Beach dining at Estella

You may not be able to slip off your shoes and sink your feet into the sand beneath your table but you can do the next best thing – of enjoying an outstanding meal while being serenaded by the lovely sea breeze and the magnificent sunset at Juhu beach at Estella the newest restaurant in town.

The bar at Estella

Undoubtedly dining beneath the stars, with the sound of the tide nearby, heightens the sensuality of an already pleasurable meal. Estella is upscale but casual with superb service to boot. The modern Australian meal served here encourages you to linger on, while soaking up the ocean views and some great people watching on the beach.

I loved the bread basket with zaatar bread, sundried tomato focaccia and the chedder cheese straws served with smoked hazelnut butter and herb garlic butter. It’s easy to stuff up on them if you don’t know what’s coming next

Grilled scallops with miso honey cream and carrot foam


The grilled scallops with miso honey cream and carrot foam is exquisite. The presentation too is breathtaking. The seafood al ajilio (with clams, shrimps and scallops) is another must try here. The sherry saffron garlic butter sauce is quite addictive.

Lamb on spinach and flaky pastry


The star of the show for me was the lamb served on a bed of spinach and flaky puff pastry. The banana and caramel parfait with tangy kiwi marmalade was delightfully reticent in sugariness.

Plum and frangipani tart


If you drink go for the Yuzu Sour which is a bitter, sour and sweet drink of singleton of ord malt with Japanese yuzu.

Surya and me at Estella


In Estella I have found my wedding anniversary spot (which is approaching soon). It’s romantic and the music is kept low, so we can hear each other venting.

Estella, Nichani Kutir, Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai. Open only for dinner. Meal for two: Rs 5000



Unwraping Christmas feasts in Mumbai

Christmas menu at JW Marriott Juhu

It’s Christmas time. Will it be mistletoe, wine and the same meal you have every year? Before you drive home for Christmas try one of my favourite restaurants for their special Christmas spread.

Gaylord, Churchgate, Mumbai
This year, Gaylord’s Christmas menu holds the irresistible beer batter prawns. Perfectly fried to a golden yellow, the crispy casing holds the freshest jumbo prawns alongside buttered peas and carrots. Other dishes on the menu include Chicken Marina, Baked Aubergines, Dum Gosht Biryani, Shakarkandi Kebab, etc. I absolutely loved the Makhmali Kumbh (tandoori mushrooms stuffed with goat cheese). My favourite experience here is to enjoy a sizzler in the alfresco area. Not only does the theatre of it turn heads and stop conversation, but it’s an immediate winter warmer like no other type of dish.

Beer Batter prawns at Gaylord

Where: Gaylords, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai 400020. 022 2282 1259

When: 24th December – 3rd January, 2016

Cost: Meal for two (without alcohol) – Approx Rs 1800 + plus taxes

Olive Bar & Kitchen, Bandra
Roast turkey will be the star attraction on Christmas Day Brunch at Olive. Jazz lovers should mark Wednesday, December 23 when Mallika Barot will be belting out Christmas themed renditions of classic jazz songs, as well as some original numbers. Traditional Christmas cocktails like Egg Nog will be served alongside the Throwback bar menu, at significantly reduced prices. The décor will be reminiscent of a snowy Christmas.

resized Olive Bar & Kitchen - Confit Asparagus with crispy Egg & Kaffir
Confit Asparagus with crispy Egg & kafir  at Olive 

Where: Olive Bar & Kitchen, Bandra, 14, Union Park, Khar (W).Mumbai – 400052. Tel: +91 22 4340 8229

Cost: Rs. 2750

JW Mariott Mumbai Sahar
JW’s all day dining restaurant –JW Cafe –  will be hosting a Christmas brunch on the 25th with roast turkey, leg of lamb and sweet potato galette. Romano’s, the hotel’s Italian restaurant will also be serving a brunch with dishes like Parma ham scallops and gnocchi fritto.

Where: JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Sahar, IA Project Road, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai Sahar, Andheri East. Mumbai,
Tel: 022 33956232
Cost: Rs 2500 – JW Café, Rs 3500 – Romano.

Olive Bistro - Mulled Wine

Take your date here

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Say Valentine’s Day and what comes to mind are long-stemmed roses, soft lighting, cuddly teddy bears, aphrodisiac laced dishes…and so on. Well, forget all that. This Valentine’s Day treat your partner to a restaurant that focuses on what’s really important: great food and wine, hearty service and a romantic ambience. Tables set apart from each other and a great view also helps. A great romantic restaurant should make you feel special… like you’re the only person in the room.

Here’s a list of restaurants that have created an atmosphere that will make you want to linger. Now all you have to do is…look for a partner!

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