Save This: A Famous Mumbai Chef Tells You Her Fave Eateries In Bandra

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Few other Mumbai neighbourhoods inspire the sort of love that Bandra does. Most big cities tend to have an area where the creative community congregate, and in Mumbai, Bandra is that neighbourhood. Shilarna Vaze {chef and caterer of Gaia Gourmet} takes us on a journey to some of her all-time favourites in Bandra’s bustling culinary scene. “Anyone doing something new such as bespoke coffee, Korean food or nouvelle Indian, will first try it in Bandra. Maybe it’s the people here—they’re more open minded. But whatever the case, Bandra truly is one of the best places to get everything from a drink at a local hole in the wall to a fancy meal at a posh restaurant”.

Kitchen Garden By Suzette

Kitchen Garden is an absolute favourite. Run by husband-wife-and-friend trio Jérémie Sabbagh, Antonia Achache, and Pierre Labail, it’s the perfect place to have amazing, fresh juices. While the menu is completely nutrition-led with all manner of organic, dairy- and gluten-free goods up for grabs, there’s some decadent treats too like the heavenly apple raspberry compote with mascarpone, Greek yoghurt and crumble and their fresh croissants are a must.

Koinonia Coffee Roasters

Tucked away in the narrow streets of Bandra’s Chuim Village is this new coffee hotspot. Koinonia sells coffees from estates in Marvahulla in Tamil Nadu, Poabs in Kerala and Kelagur and Badra in Karnataka. They also roast the coffee themselves. I’m married to a swiss guy who is always craving good coffee and Clement and his partners are doing a great job of fixing this gap.

The Blue

The Blue is quite literally Bandra’s best-kept-secret. Owned by husband and wife duo Seefah Ketchaiyo and Karan Bane, {the former Thai and Japanese chefs at the Four Seasons hotel’s Asian restaurant San-Qi}, this modest, six table enterprise packs quite a culinary punch. If you’re looking for a really authentic Thai and Japanese experience, then a meal at The Blue is a must—their sushi and Thai curries topping the list of things you must order.

Sequel Bistro and Juice Bar

No sugar. No flour. No chemicals. The menu at Sequel Bistro is super healthy. Started by Vanika Choudhary to promote conscious eating, the restaurant features an all-organic menu with an emphasis on alternative grains such as buckwheat, amaranth, sorghum, chia seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds and more. From delicious nut butters to decadent desserts using natural sweeteners, Sequel is just the place for all-organic salads and smoothie bowls.

One Street Over

We’ve had some pretty crazy girls’ nights here and we’re sure you will too. One Street Over is by far the best place to grab amazing cocktails and fun bar food {watch out for Chef Kelvin’s picklebacks}.

Janata Bar + Jaihind Lunch Home

Janta Bar is the suburb’s only local watering hole where heaps of cash strapped college kids hang out and it is that local joint that you never go to, but you can always order alcohol from at any point of day or night. Jaihind, opposite Janta bar is a fail-proof local seafood joint. Stand outs here include bombil fry, prawn curry, tisrya, Koliwada prawn, steamed banana leaf fish and sol kadi.

The Yoga House

The Yoga House is a great place to hang out post yoga or a hectic work out. Aside from their healthy menu of quinoa burgers and feta sandwiches, there’s excellent cups of coffee and smoothies to look forward to here.

Lab by La Folie

Macarons, cupcakes and tarts. The Lab by La Folie run by chef Sanjana, is the perfect place for French desserts. Located on the ever popular Hill Road, the patisserie’s pastries are as stunning as they are delicious. But while the desserts here are the star, there’s also a focus on slow eating, local produce and a more holistic food experience.


At Chef Kelvin Cheung’s Bastian, seafood is the real star. Bastian’s amazing crab and lobster dishes—specifically the ‘under the bridge crab’ are a culinary tribute to the inventiveness of fishermen in Hong Kong, who created a stellar dish stir-frying staples like shallots, garlic and dry chillies. Another stand out here is the cheesecake.

This recommendation was first posted on Nicobar.


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