Haven’t gotten a plan for the long weekend, yet? If you’re like most people, chances are the answer would be (a guilty) yes. While it’s always a good idea to get out of your comfort zone and engage in an exciting activity, our vote goes treating your tastebuds to comforting yet indulgent fare. After all, what better way to say hello to the newness in town than by taking the time out to explore new offerings in your city? We’d say: bring it on.
Nothing Like Mindful Indulgences At All Saints
The all-new menu at All Saints’ is equal parts delicious and mindful, offering patrons the best of both worlds. Nosh on plates like the roasted pepper with sambal aubergine, pesto chicken salami focaccia, mushroom & spinach tofu burger, kefta lamb burger, or green pea and wasabi burger. For those watching their calories, bite into healthier options like the muscel salad, buddha bowl, and tam sam salad amongst a volley of exciting dishes that’ll have you coming back for more.
Where: All Saints’, Plot – 757, Swami Vivekananda Rd, Khar West, Mumbai
Timings: 12 pm to 1 am
Call: +91 98542 76276
Noon X Herball: It’s Bigger Than You’d Imagine
Chef Vanika has teamed up with The Herball team (Michael Isted & Maxim Schulte) this month, and the collaboration spells great news for culinary enthusiasts. Inspired by their foraging trip to Sahyadri, Chef Vanika has curated a 10-course tasting menu built around the indigenous produce from Maharashtra. Additionally, expect Chef Vanika’s specials like Black buckwheat tartlet (crab- sichuan pepper, Prawn head garum- mahua shio koji, pickled star fruit), Oyster (Thangyir hot sauce, perilla seeds, tomato shio koji) and Ragi Bhakri (niger seed chutney, jackfruit, Kashmiri red chilli and chickpea miso, imli koji chutney, kanji spiced shallots, karonda achar) amongst others. A wide range of concoctions made using karonda, mahua, jamun, ber, khus, and wild green mango forms another highlight of the menu.
Where: Noon, One BKC, Ground Floor, Tower B, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
Timings: 7 pm onwards
Call: 075066 77720
A Slice Of Greece On Your Plate
Executive Chef Timothy Newton is all set to unleash his magic with a new summer menu that captures the essence of Greek cuisine with a modern twist. Tuck into main course offerings like Dakos, one of the oldest dishes in Greece (made with Cretan Barley Rusk, tomato, kalamata olives, feta, mint, and lemon). Another must-try is the Chicken and truffle bourek (a crispy phyllo pastry filled with braised chicken and graviera cheese), offering a classic dish with a modern twist. Or better yet, order up specials like the Ntolmadakia me arnaki(a tantalizing dish made with 24-hour braised lamb shoulder, stuffed vine leaf, potato, and tzatziki). Lavraki trahana, (a grilled seabass dish with tarhana pasta, prawn bisque), alongside a handful of innovatively made dips such as Avocado hummus dip, Truffle galotyri dip, and the like. End things on a sweet note with Sokolatopita, (a hot chocolate fondant with crispy kataifi, Greek yogurt ice cream, and a white chocolate biscuit).
Where: OPA Kipos, Wadia International Centre, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Kamagar Nagar Number 1, Worli, Mumbai
Timings: 7 pm onwards
Call: 91 – 7208881161/62/63
Go With The Food And ‘Flow’
South Delhi has a new address for foodies in town: Flow Brew & Dine. Promising to take things up a notch with an arrangement that offers the comfort of a fine dining, coupled with a microbrewery, Flow exudes the vibe of a high-energy space without digressing away from the main focus—food. Crafted by Chef Ruchira Hoon and executed by Chef Kunal Bahl, the outlet aims to blend the richness of Modern European, Asian, Indian, and Mediterranean culinary styles, while complementing the classic Neapolitan-style pizzas and juicy burgers.
Where: FLOW, 2nd floor, Commons, DLF Avenue, Saket
Timings: 12 pm to 1 am
Call: 9899199141/ 011-41092685
A Touch Of Soulful In The Capital
Nestled in a cozy corner of The Ashok Hotel in Central Delhi, Ophelia offers a slice of rustic amber-lit paradise in the heart of the capital as a contemporary wine-and-dine spot. Open to the public in an all-new avatar, with additions like soulful Sufi nights and Sunday brunches, Ophelia is a spot that works great for lazy weekends as much as it does for special occasions. Must-try dishes on the menu include Crusty Mushroom Caps, Crispy Chicken Grissini, Porcini Mushroom Pate, Beetroot Risotto, and the like.
Where: Ophelia, The Ashok, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Timings: 12:30 pm to 1 am
How ‘Bout Some Reimagined Japanese?
Burosu, the newest addition to 32nd Avenue is all about comfort and casual dining, while giving guests a taste of traditional Japanese cuisine, alongside an array of pan-Asian delicacies. The restaurant offers the vibe of a back-alley Tokyo diner and a new-age ramen bar with lots of neon and colorful accents. We’d suggest tugging into signature specialties, including classic Asian hits along with a wide variety of sakes and wines from the bar menu.
Where: 32nd Avenue, Sector 15 Part 2, Sector 15, Gurugram, Haryana
Timings: 12 pm to 11 pm
A Taste Of Turkey In The ‘Luru
Bringing forth a unique twist to true authentic Turkish flavors, Öz by Kebapçi (pronounced as Auzh by Kay Bap Chay) launches this weekend. Renowned chefs have flown down to conjure up modern Turkish cuisine with contemporary renditions of classics like Baklava, Borek, Meze, Pilav, and the like. Not much has been disclosed as yet, so drop by and be prepared to be surprised.
Where: Öz by Kebapçi, Level-2, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru
Call: 070906 77771
Greek-esque Pub For The Win
The Garden City has a thriving pub scene, so it comes as no surprise to find the mushrooming of pubs across town. The latest addition happens to be Oia, an opulent pub, spanning a staggering 87,000 sq. ft. Boasting Greek-inspired architecture and gastronomical global cuisine, some of the highlights on the menu include the Tequila pani puri, Blue pea sushi, and Greek cheese samosas, amongst several others. The classic cocktails, innovative concoctions, spirits, and innovatively crafted beers also make for great accompaniments to your meal.
Where: Oia, Hennur Main Road, New Airport Rd, opposite Mantri Webcity, Visthar, Bengaluru.
*The restaurant opens on April 29, 2023.
For A Sundowner-like Weekend
Sabado (meaning Saturday in Spanish) lets you revel in the easy-Goan vibe surrounded by the idyllic views of the Goan fields. The highlight of the space is their distinctive sundowner as one groove to the rhythmic music amidst the golden fields over a liquid therapy while basking in the glory of the setting sun. The bar takes center stage at this restaurant, where in-house syrups add to the freshly-made spirit of the indigenous cocktail and mocktail menu with best-sellers like the Leaf of Love gin ( made using grapefruit saccharum, kaffir lime, and bubbles, Beetroot & ginger fizz ( a healthy mocktail with carbonated water), Espresso martini espresso shot with Vodka & coffee liqueur and the like.
Where: Sabado, Seyacho Patto, Flea Market rd, beach road, Anjuna, Goa
Timings: 3 pm to 11:30 pm
Raise A Toast To The Richness Of Desi Khaana
True to its title, Hyderabad’s all-new luxe dining space, The Pink Elephant draws attention to the elaborate, variety of food that India puts on its plates, wherever you go, and is an ode to the intricate nuances of Indian cooking. Signature plates to try from the menu are Hyderabadi favorites like Majestic chicken, Andhra-style fish fry, Loose prawns, Salmon moilee, Chicken 65, and Vilayati Korma Pot. Vegetarians can relish dishes like the Saag Paneer (a tempered mix of green puree and delectable tomato salsa) and tawa stuffed vegetables. From the bar menu, choose from options like the TPE rasam (a spirited concoction of tadka ghee-washed tequila, Indian spices, tamarind, and jaggery) and Curry leaf (a signature cocktail that gives you a sneak peek into what’s brewing behind that imposing bar). Virgin drinks like the Kokum & Berry spritz, and Spicy Peru margarita are equally enticing.
Where: The Pink Elephant, 2-91/9, Laxmi Cyber City Ln, Laxmi Cyber City, Whitefields, HITEC City, Hyderabad
Timings: Weekdays – 12 pm to 11:30 pm| Weekends – 12 pm to 12:30 pm
Call: 091549 98635
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