Seafood With Sonam Or Salad With Alia? Eateries To Frequent For Bollywood Spotting

Jayati posted on 16 October

What Is It?

So for the ones who’ve moved to the city recently, or have been here for a while but can’t seem to catch a break when everyone else is getting those selfies with celebs – we decided to round up cafes and restaurants frequented by these stars. A word of caution – dress well and charge your phone’s battery for that epic photo.

Cafe Zoe

Cafe Zoe is a popular cafe where one can indulge in all-day breakfast. What else? Casually spot celebrities like Nimrat Kaur eating at the next table. Cafe Zoe is a popular hub for casual dining not just for Bollywood celebrities, but even for the young stand-up comedians we have come to adore in the recent years such as AIB. We recommend you order the eggs benedict and salmon ravioli here.

 

Casual Dining

Mathuradas Mills Compound, NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Olive Bar and Kitchen

Think stars, think Olive. From birthday bashes to after parties, it all happens behind the blue doors of this high-end resto bar in Khar. At any point of time in the evenings, you’ll spot at least one celebrity chilling there. From Salman Khan, Shah Rukh, Katrina Kaif to Ranveer Singh and film directors dropping by, they are all there.

As expected, it’s an extremely expensive place, so if you’re up for some fanfare, make sure to keep in mind to adhere to the dress code and keep credit cards handy for the exorbitant prices. We love their pastas and of course, the fantastic wine selection.

Fine Dining

Pali Hill Tourist Hotel, 14, Union Park, Pali Hill, Mumbai

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One Street Over and Bastian

One Street Over and Bastian – both by Chef Kelvin Cheung not only do delicious food and cocktails, but have also managed to lure celebrities. Keep your eyes open for Sonam Kapoor {she’s a big fan} as well as other celebrities like Shibani Dandekar, Monica Dogra, Pooja Dhingra, Karan Johar and more dropping by for a quick drink/shot or two. In between craning your neck around the restaurant, be sure to order the chef’s recommended dishes.

Pubs

Navarang Building, Ground Floor, 35th Road, Linking Road, Khar West, Mumbai

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Prithvi Cafe

Do we even need to? If you must, this landmark cafe and theatre was started off by Prithvi Raj Kapoor – the alpha-male of the Kapoor clan. From then till now, Prithvi Cafe has become a popular hang out spot for celebs, theatre artists and college students. Not just the young guns of Bollywood, you can see film veterans like Anupan Kher, Illa Arun, Divya Dutta here. Kalki Koechlin can be seen here often too. We once spotted Ranbir Kapoor watching a play from the discreet corner near the door. Before you go in for a play, have a cup of their famous masala chai or their cold coffee.

Cafes

Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Mumbai

Salt Water Cafe

This cafe in Bandra is uber cool and breezy, something the Mumbaikars crave and love. Another favourite among the celebs, Salt Water Cafe is often frequented by designers, models and actors alike. Expect to see Malaika Arora, Zayed Khan, Kunal Kapoor and many more silver screen faces here, who live nearby and drop by for a quick indulgence. Order their burgers – especially the fish and chips burger and the tenderloin burger while you’re at it.

Casual Dining

87 Chapel Road, Next to Mount Carmel Church, Reclamation, Bandra West, Mumbai

Masala Bay, Taj Land's End

The word is, Aamir Khan loves dining here often with his wife. Masala Bay, housed in the five-star hotel Taj Land’s end is perfect for privacy, exclusiveness and the food it offers. So if you want to take chances to catch Mr. Khan, we say dine and wine at Masala Bay. We love their classic take on Indian food – do try their large thalis and paneer dishes.

Fine Dining

Taj Lands End, Bandstand, Bandra West, Mumbai

The Dome

Ever wondered what the aerial view of the queen’s necklace at Marine Drive looks like? Head to The Dome at the Intercontinental Hotel to catch the perfect view of the sea, the lights and also to catch a glimpse of the celebs partying there. You can expect to see the likes of Arbaaz Khan, Vivek Oberoi among other actors from the industry. Down their ‘Dome Sundowner’ with light rum, orange, lemongrass, lemon and grenadine for INR 950 while you’re here.

Fine Dining

Hotel Inter Continental, 135, Churchgate, Mumbai

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Hakkasan

This Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant from London is a favourite among the A-listers. Apart from the authentic Cantonese cuisine served here, the ambience is light and exudes luxury. On your better days, you may be able to spot Karan Johar, Sanjay Dutt and his wife, Katrina Kaif and other celebs who come here to enjoy a night on the town. Try their spicy prawns with almond flakes and their Peking duck.

#LBBTip: This place is also frequented by the head honcho of Yash Raj Films, Aditya Chopra.

Fine Dining

Krystal, 206, Waterfield Road, Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai

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Ming Yang, Taj Land's End

A stone’s throw away from the famous ‘Mannat’ that houses the biggest film actor of this country is Ming Yang. This is reportedly SRK’s favourite dining spot. Not just him, but it’s also a favourite for Shahid Kapur, John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan. This five-star restaurant is known for its steamed fish and the dim sum platters.

Fine Dining

Taj Lands End, Bandstand, Bandra West, Mumbai

The Pali Village Cafe

A European-esque restaurant right next to the famous dive bar, Janata in Pali village, be sure to expect models and actors coming in here for a leisure wine and dine experience.

We’ve spotted Jacqueline Fernandez, Mira Rajput {Shahid’s Kapur’s wife}, Arbaaz Khan and a few of the other celebs who love their quiet time here. Do not miss the espresso flan and watermelon sangria here.

Fine Dining

602, Ambedkar Road, Pali Naka, Pali Hill, Bandra West, Mumbai

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Bombay Baking Company

Housed inside the JW Marriott in Juhu, this one is a popular place with the celebrities. Away from the prying cameras of the paparazzi, many a celebrities have gone here for their fix of baked goodies and sweet delights. It helps that it’s a five-star property and you’ll be rest assured to see them unwinding here by the pool or getting a quick cuppa at the BBC.

Cafes

JW Marriott, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai

Sequel Bistro & Juice Bar

The all-gluten free bistro on Pali Hill is a huge favourite amongst the celebrities. From Bipasha Basu to Sonam Kapoor to Alia Bhatt – this is where they go for their healthy bowls and smoothies post work-out sessions. Courtesy Instagram {we know, we know, we’re creepy} we’ve been seeing them chilling here and not being afraid to Insta their meal out.

So planning to keep fit and also spot your favourite celeb? You know where to head. We recommend their berry smoothie and their kale chips.

Cafes

Shop 2, Solace, 33rd Road, Near Eye Max, Pali Hill, Bandra West, Mumbai

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#LBBTip

Also, keep an eye out for Bombay Canteen in Lower Parel and Chai Coffi in Versova where you can catch the likes of Anurag Kashyap {Bombay Canteen regular} and other television celebrities that you love and adore.