Vogue’s September edit of the hottest new restaurants, menus and food updates in your city

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Now that dining out has almost reverted to its pre-pandemic avatar, we’re being treated to a spate of restaurant openings and novel food concepts across cities. Vogue spotlights all the cool new menus, restaurants and food updates across Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Goa and Chennai, that are worth checking out.

Mumbai

Recca

Located in Kala Ghoda, this new fine dining restaurant draws its inspiration from the fresh flavours of the Mediterranean. Helmed by Chef Saby Gorai, the menu is unconventional, showcasing progressive Mediterranean fare with indigenous Indian ingredients. Think, bayberries from Uttarakhand, badami aloo from Assam, kalari cheese from Kashmir and the like. Choose from signatures such as paper-thin lavash pizzas topped with smoked artisanal Bengali cheese or Middle Eastern-style lamb mince, popcorn-crusted prawns, Malabar seafood chowder and fresh herb quail or go for their small plates— plancha grills, claypot pastas and the restaurant’s special Himalayan salt grills. The bar is a focal point, offering cocktails made using foraged Indian ingredients and housemade mixers. The expansive space, designed by Siddharth Garrimela of Esquisse Designs, is complemented by minimalist white interiors, chesterfield leather couches and large bay windows. We suggest capping off your meal with desserts such as the Burnt Cheesecake or Ponchiki, a traditional doughnut available in fillings such as homemade custard or groundnut chocolate.

Address: 1st Floor, Kala Ghoda Society, K. Dubhash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort. Tel: 08433737344 / 08433737366

Blah!

For a city that loves lazy weekend brunches, there's a brand new spot to indulge. Blah! is a new addition in BKC serving an extensive selection of breakfast and brunch plates that range from comforting pancakes, pink pitaya and fluffy Japanese souffle pancakes to healthy vegan smoothie bowls (using lacto-fermented coconut milk). There are also DIY breakfast trays, sourdough toasts, and brunch classics like eggs benedict paired with mimosas. The interiors are vibrant and quirky, with a mini hydroponic garden suspended from the ceiling which grows fresh herbs like basil, rosemary and thyme, to take forward their concept of ‘pluck-to-cup’. These eventually also make their way into the artisanal cocktails on the menu. The colourful patterned floors, wicker furniture and large swings add to the casual yet intimate vibe of the restaurant.

Opens September 15. Address: Ground Floor, Capital Building, Unit 4, Block G, Bandra Kurla Complex. Tel: 07710805999 / 07718042777

The Craftery by Subko

Located in the bylanes of Byculla, amidst the remnants of Mumbai’s old textile mills, The Craftery is a hip new addition to the city’s specialty coffee scene. Housed in a large space, in what once used to be a printing press, it’s also a new outpost for Subko Coffee, the popular cafe which first launched in Bandra during the lockdown last year. The industrially designed space is inspired by microbreweries and wineries—so you can watch coffee beans being freshly roasted and ground. At their bakehouse, see croissants being laminated and prepared in a temperature-controlled glass room while in their cheerful seating area, you can sip on innovative coffees such as cascara cold brew, banoffee flat white (made using banana-infused milk) and a variation of the popular cocktail, Arnold Palmer (which uses fresh lemon, tonic water and cold brewed coffee from the Garo Hills in Meghalaya). Don’t miss out on bakes like the rhubarb pop tart, Brokkaido, which is a Hokkaido-inspired milk bun stuffed with salted milk cream, black forest Kouign-Amann and savoury open-faced toasts like a harissa grilled cheese or a South Indian-inspired podi cream cheese toast. The bakehouse is helmed by chef Daniel Trulson, well-known for his baking prowess at Bread & Chocolate in Puducherry. The craftery will also function as a platform to innovate and showcase different brews and bakes each month, host specialty coffee sessions, supper clubs and flea markets, among several other initiatives.

Address: Unit No2, Jak Compound, D K, 1st Cross Lane, Byculla East. Tel: 09004700654

The Origin

There’s a new destination in the city for artisanal, consciously-sourced products from around the world. Located in Khar, The Origin offers a curated selection of fresh produce and gourmet staples, and also houses a cafe serving vegan fare in the form of petite bites, healthy beverages and salads. The store is divided into aptly named sections so you can browse through an assortment of teas and coffees from ‘The Plantation’, pour your own honey from large glass vats storing varieties of the golden liquid from ‘The Hive’ or pick up freshly-ground spices from ‘The Mill’. Apart from stocking up on their in-house label offering baked goods, dry fruits, cold-pressed juices and more, you can also find a selection of artisanal chocolates, snacks, breakfast cereals, ice creams, vegan cheese and meats, from brands around the world.

Address: 352, Linking Road, Khar West. Tel: 022 68508888 / 08591720930

Art of Dum

This gourmet delivery kitchen is the newest entrant in the city, offering a selection of elevated Indian fare inspired by the ‘dum pukht’ style of cooking, which involves sealing food in clay pots. The menu features generous portions of slow-cooked dishes, be it the 24-hour simmered dal makhani or the dum handi ka gosht that’s cooked for six hours, along with a range of fragrant dum biryanis, chargrilled kebabs and gravies that you can mop up with breads like bharwan cheese naan and warqi parathas. This venture is the brainchild of Sanjay Vazirani of Foodlink, well-known in the city for its catering and banquet services.

Order online or Call: 07304000900 / 09820641000

Skinny Bakes

Preeti K Singh whips up healthy, wholesome bakes from her home kitchen that range from chocolate almond butter brownies to cookies, muffins and crumble cakes, among others. Starting September 13, her weekly subscription boxes will offer a selection of seven healthy treats for each day of the week, whether it's a pre- or post-workout indulgence or simply something to munch on, without the guilt. These will include muffins, bliss balls, slices of cake, stuffed dates, cookies, among other options, and the selection will change weekly. Her baked goodies are refined sugar-free, keto-friendly and diabetic-friendly and are use healthy flours such as ragi and jowar. There will also be a special keto-friendly version of the subscription box.

Tel: 09810522537 to order. The subscription boxes are available every Monday and you can currently pre-order these on the weekend.

Foodhall x Singapore Food Festival

If you’re visiting your nearest Foodhall store this month, the ongoing Singapore Food Festival will be a treat for your tastebuds. The premium retail chain has teamed up with the Singapore Tourism Board for the festival this year, housing a range of Singaporean produce and local favourites, be it hot sauces, condiments, noodles or even local fruits like durian and more. At the cafe, you can savour street-style fare with a menu featuring Hainanese chicken rice, satays and baos, and also sample bites from the ‘Toast Bar’ offering the much-loved kaya toast, along with baked goods such as curry buns, egg tarts and fluffy pandan cakes. Pick up cooking essentials and staples from a weekly-rotating noodle bar, or browse through recipe ingredient boxes specially curated by chef Anahita Dhondy to whip up a Singaporean-style meal at home.

Also available at Foodhall stores in Delhi-NCR and Bengaluru

Delhi-NCR

Petite Pie Shop

At her brand new Parisian-style bistro, chef Vanshika Bhatia bakes gram-worthy pies, sweet and savoury bites, artisanal breads and pizzas made with biga dough. The cheery space is done up in warm hues with pistachio green walls, checkered floors and floral accents. The menu pays ode to pies in several forms, from a classic French onion soup to warm, flaky pies with fillings that range from potato and leek, pulled jackfruit, chicken and mushroom, and even bacon maple whisky galette, along with other comforting flavours and a selection of croissant sandwiches. While you’re here, make room for sweet pies that encompass nutty, floral, fruity and chocolate flavours. Coconut clafoutis and Lavender cream pie are just a few options.

Address: Shop no:23, ground floor, Worldmark, Sector 65, Gurugram. Tel: 08130112234

Azuki

ABHI

Offering a selection of Japanese and Pan-Asian cuisine, this new delivery kitchen will sort you out with its healthy and flavourful fare. Choose from Vietnamese summer rolls, duck and pomegranate salad, smoked scamorza dim sums, wasabi prawns, thick Asian-style curries, poke bowls and the like. The ingredients are sourced from a network of local farmers, tying into the concept of farm-to-fork.

Delivering across Delhi-NCR with direct orders. Order online or via platforms like Zomato.

Goa

Padaria Prazeres

It’s hard to miss the colourful blue and yellow exteriors of this bakery and cafe that will transport you to the streets of Lisbon. Started by chef Ralph Prazeres, a Le Cordon Bleu alumni, and his wife Stacy Gracias, Padaria Prazeres is a charming 20-seater space that aims to bring a slice of European pastries and bakes to Goa. Look out for their popular Portuguese custard tarts (pasteis de nata)—a signature at the bakery—along with madeleines, palmiers, stuffed berliners, a range of breads and other savoury options like their salmon and cream cheese bagel. Prazeres, who has spent time working in restaurants such as Noma (Copenhagen) and St. JOHN (London), says that everything they bake is artisanal and made from scratch. Going forward, he plans to add local, seasonal flavours to his bakes as well.

Address: Models Celeste, Opp Models Celebrity, Caranzalem, Panjim, Goa. Tel: 09322806130

Bengaluru

Farmlore

Set amidst a lush 37-acre farm dotted with mango trees, this experimental restaurant is a new entrant in Bengaluru, offering a locavore dining experience, with just 18 covers. Don’t go here with any preconceived notions about the food. Chef Johnson Ebenezer, who helms the kitchen and was previously executive chef at Michelin-star restaurant Nadodi in Malaysia, showcases a produce list each Monday that will give you a sense of what to expect, putting out a 10-course degustation menu for dinner and a five-course menu for lunch. The menu is cuisine-agnostic but with an emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients, drawing inspiration from regional flavours of the neighbouring Southern states, and complemented by different fermentation techniques. Woodfire sourced from the surrounding mango trees on the farm is used as one of the apparatus for cooking. The farm is home to several gardens growing fresh, regional produce, and they also rear cows and chickens for their quota of organic milk and eggs. In addition, solar panels help run the restaurant sustainably.

Open from Wednesdays to Sundays. Address: Survey No.67, Sathanur Village, Bagalur Post, North Taluk. Tel: 09884579214 or book here

Holy Chic

Offering a compact menu of rotisserie chicken—which founder-chef Varun Pereira describes as a long-forgotten Bengaluru-favourite (exclusively found at institutions such as Empire Restaurant and Imperial)—is this brand new delivery service based out of Yeswanthpur. Pereira’s spin on the classic involves brining the chicken for 24 hours and dry-aging it for another 24 hours, post which it is doused in dry rubs or marinades and slow-roasted to draw out its juicy flavour. You can order a full or half chicken that comes with fluffy pitas, onion pilaf, lacto-fermented veggies, garlic dip, hot sauce and spiced salt. Flavours range from a classic garlic, lemon and thyme roast, to Memphis barbecue, spicy Korean chilli and a Cajun-style dry rub, including one named The Empire, which pays homage to the Bengaluru food paradise.

Order directly online or Call: 07892842059

Chennai

Les Amis

This Scandinavian-style all-day cafe is spread over three levels, allowing patrons to access delectable European dishes, a patisserie, a coffee bar and an extensive selection of artisanal gelatos and sorbets in unique flavours like jamun, croissant pudding, key lime pie and more. Grab a spot on the terrace where you can while away evenings sampling traditional European-style bakes, from bechamel puffs and French palmiers to babka, oat brioche, pastries and even a special seven-course food menu on prior reservation.

Address: 83, Chamiers Road, RA Puram. Tel: 09790873635

SVAH

This new alfresco-style cafe, housed in a sprawling urban retreat of sorts, is all about healthy vegetarian fare, with a focus on glocal cuisine. The menu lists options such as drumstick leaf soup, sambar with potato podimas and gnocchi in cashew crepe, bakes like the jamoon Danish pastry and Norwegian vanilla bun as well as a range of coolers to boot.

Address: SYNCK, 42, 35th Cross St, Tiruvalluvar Nagar, Besant Nagar. Tel: 07548815999

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