The Daily, the newest addition to the bar scene in Bandra brings you good news from the moment you enter the door. As the co-owner, Dishant animatedly says, “I want you to feel happy when you come here” and guess what, he manages to do just that, with the warm brown tones, the camel leather couches, Statuario marble counter tops and dim lighting. Add to this potion, framed clippings of good news and funny articles that cover the walls and the ceilings of even the bathrooms, and you have one big happy crowd sitting in the bar! The attention to detail will not go unnoticed even as the servers wear outfits which are coordinated with matching frames, bow ties, and suspenders all adding to the ‘Happy’ feel at The Daily.
The Daily specializes in cocktails, and Dishant claims that their smoked cocktails is a concept that no other bar in Mumbai has explored yet. Priced at Rs.650, they are a bit steep and take between 5-10 minutes to make, but definitely worth it. We tried the T-Tini, which was infused with tea, and you could see the smoke swirl inside the glass as the bartender concocted it. We also ordered the Coconut Mountie (a Tiki Cocktail), which is a combination of old monk, Baileys and perfect for an after-dinner drink. Although it was a little too rich for my taste, the Orange and Dill Mojito more than made up for it with its tanginess, making it the perfect drink in our only-found-in-Mumbai weather! My favourite cocktail however, was the Cranberry and Litchi Collins, even though I don’t usually like cranberry. Priced at Rs. 400, it had managed to get the best of both worlds!
The food menu has your usual assortment of bar foods from pizza, pasta, nachos, gravied fries (done just right, and perfectly seasoned, priced at Rs. 190) and burgers. But what caught our attention were the health-conscious, for-the-fitness-freak options that the menu had! The soup of the day, a Broccoli Soup was flavorful with just the right amount of cream that cost Rs 145. Our very courteous server noticed that while we chatted, the soup had gotten cold and offered to reheat it for us. Other healthy options were the Watermelon and Feta Salad, which was moist and tasty (but not as good as the one at the Tasting Room) and the Grilled Vegetables in a Pesto sauce.
While a dinner for two would cost approximately Rs.1,500 without alcohol, The Daily that opened yesterday, on 4th March, makes for a darn great addition to the already buzzing bar scene in Bandra.
Address: The Daily, Ground Floor, Behind Shoppers Stop, SV Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400050