Drifters Brewing Co.: Two entrepreneurs have teamed up with a brew master from Prague, to bring you beer brewed using Czech malts and quality hops.Drifters Brewing Co. will serve Milky Stout, Hefeweisen, Pale Ale, Pilsner, Belgian Wheat and Apple Cider, which you can pair with Mediterranean food. And until Valentine’s Day, they’re serving beer by the litre for Rs 300 (plus taxes)! Opens today. Unit Number 1, first floor, Trade View Building, Kamala Mills Compound, Lower Parel, call 919265507296.
Goyaa: Siddharth Somaiya, who previously owned The Bao Haus Co, and his partner Mariki Sayles, a New York mixologist who was part of the bartending team at Le Bernardin, collaborate on this 70-seater restaurant in Byculla East. Expect small plates filled with “wholesome food”; meats from around the world; and breads sauces and tofu made from scratch. Slated to launch mid-February. Byculla East, full location to be disclosed.
Plate & Pint: The family that runs Delifresh bakery has opened Plate & Pint, a new cafe at Kemp's corner that serves wine and smoothies, burgers and fish fingers, pies and cheesecakes. Owner Monaz Irani calls it a “cafebar”, a place to get a cocktail, but also a gorgeous loaf of bread. You’ll love the trippy black and white floor tiles, large windows and attention to green. Now open. Dhun-Abad, 106 Bhulabhai Desai Road.
Porto & Poie: Gracian D'Souza, former Tasting Room executive chef and consultant in kitchens such as the Todi Woodside Inn and Su Casa, has opened Porto & Poie, a Goan and Portuguese restaurant and al fresco tapas bar. "I see it as the Goan cuisine I grew up on, but executed with European cooking techniques," he tells bpb. Now open. Above Royal Garden Hotel, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, call 26602995.
Ministry of Crab: We told you about this one before, but we had to bring it up again in case you missed it. Yes, the rumour is true. Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Crab will in fact, be scuttling into town! Gourmet Investments Pvt Ltd, the hospitality group behind PizzaExpress, is bringing the Crab to Mumbai. And while we heard whispers of a BKC location, details have not been confirmed yet. Slated to open mid-2018.
The Riverside Rose: Dressed like a pastel confection, this 20-seater restaurant hopes it will remind you of a breezy Parisian café. Drop by for sandwiches, cold-pressed juices, iced espressos and tea, or even big plates like lemon fish and cannelloni. A rose and litchi cheesecake awaits you at the end. Now open. 969, Sea palace, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, call 62362676.
Trilogy: Did you kiss Trilogy? Something seems to have broken the spell and woken it up from a deep and long slumber. Come say good morning to the Tham Brothers’ Juhu club that is now thrice as nice: it houses the Trilogy BeachClub (think pre-party sundowner and pool-side cabanas), Trilogy Asian Bistro (sushi and dimsum served in a red, black and gold restaurant) and Trilogy SuperClub (a two-storeyed nightclub with kinetic lighting and a motorized DJ booth that moves between two floors. Movin’ on up! Opens on February 10. Plot no. 969, Juhu Tara Road, near Juhu Beach.
Tippling Street: A sea-facing bar inspired by Tippling Street, this one promises to make you fish and chips that can rival the kitchen of any London pub. You can also snack on baked brie, shepherd’s pie, and nachos, while sipping on copper-blazed bourbon and seaweed-infused vodka. A gift from the sea? Now open. 2nd Floor, Hotel Horizon, Juhu Church Road, opposite Juhu Church, Juhu, call 9459469450.
PS: Is Juhu stealing Bandra’s restaurant mojo?
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