Out & About: This Week, We’re Eyeing Juicy Burgers, Tasty Tapas, And Herb-Fortified Wines

The most pressing question that arises every weekend is: “Where should I eat?” If you’re on the lookout for interesting haunts in your city to drink, eat, or party this week, look no further as we’ve rounded up an exciting list of places in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Goa and Pune. You may thank us later!

If You’re In Mumbai

Take Your Loved Ones On An Flavoursome Food Journey

JIA in Mandarin means ‘family’, and it aptly rubs off in the vibe of Jia – The Oriental Kitchen’s newly opened outlet in Colaba. The Pan-Asian dining experience promises to not disappoint. The affable staff serves up some of their signature dishes with a big smile. Take your pick from their recommended buys on the menu i.e. special sushi roll, mala chicken, crispy duck salad, five treasure mushroom rice with truffle, soft shell crab with chilli and shallot spiced butter, and Jia Thai curry. 

Address: Landdowne Road, Colaba

Timing: 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM, 7:00 PM – 11:30 PM

Cost: INR 2,500 for two people

Contact: +912261562222

Enjoy Some Pasta, Tapas & Cool Art 

Bandra has a new hotspot – La Loca Maria. The small, cosy restaurant seats 24, inside and in a blanketed space outside. Started by chef Manuel Olveira Seller (previously the Chef de Cuisine at JW Mariott’s Arola) and his wife Pratima (Mickee) Tuljapurkar, it’s safe to call this offering their dream project. From their one-page menu, try the spicy watermelon, the BFF carpaccio made from buffalo meat with hints of spicy aioli, truffle and parmesan. The beetroot-hummus dip, mushroom and truffle croquettes are everyone’s favourites. If you’re up for an experiment, try their charred octopus for sure. Enjoy your meal, and don’t forget to soak up the beautiful interiors done by Mickee.

Address: Khardanda, Khar

Timing: 12:00 PM– 3:30 PM, 7:00 PM – 11:30 PM

Cost: INR 1,100 for two people

Contact: +919324404335

Immerse Into A Turkish Experience

If shawarmas are your go-to order every time you step out, then head to Kmya this week. Their Turkish food festival is an ode to the iconic dishes from Turkey and you might find delicacies such as lamb beyti kebab, bourek smoked chicken, sausage, lamb and egg roasted tomato shawarma wrap, a splendid Turkish breakfast, and more on the menu. 

Address: One BKC, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex

Timing: 12:00 PM – 1:30 AM

Cost: INR 2,300 for two people

Contact: +919372952680

If You’re In Delhi

Have The Juciest Burgers 

If you are looking for some comfort food without compromising on taste, then head to Chard. Giving a gourmet, chargrilled twist to classic burgers, you can never go wrong with this one. Try their just-launched burger – Porkstar, which comprises a juicy patty paired with bacon onion jam, smoked cheese, a crunchy fennel + apple slaw and rocket leaves. 

Address: Pansheel Vihar, Near Vishal Mega Mart, Malviya Nagar

Timing: 12.30 PM – 10.30 PM

Cost: ₹350 for one order

Contact: +917827417585

Get A Taste Of Mumbai & Kolkata 

If you are someone who loves Mumbai’s bhelpuri or Kolkata’s famous lucchi and Bengali dum aloo, then head to Madam Chutney. Recently launched, the menu is a new take on the classic street food of Mumbai and Kolkata. Order misal pav, and pyaaz kachori when you visit the place. Team this up with a cup of refreshing tea, especially Mango chai if you are in the mood to experiment. 

Address: M Block Market, Greater Kailash 2 (GK 2)

Timing: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Cost: INR 700 for two people 

Contact: +919999386300

If You’re In Pune

Pair A Good Cup Of Artisinal Coffee With Baked Goodies

If you are in Pune and crave some authentic coffee, head to Grey Soul Coffee Roasters for some great brews. Travelling from the farms of Karnataka, Kerala, Coorg, and Nagaland, the coffee at Grey Soul is to die for. Pair your coffee with their signature Korean cream cheese bun and other baked goods. And if you are not a coffee person, not to worry. Try their freshly-minted range of teas including hibiscus rose cold tea, and their rose pistachio smoothie too. 

Address: Lane 6, Koregaon Park, Pune

Timing: 9:30 AM – 12:00 AM

Cost: INR 800 for two people

Contact: +917798311220

If You’re In Bengaluru

Take Your Friends For A Fulfilling Brunch But On A Saturday 

Brunches are a Sunday thing, but why not make the most out of your weekend by having a detectable spread on a Saturday instead? RCB Bar & Café has launched a premium Saturday brunch series – Sun & Scotch, inaugurated by Chefs Saransh Goila and Bhakti Mehta. It will feature top chefs and artisanal cocktails by the biggest names in the industry every Saturday afternoon, and the menu features indulgent offerings like salmon ceviche paani puri and thecha and brie appams, smashed burrata with brown butter carrot mash & dukkah and Chef Goila’s famous butter chicken. To end your meal on a sweeter note, you can try out the kulfi sundae with miso caramel, saffron rabri, and chikki. 

Address: SOBHA1, Ashok Nagar

Timings: 12:30 PM – 12:00 AM

Cost: INR 1800 for two people

Contact: +91 99809 99944

Sunday Brunching By Pool Side

This Sunday, spend your day off by having a wholesome brunch by the poolside. Sip a couple of drinks with friends and have a delightful meal comprising authentic Indian dishes at the Courtyard by Marriott Outer Ring Road. Think of regional delicacies including bara bhaja, kathi roll, kosha mangsho, ghoogni, puchka, a mishtano bhandar, and more. 

Address: Marathahalli, Bellandur

Timings: 11:00 AM – 11:30 PM 

Cost: INR 2,000 for two people

Contact: +91 8071203040

If You’re In Goa

Some Nights Call For A Barbecue 

Craving a perfect steak? Go out for a barbecue at this quaint place – Miski. The place now offers a bi-weekly barbecue, every Tuesday and Friday. Spend an evening post-work eating perfect steaks by Chef Vasco. Apart from steaks, you can enjoy other meats including seafood, and chicken as well as vegetarian proteins such as tofu, cottage cheese and all sorts of vegetables. 

Address: Near Head Post Office, Altinho, Panaji, Goa

Timings: 1:00 PM – 11:00 PM 

Cost: INR 600 for two people

Contact: +919822128885

Munch On Tacos And Every Other Spanish Food

In the mood for something spicy? Isabella’s Tapas Bar is the place to be. The venue serves a variety of tapas as well as other famous Spanish meals. Apart from the food, the other highlight of this place is its cocktails. The restaurants’ in-house Amari and Vermouth are quite popular, which is a herb-fortified wine that has played an important role in many cultures. At Isabella’s, they make it their own. The signature cocktails are specially made to complement the tapas that goes with your taste buds. 

Address: Edcon Incrocio, First Floor, MG Road, Panaji

Timings: 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

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