Mumbai: 7 Places to Eat and Drink During the Festival

Courtesy of Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
Speakeasy cocktails at the Harbour Bar inside the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

The Hollywood Reporter's insider guide to the best bars and restaurants in India's entertainment capital.

Mumbai's food and drink scene has really come into its own in recent years reflecting India's rise on the global stage. The city has long been a foodie's dream with a huge array of regional Indian cuisines and an increasingly large and high-quality selection of international fare, too. The bar scene in Mumbai is undoubtedly India's best, with the city boasting everything from colonial-era drinking dens to painfully modern cocktail bars. 

The Hollywood Reporter picks the best bars and restaurants to check out during the ongoing Mumbai Film Festival

Harbour Bar 

Nestled inside the regal confines of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, the Harbour Bar exudes colonial-era elegance. Open since 1933, this bar has plenty of heritage, and the extensive Scotch whisky and gin lists are a nod to a time forgotten. However, there are plenty of modern cocktails to enjoy, and on Speakeasy Saturdays there's live jazz, too. 

Harbour Bar, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, B K Boman Behram Marg, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, +91 22 666 53366

Masque

A high-concept farm-to-table restaurant, Masque is as cutting-edge as Indian cuisine gets. Located in Mumbai's rapidly gentrifying industrial mill area, Masque is the brainchild of chef Prateek Sadhu and businessman Aditi Dugar and was India's first restaurant to offer a 10-course tasting menu (Rs. 3,800). 

Masque, Gala 3, Laxmi Woollen Mill, Shakti Mills Lane, Off Dr. E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi, +91 22 4973 7431

Sea Lounge 

A genteel eatery perfect for light meals, a casual coffee or just people watching, Sea Lounge is also the best place in Mumbai to experience high tea. Another gem found inside the sprawling majesty of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Sea Lounge looks out onto the water and the iconic Gateway to India monument. An ideal place to conduct business meetings, Sea Lounge also offers a nice selection of traditional British and Indian food. 

Sea Lounge, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, B K Boman Behram Marg, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, +91 22 6665 3366

The Bombay Canteen 

Popular with Mumbai's creative crowd, The Bombay Canteen has garnered an international reputation for its retro 1960s design, cavernous space and innovative take on Indian cuisine. Conde Nast Traveller ranked The Bombay Canteen as the second-best restaurant in India, and it's not hard to see why, as culinary director Floyd Cardoz and executive chef Thomas Zacharias serve regional Indian dishes featuring the freshest ingredients in contemporary ways. 

The Bombay Canteen, Unit-1, Process House, S.B. Road, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel, +91 22 4966 6666

Masala Library 

Chef Jiggs Kalra brought molecular gastronomy to Mumbai with the highly regarded Masala Library. Whether you think using things like liquefied nitrogen in cooking is faddish or the future, molecular gastronomy is never boring and Kalra utilizes all manner of tricks to create his unique take on Indian cuisine. Foodies will love the nine-course degustation menu.

Masala Library, Ground Floor, First International Financial Centre, BKC Rd, G Block, Bandra East, +91 8452 900 900

The Table

If you want a (short) break from Indian cuisine and have a hankering for modern "Western" food, then look no further than The Table in Colaba. A multiple award-winning restaurant, The Table is an elegant establishment featuring an eye-catching mezzanine floor that serves up fancy comfort food such as sliders, mac 'n' cheese and pasta dishes. The restaurant also has an impressive selection of cocktails. 

The Table, Ground floor, Kalapesi Trust Building, Opp. Dhanraj Mahal, Below Hotel Suba Palace, Apollo Bunder Marg, Colaba, +91 22 2282 5000

Miss T 

A newcomer, Miss T comes from the same group behind The Table and has quickly established itself as the place to be seen in Mumbai. With a strong focus on cocktails, Miss T is one of those places where the bar staff spend a painstaking amount of time twisting, scraping and squeezing all manner of things while concocting the signature drinks. The food menu has a heavy Southeast Asian vibe to it with plenty of light options so you can concentrate on the drinks. 

Miss T, 4, Mandlik Rd, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, +91 22 2280 1144