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A Taste of Mumbai

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A culinary landmark in the city, Gaylord has been serving hearty North Indian and Continental fare since 1956. Set in a leafy enclave in one of Mumbai’s original restaurant streets, the charming décor will warm you as much as the menu of unpretentious comfort food. Order staples such as murg makhani (boneless chicken simmered in a rich tomato gravy), succulent seekh kebab (skewers of spicy lamb mince grilled in a clay oven) and saag paneer (hunks of cottage cheese floating in a spinach broth). Augment with pillowy garlic naan and tasty vegetable biryani. There is a garden café and efficient bakery.

Open daily 12:15 PM – 3:45 PM, 7:15 PM – 12:00 midnight. Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate; tel +91 22 2282 1259;



Indian chefs have flirted with flavors of the Orient for decades and Farrokh Khambata brought his own take on pan-Asian in Umame. Located in a historic Art Deco building overlooking the Oval Maidan, its setting is conducive to leisurely meals. Fork your way through Japanese, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Singaporean specialities, with starters including crispy siu mai dumplings, bellyful with water chestnuts and corn curd, and flavorful tempura of lobster with red miso. Follow with the khao suey (Burmese noodle soup) and Vietnamese bass wrapped in a banana leaf and drizzled with Balinese spices – a feast appealing to the fifth taste, umami. 

Open daily 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM; first dinner sitting 8:30 PM, advance booking necessary. First floor, Cambata Building, next to Eros Cinema, 42 Maharshi Karve Road; 

tel +91 22 6111 0303



Many of Mumbai’s international restaurants offer broad menus encompassing a range of global cuisine, but Amadeus bucks the trend by dishing up innovative Levantine, Spanish and Eastern Mediterranean dishes – albeit adapted to suit the local palate. Another of Farrokh Khambata’s eateries, it’s located in the city’s theater district. The elegant space sets the tone for the masterful blend of unfamiliar flavors – linger on the extensive tapas menu, nibble on crispy prawns wrapped in turkey bacon, and zingy mustard-infused, stuffed piquillo peppers. Try the Marisco de Rosa paella, with lobster, calamari, shrimp and mussels plucked from the ocean that day. Sign off with a delicate crème Catalan. 

Open daily 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM, first dinner sitting 8:30 PM, booking necessary. National Centre of Performing Arts; tel +91 22 2282 4242



In this space-starved city, Aurus’s setting is a treat indeed. Overlooking a quiet stretch of Juhu beach and the foaming Arabian Sea, it’s the perfect spot for a sundowner. Reserve a table on the deck to enjoy the balmy Mumbai breeze, or dine inside in the exquisite restaurant. Showcasing global cuisine, the menu comprises a wide array of salads, appetizers and entrées. Start with the coastal crunch, a seafood salad dressed with Tabasco-buttermilk dressing. Then try the Creole-style jambalaya served with rice and barley, the Thai yellow spice lamb shanks, slowly braised for eight hours, or one of the many fish dishes. The sunsets are, of course, without equal. 

Open daily 7:30 PM – 1:30 AM. Ground floor, Nichani Kutir, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu; tel +91 6710 6666.


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