Mumbai's badass restaurant award is here!

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.

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  • Estella, Juhu

    It feels like you’ve left behind Mumbai’s chaos and stepped onto the sunny beaches of Australia.

  • Lady Baga

    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, Kamala Mills

    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.

  • Fatty Bao, Kamala Mills

    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.

  • Flyp@MTV Café

    A trippy nightspot that is a nostalgia den, with cassette-lined walls, a Hot Wheels cars burst and good ole Pacman.

  • AKA Bistro, Fort

    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.

  • La Folie Du Chocolat, Fort

    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.

  • Grandmama’s Café, Juhu

    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.


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