-duo — originally from Mumbai’s famed Asian eatery, Seefah — Seefah Ketchaiyo and Karan Bane rustle up magic in the kitchens of Kembara.
Where: Kembara Asian Kitchen And Bar, Ground floor, Argus building, Knowledge City
Rd, next to THub, Madhapur
Timings: Monday-Sunday: 12 pm to 11.30 pm
‘Tis The Weekend For Juicy Burgers And Beer
Raising a toast to the ongoing new year, Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach brings their “Burger & Beer” fest for patrons to relish different varieties of burgers, house salads, and signature sauces, with a combination of beers at the Harbour Vue. Sink your teeth into a combination of tastes and textures such as Red Kidney Beans burgers, vegetable burgers,
cheese potato burger, chicken burger, peri peri chicken burger, crispy fried chicken burger, Tower burger, and signature sauce made from bhut jolokia, one of the world’s hottest chilis, served alongside crispy potato wedges or fries.
Where: Harbour Vue, Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach
Timings: January 14 to January 15, 11 am onwards
Up For A Soulful Plate Of South-Indian On Sunday?
“Where the kitchens of Andhra, Telangana, Rayalaseema regions unite with a twist.” – is what the bio of AnTeRa Kitchen And Bar states on Instagram. The popular South Indian restaurant brings pure culinary magic from the regions of Andhra, Telangana and
Rayalaseema to your plate. Devour signature delicacies like Guntur karam kodi kebab, omelette kodi kebab, chicken kaju pakora, butter chicken biryani, nalli gosht biryani, ragi sangati and sitaphal rabdi among many others. Be it going solo, with friends or family, one thing’s certain — AnTeRa promises to leave you with a happy belly.
Where: AnTeRa, Road No-10, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad
Timings: Sunday to Thursday (12 pm to 11:30 pm), Friday and Saturday (12 pm to 12:30
Call: 033 6811 0949