December is when the holiday vibes ramp up and it's also that time of the year to catch up with long-lost family from across the world, grab a drink with friends who are back home and reconnect with loved ones that you don't get the chance to meet at any other time of the year. If you happen to be spending your December 2023 in Mumbai, there's plenty to do. This month in Mumbai, don't miss out on these 6 amazing activities, restaurants and events to try out.
1. Head For A Working Pan-Asian Lunch With Your Colleagues At Sesame
If you're working through the month but would still appreciate a mid-day break, indulge your sushi craving at Sesame. Tucked in the Hyatt Centric hotel in Juhu, the pan-Asian restaurant is little over a year old and has already finessed the art of serving masterful cuisine that borrows flavours from Vietnam, Japan and all of Asia in between. Their literal boat of sushi boasts of meats from eel to crab with vegetarian options like avocado being just as delectable. The dishes are succulent enough for one to clean the plate and the kitchen influences from across Asia are edible in each dish. End the meal with a spoonful of Tiramisu that is hearty as ever without being gratingly sweet. You can thank us later.
2. Go For Cocktails With Your Friends To Therapy
If the stress of 2023 has worn you down, this is the clinic you need to visit. And by clinic, we mean grungy pub in the heart of Khar. With its cement decorated interiors and zany neon signs, Therapy is set to be your hotspot come the weekend. With the DJ pushing out bangers all night long, there are also retro-themed arcade games like Pac-Man when you want to take a break from dancing. The dive bar has underground London vibes that is perfectly in sync when you sip on curated cocktails from their delightful selection on offer. A night out with the pals will be best spent at Therapy.
3. Grab A Pizza With Your Partner At Smokehouse Deli
When it's pizza, it doesn't even need a solid plan. So if your partner and yourself find a December evening free, head to Smokehouse Deli for a slice of pie. The European restaurant is running a Pizza festival throughout the month of December with delectable vegetarian and non-vegetarian pizza options that include everything from argula to ham. If you're feeling experimental, try these calzone-style sides and sauceless pizzas. Wash it down with a glass of Smokehouse Deli's signature Sangria for a truly memorable evening.
4. Catch A Show Of MAMMA MIA! With Your Parents
Culture vultures will be thrilled to note that the global hit musical MAMMA MIA! is now playing in Mumbai. As one of the longest running shows at London's West End, the musical production is based on the famous movie and ABBA's iconic soundtracks like Dancing Queen and Super Trouper. A much-loved show for generations, it celebrates the power of love, family and friendship through song and dance. MAMMA MIA! is playing in Mumbai at the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre (NMACC) through December 2023 and will make a fine time for a family day out.
5. Head For High-Tea With Your Aunt To Nksha
If you're feeling peck-ish between lunch and dinner, there's no better meal than high-tea at Nksha. Situated in the lanes of Churchgate in old Mumbai, the fine-dining restaurant's gourmand experience is especially delightful if you're heading for a meal with elders of the family like aunts, uncles or grandparents. The menu promises classic tea-time favourites, served in Nksha's signature gourmet style. Expect the likes of Avocado Sev Puri and Jodhpuri Michi Vada with beverages like Dalgona Coffee and Masala Chai. Because all meals deserve to end on a sweet note, you won't be able to say no to Nksha's Motichoor Ladoo and Malai Chaap.
6. Celebrate Christmas With Your Family At The Novotel Mumbai Airport
Christmas is all about about food, family and festivity. You can herald the merry cheer of the season on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at the Novotel Mumbai Airport. Held at their restaurant Food Exchange on the 24th, make merry with brunch or dinner. Expect a feast of delectable plum cakes, mince pies and ginger cookies with or without alcohol as preferred. On the 25th, celebrate Christmas with brunch from 12.30pm to 4pm. International favourites like Roast Quail, Stuffed Turkey and a variety of sweets are yours to dig into accompanied by a full bar as well as live performances for the happy day.
Make this a December to remember when you head out into the city of Mumbai this season.