22 things to do in and around Mumbai from February 25 to March 3
This weekend, keep all your diet plans aside, and stuff yourself with our go-indulge guide
Grab a pizza
10 AM – 1 AM: Treat yourself to some delicious breads at the ongoing Pizza Festival at Mockingbird Café Bar. From fungi salvatico, cajun chicken, pepperoni, to paneer harrissa, and kheema do pyaza, the menu at the festival, which will be on till March 4, will boast of an interesting mix of Italian and Indian flavours.
Where: Mockingbird Café Bar, 80, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate
Dig into a tikka
12 PM – 4 AM: Indulge in some spicy Mughlai dishes at the newly-opened Kebab Land. We suggest you try the chicken Peshawari tikka, and hazari tikka. Vegetarians can enjoy the paneer sholay, paneer malai and kalimirch tikkas.
Where: Kebab Land, Shop No. 5, New Link Road, Borivli West
Cost: Rs 400 for two
Enjoy a waffle
10.30 AM – 12 AM: If you are someone with a sweet tooth, London Bubble Company’s waffle treats are just what you need to satisfy that craving. From bubblegum ice cream, marshmellow, red velvet, white chocolate and Ferrero ice cream with Nutella, the waffles include some exotic fillings.
Where: London Bubble Company, Shop No. 2, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu
Go on a street food binge
2 PM – 12 AM: Hungry, but too lazy to cook? Head to this one-of-a-kind open-air street food pop-up festival at Viviana Mall. The festival will bring together a variety of scrumptious delicacies by some of the best food and dessert brands the city has to offer. From pani puri to vada pav and pancakes, the festival promises to savour all taste buds.
Where: Viviana Mall, Eastern Express Highway, Thane West
Visit a science mela
9.30 AM – 5 PM: This one is for geeks. The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research is bringing a day-long celebration of science with a mix of engaging lectures, open laboratories to visit, and fun hands-on experiments and demonstrations. From watching expert glass blowers at work to visiting the most powerful laser lab in the country, this is a great opportunity for children and adults to engage with the subject.
Where: TIFR Colaba Campus, Homi Bhabha Road, Navy Nagar, Colaba
Watch Aadish Keluskar’s thriller
2 PM: Catch director Aadish Keluskar’s extraordinary thriller drama Kaul,
which narrates the mind-wrecking journey of a schoolteacher who is left with a choice that he believes would either drive him crazy or change the entire world. The screening will be followed by an intimate chat with the filmmaker.
Where: Cuckoo Café, 5AA Pali Hill, Macronells Compound, Gate next to Learners Academy, Bandra West
To book: in.bookmyshow.com
Join a coffee painting workshop
4 PM: Recreate the browns, blacks and sepia of coffee on canvas at a unique coffee painting workshop organised by Bombay Drawing Room. At the session, you will make two artworks using coffee. All art materials will be provided. And, you can also take your artwork home.
Where: Soda Bottle Openerwala, Hiranandani Gardens, Panchkutir Ganesh Nagar, Powai
Entry: Rs 1,850
To book: in.bookmyshow.com
Learn to spin the console
For those looking at a career in music production or DJ-ing, two interactive workshops on production and composition are being held. The former will be conducted by Luca Petraca, also a faculty member at the institute. Kedar Sakharka will be conducting the workshop on DJ-ing who has also developed the subject's course curriculum at the institute. Registration is compulsory for participants.
When: 6.30 pm, February 28
Where: True School of Music, Lower Parel
See a veteran artist at her best
Veteran artist Lalita Lajmi is holding her 30th exhibition of paintings, titled A Pale View of Hills. The show will be inaugurated by Pheroza Godrej. Lajmi had held her first solo at the same gallery in 1961. A painter and a printmaker, her works have been exhibited around the world including Germany and the US. She is also the recipient of the ICCR Travel Grant to Germany.
When: 11 am to 7 pm, February 27 to March 5
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, MG Road, Kala Ghoda
Watch a Victorian comedy
One of the best known comedies written by Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest tells the story of two bachelors, John Jack Worthing and Algernon Algy Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest.
When: 6 pm, March 3
Where: The Royal Opera House, Charni Road
Entry: Rs 800 - Rs 2,200
Say cheers to kahwa
An exotic mix of Kashmiri green tea leaves, whole spices, nuts and saffron, which was traditionally prepared in a brass kettle known as samovar, kahwa is a kind of tea that is made by boiling green tea leaves with saffron strands, cinnamon bark, cardamom pods and occasionally Kashmiri roses, for aroma. Generally, it is served with sugar or honey and crushed nuts, usually almonds or walnuts. Some varieties are made as an herbal infusion only, without the green tea leaves. Experience the brew in its true essence at this ongoing festival, that brings the drink of the valley to Mumbai.
When: 5 pm t0 10 pm, till February 28
Where: Garde Manger Cafe, Paranjay Scheme Marg No 1, Paranjape Nagar, Vile Parle
Get grooving at a Holi party
As the festival of colours makes its way to the city, get set for a foot-thumping DJ party. Manning the console is DJ Chetas, known for his hit mixes. Catch him live as he spins Bollywood hits of the season with some original mixes by himself. The party also promises a rain dance, lipsmacking delicacies and a treat of colour splash. Add to this, nine artists that will regale guests with their performances.
When: 10 am to 6.30 pm, March 2
Where: Wilson Gymkhana, Marine Drive
Entry: R499 (general admit); R750 (entry plus buffet); R899 (VIP entry); R1250 (VIP entry plus buffet) and R25,000 (VIP table)
Watch a dance routine
8 pm: The Lost Wax Project is dance performance conceived and choreographed by Preethi Athreya. The concept seeks to define bodies not in terms of what they are, but in terms of what they can achieve. It has been performed by Avantika Bahl, Sanchita Sharma, besides Athreya herself.
Where: G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Mahalakshmi
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Attend a classic class
8 pm: If you are a fan of Western classical music, then this is an event you should not miss. Chopin For A Cause is a charity event for the NGO, Habitat for Humanity, consisting of a master class tracing the life and times of Frederick Chopin. It has been organised by the Harvard Club of Mumbai.
Where: The Quarter, The Royal Opera House, Charni Road
Time to Hanky Panty
7 pm onwards: Get your mid-week guffaws as comedian and author Sorabh Pant takes you through an evening of his wisecracks. From Game of Thrones to politics to sports, Bollywood, the comedian has many a bone to pick. However, this is a man who can make even his rage look funny.
Where: Dublin Square, Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla West
Entry: Rs 499
Escape crowds on Holi
4 pm onwards: If you are keen on celebrating the festival of colours away from the city, here’s your chance. Camp out under the stars and watch the Holi pyre being burnt, then wake up next morning to sprinkle colours on your camp mates.
Where: Dahanu Holi Camp, Yamunavan Camps, Dahanu
Entry: Rs 1,000
Call: Elton Dmello at 9867952811
Go for an art exhibit
11 am to 7 pm: This series of paintings of BR and Sushila Bodade reflects the life and dreams of the people on the streets of central India’s village and towns. The paintings depict works of a gifted colourist who brings out the indomitable spirit of humanity.
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, 161-B, MG Road Kala Ghoda
Dig into a Holi platter
12 pm onwards: Get in the mood for the festival of colours with a vibrant Holi special buffet created by Westin chef Rahul Dhavale and team. Dig into season favourites like puran poli, thandai, dahi vada, shahi tukda and a lot more at this curated meal. The offer lasts all weekend.
WHhere: The Westin Mumbai Garden City, Goregaon East
A quick verdict on the buzz
Colour me rosé
This year at the SulaFest, we sampled a wine that’s changed our opinion of Indian wines. Under the umbrella of its new label The Source, the Grenache Rosé is a wine like no other we have tasted in the Indian market. It’s smooth, just the right type of sweet and can be drunk all through the day. The high was a gradual one but got us feeling happy without feeling drunk, if that’s such a thing. The next day as well, we nursed no hangover. The sad bit: it’s only available in the Tasting Room at the Sula Vineyards in Nashik!
A DOA script
For a film that is set in the heart of a metropolis, Anand Tiwari’s Love Per Square Foot carries a charming small-town feel. An advertisement for a housing scheme for a couple brings together our lead pair, Vicky Kaushal and Angira Dhar, who decide to get married so they can buy their dream home. While the story tackles the city’s foremost problem — space — it is, sadly, let down by bizarre twists in a hammy plot. By the second half, the flights of fancy become a bit too much to swallow. Even though every actor brings in their best game, the good work slips through the cracks of a weak script.
When thandai got cooler
With five days to go for Holi, restaurants are already on an overdrive to lure us with treats. We laid our hands on the new dessert set by Uber Eats that included thandai ice-cream from Naturals, gujjiyas from Chaayos and rainbow waffles from Icecream Desserts. The ice-cream was creamy and delicious. Yet, it evoked polar reactions — some loved it, rest didn’t. The Gujjiyas and waffles were sumptuous, but if you’re looking for novelty, we’d recommend the ice-cream.