Mid-day launches the first edition of The Guide Restaurant Awards, 2018. A hundred and one finalists vie for 35 top honours. No favours, no paid-for trophies. Just an honest award that recognises the best places to eat and drink in Mumbai.
Food writers from The Guide, mid-day’s well respected around town section, fanned out across the city to anonymously review restaurants, bars and hole-in-the-wall joints that launched between 2016-17, and put them through the guide-test.
Thirty-five of the best have made it to our culinary hall of fame.
The Readers’ Choice Award: You, dear reader, have the power to choose the winner of the Readers’ Choice Award. Thank You For Voting from 8 nominees listed below.
It feels like you’ve left behind Mumbai’s chaos and stepped onto the sunny beaches of Australia.
Can you ever get enough of Goa? A susegaad groove makes this the closest we can get to the sunshine state without leaving home.
Theory’s interiors scream big, bold and classy. Done up in black, the open kitchen and 100-foot- island bar made make for slick Instagram frames.
A modernist Oriental ambience includes wall art, patterned floor tiles and pastel chairs. Everything is custom-made, including the puppets and cloth lamps shipped all the way from Japan.
A trippy nightspot that is a nostalgia den, with cassette-lined walls, a Hot Wheels cars burst and good ole Pacman.
With its big, bold and fun interiors that include broken mannequins, designer purses, sequinned popsicle sticks and a ceiling covered with shoes, you are spoilt for choice for that perfect selfie.
The luxe chocolaterie spells style from the moment you step in. If saccharine gives you a high and minimalist charm makes you smile, climb up the marble-brass stairway.
This café’s template is an ode to the vintage English county garden café. Cutesy patio furniture, sepia knick-knacks and picture-postcard interiors, come gift-wrapped.