October marks the start of the festive season, when the country comes alive with night markets, exclusive parties and tons of new openings and menus. Cities like Mumbai, Pune, Goa, and Delhi are brimming with options that include ingenious cocktail programs, exciting offerings, and cool menus designed to suit varying palates. Take a look at our curated guide for the weekend and week ahead, as we’ve separated the wheat from the chaff for you.
If you are in Mumbai
Savor forgotten Indian recipes with a modern twist
Chef Ankur Chakraborty, co-founder of The Crossing Dubai arrives at JW Marriot for a pop-up that will showcase traditional Indian cuisine in a new light. With dishes from all over the country, this menu promises to be a treat and we are delighted to sink our teeth into their Kalimpong dumplings, gunpowder prawns and pulav gucchi Kashmir, in particular.
Where: JW Marriott, Juhu Tara Road
When: October 8 and 9, 2022
Enjoy a slice of Europe
Chef Ralph Prazeres of Goa’s Padaria Prazeres teams up with Chef Rahul Gomes Pereira of SAZ Café for a pop-up menu that doubles as an ode to European cuisine. Expect familiar and new dishes like the Goan chouriço Berliner, a brown butter poached prawn roll, Pasteis De Natadark chocolate berliner, iced matcha latte and more.
Where: SAZ Cafe, Lower Parel
When: from October 4 to 6, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact: +91 99200 56688
It’s a taco takeover
Binge by Bastian is celebrating World Taco Day in the best possible way. Six chefs, including Chef Darius Madon (Binge), Arun D’Souza (Perch), Gresham Fernandes (Salt Water Cafe), Seefah Ketchaiyo and Karan Bane (Seefah Restaurant) and Urvika Kanoi (Cafe Duco), have come together to create an exclusive menu to commemorate the special day. The all-day dinner will include specially designed tacos such as sweet potato, feta, guac and pinto beans, buttery garlic shrimp and chipotle, and laab gay and spicy pomelo, among others.
Where:Apartments Sant Kutir, West Khar
When : Tuesday-Sunday: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Contact:+91 022 5033 3555
Cost: Paid event, priced at ₹1000 per guest
Give your party a vintage touch
If a vintage spiral staircase, stately chandeliers and wooden floors help get you in the mood, check out Eve, Mumbai’s newest opening. The farm-to-fork menu includes delights like brick-pressed chicken with fresco peppercorn sauce, herbed mashed potatoes and garlic jus, pink peppercorn-infused chicken tikka, mock meat kheema pao, citrus fish and chips and wild mushroom risotto. Reserve a seat for a cute brunch with your best friends or a relaxing lunch with the family.
Where: Hiranandani Gardens, Powai
Hourly: 12 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Cost : ₹1,000 for two people
If you are in Pune
A vegan brunch in a Japanese setting? Why not
Nestled in Koregaon Park, Bai Mu Dan will instantly put you at ease, thanks to its wabi-sabi interiors and soothing ambience. Perfect for a breakfast gathering or weekend breakfast, the menu is completely vegetarian with some vegan options. Don’t miss their puff pastry croissant, cruffin and other Viennese delicacies. Pair it with their artisan teas and aromatic coffees from a single estate to complete the meal.
Where: Sunderbans, Koregaon Park
Hourly: 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Contact : +919004679501
Cost : ₹700 for two people
If you are in Goa
A dinner by the Arabian Sea
Coast 2 Coast by Taj Resort and Convention Center is a new restaurant in the summer state. The seafood-focused menu draws inspiration from flavors and culinary traditions prevalent on the West, East and local coasts. Don’t miss them chatka king crab legs with Russian king crabs, baked whole snapper, panko prawns, tuna tataki served on a pink salt plate and local dishes like Goan crab cakes and pork vindaloo.
Where: Vainguinim Beach, Dona Paula, Panaji
Hourly: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Contact : +91 832 665 9234
Cost: ₹2,500 for two people
Keep it sweet in the summer state
Pandemic baby, Project Baked is a cafe and dessert bar opened by brothers Ajinkya and Vikram Gandhe. Their fresh, local menu consists of signature items like blueberry cheesecake (made with homemade cheese), pink pistachio cake, brownies and brookies served with specialty coffee and hand infusions . Come see us to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Where: Gumal Vaddo, Anjuna
Hourly : 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Contact : +917972261633
Cost: ₹500 for two people
If you are in bangalore
Celebrate Durga Puja with a luxury dinner
JW Marriot, Bengaluru brings the flavors of Kolkata to the city with an exciting menu on the occasion of Durga Puja, which begins on October 2 this year. From live stations showcasing street favorites such as dimer chop, mochar chop, aloor chop and jhal murito the traditional sector, including daab chingri, shorshe maach, and paturithis menu promises to be a baller.
Where: Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar
When: October 1 to October 5 (7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
Cost: ₹2550+ per person
Grab a hot bowl of ramen
Naru Noodles has a new address – the 270 square foot kiosk offers a variety of ramen bowls for you to sip on. Traditional ramen like shoyu ramen, spicy tori paitan, and tonkotsu to experiments with Indian flavors like naati kolithis place is everything any foodie in Bengaluru can talk about and we believe with good reason.
Where: Kengal Hanumanthaiah, Shanti Nagar
When: Reservations required: Wednesday-Sunday
Contact : +919886791733
Cost : ₹1000 for two people
If you are in delhi
Improve your Navratri with this menu
Feast on Bhawan’s Navratri snacks this season with a festive menu includingsabudana khichdi, kuttu poori aloo, khoya paneer makhana, arbi tuk and The Big Bhawan Navratri Thali, which include s salad falahari koshimbir, shakarkandi aur pineapple chaat, vratwale rasa aloo, beet carrot raita, kuttu Pooris andalphonso mango aamras. Sounds like a treat, right?
Where: Sector 15, Gurugram, Haryana
When: 12:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Cost: ₹1500 for two people
Celebrate Oktoberfest with a new beer from Fox In The Field, a microbrewery that introduced Europe’s infamous Doppelbock beer. Originally made by monks in Munich, their version is an overflowing blend of toasty, bready and sweet notes, with a complex malty flavor that ends in a dry, warm finish. Pair it with your favorite snacks and enjoy!
Where: Fox in the field, Whitefield
When: 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Contact: +91 8904353612