Strawberry sail boats, Stormtrooper pipes and a Spanish speaking chef cook up a storm at this new Bandra café that's harder to find than a needle in a haystack. But once you get there, their rope swings, free Wi-fi, secret lemonade and hummus platter will turn you into a regular. 42, New Kantwadi Road, Pali Hill.
- Birdsong Organic Cafe
Living between the ancient villas on Waroda Road, Birdsong Organic Cafe stands out with its contemporary wood and glass exterior. A bpb hideout for when we're in Bandra, we love the big blackboard menu; slated wooden tables, pretty floral upholstery, big French windows and of course, the free Wi-fi! Get the very homely and yum kheema pav + egg along with the lemon ginger juice for a working lunch or just a big fat slice of their regular chocolate cake. Shop no 1-5, Jenu-Jenai, Waroda Road, off Hill Road, Bandra (W), 26422323.
- The Bombay Canteen
It's hard to have a bad time at The Bombay Canteen where the vibe is cheery, the drinks are potent and chef Thomas is always putting something delicious on your table. We usually stop by for the whisky tamarind shake, Eggs Kejriwal and Uncle's Mutton mopped up with Tingmo buns.Kamala Mills, SB Road, Lower Parel, call 49666666.
- Bombay Salad Co.
The salads here refuse to play second fiddle to mains or appetisers, starring in their own little show with ingredients like avocados, quinoa and kale. Karishma Dalal, ex Suzette chef, is chief tosser, recommending that Samurai and Breakfast salads be washed down with kale smoothies. 2, ground floor, Rita Apartments, opposite Syndicate Bank, 16th Road, off Linking Road, Bandra (W), 26000270.
Bring your feral side out to play at Bonobo where the drinks are potent and the music gigs are mad fun. Equally nice at Bonobo is dinnertime with a menu that focuses on tasty European food. Choose to sit in the al fresco section on a high table or dance the night away in the inside space. Bonobo, 2nd Floor, Kenilworth Mall, Phase 2, off Linking Road, 33rd Road, Khar (W), 26055050.
The kitchen at this new deli, bistro & bar sends out carb-less pasta, a great martini and perfectly poached eggs. Let the Peanut Butter Pie be your big finish, a rich ode to the Snickers bar. 1st floor, Phoenix Marketcity, LBS Marg, Kurla, call 61802073.
- The Fatty Bao
Here is the electric new import from Bangalore, crouching next to its primate cousin and providing a cheery oasis in an otherwise unbearable stretch off Linking Road. Scarlet and slick as a red snapper, The Fatty Bao is stocked high with panda chopsticks, Asian lady soy sauce containers and efficient staff. Try the chef's special pork belly, hearty bowls of ramen and end with the mango panacotta. Summerville, junction of 14th & 33rd, Linking Road, next to Monkey Bar, Bandra (W), 26005220.
- Godrej Nature's Basket
If Holly Golightly went to Nature's Basket, she wouldn't have to eat Breakfast at Tiffany's. She also wouldn't put shoes in her refrigerator or drink milk out of wine glasses. The delicious goodies and organised aisles at this gourmet market/delicatessen/ boulangerie/ patissserie can turn the most dysfunctional kitchen into a homely hub. . Cuffe Parade; Chrurchgate; Warden Road; Worli; Bandra (W); Juhu; Andheri(West); Powai; Kandivali (E); Thane. Find your nearest store here.
- Indigo Deli
Mumbai's favorite breakfast-lunch-dinner-celebration-I'm-having-a-terrible-day-and-need-it-to-get-better spot. Look for us the next time you're there: we're the ones ordering classic margaritas and sublime peanut butter jelly sandwiches for lunch. 5, Ground Floor, Pheroze Building, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharishi Marg, Colaba; 1st Floor, Palladium at High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel; 8 Fatima Villa, 29th Road, Pali Naka, Bandra West; Clifton Trishool Housing Society, Oshiwara Village, Link Road, Lokhandwala (Andheri), Andheri West; 3rd Floor, R City Mall, Ghatkopar West, Mumbai, call 23549888 (Colaba); 43666666 (Lower Parel); 26438100 (Bandra); 26335709 (Andheri); 25181010 (Ghatkopar).
- JamJar Diner
Sloping shelves, a jukebox, mixed print crockery, sunny tiled terrace and free Wi-Fi make up JamJar Diner, an all-day cafe in a blue Versova bungalow by the sea. Get eggs coupled with a raspberry ice cream soda, and think back to simpler times while gazing at the jar of Bull's Eye sweets. Aram Nagar 2, JP Road, Versova, call 26368880.
- Le Pain Quotidien
This Belgian deli returns to the Coup Card with its popular tartines and our favourite – pain au chocolat. Go in for a quick meal, brunch or check their Facebook page for regular culinary workshops. 3, Maker Maxity, Bandra Kurla Complex, North Avenue, Bandra East, 66431616; Hotel Rodas, Central Avenue, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, 66713030; Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, 66150202.
Asian restaurant Mamagoto is (n)oodles of fun with its cut-out TVs in walls, mad pop art and curry bowls. Go try their delicious rock shrimp tempura, Gomai Salad and Chiang Mai Train Station Noodles. Gazebo House, ground floor, 133 Hill Road, Bandra (W), call 26552600; and T-34, 3rd Floor, R-City Mall, Ghatkopar (W), call 66401860.
If you haven't tried the Kashmiri apple curry, whole roasted raans and gooey apricot halwa at Rahul Akerkar's Nawabi kitchen yet, drop what you're doing and drive over now. Neel is the most inventive, exciting Indian restaurant in Mumbai. Opposite Gate No. 4 & 5, Keshva Rao, Racecourse, Mahalaxmi, call 43490000.
- Olive Bar & Kitchen
This pretty Mediterranean restaurant made Sunday brunch hip in Bombay. In addition to delicious food and drinks, they also do a neat Saturday brunch and special Thursday nights at Bandra, where the city's prettiest come to party. The Mahalaxmi branch has temporarily turned into Goa's Greek restaurant Thalassa so get your spanakopitas while they last! Amateur Riders Club, Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mahalaxmi; Pali Hill Tourist Hotel, 14, Union Park, Khar West; call 26058229 (Mahalaxmi); 40859596 (Bandra).
- One Street Over
One Street Over is a much-anticipated bar led by chef Kelvin Cheung, who formerly tended to a large flock of fans at Ellipsis, as well as chef de Cuisine Boo Kwang Kim of famed Chicago restaurant Little Goat. Visit for sexy small plates that hold carrots and burrata and bacon wrapped dates, and get a big batch of Pisco Sours to share with friends. The menu also lets you send beer and pickelbacks to the chefs in the kitchen.Ground floor, Navrang Building, near National College and Hotel Linkway, off Linking Road, Khar (W), 26002224.
- The Pantry
You will come close to spooning this pretty Kala Ghoda bakery and cafe with white awning that almost looks like dessert. The apple-gorgonzola sandwich and ham quiche are perennial favourites, but also look out for their seasonal menu and super convenient grab-and-go counter. Yeshwant Chambers, Military Square Lane, Kalaghoda, Colaba, 22678901.
UK Chain Pizza Express is our go-to place in the neighbourhood for classic pizzas, yum cannelloni and their delicious chocolate fudge. The neat decor and open kitchen where you can watch your pizza being rolled, adds to the experience. Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, 66562633/ 42.
- Salt Water Cafe
Get a table at Salt Water Cafe and you can eavesdrop on conversations about new ad campaigns, offbeat film and design ideas and the birth of the next best thing. Freelancers, creative folk, geeks and pretty things flock to this restaurant for Wi-fi, delicious cocktails, Chef Gresham's inventive menu. We love the super crispy bacon burger with a watermelon margarita, ending with the hot chocolate fondant! Ground floor, Rose Minar Annexe, Chapel Road, Bandra (W), 26434441; 82, Nagin Mahal, Veer Nariman Road, Opposite Gaylords, Churchgate, 66336070.
- The Sassy Spoon
Smack in the middle of the very busy Nariman Point district is The Sassy Spoon, with interiors perfectly suited to nostalgia-yellow light from bare-bulbed chandeliers, sepia ceilings, and a wall of lovely old suitcases. They also have a pretty patio and small bar that mixes big-flavored drinks: try a perfectly puckish tamarind margarita and bell pepper martinis, along with Chef Rachel Goenka's signature desserts for every season in the year. The Indian Express Building, Express Towers, Nariman Point, 22888222.
- Smoke House Deli
It's like an artist was killing time at a deli, absent-mindedly doodling ladles and bagels, pets and baguettes on one of its walls. While boxed in by these pretty sketches at Smoke House Deli, feast on their all day breakfast. Once the eggs and flaky croissants are out of the way, try their pretty-as-a-picture salads and wholesome meat dishes. Shop no C-90G, High Street Phoenix compound, 462, Lower Parel, 65619618; 3 A, ground floor, FIFC building, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (E), 26530762; 33, Dr Ambedkar Road Junction, Bandra (W), 65287800.
Mumbai's United Nations! At this little creperie, authentic French crepes share table space with toasted pav, mingling into a meal that'll make you smile out loud. Keep an eye out for the very cute French owners, and don't leave without trying some caramel. Atlanta Building Ground Floor, Nariman Point; St John Street, Opp Golds Gym, Pali Naka, Bandra West; call 22880055 (Nariman Point); 26411431 (Bandra).
- The Table
This Colaba restaurant's community table has grown to become many people's favourite place to perch, drinking blood orange magaritas and slurping soupy shrimp dumplings. Listen to snatches of interesting conversation and jazz, set against The Table's big arches.Ground floor, Hotel Suba Palace, next to Indigo Deli, Colaba, 22825002.
There are flowers under your tushy and a sangria pitcher on the wall – what's not to like? A weekday afternoon feels like a Sunday at Terttulia, Pune's European and Mediterranean restaurant that's opened up at Shivaji Park. Find a seat one a floral sofa in the inside space, on a high table in the wine and tapas section or a chair in the faux al fresco area with lots of sunlight and chalk art walls. We tried and loved bacon-wrapped dates, mushroom risotto and of course, the pizza. Hotel parkway, Shivaji Park Sea Face, Ranade Road Extension, Shivaji Park
- Woodside Inn + Woodside All Day Bar & Eatery
'Woodsy' is that neighbourhood bar where everybody knows your name. Take comfort in this, and also the all-day breakfast (get the French toast), the chilled vibe and pitchers of beer and cocktails. On particularly warm Bombay days, stop by for newly introduced beer and vodka popsicles. Indian Mercantile Mansion, Wodehouse Road, Colaba, 22875752; New Link Plaza, Oshiwara Link Road, Andheri (W), 6328963.
- The Yoga House
No shoes (or blues) are allowed inside The Yoga House cafe, a vegetarian macrobiotic kitchen that disguises healthy in yummy and sends out pink juice, orange fennel salad and the best 100% cocoa chocolate mousse ever. A favorite amongst hipsters and in-the-know Bandra residents. Nargis Villa, Shirley Rajan Road, off Carter Road, Bandra (W).
Questions? Call us at 77389 34888/999.