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The 2009/10 Bombay Thread (Detailed) (Mumbai)


If you are cmng to Mumbai / Bombay feel free to add ur travel dates here so you can connect with others in town and know abt exciting events :)

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Please add whatever you know more and better then this, especially something you have personally experienced which is great and want to share it with others, below

When in Bombay what to do? All of the below for sure if you can.

A Mega Smoking Ban all over Bombay and India, you can't just smoke in 99% of Lounges, bars, cafe's and more...! For Example The Oberoi AKA Trident AKA Hilton has no smoking options except for the rooms!)

The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower wing, there is only 1 venue to go smoking is like Patio @ The Starboard Bar which has now picked up as people can smoke there!)

One more place to smoke and enjoy great drinks and view is now The Dome on the rooftop of Intercontinental, Marine Drive They have now special arrangement for smokers by the poolside after 7 pm up to 1 am, nice lounge ish atmosphere!

Latest Additions:

A new hot spot in Juhu area by the owners and promoters of Henry Tham. Extraordinaire decor, One of the bet synchronized lightning ever in a night club in India, Awesome VIP area / bottled service. Smoking areas for Cigar and other smokers, official permission to operate till 3 am!

TRILOGY - Hotel Sea Princess
Juhu Beach
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Key contact person - Ryan Tham and Nataha De Sa

AER - (open to sky rooftop bar on 34th floor of the Four Seasons)
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Ask the bartender to personalize a cocktail for you. From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. champagne and cocktails are available half price.
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The new restaurant, bar and set of banquet rooms is the latest member of the deGustibus Hospitality family, which includes Indigo, Indigo Deli, Indigo Café and The Moveable Feast. The 25,000 sq. ft property is absolutely stunning kudos to Rahul Akerkar and his team. They had the best Soft launch / preview night we have ever seen in the past few years!
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Tote is located @ The Royal Western India Turf Club at Mahalaxmi (1 minute walk from the new Olive @ Mahalaxmi Racecourse)
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Gadda Da Vida
An inviting terrace bar is ideal for enjoying a drink at the end of the day. Kick back and unwind before the magnificent Arabian Sea sunset at Gadda Da Vida.
Addres: Novotel Hotel, Balraj Sahani Marg, Juhu Beach , Juhu, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai
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Zenzi Mills Newly Opened
Todi Estate, Senapati Bapat Road, Opposite The Blue Frog, Lower Parel,
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Oba Club Newly Opened Resto and Lounge bar in Colaba Near Regal Cinema, Colaba Causeway, Colaba, Mumbai
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Del Italia
This new rustic Italian restaurant has the charm of a cafe where one can head for a cozy dinner. The rooftop seating arrangement makes the view of the sea worthwhile.
Address: Juhu Tara Road, Next to Mocha, Juhu, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai
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Olive Bar & Kitchen Newly Opened (now in south Bombay)
Picturesque interiors
Innovative cocktails and great starters
Wine displays
Italian-lebanese, Great Wines Great deserts
Restaurant, Dessert, Lounge
Amateur Riders Club, Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai
Landmark Near Gate No. 8
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BLING - promoted by DJ Aqeel. Dj Pearl, DJ Nikhil, DJ Aqeel an many more playing here.
Hotel Leela, Sahar, Andheri (E), Mumbai
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Lot of Bollywood stars on weekends! Blue Frog:
One of the most unusual and koolest new spot in Bombay. A place where musicians from diff parts of world perform live 3 times a week. Delicious food, great lay out, huge bar and wonderful music. The sound quality of even recorded music much different from other clubs and of extreme high quality.
Mathuradas Mills Compound, Opposite Kamala Mills Compound, Entrance from Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel, Mumbai
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A Newly opened Lounge known as 'High Lounge' Lot of International DJ's performing. Nice private booths too.
Hotel Sahara Star is a Hot New property in town. Just outside / next to Domestic Airport in Bombay.
The Lebanese and Indian restaurants are already very popular.
Flute / Concept bar is just under the Asia's biggest Dome inside this hotel.
They have a private Dining room / PDR under the dome, under the bar, which is like sitting inside the aquarium, has no walls all fur sides are the Aquarium and has beautiful marine life and a peaceful environment for a private dinner of up to 12 people.
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Aurus - Resto and Lounge
Add: Ground Flr, Nichani Kutir, Juhu Tara Road, Before Reid & Taylor Showroom, Juhu, Mumbai
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Classy atmosphere, great-looking and fashionable crowd, perfectly lit, and an outdoor/indoor venue. No cover charge as of now! Friendly management and the beautiful sea breeze.

Typical After place for drink places / Bars in Mumbai

When everything is shut in down town / south Bombay head straight to:

Red Light
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(good, bearable)

Polly Esther's (according to most of us very bad, in Colaba inside Hotel Gordon House big and serves boose till wee hours!)

Also in South Bombay try 'Henry Thams' and 'Oba' in Colaba location just 2 minutes walk from The Taj Hotel

In North Bombay - 'Bling' inside The Leela open till 5 am on weekends!

In North Bombay - China House is also mostly open till 3 am ish!

Clubs, pubs, food, shopping and resto bars!

Places I would suggest all of you to go for sure:

Indigo Lounge @ Colaba (grt Italian and other cuisine, one of the top rated bars in the city, Huge Wine list, truly International crowd, best nights to go Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)

Henry Tham's
Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai
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4 Mandlik Road, Colaba, Mumbai
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Food Type: Burmese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese Shiro and just next to it (the world's biggest Hard Rock Cafe!) both located at Bombey Dyeing Mills, Worli).

(We love it) SHIRO is classy, Zen, waterfalls, Huge Buddha statutes, nice VIP lounge kinda place where one can drink, smoke and still breath and talk, good food and grt music one of the biggest and koolest club / lounge in Bombay

Hard Rock Cafe is HUGE / Mega and bigger then I have seen anywhere in the World and always over filled with people lot's of live gigs.Unlike any other Hard Rock Cafe in the world this one is filled and buzzing with local Bombayites daily!)

Dome (rooftop of Intercontinental) a very good Bar, quite know withing the Media / Banking circuit a nice expensive place..(Smoking Allowed by the poolside lounge!)

Czar in the same hotel Intercontinental located at Marine Drive) a regular club, disc is all I can say... not my hot favorite

Prive (HYPED!) a good place but cloud be claustrophobic sometimes, logistics / Valet sucks sometime time, I still feel the place is Good but its overly hyped and even over crowded!

China House - Grand Hyatt Mumbai, Off Western Express Highway, Santacruz (E), Mumbai - Phone Protected content for Bollywood stars/ Models as of now!)
The hip-pest kool and new spot in town small and over crowded but very very happening! Dance the night away, have a quite dinner or just enjoy the Lounge and resto... inside the Grand Hyatt Mumbai, Off Western Express Highway, Santacruz (near the domestic airport)

Phoniex Mills - One of the best Square (A Mega Square in midtown to hangout, dine, wine, shop and play games.) - Phoniex Mills - Retail. Hospitality. Entertainment. Commercial (location Lower Parel 5 minutes drive from Worli), Global / local Brands, shopping, resto bars., sports bars, bowling / gaming, night clubs, pubs, its all here at one single spot!Buzzing with loads of people thru day and till mid night or more...
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While in Bombay eat what (the best) we do.

Indigo -Fine dining.

SWATI and Soam (Two Restaurants in South Bombay which are life changing experiences is what all Non-India and Indians friends say when they eat here). Eat here and you will feel blessed! The most delicious Vegetarian food in Bombay city!
Best Dishes: Fada ni Khichdi, Bake Masala Khichdi, Palak Corn Pulav with Kadhi, Masala Bhat Kadhi, Dahi Misal, Maal Pua, Panki Chutney, Pani Puri, Sev Puri, Hand Made Ice Creams, Fresh Hot Deserts.
Swati Snacks
248 Karai Estate, Tardeo Road, Opposite Bhatia Hospital, Tardeo, Mumbai
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Sadguru Sadan, Ground Floor, Chowpatty, Girgaum, Mumbai
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Both are highly unique but quite a popular Veg restos', both has a menu which no other restaurants in the world has, and they say its hard to copy them, they have been around for many years!
Must eat - Pani puri, dhal dhokli, Panki (all 3 are difficult describe u you just have to eat it!) freshly sqeezed Sugar cane juice, coconut punch, unusual coffee / orange ice creams)

Moshe (Cuffe Parade) - grt Italian and other cuisine too very famous for Harissa Fondue, grt pastas, risotto's, fantastic deserts

Vong Wong
Latest Thai and Chinise Resto in South Bombay (downtown) Vong Wong (very Hip and very new) They plan to open a HUGE Lounge very soon too!) Nariman Point, Express Towers, First Floor, Ramnath Goenka Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai Awesome Chinese and Thai food, Fantastic Decor

Golden Dragon (Taj Mahal Palace, Colaba) (Chinese with special touch (read yummy + classy)

Best Sea food:
Trishna (very close to the Bombay Stock Exchange)

Mahesh Lunch Home (has two branches 1 in town/ South Bombay and 1 in North Bombay / Juhu)

Best Thai food:

Thai Pavilion
Hotel Taj President, 90, Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai
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(Newly renovated Must Go / Must Eat) (Taj President, Cuffe Parade) (Best Green Thai Curry in the world, even Red and loads of other yummy Thai food)

30, K. Dubhash Marg, Next to Chetana Restaurant, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai
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Best Thai, SOuth East Asian, Sushi kinda food, great Vegetarian options, The best Veg khowsuey in town

Top North Indian Food restaurants:

Mayfair Building, Ground Floor, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai
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Gaylords @ Church-gate very near from Marine Drive (whole of Marine Drive is by the Sea, a grt walk and a nice place to take good pics)

Masala Kraft
The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai
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145, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai
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Jewel Of India
Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai
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Want World's best Italian Thin, thinner, thinnest Pizzas?

Hotel Taj President, 90, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai
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Trattoria inisde Taj President @ Cuffe Parade, 7 minutes from Colaba!) (this is the numero uno, yummy)! try there classic margarita pizza and also the onion Jalapeno order thin crust

Oberoi, Hilton Towers, Nariman Point, Mumbai
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Frangipani inside Trident Hotel AKA Hilton Hotel (earlier known as Oberoi Hotel @ Nariman Point!)

534, SVP Road, Hughes Road, Charni Road, Girgaum, Mumbai
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Karma @ SukhSagar 2 minutes walk from Chowpatty Beach (Starting point of Marine Drive!)

I am almost confident if Anthony Bourdin was suppose to pass thru Bombay he won't miss the following street side asli (real) Bombay (mumbai) city food experience ever!

1) Two Iconic 'Vadapav' places (Vegetarian option only):

1 a) The small street side joint 1. Behind HR/KC college lane, Chruchgate, Mumbai. Extremely delicious Vadapav, Kanda Bhajiya's and more...

2 b)Outside Kirti college, Dadar (W). When driving from haji ali towards north it's a small by lane on the left side of the road, landmark is 'Kirti College' They have a specialized chutney and also a unique way of adding some strong Ginger in their Vadapav it's their signature preparation.

2) Bade Miyan: The most iconic roadside place ever, buzzing with hudnreds of cars and people especially late night, post mid-night on weekends. Open till 3 am!
They are super famous for their combination of delicious Veg and Non-Veg Kebabs, Chicken and Paneer(Cottage cheese) Rolls, Baida Roti (A unique Indian Roti/Bread stuffed with Egg and other options), Egg Burji(Indian Masala scrambled Eggs)

Address:Tulloch Road, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai
Landmark: Behind Hotel Taj Mahal
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3) Ayub's: Ayub's Paneer(Cottage Cheese) Rolls and other non-veg and veg rolls are truly super soft, spicy and I find them much more delicious then those of Bade Miyan.

Address: It's located along the narrow street between Rhythm House and Red light pub, bang opposite to the Muse store ask anyone abt the same in that location and you will be shown. Super busy and happening on weekends post 11:30 pm

4) Delicious Pav Bhaji, Masala Pav's and Idli in Bombay (Vegetarian option only): Spicy food and try the special edition Pav Bhaji without Potatoes

4 a)Santosh Sagar: Shop No 6, Matru Ashish, Nepean Sea Road, Napean Sea Road, Mumbai
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4b) Sukh Sagar: Gandhi Building, SVP Road, Chowpatty, Girgaum, Mumbai
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Dabeli (Vegetarian option only): A A Delicious Street Food from Mumbai: chutney, Peanuts,Coriander Leaves, Dates, Dry Red Chilli, Indian Snacks, Mint, Pomegranate, Potato, Sia, Snacks, Street Food, Tamarind and more...
This curry-in-a-bun is love at first bite-topped with luscious-red, juicy-tart pomegranate seeds, a must try!
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Paan: (Vegetarian option only) A a delicious edible leaf to chew mixed with even more delicious Chuna Gulab (Rose) Chutni, Green Gold Chutney, Supari, Elaichi (Cardamom)
In the olden days Kings use to have the best of customized Paan for Digestion after a heavy Royal Indian meal!

Best type of paan's to eat:
Sweet:Maggai Jodi, Calcutta Meetha
Normal a bit stronger: Calcutta Sada, Calcutta Sada Special, Maaggai Jodi Sada.

Few good Paan places in Bombay are:

Volga Paan House:
Nanabhai Lane, Opposite Akbarally's Fountain, Fort, Mumbai

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Near Oomer Park, Opposite St Stephen's Church, Breach Candy, Mumbai
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Om Cold And Sweet Paan:
91, Nanak Niwas, Near Sun Restaurant, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy, Mumbai
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The best Spa's in South Bombay

Rudra Spa
Kemps Boulevard, Kwality House, Kemps Corner, Mumbai.
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Jiva - Another grt but very pricey spa, Jeeva is inside the Taj Wellington muse, ColabaMust eating places in Bombay (A Must!)
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Best Places to Watch Movies

4 grt places two watch movies in South Bombay (down town) (Inox @ Nariman Point, Metro BIGcinemas @ Metro or close to Bombay Hospital!) 'Sterling' the newly renovated small but cute Multiplex with a good choice of food court at VT / Fort area.

Near Air India Building, Nariman Point, Mumbai
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PVR Cinemas
Phoenix Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, Mumbai
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PVR Cinemas
3rd Floor, Dynamix Mall, Near Chandan Cinema, Above Shopper's Stop, JVPD Scheme, Juhu, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai
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Fame Big Cinemas
City Mall, Near Crystal Plaza Bldg, New Link Road, Andheri W, Mumbai - Protected content , Andheri (W), Mumbai
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Inorbit Mall, Near Hypercity, Malad Link Road, Malad (W), Mumbai
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Shopping Malls:

is the number 1 and the best and has to be the first choice...Two of the best Chic Malls in South Bombay (downtown)

The Courtyard
A beautiful private mall with open gardens @ Colaba next to Prive / tetsuma
41/44, SP Centre, Minoo Desai Road, Near Prive Lounge, Colaba, Mumbai
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The Atria Mall
@ Worli from Mac Book to Aldo, Mango to Nine West and much more its all there!
You can also buy a Brand new Rolls Royce or a BMW car inside the mall!!!
Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai

For those traveling with young Kids / babies:
Every baby brand in the world you can ever imagine there products are available here. Diapers, medicines, and other accessories and everything else is available very very easily in stores like Kamdhenu @ Nepeansea road, Premsons, Just Moms and Amarsons @ Breach Candy location(2 minutes from the US embassy) Many more all over the city.
There are sometimes hiccups with special baby food or very special medicines or designer clothing for babies / kids so carry them along :)

Best Luxury and Top notch Indian Designer all under one roof are at:

Aza fashions @ Alt Mount road, below Prithvi Apartments:
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2, Asha Colony, Opp. Hotel Sea Princess,
Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai-49
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Wi-Fi Café / Coffee shops

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
1st Floor, Cross Roads 2, Inox Building, Nariman Point, Mumbai
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Kala Ghoda Cafe
Ropewalk Street, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai
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Indigo Deli
(A kool breakfast n all day snack place with FREE WI-Fi!) also located in Colaba Both the Indigo's are 2 to 5 minutes walk from Hotel Taj Mahal Palace, Colaba!)

Best Hair Salons -

Jean Claude Biguine - Branches all over Bombay city
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Taj Mahal Beauty Salon
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New Young grt
Shop No.5, Wallace Apartments,
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B Blunt
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Juice Hair Salon
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Best Swimming Pools

CCI - Cricket Club Of India Ltd
Brabourne Stadium
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Bombay GymKhana
Bombay Gymkhana Ltd
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Hornby Vella Rd,S V Patel S
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Breach Candy Club
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Here are some more categories you might be Curious abt:

Best domestic wine:
Grover, Sula, Chateau Indage, Tiger Hill

Best food/organic food store: The Health Shop @ Peddar Road Opp. Jaslok Hospital, Nature's Basket and Reliance Fresh both are at Tirupati Apt. Mahalaxmi, 2 minutes from Peddar rd.

Best websites for ppl who want know anything regarding Bombay
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Best restaurant for delivery: (There is something called Meals on Wheels - They deliver from almost all restaurants Protected content

Best place to buy nice furniture: (Raghuvanshi Mills, Just before Phoniex Mills, Few shops around Fort / Behind Stock Exchange)

Best place to buy cheap furniture: (Akabarallay's Cheap / well priced but very good quality, very basic Designs)

Best Brunch: Four Seasons Worli, Tetsuma, ITC Gran Central, Olive The new one @ MahalaxmiBest Tailor:

Best Stylist for Men (Govinda Mehta - Protected content good!
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Best Paan Shop: Volga (Fountain), Then the one just ooutside Intercontinental Marine Drive, Mucchhad Paan wala Breach Candy, Prakash (near Chowpatty / Bharti Vidya Bhavan)Enjoy your stay in Bombay AKA Mumbai Please feel free to message us /ask any of us Bombayites for anything we can help you with :)

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