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12 Places That Serve The Best Biryani In Mumbai

To the point: Let’s be honest – do you ever need an actual reason to savour some delicious biryani? After all, biryani is possibly that one thing that unifies all of us – regardless of who we are, which region we belong to, or what our likes/dislikes may be. In fact, a biryani is possibly that one dish that even the most ardent haters of food (yes, people like that do exist!) cannot resist. And so on that note, for all Mumbaikars out there who were looking for the best biryani in Mumbai, we at Whatshot have compiled a list of the best places that serve biryani in Mumbai.

1. Persian Darbar

Established in 1976, the Persian Darbar is, without question, where you ought to be headed to if you are looking for the best biryani in Mumbai. And while they have many outlets across the city, it’s the one in Byculla that has gradually become our one-stop-shop for a lip-smacking plate of biryani. In fact, the variety of biryani you’ll get to savour here is pretty much unrivaled. After all, where else can you find chicken biryani, reshmi tikka biryani, mutton biryani, mutton pulao, pomfret biryani, egg biryani, mushroom pulao, and even prawns biryani on the same menu? We also urge you to try out their Mutton Raan Reshmi Masala, Chicken Patiyala, Chicken Nawabi, Mutton Seekh Kebabs, Masala King Prawns, and Pomfret Fry.  Where: Persian Darbar,  Alexondar Terrace, 5, Dr. Babasahed Ambedkar Road, Byculla East Cost for two: Rs. 800  Operating hours: 9 am to 1:30 am  Contact: 022-23791112

2. Kakori House

While Kakori House is mostly known for its delectable kebabs, it’s actually their biryani that ends up being the most treasured offering on their menu. And with an impressive variety of biryani from around the country being served here, Kakori House ends up being an absolute treasure trove for biryani lovers in the city. We suggest you go for their Dum Gosht Lucknowi Biryani or Dum Gosht Noormahal Biryani to keep things filling and royal, and if you’re a vegetarian, their Dum Subz Masala Biryani is an absolute must-have. While you’re at it, you should also order their Murgh Musallam, Paneer Makhani, Nihari Gosht, Kakori Kebabs, Mutton Shami Kebabs, Dal-E-Khas, and Mahi Kaliya (fish curry in mustard sauce). And finally, if you’re planning on visiting here with a large group, you’d be pleased to know that their menu lets you order some select dishes (including all of their biryanis) by the kilo! Happy eating!  Where: Kakori House, 10 A, Shiv Sagar Society, Opposite Paradise Cinema, Lady Jamshedji Road, Mahim West Cost for two: Rs. 1,300  Operating hours: 11:30 am to 11:30 pm  Contact: 8655259211

3: Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar

Delhi Darbar in Marine Lines has possibly been serving the most famous biryani in Mumbai for a while now, and so our list would simply be incomplete without mentioning it. Their biryani is iconic and not too loaded with spices; with a subdued-yet-recognizable flavour that sets it apart from other places on our list. Just keep it simple and order their Mutton Biryani if good biryani is all you’re after, or you can order their delectable Mutton Kheema Biryani, or their special Prawns Biryani to savour an appetising meal. You should also take a dig at the rest of their menu, especially their Murgh-e-Nargis, Raan Sikandari, and Chicken Korma, if you’re in an adventurous mood. That fact that you’ll be getting such delectable food for a reasonable price only ends up being an added bonus.   Where: Delhi Darbar, 94, 1st Marine Street, Big Three Building, Metro Gol Masjid, Dhobi Talao, Marine Lines Cost for two: Rs. 800  Operating hours: 11 am to 12:30 am Contact: 022-22016363

4: Lucky Restaurant

Another name synonymous with delectable biryani, Lucky restaurant in Bandra now has  multiple branches across the city, though it still manages to keep the authentic flavour it’s known for. The absolutely delicious variety of biryani you can savour here is enough to warrant a visit, especially since their Arabi chicken biryani, fish tikka biryani, egg biryani, and mutton biryani are simply too good for you to pass over. And for the vegans out there looking for the best veg biryani in Mumbai, Lucky Restaurant’s vegetable biryani and paneer tikka biryani are just what you were looking for. So whenever you are craving some biryani, just head to their Hill Road outlet to relive some college memories, or in case of a first-time visit, just order everything there is on their menu.    Where: Lucky Restaurant, Junction Of SV Road & Hill Road, Hill Road, Bandra West Cost for two: Rs. 750  Operating hours: 9 am to 1 am  Contact: 022-26516019

5: Behrouz biryani

Having started out as a delivery-only biryani joint in Gurgaon, Behrouz Biryani has come a long, illustrious way. While still delivery-only, their biryani is now also available across Mumbai (as well as multiple other cities) through their multiple outlets. We love the authentic handis their biryanis come in, as well as the sheer size of their portions. So don’t hesitate before ordering their Murgh Makhani Biryani, Lazeez Bhuna Murgh Biryani, Dum Gosht Biryani, and Murgh Queema Kefta Biryani. Those looking for more vegan friendly options, you can order their Subz-E-Biryani, Zaikedaar Paneer Biryani, Paneer Subz Biryani, and their Kathail Biryani,all of which make for absolutely delicious options.  Where: Delivery only!  Cost for two: Rs. 650  Operating hours: 10 am  to 12 am  Contact: 18002700928

6: Borivali Biryani Centre

By far one of the oldest and most well-recognized places for biryani in the city, Borivali Biryani Centre in (obviously) Borivali is one for the road trips, especially the ones you take to reach this place. By no means a restaurant with fancy decor or cutlery, Biryani Centre makes up for it by delivering on the quality of the food. If you’re finding it difficult to choose one off the menu, just go for their Chicken Dum Biryani, Chicken Tikka Biryani, Mutton Dum Biryani, Fish Biryani,  or their Mutton Tava Rice, and be assured that you won’t come back disappointed. Apart from the rich variety of biryani, their menu also offers other delectable dishes including, Noorani Kebabs, Prawns Fry, Chicken Masala, Chicken Lahori, and Mutton Rogan Josh.  Where: Borivali Biryani Centre, 25-28, Aditya Apartment, Shimpoli, Chikuwadi, Borivali West Cost for two: Rs. 750  Operating hours: 12 pm to 3:30 pm, 7 pm to 12 am Contact: 022-28332722

7: Dum Pukht

Dum Pukht is one of the most recognized names in fine-dining Awadhi (and general Mughlai) cuisine, and the biryani is one of the main attractions on their menu. Dum Pukht literally means ‘slow cooking’, which is the cooking technique that gives the delectable biryanis here a unique and authentic flavour. While a bit on the higher side, the sheer explosion of flavours you’ll get to experience by feasting on the food – especially the biryanis – here makes it well worth it. After all, their signature Dum Pukht Biryani (basmati rice and lamb, simmered with mace, ittar and kewra), Murgh Yakhni Pulao (a delectable concoction of spring chicken, long grain basmati, and aromatic spices), and Subz Biryani (seasonal vegetables and basmati rice cooked on dum) are a sheer treat for your tastebuds.  Where: Dum Pukht, ITC Maratha, Sahar Road, Chakala, Mumbai Cost for two: Rs. 5000 Operating hours: 12 pm to 2:30 am, 7 pm to 11:30 pm Contact: 022-40341878

8: Cafe Noorani

Image Courtesy: Pexels It won’t be wrong to state that Cafe Noorani, located on Tardeo Road, serves the best biryani in Mumbai.  After all, the sheer variety of biryani at offer here pretty much makes the best case possible for you to head to Tardeo Road and dine at Cafe Noorani. Their flavourful biryanis, especially their fish tikka biryani, mutton biryani, reshmi tikka biryani, and prawns biryani, will make you keep coming back for more. But that’s not all!  While the biryanis here make for a delicious yet affordable dishes (half a portion of the chicken biryani will cost you just Rs. 180), you should also savour some other options from their menu. In fact, we recommend their butter chicken, palak paneer, chicken Kashmiri, chicken liver masala fry, dal gosht, and kadhai prawns as well.     Where: Cafe Noorani, 5 D, Tardeo Road, Haji Ali Circle, Tardeo, Mumbai Cost for two: Rs. 750  Operating hours: 8 am  to 12 am  Contact: 022-23534753

9: Shalimar Restaurant

The fact that Shalimar is situated on Mohammad Ali Road should pretty much clue you in vis-a-vis the quality of food you’ll get to experience at this eating joint. You don’t even have to take our word for it, all you need to do is order their delicious chicken tikka biryani, fish biryani, chicken kabsa rice, or prawns pulao, and you’ll understand just what we are trying to say. For the vegans amongst you, you can order their veg biryani instead. But apart from their biryanis, you should also try out their kadai gosht, Afghani mutton, fish masala, chicken chilly wings, lamb in hot bean sauce, and chilli prawns gravy to truly experience an irresistible explosion of flavours in your mouth. And here’s the best thing about Shalimar, if you’re getting a sudden late night craving for biryani, or Mughlai food in general, at 12:00 AM, then the fact that it’s open till 2:00 AM is certain to bring a smile to your face.  Where: Shalimar, Vazir Building, Shalimar Corner, Bhendi Bazaar, Sandhurst Road, Mohammad Ali Road Cost for two: Rs. 700  Operating hours: 8 am  to 2 am  Contact: 022-23456631

10: Dum Matka

Dum Matka, as the name suggests, is the perfect place to go to if you’re a fan of dum style biryani. Their are specially known for their authentic Hyderabadi Dum Biryani that will make you feel like you’ve magically been teleported to the bylanes of Hyderabad city. Of the Hyderabadi Dum Biryani being served here, we recommend the chicken dum, mutton dum, fish tikka, chicken tikka, and veg dum variants, all of which are certain to elevate your love for biryani to new heights. In addition to the collection of biryani at offer her, you’ll also love their fish tikka kebabs, kadai chicken, butter chicken, murgh banjara leg, and fish tikka masala. Where: Dum Matka, Shop No-154, Galleria Mall Shopping Center, Hirandani, Powai, Mumbai Cost for two: Rs. 750  Operating hours: 12 pm to 4 pm, 6:45 pm to 11:50 am Contact: 7045934855

11: The Calcutta Club

Image Courtesy: Flickr If you were looking for authentic Kolkata style biryani, then it’s time you reserved a table at the Calcutta Club. The Chicken Dum and Mutton Dum Biryanis being served here will treat your tastebuds to the authentic taste of Kolkata cuisine like no other eatery in the city. In fact, the special Kolkata style biryanis at offer here can also be ordered by the kilo – making this the perfect place to go to with a group of like-minded biryani lovers. Their Mangshore Jhole, Aloo Posto, Chicken Kausha, and Bhetki Fish Patori are worthy of your consideration as well. Where: The Calcutta Club,  22, Link Plaza, Near Police Station, Oshiwara, Andheri West  Cost for two: Rs. 600  Operating hours: 12 pm to 4 pm, 7 pm to 12 am Contact: 9870424395

12: Zaffran

Lastly, how can any list compiling all of the places serving the best biryani in Mumbai be complete without a mention of Zaffran? Their signature Gosht Biryani is simply too good for any foodie in Mumbai, let alone biryani lovers, to miss out on. The perfect concoction of aroma and spicy flavours, Zaffran’s Gosht Biryani will make you keep coming back for more, time after time.  Where: Zaffran, Todi & Company, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel, Mumbai Cost for two: Rs. 1,400   Operating hours:  12 pm to 11 pm Contact: 9595063063 Inputs from Himanshu Sharma

Enjoy Pocket Friendly Mughlai At These Joints In Mumbai

To the point: Packed with street food stalls and fine dining restaurants, it’s difficult to find small-scale restaurants that serve delicious food at pocket friendly rates in Mumbai. After multiple culinary trips, we found out the best places in the city that serve delicious mughlai cuisine on a budget!

Rajasthan

Don’t let the name confuse you. This outlet in Khar has been serving hungry mughlai food lovers for years now. From their biryani to the lighter-than-cotton caramel custard, everything is lip-smacking good. It’s a fast moving restaurant so don’t expect a fine dining experience. 
Where: Rajasthan, S.V road, Khar west
When: 8 am to 1 am, all days
Cost for two: Rs 500

Kareem’s

An oldie but a goodie on this list! Kareem’s has been ruling the mughlai restaurant scene in Mumbai for years with its delish kebabs, rolls and even biryanis. What is amazing about this place is that it’s quick, tasty and absolutely consistent in its taste, whichever outlet you go to. 
Where: Kareem’s, Shop 53, 53A, 54, Ground Floor, Jai Hind Market, Dr. C. G. Road, Behind Gandhi Market Bus Stop, Chembur
When: 11.30 am to 4 pm, 6.30 pm to 11.30 pm, all days
Cost for two: Rs 700

Oye Pappe

This deliver-only mughlai joint offers a great variety of mughlai starters and main course dishes on its menu. Along with non-vegetarian food, they have been known to make the most delicious vegetarian food too. They have also tackled one common complaint with most mughlai take-away or delivery joints which is the chewiness of the roti or naan. Their breads are soft and light to eat even after delivery! 
Where: Oye Pappe, Kalina Road, Santacruz East
When: 11 am to 3 pm, 7 pm to 11 pm, all days
Cost for two: Rs 450 

Noor Mohammadi Hotel

The restaurant that made the ‘Sanju Baba Chicken’ famous- a recipe that Sanjay Dutt enjoys at this place. Noor Mohammadi is also known for its Nalli Nihari, a dish that only a few get right in this city. Don’t forget to pick up their readymade meat masala which they retail at the restaurant itself! 
Where: Noor Mohammadi Hotel, 179, Wazir Building, Abdul Hakim Chowk, Bhendi Bazar, Near, Mohammad Ali Road
When: 6 am to 1.30 am, all days
Cost for two: Rs 350 

Gulshan-e-Iran

An authentic mughlai dining experience in the city at an affordable rate is possible at Gulshan-e-Iran. Their tandoori items are a crowd favourite along with its biryani. Wrap up your meal with their yummy kulfi falooda, which is must have here. 
Where: Gulshan-e-Iran, 15, Corner Of MRA Marg, Musafir Khana Road, Crawford Market, Mumbai CST Area
When: 7 am to 1.30 am, all days 
Cost for two: Rs 500

Goila Butter Chicken

While the chef-cum-owner of this restaurant has represented India on Masterchef Australia, their prices are still pocket-friendly. Known for its butter chicken, Goila’s butter chicken has a smokey flavour to the gravy, something that even hard core Delhi fiod-lovers rave about. So don’t forget to try that! 
Where: Goila Butter Chicken, Shop 26, 4 Bungalows, Sai Kanwal Complex, Indira Nagar, Near DN Nagar Metro Station, 4 Bungalows
When: 12 noon to 1 am, all days
Cost for two: Rs 700

Looking For The Best Brewery In Mumbai? Here Are 10 Places That Every Beer Lover Will Absolutely Love!

To the point: In the last couple of years, breweries and pubs have mushroomed all over Mumbai, serving amazing beers and ciders in settings that are at once casual and fun. If you love beer and are looking for a new watering hole, we’ve put together a list of all the best taprooms in Mumbai. Cheers to that!

Here Are The Best Breweries In Mumbai 

1: Brewbot Eatery & Pub Brewery

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Located in Andheri West, this brewery loves robots, hence its name. They offer a good selection of wheat beers and IPAs but in case you happen to favour darker beers, the Black Mamba, a British-style oatmeal stout, is an absolute delight. They also have a special Hoppy Hour offer where they supersize your beer and get you a 550ml one, while you actually pay for a 330ml one (applicable from Monday to Saturday during 4 AM to 8 AM). They also offer incredible combo deals where you can pair up your beer with either a pizza, tacos or one of their select starters for a better price. Speaking of their food menu, you can get a lot of scrumptious and delectable dishes here, including an amazing variety of tacos (their Smoked Chicken, Crispy Avocado, and Smoked Port variants being our absolute favourites), pizzas (we recommend their BBQ Chicken and Farmhouse variants), and their chicken wings and juicy chicken sliders.  

Where: Brewbot Eatery & Pub Brewery, G-01 & 101, Morya Landmark 1, Off New Link Road, Andheri West
Cost for two: Rs. 1,500 
Timings: 4:00 PM – 1:00 AM 
Contact: 9326072768

2: British Brewing Company

As the name suggests, this watering hole is all about its beers and British pub-like ambience. They offer a good selection of craft beers on tap including brews by Gateway Brewing Co.and White Owl, as well as an exhaustive list of international brews like Asahi, Witlinger, and Hoegaarden. From their own freshly crafted beers, we recommend you to check out their Diablo, Apple Cider, and Spark variants. They also serve some interesting cocktails for you to choose from, including their BBC Sangria, Watermelon Caipiroska, and Fresh Fruit Margarita.You should also check out their food menu and order their delectable Tom Yum Soup, Grilled Chicken Salad, Crispy Bombay Duck, Potato Cheese Shots, and Backyard Chicken Burger. So the next time you feel spoilt for choice given the wide range of breweries in Mumbai that you could visit, British Brewing Company makes an incredibly worthy case for itself. You’d also be pleased to know that BBC in spread across various locations in Mumbai, including Lower Parel, Goregaon, Saki Naka, Vashi, and Thane.

Where: British Brewing Company, Various outlets 
Cost for two: Rs. 1,600
Timings: 12:00 PM – 12:30 AM 

3: Woodside Inn

This brew pub has played a significant role in converting Mumbaikars into craft beer enthusiasts. They offer brews from Gateway Brewing Co., Independence Brewing Company, Brewbot, Ninkasi and pretty much every other brewery in Mumbai and Pune. As such, those looking for the best brewery in Mumbai will surely be pleased by the sheer variety of draughts that are at offer here. You can sample most of them at their Lower Parel taproom whose bar is equipped with over 30 taps, as well as their Colaba and Andheri outlets. Unlike most breweries, this one opens shop pretty early in the day, and so if you were ever craving some delicious pancakes or waffles for breakfast (we recommend their Nutella and Granola Pancakes, as well as their Hazelnut and Chocolate Chips Waffles), but wanted to sip them down with a chilled glass of beer on a lazy Sunday afternoon, this is precisely where you ought to be headed to. From their delectable food menu, we urge you to order their Spanish Omelette, Baked Stuffed Mushrooms, Bacon Wrapped Grilled Prawns, Grilled Chicken Breast,and Home Baked Chicken Wings. And for the health buffs out there, you can even customise and order your own salad, so as to feel a little less guilty about the extra calories you’ll be taking in thanks to that pitcher of beer you order. 

Where: Woodside Inn,  New Link Plaza, Next to Oshiwara Police Station, Andheri West
Cost for two: Rs. 1,800 
Timings: 11:30 AM – 1:00 AM
Contact: 022-26328963

4: Independence Brewing Company

This Pune import takes its beers very seriously and it shows. They offer a large selection of craft beers starting from delicate and easy German and Belgian Ales to hoppy IPA and even a nitro beer called Ixcacao! If you are a beer fanatic, this place should pretty much be your HQ! In fact, their Belgian Wit (concocted using pilsner, oats, coriander and orange peel), Blackberry Pie (a sour ale aged with fresh blackberries), Porter (made using crystal and chocolate malt), and American Pale Ale (rich with notes of grapefruit and mango) need to be on the bucket list of every beer lover in Mumbai. Their delicious food is an added bonus, what with their Mushroom Chilli Fry, Peri Peri Chicken Skewers, Tenderloin Chilli Fry, Chicken Samosas, and Apple & Walnut Salad making for great choices.  

Where: Independence Brewing Company, B 41, Unit 001 & 101, Boolani Estate Owners Premises Co-Op Society, New Link Road, Andheri West
Cost for two: Rs. 1,800 
Timings: 1:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Contact: 9820203836

5: Doolally Taproom

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Pune’s Doolally was the first to bring the concept of a taproom to the city. They are known for their Belgian Witbier, heady oatmeal stout, and ciders. As such, if you were actively searching for  the best fresh brewed beer in Mumbai, you need to order their Mango Cider, Dunkel Lager, Smoked Porter, and Rauch Bier. And while we love their brews, we also love the hearty food served here, especially their breakfast menu. Their Chilli Garlic Dumplings, Kolkata Style Roll, Kosha Murgi, and Buff Steak are highly recommend as well. Additionally, if you happen to love your pet as much (if not more!), then you love your ale, you’d be pleased to know that Doolally Taproom is a pet-friendly brewery, so your beloved pooch also has a great time. Oh, they also have free WiFi and weekly pub quiz nights too! They’re in locations across Mumbai including Andheri West, Khar, and Kemps Corner. 

Where: Doolally Taproom, 135 Kwality House, First Floor, August Kranti Marg, Kemps Corner
Cost for two: Rs. 1,500   
Timings: 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Contact: 022-39625626

6: Royal Oak Brewery

Royal Oak Brewery

Tucked in a shopping complex in Vashi, this brewery is known for its Munich lagers and rice and rye ales. In particular, we absolutely love their Vanilla Cream Ale, Belgian Wit Bier and Belgian Red Ale. 

They also offer peach and strawberry flavoured beers, which are surprisingly delicious. Additionally, if you’re up for it, you can also order a whopping five litre beer barrel and be sorted for the rest of the night! In fact, if you’re going out with a large group of friends, we highly recommend their beer barrel (which is also available for their flavorful beers). In other words, your search for the best brewery in Mumbai cannot be complete without a visit to the Royal Oak Brewery. Their food menu too holds its own, what with their Peri Peri Potato Burger, BBQ Chicken Pizza, Fish Kurkure (yes, you read that right!), Mutton Chop, Penne Pastain Pink Champagne Sauce, and Murgh Supremo being an absolute delight for your taste buds. 

Where: Royal Oak Brewery, Satra Plaza, Sector 19, Palm Beach Road, Vashi
Cost for two: Rs.1,500  
Timings: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Contact: 022-33126167

7: Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden

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Now here’s something special and interesting, a place that is certain to make for a unique experience when you visit it. This beer garden-themed pub is known for its beer shakes that are made using fruits, liqueurs, milk, and ice cream! Simply put, their beer shakes are an absolute delight for beer lovers in the city, and should be on the bucket list of every ale-lover who wants to try something different and unique. In addition to their special beer shakes, they also offer a selection of craft beers sourced from Brewbot along with international brews. We also absolutely love their unique collection of cocktails, all of which utilize a beer in their creation. Of these special cocktails, their Aquamarine (an exotic concoction of vodka, apple juice, blue curacao, and Bira Blonde), My Embrace (made using tequila, lemon juice, pineapple juice, passion fruit and Bira Blonde) and Black Pearl (a dangerous combination of Jack DanielsDiablo beer, and chocolate sauce). The food menu is a mishmash of greasy plates that are ideal companions for a pint of chilled beer, especially their Pulled Lamb Crostini, Crispy Chicken with Sweet Chilli and Sesame, Pahadi Paneer Tikka, Malai Broccoli, Chicken Lasagna, and Kaitlyn’s Special Chicken Fajita. 

Where: Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden, 201-202, Khan House, Hill Road, Bandra West
Cost for two: Rs. 1,600  
Timings: 12:00 PM – 1:30 AM  
Contact: 022-33951697

8: Toit Brewery – Taproom & Kitchen

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Hearts were broken when Blue Frog shut shop in Mumbai, but the fact that it was replaced by Bangalore’s Toit ends up being great consolation. We love the craft beers on tap here and the food is equally amazing. With more than one bar in this large space, a unique layout, and buzzing, fun vibe, it’s one of the most bustling hangouts in South Mumbai! In fact, the sheer variety of beer that is at offer here is, for lack of a better term, simply to die for. In particular, we urge you to order their Chevallier Bitter, Flower Power, Basmati Blonde, Dark Knight, Toit Weiss, Kilnaleck Red, and Tintin Toit. The first two of that lot are their signature ales, and warrant a place on your table. They also have a great food menu for you to choose delectable dishes from. Our favourites here include classic onion rings, Chilli Cheese Bhaji, BBQ Chicken Wings, Smoked Salmon, Pandi Spare Ribs, and Kerala Beef Fry. Their wood-fired pizzas, delicious pastas and healthy salads also warrant your attention. Keeping all of this in mind,  it won’t be wrong to anoint it with the title of being the best brewery in Mumbai. 

Where: Toit Brewery – Taproom & Kitchen, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel
Cost for two: Rs. 1,600  
Timings: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM 
Contact: 9324555223

9: Gateway Taproom

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Fret not ale lovers, for your search for the best beer in Mumbai has officially come to an end. What with the Gateway Taproom being, without question, one of the best breweries in Mumbai that should pretty much be on the bucket list of all Mumbaikars. Serving up Gateway Brewing Co’s popular craft beers, Gateway Taproom at BKC even serves beer cocktails and yummy food to go along with your drinks. From their rich collection of beer cocktails, Grape in My Side Car (apple cider and red wine), Jim’s Stout (stout and bourbon), Ginger Lemon Radler(wheat beer, ginger and lemonade), and Gin Zen (wheat beer and gin) are our favourites. And from their equally delectable food menu, we recommend their grilled fish skewers, tuna crostini, stuffed mushrooms, melon feta carpaccio, bacon wrapped sausages, chicken schnitzel, spinach & feta crepes, and tenderloin burrito. Lastly, but certainly not the least, their Oktoberfest (the name speaks for itself!), Bomberg, and Valencia Orange Wheat beers are our absolute favourites. 

Where: Gateway Taproom, Godrej BKC, Unit 3, Plot C – 68, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex
Cost for two: Rs. 2,200   
Timings: 12:00 PM – 1:30 AM 
Contact: 8104590734

10: Thirsty City 127

Thirsty City 127

Having overtaken the place where Barking Deer (Mumbai’s first brew pub) used to be, Thirsty City 127 is where you ought to be headed to if you are looking for the best beer in Mumbai. It was founded by Vir Kotak, who, after having already brought China’s iconic lager Tsingtao and the Bavarian wheat beer Schneider Weisse to India, wanted to brew his own beers and serve them to Mumbai’s avante-garde crowd. From their beers, we recommend you to try out their Thirsty Ninja, Happy By Thirsty, Thirsty Miss Sweet Lips, and Thirsty Simona variants. In addition to the beers being brewed here, their cocktails menu is also certain to stroke your curiosity as well. After all, most of the cocktails here take inspiration from the ingredients used to make beer (grains, water, yeast, etc.), and make for quite an exotic option. We especially love their Forgive & Fernet (made using vanilla, cream, soda and citrus), Not A Colada (a lighter and bubblier version of the pina colada), Beet Tapache (an exotic concoction of flowers, honey, fermented beetroot and tequila) and Wabi Sabi (a spicy take on a classic whiskey sour). 

Where: Thirsty City 127, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Cost for two: Rs. 3,100 
Timings: 6:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Contact: 022-49764002

Looking For Places To Catch Some Live Music? Your Search Ends Here!

To the point: Streaming music online, just humming along to tunes that play on the radio, or plugging in those headphones and listening to your favourite tunes just isn’t the best way to enjoy music. According to us, live performances have something magical and enchanting about them that almost instantly transport you into a musical trance. If you’re one of the believers, here are 5 places around town you definitely must check out!

1: Hard Rock Cafe

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Hard Rock Cafe is known for its music and live performances globally and the one in Mumbai is no different. With at least one band taking the stage and rocking up some killer tunes here every week, it truly is a music lovers paradise! From homegrown bands, individual artists, tributes to global music genres and more, if you’re looking for that hatke musical adventure, Hard rock cafe surely is the place for you. With rustic wooden floors, lip-smacking drinks to guzzle on and an ambience that’s nothing short of inviting, we suggest you definitely must head for a performance  at this venue.

Where: Hard Rock Cafe, All outlets
When: Monday – Sunday; 12 pm – 1 am
Contact: 022 33956219 

2: FLEA Bazaar Café

The iconic beautiful staircase seems like something out of a Karan Johar movie! Low lying dim lights, lots of delicious food and a bar right in the middle, the ambience at Flea Bazaar Cafe is absolutely breathtaking. True to its name it surely gives off a flea market vibe and we all know flea markets are popular for their killer live music that one can sway to as they walk along, browsing through stalls with their pick of poison in one hand. You can enjoy this experience at the flea bazaar cafe too cos they usually have many a live performances happening through the weeks. Flea market all year round, with super live music? We don’t see any reason why one should complain. 

Where: Flea Bazaar Cafe, Lower Parel
When: Monday – Sunday; 12 pm – 1 am
Contact: 091520 17990

3: The Royal Opera House

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With over 200 concerts, shows and live performances every year, The Royal Opera House has been around for over a century now (Yes, it was established way back in 1912). It is one of India’s only surviving opera houses and just like other ones around the globe it has various live performances all year round. Theatrical and larger than life these performances are sure to leave you spellbound. 

Where: The Royal Opera House, Girgaon
When: 12 pm – 10 pm
Contact: +91-22-23668888

4: The Stables

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Rustic, with a somewhat cow-boy feel and furniture made out of fine, dark wood, the ambience at the stables reminds us of the song ‘Slow motion Angreza’ from Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. The venue is nothing short of perfect to enjoy a good glass of chilled and fizzy beer, delicious fusion food and of course, peppy music in the background. Hold that thought, for The stables has various live performances that take place through the week. Grab your friends and unwind here, for according to us, it’s the only right way to do it. 

Where: The Stables, Andheri
When: Monday – Sunday; 12 pm – 1:30 am
Contact:  022 4091 2377

5: Farzi Cafe

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From commercial music, to live sets played by homegrown talents, to international artists gracing the console at Farzi Cafe, they have a little mixed bag of live music performances to suit  all musical tastes. With fusion food on their menu, ambience that’s sure to light up your mood in no time, cocktails that’ll keep you trippy and live music that you can sway along and dance too, we needn’t say more, right? 

Where: The Farzi Cafe, All outlets
When: Monday – Sunday; 12 pm – 1 am
Contact: 084339 42801

9 Places That Have The Most Rocking Bollywood Nights In Mumbai

To the point: Have you been looking to let out your inner Govinda and Salman Khan? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered with the best places in the city that hosts Bollywood Nights!

1: HITCHKI

If you need to let out some steam and gloat about your dance moves then this modern Indian resto-bar has Bollywood nights on Fridays. If you’re in the mood for some drinks, you can also try their Bollywood-inspired ones like I Hate Tears and Geeta Babita. P.S. Can you guess which movies these drinks are inspired by?

When: Every Friday; 9:30 pm onward
Where: HITCHKI, G5 Transocean, Hiranandani Business Park, Lake Boulevard Road, Powai

2: Glocal Junction

If you’re bored of head banging and jumping with your hands in the air to the usual EDM tracks, this Worli bar is for you! The best part about their Bollywood nights is that they have ample space, so you can join the animated crowd and show off your best moves without a care in the world!

When: Every Thursdays;  8 pm onward
Where: Glocal Junction, Ground Floor, Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Opposite Nehru Planetarium, Worli

3: Tamasha

Tamasha in Lower Parel has a night solely dedicated to Bollywood fanatics, which will transform your Wednesdays into a Page 3 party! Get ready to rock on… and on and on and on!

When: Every Wednesday; 9 pm onward
Where: TAMASHA, Ground floor, Victoria House, E.B Marg, Lower Parel

4: Door No. 1

Suppressing your inner-Govinda and Mithun da during the work week? This Bandra pub is where you want to go to pull your ’80s-style dance moves. Every Thursday, their DJ plays some of the best dance tracks, usually from old-school Mithun and Govinda movies!

When: EveryThursday; 7 pmonward
Where: Door No. 1, Shop 1 and 2 , Ankleshwar, ONGC Colony, Reclamation, Bandra West

5: Old Wild West

An American wild west themed bar, Old Wild West is known for their fusion Tex-Mex cuisine. Pop in on Fridays and you will find them upping their crazy with some Bollywood chartbusters making you groove to their desi beats. 

When: Every Friday; 8 pm onward
Where: Old Wild West, First Floor, Trade View Building, Oasis Complex, Kamala Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Lower Parel

6: MRP – Modern Asian Bistro

Giving the old school game room a makeover, MRP brings out all the fun every Thursday night with some of the latest Bollywood hits and mixes. Drop in for the delicious food and stay for the Bollywood tunes that will keep you grooving through the night!

When: Every Thursday; 10 pm onward
Where: MRP, 20, Dharamputra, Pritam Estate, Dadar East

7: SodaBottleOpenerWala

Yes, SodaBottleOpenerWala does Bollywood nights! Drop by their BKC, Lower Parel, Powai, or Thane outlets for unforgettable nights filled with fun, food, and cocktails!

When: Every Friday and Saturday; 10 pm onward
Where: SodaBottleOpenerWala, Ground Floor, The Capital Building, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex

8: The Bombay Bronx

Ladies, this one’s specially for you! The Bombay Bronx is launching a Bollywood edition of Girl Boss Night where you drive away your mid-week blues by flaunting your moves and enjoy unlimited free shots on the house! 

When: Every Wednesday; 8 pm onward
Where: The Bombay Bronx, 101, HubTown, Akruti Sky Bay, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy, Cumballa Hill

9: Radio Bar

With its one-of-a-kind decor, this funky bar becomes all the more funkier on Thursdays with Bollywood beats resonating throughout. This one will give you serious party goals!

When: Every Thursday; 10 pm onward
Where: Radio Bar, Guru Gangeshwar Marg, Khar West

5 Cheesy Mumbaiya Street Foods To Try RN!

To the point: A never ending trail in Mumbai is called the Street Food Trail! But these cheesy foods, just make it better. From sandwiches to dosas, there’s something here for everyone!

1. Cheese Dahi Puri aka Pizza Punch at Shreeji Stall

Whoever said Pani Puri can’t be cheesy, was wrong! This stall makes a kickass version of the good ol’ Pani Puri, with loads of cheese. PS. It is also loaded with extra mayo on request.

Where: Shreeji Stall,  Chamunda Circle, Asha Nagar, Borivali West
Cost: Rs. 100

2. Cheese Burst Dosa at Pure Milk Centre

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This one beats a cheese burst pizza in it’s own game!! Smothered with cheese, it is heavenly in every bite. You can try a Cheese Burst special in Masala Dosa, Mysore Masala Dosa and Sada Dosa.

Where: Pure Milk Centre, 19/20, Vikrant, RB Mehta Marg, Tilak Road, Ghatkopar East
Cost: Rs. 250

3. Cheese Hulk Sandwich at Om Snacks

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As the name suggests, this one is a massive 1Kg cheesy sandwich, which you can’t get enough of! It is overloaded with veggies, cheese and more cheese. We dare you to finish it 😛

Where: Om Snacks, Anurag, Shriniwas Bagarka Rd, Opp Bagadka College, S B Singh Colony, J B Nagar, Andheri East
Cost: Rs. 285

4. Cheese Potato Twister at Trendy Taste

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A crispy, fried twist to the Potato Fries, it is topped with loads of cheese sauce, and piri piri as an option.

Where: Trendy Taste, Plot 123, Irla Society Road, Vile Parle West
Cost: Rs. 70

5. Cheese Pasta Roll at Raju Sandwich Stall

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Raju is known to make every college-goer happy with his piping hot, loaded Sandwiches, Rolls, Pizzas and Paninis! There are times, when people just drive to his stall to grab a Cheesy Pasta Roll. He also makes Samosa, Paneer and Jain rolls.

Where: Raju Sandwich Stall, Opposite HR College, Churchgate
Cost: Rs. 60

5 Places You Should Dine At In 2019

To the point: We are in a brand new week of the year and still getting used to saying hello to 2019. Since it is a new year, how about start it with these 5 places? From a hidden gem serving Chettinad cuisine to Delhi’s iconic, there’s one for every taste bud.

1. The Tanjore Tiffin Room

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With recipes handed down through generations, as soon as you step in, this place will make you feel at home. From an ambiance made complete with brass lamps, photographs personally clicked to give a cosy vibe, this is your perfect dine-in option. We loved every bit of what we had here. Do try their Payassam, Appams, and their authentic Tamilian thali.

Where: The Tanjore Tiffin Room, Jewel Mahal Shopping Center, 7 Bungalows, Versova
Cost for two: Rs. 1200++

2. Arthur’s Theme

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Pune’s favorite hangout café has opened in the western suburbs recently. Everything on their menu is named after a person. So you can eat a Columbus (sauté veggies and steak) or even a Monalisa (Penne pasta).  Yum!

Where: Arthur’s Theme, G-1 & G-1/A, Morya Classic, Off New Link Road, Opposite Infinity Mall, Andheri Lokhandwala
Cost for two: Rs. 1300++

3. Kake Da Hotel

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Back in 1930, the first outlet in Delhi started dishin’ out Butter Chicken, and they’re finally here in the city. If you are a North Indian cuisine lover, this should be your go-to place.

Where: Kake Da Hotel, Oshiwara or Bandra
Cost for two: Rs. 700++

4. Mulk

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As the name suggests, this one serves some delicious food, with a rustic ambiance to match their theme. It’ll be like you’re dining in near the northern borders perhaps! Everyone digs their Chaaps, and Naans.

Where: Mulk, Crescent Royale, Veera Desai Industrial Estate, Off Link Road, Lokhandwala
Cost for two: Rs. 2000++

5. Ferry Wharf

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This one is for all the seafood lovers with a hint of Manglorean cuisine. Their ferry-like ambiance makes it fun to dine in. Go there for an unforgettable experience.

Where: Ferry Wharf, outlets across Malad or Bandra
Cost for two: Rs. 1500++

Where To Find The Most Ooey-Gooey Mac ‘N’ Cheese In Mumbai

To the point: On days when I crave some comfort food, and also a cheesy indulgence, Macaroni aka Mac ‘N’ Cheese comes to the rescue! These 5 places right here in Mumbai, are tried and tested by me, and by far the best ones for a bowl of the all-American goodness.

1: Grandmama’s Cafe

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They say what happens at Grandmama’s stays at Grandmama’s and yet, I want everyone to know about their Mac ‘N’ Cheese !! And there is a reason why it deserves to be numero uno. IT IS GOOEY, DELICIOUS AND EVERYTHING ELSE. They fill up a bowl with a secret recipe and we hope that it never gets out!

Where: Grandmama’s Café – Across all outlets
Cost: Rs. 320++

2: Smoke House Deli

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This European deli is known to make everyone swoon with their kickass burgers. However, you will dig their signature SHD Mac ‘N’ Cheese, which has an add on option of toppings like Chicken Sausages and Bacon too. Served a freshly baked Garlic bread.

Where: Smoke House Deli – Outlets across Bandra, Lower Parel, BKC
Cost: Rs. 320++

3: D:OH!

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This fun all-day café, not only has quirky interiors, but a great menu too! The quantity is enough for two, and is perfectly topped with brioche and hazelnut crumbs to be served piping hot.

Where: D:OH – Outlets across Andheri, Kamala Mills, Andheri East and Thane
Cost: Rs. 345++

4: Jamjar Diner

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Everyone’s favorite diner, calls it a Sinful Mac ‘N’ Cheese. With roast mushrooms, truffle oil and a panko parmesan crust, this is indeed sinful. 

Where: Jamjar Diner – Outlets across Versova, Bandra
Cost: Rs. 490++

5: Tea Villa Cafe

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This all-veg café makes a delicious version of the dish. They even have a bowl of Mac ‘N’ Cheese Fries on the menu, which is a crowd pleaser!

Where: Tea Villa Café – Across all outlets
Cost: Rs. 375++

The Best Stores In Mumbai To Buy Musical Instruments And Learn Music

To the point: Are you a professional musician or an amateur looking for a one stop shop for your musical instrument needs? Then you must check out these music stores in the city!

1: Musicians Mall

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You can find products of leading instrument brands here. Their sales team is most helpful if you need help deciding what to buy. They also host classes for learning to play the guitar and drum. Visit their online store here.

Where: Opp. Charni Station, Laud mansion, Maharshi Karve Rd, Grant Road East, Girgaum

2: Skiffle Music

Their product range is quite diverse and their sales staff is quite knowledgeable. They stock instruments from many recognized and popular international brands. Check out their products here.

Where: Shop no.4, Mandpeshwer Kripa, Next to St. Francis Engineering College, S.V.Road, Borivali West

3: SoundMonk Musical Instrument Store

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These chain of stores located in Dadar, Bandra and Andheri are part of the music company SoundMonk Music that provides various other services like School of Music, Online School, Studio and Jamroom. You can check out their website for their products and services.

Where: Shop No 120, Ground Floor, Reporters Bungalow, Opposite ICICI Bank, Near Shopper’s Stop, S.V.Road, Andheri West

4: Shalu Music

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Established in 1998 and located near CST, this music store has a wide variety of musical instruments as well as studio equipments. They have another branch in Bandra. You can also get more details on their website.

Where: 138, Mahendra Chambers, D.N Road, Fort

5: Bhargava’s Musik

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Walk into this music store located in Bandra and Goregaon, and check out their huge display of instruments. You can ask the trained salespeople to help you out or get a look and feel of the instruments yourself before you to decide to purchase.

Where: 4-5, Imperial Plaza, 30th Road, Off Linking Road, Bandra West

6: Furtados

This list will be incomplete without mentioning the most iconic music store in Mumbai; Furtados. It has been around for more than 100 years and you can find almost any instrument here ranging from Indian classical to western. You can also find instrument cases, music books and many other things here. They provide teaching services at Furtados School of Music. You can also avail their products on their website.

Where: 540-44, Kalbadevi Road, Dhobi Talao, Opposite Metro Cinema

Walk-In To The Secret Piramal Museums Of Art

To the point: While we know about all the famous art galleries in Mumbai, this one in particular still remains a not-so-known art museum. With 2 locations in prime areas, Piramal is a must-visit.

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It all started with a hope of breaking a mundane office routine, by turning larger office/ commercial spaces into an art museum. So, they were created in Lower Parel and Kurla.

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If you work or live around these areas, you need to head straight to this space. They even have exhibitions every month. It is not just for those who work in the commercial complexes but also free for public access.

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When we first heard about it, we thought about a typical office with rows of cubicles and workstations. But we were pleasantly surprised to see a well-lit gallery! 

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From the renowned pieces of M.F.Husain to S.H. Raza, each piece is outstanding in itself. Employees can even send in their works of art. What better than art to de-stress!

Where: Piramal Museum, B wing, Ground Floor, Piramal Tower, Peninsula Corporate Park, Lower Parel West
Piramal Museum, 109 Sunder Bung Lane, Kamani Junction, Kurla West, Kajupada, Kurla