Let’s go out for dinner!
How often has this declaration brought with it a sense of pleasant anticipation and excitement?
After all, food is one of life’s greatest sensory pleasures. You don’t really need a reason to dine out at a restaurant. There’s always an occasion. From birthday and anniversary celebrations in the company of family or friends, visiting another city or you simply don’t feel like cooking at home. From getting breakfast on the way to work or going out to lunch with colleagues or just getting dinner after a tiring day, restaurants often act as saviours when it comes to tackling hunger.
And if you are dining out in Mumbai, you are spoilt for choices. With close to 87,650 restaurants, and a significant number of these being fine dining restaurants, the bustling metropolis offers enough and more choices for adventures of a gastronomical kind. As much as the city is a melting pot of people and cultures, its dining scene is a veritable smorgasbord of cuisines and experiences. From the swish South Bombay eateries to Bandra’s chic and cool restaurants, to exciting new joints at Lower Parel, there’s bound to be something or the other for everyone.
However, when it comes to fine dining in Mumbai, it’s more than just about grabbing a bite on the go. Whatever be the occasion -- a big fat family catch-up, just hanging out with friends, stealing away your significant other for a romantic evening, a venue for a casual first date, or just an place where you can relax and chill out, a reasonable amount of thought and planning is needed to make the outing successful. From the choice of cuisine, to the ambience and the service, every single component matters. So, here are a few top tips to keep in mind when looking out for fine dining options in Mumbai.
Keep an open mind Be willing to try out new cuisines. From Pan-Asian food, to European and Ethiopian cuisine, fine dining restaurants in Mumbai offer the best in global cuisine. Be ready to take your palette on a thrilling adventure.
Go authentic with Indian On the other hand, Mumbai’s fine dining restaurants also offer up the whole of India on a plate. So if your tastebuds want to stick to tried-and tested delicacies, there’s street food everywhere, famous khau galli to coastal delicacies from the Konkan and Mangalore regions, and other delectable options.
Read up and do your research A happening gastropub may be more suited for a boisterous night out with friends, rather than a cozy romantic date where the volume of music may play spoilsport rather than induce conversation. So even if it is being touted as THE place to go, choose wisely based on the occasion and the company. And these days, with reviews and ratings at your fingertips, this is a fairly simple task.
Plan ahead with reservations So, you’ve meticulously planned every element to put together a wonderful fine dining evening barring one small detail -- you’ve forgotten to call ahead and make reservations. The restaurant is having a particularly busy evening, so you need to wait for a very long time. To prevent your perfect evening from being ruined, just call up ahead and check whether you need to book a table in advance.
The next time you want to have a delightful evening with great food, a fantastic ambience and an overall memorable fine dining experience, do consider dining at the Le Cirque Signature at The Leela Mumbai. The French inspired outpost will leave you with an experience to cherish forever.