Be It For The Venue Or Menu, Head To These 5 Places This Monsoon
The Mumbai monsoons can be tough to handle, but we’re sure you’ll be okay to brave it just to have these delicious dishes. Combine the love of nature with the love of food and what you get is some tango on your taste buds. Experience this season sitting in a quaint cafe or enjoying the monsoon street food—just don’t count the calories! Here are five places in Mumbai that will truly bring out the monsoon spirit.
1. Suzette Creperie & Cafe
What To Order: Dark Hot Chocolate (Rs 170 )
Why: Suzette makes one of the best hot chocolates in the city and this is the perfect comfort food to match the romantic mood. Suzette’s divine cup of dark chocolate uses no powder—just fresh chocolate slabs mixed with the right amount of milk, making it an instant mood lifter. Chocolate bliss in a cup—this delicious beverage will surely set you in the monsoon state of mind.
Contact: Ground Floor, Atlanta Building, Nariman Point (022 2288 0055) & Opposite Gold’s Gym, St John Street, Pali Hill, Bandra (W) (022 2641 1431)
2. Cafe Moshe’s, Palladium
What To Order: Cheese Fondue (comes in a variety of flavours; Rs 295)
Why: It’s the perfect weather to be digging into a hot cheese fondue which is so comforting and comes in different flavours, including Olive, Garlic & Basil and Dukkah, an Egyptian spice mix of almonds and herbs. While Moshe’s has 10 outlets across the city, the Palladium one is the perfect place to be in during the monsoon, as you watch the city’s fashionable gentry shop to their heart’s content at the shops surrounding the cafe. There’s never a dull moment here, making it a great indoor option during the rains.
Contact: Palladium Mall, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (022 2491 2210)
3. The J
What To Order: Chilli Cheese Fries & Chilli Cheese Masala Fries (Rs 90 )
Why: The J is a little hidden gem to be discovered this monsoon. Ditch the diet for this one as you go to this tiny little cafeteria, serving mouthwatering hot chilli cheese fries and wedgesthat will instantly make you drool. Flocked by Mumbai’s college kids (HR and KC are right opposite), The J also serves burgers, wraps, sandwiches, pastas, momos and rice meals. Parcel your favourite dish and you are 200 percent likely to take a blissful nap after it.
Contact: 3, Vaswani Mansions, Dinshaw Vachha Road, Opposite HR College, Churchgate (022 2284 4650)
4. Maggi Stall Outside Maker Arcade, Cuffe Parade
What To Order: Mongolian Maggi (Rs 130)
Why: There’s hardly anything more satisfying than a plate of Maggi noodles while it’s pouring outside—but why go for the plain one when you have flavours such as Mongolian and Corn, Mushroom & Cheese to choose from. Besides, anything made on the streets of Mumbai has its own distinct taste, which cannot be replicated in a restaurant or your home. We highly recommend the Mongolian Maggi—made with paneer, vegetables and some special, secret sauces, this is the ideal comfort food.
Contact: Outside Maker Arcade, Cuffe Parade (he’s there in the evenings, from 4.30 to 10pm)
5. Sea Lounge
What To Order: Smoked Turkey and Gruyère Multigrain Baguette With Cranberry Mayo (Rs 1,090)
Why: No monsoon is complete (or feels as good without) a visit to Sea Lounge, where you can sit by the window and enjoy the stunning views of the Arabian Sea while it pitter-patters outside. Untouched by time, you’ll be treated like royalty in this plush and sophisticated place. Don’t underestimate their rather creative menu, which features everything from toasties and chaats to mini pastries and tea and coffee. If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, go for the High Tea buffet (Rs 1,800; 3.30-7pm), which serves some lip-smacking scones, finger sandwiches, chaat, pav bhaji, dim sum and pastries.
Contact: The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Apollo Bunder, Colaba (022 6665 3366)
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