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Dairy-Free, Alcoholic And More: Where To Get Unique Thandai This Holi

Jayati posted on 10 March

Ten-Second Takeaway

It’s that time of the year again when with spring comes the blooming colourful flowers and it’s getting warmer and brighter. It’s also the time of year when we celebrate a crazy festival of colours, Holi, unabashedly and rightly so. As sweets are to Diwali, thandai is to Holi and we’ve rounded up the places in Mumbai to score your sweet- milky treat of a thandai.

Khane Khas, Bandra

The evergreen must-go-to-during-Holi restaurant in Bandra serves its epic thandai every year since 1989. If that’s not enough to pull you in, go there for their famous thandai that is brewed a night before the D-day.

Available for takeaway, the thandai here is made in the authentic way by grinding the malwa, adding it to milk along with a host of other ingredients like saffron et al. Packaged in a bottle, one can take away the thandai on the day itself.

Price: INR 200 per litre

Casual Dining

Shop 4, Silver Croft Building, Junction Of 16th & 33rd Road, TPS 3, Bandra West, Mumbai

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Vibe Liquiteria

The organic and no-dairy juice bar in Bandra is celebrating its first ever Holi this year and its leaving no stones turned. Shaan Mayal, the owner, tells us they will be doing a healthy, dairy and sugar-free thandai. Though the traditional thandai is brewed with milk, they’ll be instead using nutmilk which is light and fresh.
The traditional recipe also gets a fun twist with ingredients like cashews, almonds, peppercorns, saffron and special addition of rose petals to give a very different taste to the thandai.

#LBBTip: Vibe birdy tells us additional ‘holy’ Holi ingredients can be added on request and ahem ahem we’re keeping it shush.

Price: INR 150 for a bottle of thandai

Juice & Milkshake Shops

Rafi Mansion, Shop 4, Ground Floor, 28th Road, Pali Hill, Bandra West, Mumbai

Bollywood Bhang @ Masala Bar

If you wanted a reminder of being in 2017, Masala Bar will be doing a Bollywood bhang which is basically a thandai infused cocktail with vodka, basil, and milk. This one is perfect for anyone looking for something new of this traditional Holi favourite.

Price: INR 395 {plus taxes}


Level 1, Gagangiri Apartments, Carter Road, Bandra West, Mumbai

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Thandai, AKA Bistro

Holi festivities are incomplete without a glass or two of thandai and AKA Bistro believes it too. They’re offering four different flavours in thandai; strawberry, pan, blueberry and saffron.

These thandais are made in-house with pistachios, almond, cardamom, cinnamon, sugar, melon seeds, black pepper and mixed with full fat milk for a creamy and perfect finish. If you’re all about the flavours, head
here to either take away a few bottles or have them there.

Price: INR 180 {in the restaurant and INR 200 for takeaway}

Casual Dining

Radha Bhavan, 121, Military Square, Nagindas Master Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai

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Thandai Ice Cream, Papacream

If a glass of thandai is too old school for you, how about a scoop of thandai? Created with milk, poppy seeds, cashewnuts, cardamom, and saffron the ice cream is an absolutely scoop of joy. Additionally, sprinkled with almond, rose petals and pistachios, it is as heavenly as it sounds.

Price: Single scoop INR 100, double scoop INR 185 and tub INR 450

Dessert Parlours

Cambatta Building, 18, J.T Road, Churchgate, Mumbai

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Thandai Tres Leches Cake, Korner House

Stepping up a notch, Korner House will be serving a Mexican milk cake aka thandai tres leches cake. Made with Kashmiri saffron and spice it is perfect for getting the Holi vibe on.

Price: INR 600

Fine Dining

The Korner House

21, Union Park, Khar West, Mumbai

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Lotus Thandai, Lotus Café, JW Marriot

Head to Lotus Café on Holi for a special menu that has been created for the day. Offering a range of especially made for Holi cocktails, find lotus thandai on the menu to kickstart the festive mood. Along with savoury itesm like namak parey, sweet kachoris and more, brunch on Holi style {and with colours on}.

Price: The brunch with alcohol for INR 3,600 {plus taxes}

Fine Dining

JW Marriott, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai

Gulkand Thandai, Bombay Haveli

When North India’s two favourite collide, Gulkand thandai takes form. A delicious concussion of thandai mixed well with the spices, mint, dried fruits and of course, beloved gulkand {sweet rose petals preserve} is added for the flavour. This thandai is available from March 10 up until March 19.

#LBBTip: On Holi, that is March 13, this thandai is on the house and will be served free of cost.

Price: INR 180 {one other days}

Casual Dining

Ground Floor, Ladhabhai Mansion, Opera House, Next To Vijay Sales, Charni Road, Mumbai

Thandai- tini, Raasta

The ever so cool Raasta is offering a host of Holi inspired cocktails to their patrons. We have picked the quirkiest of the lost, thandai-tini, that is your traditional martini with an obvious Holi twist. It is made from the homemade masala that has rose water, cardamom, nuts, basil, Indian fennel, kesar and approximately 60 ml of vodka for the hit.

Price: INR 100

Casual Dining

Rohan Plaza, 4/5th Floor, 5th Road, Ram Krishan Nagar, Khar, Mumbai

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