Sequel Juice Bar & Bistro (Bandra, Mumbai)

“Shall we lubricate this evening with a little libation, darling?” Let’s be frank, a place like Sequel is going to emotionally trigger a number of people. It’s a niche, specialist health food café serving indiscriminately expensive raw food, juices and world foods. Even for a well-travelled, global citizen the menu is a lesson in provenance…

Club 145 (Bandra, Mumbai)

Basic Instinct, 1992 “What do we do now, Nick? “…Raise rugrats and live happily ever after” Fast forward to 2017. Even still, if I were to tell you the partner of your dreams and “your happy ever after” might be found in a night time spot, you might have thought I had lost my marbles…

+91 (Juhu, Mumbai)

There are only two other tables occupied on the Saturday I show up. Some middle aged “mutton dressed as lamb” aunties who think the epitome of their existence is to pose in their “kala chasma” (black sunglasses for non-Hindi speakers) for innumerous selfies. What’s worse one of them feels it’s appropriate to communicate via mobile…

Drinking Kulture (Andheri, Mumbai)

Never before have the lines between the old establishment and new age Bombay been so viscerally marked than by Drinking Kulture (DK). After a protracted battle it seems a group of residents have won a legal case to force the closure of DK. Naturally the Connoisseur had to weigh in on the debate. Firstly, to the…

The House of Mirabella (Andheri, Mumbai)

Despite the ineffably “cool” sounding name, House of Mirabella has to be up there with one of the most uncongenial encounters in Andheri. Firstly, the menu in 26 point comic sans or some equally repulsive typeface looks like it has been written by a dyslexic 4 year old. Even still the waiter isn’t able to…

Bombay Cocktail Bar (Andheri, Mumbai)

“When you are at the top you only see shadows and when you’re at the bottom you are blinded by the light but from the middle everything is pleasing” Finding a bar that is somewhere in between the outright haughty and the downright shady is a tough ask in the city that never sleeps. Although…

Kitchen Garden (Bandra, Mumbai)

Nestled in a leafy lane of Pali Hill, close to Gold’s Gym, Kitchen Garden is, without doubt, another hipster hang out. Guys get your rompers and boat shoes on, girls find a dainty floral backpack and your Nan’s cardigan from 1958. They’ve put up some plastic sheets around the outside seating to protect guests from…