Suzette Bakery: You’ve been reading all about the VC dough over at Suzette; and you’ll be glad to know it’s being put to good use. Enter Suzette Bakery, which will specialize in traditional French pastries – they recently posted pictures of a handsome Paris Brest – and artisanal bread made with natural, organic ingredients. It is sandwiched between the group’s Kitchen Garden and Suzette in Bandra, and is slated to open this weekend. All rise!
Ground floor, Gasper Enclave, next to Kitchen Garden, Pali Naka, Bandra (W).
The Classroom: And joining the up-rising, is La Folie, that will open a new space in Mahalaxmi this month, tricked out with a cooking studio called The Classroom and a small batch bean-to-bar chocolate factory café. More details to follow!
Tote Talli: The team at Indigo Deli (deGustibus Hospitality) has revived the bar above Tote on the Turf, christening it Tote Talli. We’re not one to judge bad puns – God knows, we’ve had our share – so let’s move on to the other details. The gastro pub opens everyday at 6 pm, and serves cocktails with a nod to India – see for instance, Mumbai Margarita, a mix of tequila, orange liquor, Kala Khatta; and Iski Uski, a whisky-passion fruit potion with hints of cinnamon and star anise. Bottle offers on weekdays promise to add to your savings.
Level one, Tote on the Turf, Royal Western India Turf Club, Mahalaxmi, call 7506425004.
Kalopsia Artisan Coffee: This café seats 38 and sources single estate and micro lot coffee from Chikmagalur. Opens on September 20.
Shop no 5, Pearl Haven Society, Chapel Road, opposite Salt Water Café, Bandra (W), call 9324563120.
The Cameo Kitchen: New at The Flea Bazaar Café, The Cameo Kitchen features a rotating roster of chefs from around the world. Currently, they’re showcasing Meiphung Oriental by chef Livingstone Shaiza, who cooks up fiery Naga delicacies. On until end of October, after which a chef from South India takes over. And speaking of cameos, we’ve heard whispers that the Slink & Bardot team will be launching a fresh, new concept at the Churchgate spot that used to house Salt Water Café.
Unit No 5, 1st floor, Trade View Building, Oasis City Complex, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel.
Poco Loco: After La Loca Maria, Bandra invites you to a new casa, this time Poco Loco that serves “experimental cuisine inspired by Latin American flavours”. Meals here are bookended by mango gazpacho and chocolate-chilli tarts, with big bowls of paella in the middle.
Ground fFloor, Navish House, building no 87, plot no 99, SV Road, Khar (W), call 9324191366.
Lokomades: While you wait for your roll at Mini Punjab, walk across the street to Lokomades for a Loukoumade, a Greek dessert of bite-sized fluffy dough balls sprinkled with honey (and other toppings if you so choose). For non-sweet tooths, they also sell a large 6-inch baked potato, slit and mashed with cheese and butter and stuffed with your favorite choice of veggies and sauces.
Shop no 1, Silvercroft, 16th Road, Bandra (W), opposite Mini Punjab restaurant.
HQ: 90s teens, the bar that (probably) served you your first tequila shot has re-opened! We have the heart for nostalgia, but not the stomach for it; we’ll be swapping out tequila for gentler drinks. Speaking of which, they’re also serving coffee and shakes as part of their all-day dining push.
MG Road, Colaba, opposite Regal Cinema, call 22883983.
Nihonbashi: Still no opening date in sight for Nihonbashi, but rumours are still alive at that Sri Lanka's famed Japanese restaurant will open at the Colaba spot that formerly housed Indigo.
4, Mandlik Road, Colaba.
New Models and Remodels: Bayroute has opened its 5th Mumbai outpost at Palladium, Lower Parel; The Kitchen Garden will open in a leafy lane behind The Taj, Colaba in November; Social will fuel Powai soon; The Bombay Canteen, which was shut for renovation, will unveil an upgraded space tomorrow, Sep 17 at lunch; and Zomato has launched Zomato Originals, bite sized food-related video content, that plays on its app.
Ta-Ta: Say bye-bye to Café Zoe, which will shut for good at the end of this month. Visit their Instagram page for a farewell calendar of gigs, parties and last suppers. PS: Their kitchen will continue to deliver so it’s not goodbye forever.
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