When it's pouring outside in Mumbai and you've caught up with everything new on TV already, we've got just the plan for you to spend your monsoon night. The climate is delightfully romantic for a dinner date, albeit with a little more moisture than usual. Restaurants in Mumbai are creating the perfect ambiance for a cosy night out on the town, some even with specially curated monsoon menus. So take our advice and swap the nth episode of the show you're streaming for a rain-embellished date night in the city. Grab your umbrella in one hand and your partner with the other to head straight to these 5 restaurants in Mumbai which are made for rainy days and nights.
Dig Into Taki Taki's Comforting Japanese Fare
Taki Taki in Lower Parel can go from date night to party central with ease, all depending the day you're showing up on. The monsoon-special fare includes ramen bowls and cheung fun in abundance. Choose from options like Crispy Celery Chicken, Crispy Exotic Vegetables among others. For us, the Crispy Prawns and Chive Cheung Fun was deliciously crispy topped with the tantalisingly flavoured sauce; an ideal choice for rainy nights. It wouldn't be complete without ramen, now would it? Along with vegetarian options, the Chicken Shio Ramen is succulent with eggs and chicken but it's the Pork Char Sui Goma Ramen that stood out with its rich pork belly chunks and shimmering broth.
Watch The City Go By With Modern Peshawari Cuisine At Kangan
It'll be hard to top a romantic dinner date when it's planned at Kangan, located in The Westin Garden City in Goregaon. While the view from the glass windows feel as if you're watching over the city, its contemporary Peshawari cuisine will leave you well-satiated. The feel is par excellence and the menu shines with influence from North India, Afghanistan and Middle East. Succulent kebabs in a variety of meats, piping hot shorbas, deliciously gravies and traditionally-tilted desserts are authentic in their preparation with a plush finish. The restaurant also frequently has limited edition food festivals with curated menus by star chefs. Chef Ruheen recently brought Hyderabad's culinary heritage to the city with her beautifully created menu of Nizami delights.
Experience Italian Fusion Fare Like Never Before At Napoli by Shatranj
For many in Mumbai, Napoli by Shatranj is a legacy spot. This monsoon, it's back in full form and in a brand new avatar. While you can turn to classic Italian favourites like seafood risotto, chicken tagliatelle and warm foccacia, expect a fusion of traditional and innovative dishes with charcoal calamari and chicken Napoli. The interiors are modern and the ambiance is sparkling, but not more than the divine drinks which are part of the meticulously crafted cocktail menu.
Dive Into A North Indian Thali Done The Majestic Way At Kebab Korner
Thalis can be a luxurious experience but that's only if you head to Kebab Korner at the Intercontinental Hotel at Marine Drive. Whether it's a vegetarian or non-vegetarian option you choose from, it promises to be an exquisite feast of flavors, artistry, and opulence. It includes two seasonal beverages with pickles and condiments, a variety of as well as main courses with a rice preparation, Indian breads and a dessert platter to finish. All of that served in the most luxurious atmosphere you've ever eaten a thali at before.
Head To Dome For Pan-Asian Delicacies By The Seaside
If you want to score serious brownie points with your partner, there's no better place to go to than South Mumbai's most sought-after rooftop lounge. The Dome at the Intercontinental Hotel situated on Marine Drive is the most stunning location in the entire city that serves delicious Pan-Asian fare which goes down quickly on a starry night. Their monsoon special dim sum menu is a treat with the crispy Prawn wontons and Lobster dumplings standing out strongly. Vegetarians can also choose from Water Chestnut and Wild Mushroom Dumplings, Crisp Corn and Bamboo Shoot Puffs plus plenty more. The cocktails incorporate ingredients such as yuzu, chamomile tea and coconut milk which merge beautifully with Asian spirits such as sake and sochu. Think of us when you head there for your perfect date night.