Out And About: From Songkran Menus And Unique Pop-Ups To Middle Eastern Delicacies, This Weekend Raises A Toast To Culinary Decadence
Out And About: From Songkran Menus And Pop-Ups To New Outlet Launches, This Weekend Raises A Toast To Culinary Decadence

From introducing unique twists to comfort fares to new outlet launches, this week offers an array of options for the discerning gastro-nomad.

It goes without saying that the long weekend calls for some indulgence. So, what better time than now to take a breather from the rut and explore the culinary space in your city in all its glory? From introducing unique twists to comfort fares to the new outlet launches, the culinary arena across Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Goa offers an impressive array of options for the discerning gastro-nomad.



A Limited Edition Pop-Up Awaits

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No plans have been made for the weekend, so far? Fret not, and make one right now to Jolie’s, where you can experience a limited-edition COMORIN pop-up, happening for the first time in Mumbai. Some of the signature dishes to nosh on are Green chili prawns, haleem, Champaran mutton, podi idli, masala Avocado papad, Kathal Nihari, Gucchi pulao and Cheeni malai toast among many others. Don’t forget to sample some of Comorin’s award-winning cocktails like Comorin 75, Cuban Sour, and Neer More while you’re at it.


Where: Jolie’s, Birla Centurion, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli, Mumbai. The Comorin Pop-Up will run during dinners on April 7 and April 8 and lunches on April 8 and April 9.
Call:  086575 56600

Unwind At A Picturesque Farm In The City’s Outskirts

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Equal parts experiential and modern, Oleander Farms gives its guests the best of both worlds — luxury with the tranquility of a countryside farm at an idyllic 180-acre wide retreat to help you recharge those batteries. From team treks and lakeside dinners to wine tasting, there’s never a dull moment at the farm, which also houses a café that remains open 24×7, offering a healthy mix of salad bowls, smoothies, alongside wholesome vegan meals with farm-fresh drinks by the canal. Need we say more?


Where: Oleander Farms, Karjat, Chowk Rd, Wavarle, Maharashtra,
Call: 022 50022222 / 022-50022223

A Sunday Brunch Is Always A Good Idea

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As cringe as it may sound, it’s the perfect weekend to chill at Foo’s, as the popular eatery launches its Fiery Edit menu —No Chill Edition. The menu features 14 sizzling dishes, two scorching desserts, and four cocktails made with chilies from India, Mexico, and Thailand—including Bhut Jolokia, Habanero, and Birds Eye. Recommended dishes include Ghost Pepper Salmon Roll, No Chill Chilli Dumpling, and Fire Fried Rice. For desserts, pick from innovative offerings like Dark & Dangerous—a spicy chocolate mousse with a soy caramel crème brûlée center, paired with chili soy ice cream. Expect a side of fierceness even with the drinks—The Gunpowder (combines gin, gunpowder tea cordial, green chilli tincture, and lime), while the Hotstepper, (made with vodka, white wine, Thai red chili syrup, lime, galangal, lemongrass, and kaffir leaf) leaves a spicy aftertaste.


Where: F1, First Floor, Festival Square, Phoenix Mill Compound, Phoenix Mall, 462 SB Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Timings: Until April 30, 2023| 12 PM to 1 AM
Call: +918657407773

Middle Eastern For The Win

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Treat your taste buds to a Middle-Eastern culinary extravagance with Bayroute’s freshly minted Sunday brunch menu. Sample signature dishes like Shorba Manti, an Armenian lamb soup served with baked lamb dumplings, garlic yogurt, and Sumac dew; Dukkah lamb shawarma, and Tava Karides (Turkish-style prawns glazed in butter, parsley, and limun). The menu also includes Meshwi—a variety of hot grills, a range of cultured sourdough bread called Tarah, hummus, cold mezze, and more. Complete your meal with a volley of best-sellers such as Zafrani milk cake, Baklava, chocolate fondant, and Lotus milk cake. As part of the brunch offer, drinks are in the house for women on Tuesdays.


Where: Bayroute, Unit No. T-9 – 3rd Floor, Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
Timings: 12 PM to 1:30 AM
Call: 090290 08335

Mumbai Gets A New Pan-Asian Haunt

Yazu, a popular pan-Asian dining spot, launches its second outlet in the city. Drop by to tuck into an impressive array of specialties such as the Asian pizza-San, Japanese Carpaccio served with Ponzu dressing, baos, Cheung fung, Nigiri sushi (a small ball of vinegared rice topped with a slice of fresh, high-quality raw fish or seafood, sashimi, Maki sushi), and Poke bowl (a traditional Hawaiian dish consisting of a base of rice or greens, topped with marinated raw fish). Bestsellers to try from the bar menu include its homemade tonic water, Martini, Negroni, and Whiskey Sour in addition to a cocktail range called, ‘A Trip In Time’.

Where: One Lodha Place, 2, Lodha World Towers, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Timings: 12 PM to 4:30 PM, 7 PM to 1 AM
Call: 9930803781

Raise A Toast To The Thai New Year

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In keeping with the week-long Thai New Year celebrations; Seefah, an authentic Thai and Japanese cuisine restaurant has introduced a limited-edition Songkran menu that features specials like Khao Tang Na Tang,(savory rice crackers served with spicy minced chicken, prawn, peanut & coconut dip), Kang Oom Neu,( a North-eastern Thai spicy tenderloin soup), Kang Tai Toa Hoo Yang, (a Southern Thai curry, grilled Tofu, vermicelli noodles) among several others. That aside, Chef’s ultimate comfort food, Khao Niew Moo Yang is another unmissable dish to order off the menu, alongside a wide range of flavorsome in-house brews and cocktails.


Where: Seefah, 2 Floor, Khan House, Hill Rd, above McDonald’s, Bandra West, Mumbai.
Timings: 12 PM to 3:30 PM, 7 PM to 12 AM.
Call: +91 8928888710


Delhi Gets A New Culinary Pincode

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Celebrating India’s diverse regional flavors and rich culinary heritage, while drawing inspiration from Chef Kunal’s personal experiences, family recipes, and India’s many pin codes; renowned chef Kunal Kapoor’s newest offering, Pincode is a tribute to classic Indian dishes mixed with innovative creations like the Chaat hummus, dhokla chaat, and falooda. Chef Kunal’s recommendations include the Pressure Cooker chicken curry, Malai prawns, Lamb seekh tawa masala, and the must-try Old Delhi-style bread pudding.


Where: Pincode, Ground Floor, No 21/31, Mall Road, New DelhI
Timings: 12:30 PM to 11 PM
Call: 9958600654 | 9958600754

For Brews And A Jolly Good Time

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Delhi recently opened its doors to a beer haven, a plush address in Khas Market that exudes a breezy vibe, making it an ideal weekend spot to drop by with a bunch of friends for a round of glugs, or even if sampling craft beers and gin-based cocktails solo feels more like your thing on a lazy weekend evening. From chunky burgers to bite-sized Indian appetizers, pasta, and desserts, Fort City Brewing offers ample options to binge on and savor a world-class beer experience.


Where: Fort City Brewing, E-17, Market Ln, Hauz Khas Market, Block E, Hauz Khas, Delhi
Timings: 12 PM to 1 AM
Call: +917506500050

DLF Promenade Gets A Plush New Culinary Haunt

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Kampai, meaning ‘cheers’ in Japanese, opens its second outlet in one of Vasant Kunj’s landmark properties—DLF Promenade. An array of innovative dishes like Japanese-style carpaccio and Japanese pizzas have been introduced alongside a diverse sushi menu. Kampai loyalists can heave a sigh of relief as the outlet retains its classics: Buta barayaki, Char-grilled lobster, Tantan men ramen, miso ramen, Black cod miso, crispy Kale Yuzu cream cheese, New Zealand lamb chop, Tuna pizza with freshly shaved truffles and Nori crusted salmon steak amongst others.


Where: DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
Timings: 12 PM to 11:30 PM
Call: 093192 74015


‘Tis The Weekend For Easter Lunches

Chef Manu Chandra’s recent venture, LUPA has really set the bar high in Bengaluru, and the upcoming Sunday Easter lunch at the restaurant promises to take things up by a notch. Taking cues from New York-style brunches, this luncheon is going to be anything but regular. So, mark your calendar as one of the most decadent brunches in town awaits, bringing their Belgian Original, Mediterranean Summer &Parisian Romans gins to the mix.

Where: LUPA, Ground Floor, NO.86, SPENCER’S TOWERS, Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Haridevpur, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru
Timings: 12 PM to 4 PM
Call: +918792384999

How About Some ‘Magique’?

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The garden city has a new tribal-themed culinary address—Magique. Spanning two levels of dining, the outlet presents a distinctive fusion of a high-energy nightclub and a laid-back outdoor dining area and reportedly features Asia’s longest bar. Options to try are Malai Kulfi kebab, Anar dhana (chicken), lamb hummus, and Siracha chicken. Cap off your meal with a wide range of libations, namely Nutty Zin, You My Crush, Spin Over, and Crazy Dreamer, each crafted with premium ingredients and expert mixology techniques.


Where: SJR Junction, Sony World Signal, Koramangala, Bengaluru
Timings: 12 PM to 12:30 AM
Call: 9967420000

It’s Raining Songkran Menus In The ‘Luru

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Drop by either of the Thai Basil outlets to enjoy a delicious bowl of Tom Yum soup available with your choice of protein, as it’s raining Songkran menus across the city. The bestselling options include Massaman curry with chicken, a signature Thai curry, Lemon steam fish, and Mango sticky rice among others.


Where: 840A, 100 Feet Rd, Indira Nagar 1st Stage, H Colony, Bengaluru
Timings: April 10 to April 16; 11:30 AM to 11 PM
Call: 080 4865 8489

The IPL Fervour Catches Up In Town

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Tuck into the food of your choice as you root for your favorite team this IPL season, as Raahi has unveiled its latest IPL-inspired menu that features a tall list of cult favorites such as Penne Alfredo with Parmegiano Regiano, smoked butter chicken wrap, roasted makhane, Burnt Basque cheesecake and lots more.


Where: Raahi, 15, State Bank of India Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru
Timings: 12 PM to 11:30 PM
Call: 8861332888/ 8861262888

South Indian For The Win

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There’s an unsaid comfort in South Indian fare. And, Maayaa aims to offer patrons a slice of just that. The space exudes a tropical-esq vibe, making for a great luncheon spot. From Tamil Nadu’s Melagu rasam (often served with some murukku on the side) and idiyappams to Kothu parotta, chicken ghee roast, Mangalorean fish fry, and Urval; sink your teeth into hearty indulgences. End things on a ‘sweet’ note with desserts like Elaneer payasam and falooda.


Where: Maayaa, The Courtyard by Sublime, Race Course Road, Sampangi Rama Nagar.
Timings: 8 AM to 11 PM
Call: 088614 98813

For The Love Of Quaint Cafes

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Few things compare to the joys of soaking up the idyllic views of central Bengaluru as you sip on a tipple and side of your choice at a breezy all-day café —Daysie. Located on MG Road, the outlet boasts a menu that draws influences from around the world. Signature dishes to try include the lobster bisque or the mutton paaya, Bohri kheema samosas, and the salmon papdi chaat and artisanal pizzas. Top it off with a drink from the bar menu, and rest assured, you’re in for a pretty good weekend.


Where: Daysie, Ground Floor, No. 18, Ramanashree Arcade, Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Craig Park Layout, Bengaluru
Timings:12 PM to 12:30 AM
Call: 080 4725 0000


A Feast By The Shore, Maybe?

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Boasting of Goan-European-inspired cuisine, Chef Rueben has conjured up a spread of light and delicate dishes presented with vibrant colors and bold flavors at Goa’s latest addition—Sao By The Shore. Feast on traditional goan delicacies like prawn Sol Kadi ceviche with tender coconut & edible flowers, Moroccan lamb kebab, mutton liver pate with caramelized onion to Truf le Buf alo mozzarella fragottino. The outlet boasts chic outdoor seating and a blissful oceanside scenery, offering the best views of North Goa.


Where: Sao By The Shore, Morjim, Ashwem Beach Road, Mandrem, Goa
Timings: 11 AM to 11 PM
Call: +91- 93074 55572

A Slice Of Tranquillity

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Enjoy a sense of peace and tranquillity at Azule, a happening restaurant-cum-bar that offers good food and good vibes, with a motley of refreshing cocktails. The menu has everything, ranging from salads, pizzas, pasta, and Indian specialties.


Where: Azule, Goa Plot no 224/1-A Ground floor. Ashvem, Mandrem, Goa
Timings: 12 PM to 1:30 AM
Call: +919925666976

Nothing Like Sundowner Evenings

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When in Goa, it’s only fair if you drop by a bar that offers sundowner settings, along with one-of-a-kind experiences. Signature dishes to try from Occo’s unique sea-inspired menu are Turkish Kuzu burger, Miso garlic tofu, served with crunchy mushroom, Vermicelli wrapped prawns served with gochujang mayo, marinated grilled chicken leg and homemade turmeric potato Gnocchi pasta. For desserts, choose from innovative additions like the Baklava roll, and Occo’s signature fusion dessert, and the Wasabi white chocolate cheesecake. The in-house specials to try from the bar menu include Shawshank Redemption(a mix of golden rum, pure honey, and lemon juice, aromatized with saffron); Muladhara(white rum infused with lemon grass and martini blanco infusion with lemon,) and Marry Marry,(a sweet, sour, and spicy blend of guava, tomato, Indian spices, and chili).


Where: Occo, 213/22, Ozaran Beach, Vagator, Goa
Timings: 12 PM to 1:30 AM
Call: +919112008080

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