As we countdown the days to the end of the rainy season, let’s make the most of them. And no, standing by the window and admiring the rain and the lush greenery isn’t enough. Indulging in hot and crispy food is more like our kind of celebration. So, ditch your diet and make the most of these limited period monsoon offers at an eatery near you.
1. Sizzlers at BKC Dive
When you are drenched in the downpour, all you need is a piping hot sizzler at your table. At BKC Dive, you can enjoy these warm wonders with a glass of smoky sangria, all at pocket-friendly prices. If you work around BKC, make a dash for this new pub that’s thriving in this work district; and don’t forget to try their vegetarian Bhuna Masala Sizzler, which is served with paratha and jeera rice.
Must try: Vegetarian and non-vegetarian sizzlers
Wallet alert: INR 350 onwards
Location: Bandra Kurla Complex, Pinnacle Corporate Park, Opposite MTNL Office
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2. Tea and Puffs at Coffee by Di Bella
A hot cuppa coffee is the perfect accompaniment to this cool and damp weather. Coffee by Di Bella takes it a notch higher by including in their menu, some unbeatable varieties of freshly-brewed teas and warm nibbles like puffs, baguettes and lasagna.
Must try: Signature masala chai, Gulkand chai, peppermint chai and teh tarik, raw banana puff, aloo samosa puff, tomato mozzarella baguette and multiple layered cheesy lasagna
Wallet alert: INR 150 onwards (exclusive of taxes)
Location: Across all Coffee by Di Bella outlets
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3. Pakodas at Saffron Spice
Monsoon and pakodas is a match made in heaven, so Saffron Spice definitely got the memo. Gorge on a handful of their monsoon special pakodas while it pours outside. These fuss-free fried goodies are served with a variety of dips, and are the yummiest monsoon snacks that will please your taste buds.
Must try: Assorted pakodas with besan chutney, kanda poha, batata vada, veggie cutlet, dabeli, samosas cooked in ghee, stuffed paneer bread pakoda and masala tea
Wallet alert: INR 300 onwards (exclusive of taxes)
Location: Goldfinch Hotel, MIDC, Andheri East
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4. Regional delicacies at Neel
This monsoon, get ready to experience a burst of flavours at Neel at Tote on the Turf. Their monsoon feast is all about celebrating and relishing regional and coastal Indian dishes, with six varieties in each course. There is something for everyone—vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians—from Malabari chili kaya to Kashmiri murgh yakhni pulao and Hyderabadi paneer aur mirch ka kut to Banarsi thandai ka rasgulla.
Must try: Asparagus ki galouti, malabari chili kaya, paneer gustaba kalia, Hyderabadi paneer aur mirch ka kut, Malabari fish curry, bakharkhani, khameri roti, Kashmiri murgh yakhni pulao, Nawabi subz biryani and house-special Kabul ki dal, kaju anjeer barfi on rajgira chikki, ukadiche modak and the Banarsi thandai ka rasgulla.
Wallet alert: INR 1,800 for two
Location: Tote on the Turf, Mahalaxmi
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5. Futuristic Indian specials at Farzi Café
When at Farzi café, you can be sure that a gastronomic treat awaits you. Keeping up their #Farzi style of leaving patrons awestruck, this monsoon, the resto-bar extraordinaire has wed futuristic Indian food with traditional flavours, and we can vouch that it makes a happy couple. Think the unthinkable: Bhune makhi with lemongrass chowder or masala chai payassam—no combination is predictable.
Must try: Bhune makhi with lemongrass chowder, murgh badami shorbha, coffee cumin spiked crispy shrimps with cinnamon paprika air, and masala chai payassam with naankhati churros.
Wallet alert:INR 1,500 for two people
Location: Farzi Café, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel
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6. One-pot meals at Diskiyaoon
While it is pouring outside, you can sit down at Diskiyaoon and dig into wholesome one-pot meals curated especially for the monsoons. Every bowl is a perfect balance of proteins and carbohydrates and match deliciously well to create a complete meal. Vegan options available.
Must try: Tofu N Saag bowl, Jamaican bowl, Lababdar veg bowl and Amritsari veg bowl
Wallet alert: INR 350 onwards
Location: The Capital, Block BKC, Bandra East
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7. Jamun-flavoured goodies at Turban Tales
The monsoon special dishes at this lounge will make you fall in love with the rains again, as well as with jaamuns! Yes, you heard that right! Turban Tales have crafted some unique dishes with jaamuns (java plum). Think Aamunvaale Rang Birangey Burger and Ras vaale Jaamun. Apart from this, there are lots of vadas, pakodas and shorbas to pick from—all with a twist. Ready to experiment?
Must try: Angrezan Da Pakodas available in Veg (Broccoli, Baby Corn, Zucchini, Onion, Paneer & Red/ Yellow Bellpeppers) or & Non-veg (Chicken, Fish & Prawns), chicken vada, Jaamunvaale Rang Birangey Burger, Rassa Aaloo Khasta Kachori, Ras vaale Jaamun and many more.
Wallet alert: INR 200 onwards
Location: JVLR, Powai
Image courtesy: BKC Dive, Coffee by Di Bella, Neel and Dishikyaoon
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