Bombay Coffee House (Bandra, Mumbai)

Bombay Coffee House speaks to the lowest and must repugnant forms of middle class nostalgia in the city. Hazy black and white photos of Dhabawallas and street Paanwallas adorn the roughly plastered walls. You might argue this is a celebration of the unsung heroes of Bombay, but as Alan Bennett reminds us the best way…

The Daily Bar & Kitchen (Bandra, Mumbai)

It is difficult for me to review The Daily after the previous reviewer so poetically describes the place and his own views on the significance of dancing: “A good place to go and dance and I believe dancing is the advertisement of one’s performance in bed. Crowded place ,after 11pm, full of beautiful people, and…

Khane Khas (Bandra, Mumbai)

Khane Khaas is a venerable institution. The Protectorate of high quality Indian cuisine at affordable prices in the city. The place has stood the test of time; while other restaurants come and go, make their fortunes, lose it all, introduce new age concepts of gastronomy on unsuspecting and unwitting guests and change their cuisine according…

Farzi Cafe (Lower Parel, Mumbai)

“Don’t talk to me about sophistication…I’ve been to Leeds” There’s a famous Harry Enfield Sketch where an uncouth Yorkshireman, just employed as a new Director – “plain speaking[…]doesn’t pull his punches” – walks into a board meeting and lambasts his urbane colleagues for nuanced and pretentious marketing strategies, “farting around” as he would call it.…

Hoppipola (Khar, Mumbai)

Hoppipola is run by the listed company Speciality Restaurants, who also run the ubiquitous Mainland China and Oh Calcutta brands. I’m not sure exactly how the concept of Hoppipola came about but I’m sure the Speciality directors were working on the premise “loads of college kids are getting drunk at the weekends these days”, we…

Neel Indian Kitchen & Bar (Powai, Mumbai)

Neel restaurant suffers from the classic Paradox of Choice. It’s a dual-theme restaurant along with Indigo Deli (which I have reviewed elsewhere). Neel does feel like an after-thought relative to its Continental cousin. We are only brought the menus for Indigo. “BETTER MARGINS, BETTER MARGINS” on the Continental food, I’m sure is the mantra being…

It Happened in New York (Bandra, Mumbai)

I was 17, I had just passed my driving test. I owned a bashed up blue VW Polo with tinted windows and neon blue interior lights. I thought I was the coolest lad in the parking lot. I also rode around town with the seat wound down to its lowest setting and reclined back in…