Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 66
Style & Design
Colaba gems, from left: Galerie
Mirchandani + Steinruecke,
Le 15 Café, and Le Mill.
by many) is best discovered at the neighborhood level, especially with a little insight
from a local. We asked three Mumbai trendsetters - a gallerist, a fashion designer, and
a chef - to share what they love most about
their neighborhoods. Here, their guides to
finding style, sustenance, and more in the
heart of the sprawl.
"For a snack in Colaba, head to
Bademiya, a kebab stall on
Tulloch Road behind The Taj
Mahal Palace. I love their chicken tikka roll, and, yes, one is
enough - its paper-thin roomali
roti [flatbread] is deceptive."
- Tara Gupta, Virtuoso travel
advisor, San Jose, California
FOR A SWEET BREAK: "I
The British heritage buildings on Colaba's banyanlined streets house some of the city's best
art galleries, places that have helped the
neighborhood earn its distinction as Mumbai's Arts District. Among them is Galerie
Mirchandani + Steinruecke, located in the
120-year-old Sunny House building behind
the palatial Taj Mahal Palace hotel. The
minimalist space is owned by Ranjana Steinruecke and her mother, Usha Mirchandani,
and features a strong roster of contemporary
Indian artists. "Colaba has an appealing
V I RT U O S O L I F E
"I really like
Chatterjee & Lal - it's run by a husband
and wife and has an edgy program of
media-based art. Hena Kapadia's Tarq, in
the stunning art deco Dhanraj Mahal building, is a great space. She frequently hosts
discussions and has a very fresh approach to
young contemporary art."
COLABA GALLERY CRAWL:
combination of old and new," Steinruecke
says. "We love the neighborhood's quaint
lanes and old wooden facades."
MUSEUM MUST-SEES: "Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya [previously called the Prince of Wales Museum
of Western India] and the National Gallery of Modern Art are a short walk from
the gallery. CSMVS offers an outstanding
collection of antiquities, miniatures, and
sculptures, and has recently revamped
some of its modern art too."
love an occasional
cupcake treat from Le 15 Café, a Parisianstyle space located just down the road from
FOR HIGH-STYLE SOUVENIRS: "Raw Mango, across from The Taj Mahal Palace,
stocks designer Indian textiles in gorgeous hues, and downstairs in our building
is Nappa Dori, with handcrafted leather
trunks, satchels, wallets, and pencil cases.
Le Mill, a spacious clothing and home
goods shop located in a former rice mill, is
fantastic and very hot with the Mumbai ladies. They carry one of my favorite designers, Dries van Noten."