Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 68
Style & Design
A burra kebab plate at
The Bombay Canteen.
SIP HERE: "Bandra's Taj Mahal Tea House
has a unique vibe: It's in a heritage bungalow with old-world charm outside, but a
modern interior. And they serve great tea."
SAVE ROOM IN YOUR SUITCASE FOR: "Jet
Gems is a favorite for the best handcrafted
diamond jewelry; it's my go-to store for
gifting. Forest Essentials has a beautiful
Ayurvedic product line; I love their rose and
jasmine body scrubs."
Once crammed with tanneries, factories, and
textile mills, Lower Parel is now home to
sky-high offices and condos, shopping
malls, and Mumbai's best dining and drinking scene. A standout: The Bombay Canteen, a bustling space with patterned tiles
and stained-glass panels reminiscent of
Bombay's old bungalows. The three-yearold restaurant serves reimagined Indian
fare by executive chef and partner Thomas
Zacharias, an India native who came to
Mumbai after a stint at NYC's Le Bernardin,
with a months-long culinary detour through
the rest of India to study the country's cuisine. "The restaurant is in a great location
between the suburbs and South Bombay,"
Zacharias says. "It's my second home."
ORDER THIS AT THE BOMBAY CANTEEN: "Red
snapper ceviche with puffed black rice
and kokum sol kadhi [a coconut-milk curry
made with the rinds of the kokum fruit] -
it's a modern take on a traditional fish plate
found in Maharashtra. Sip an Incredible India, made with vodka, basil leaves, fresh ginger, pineapple, and orange juice."
FOR A DRINK: "The Woodside Inn has great
ambience and an amazing beer selection. It's
one of my favorite places to unwind."
WHERE TO RECHARGE: "La Folie Lab. Chef
Sanjana Patel is a pastry wizard, and her patisserie is one of the finest in Mumbai. The
space is cozy enough to spend an entire afternoon sipping coffee and reading a book.
A stroll along the Worli Sea Face promenade offers a great respite from Lower
Parel's hustle and bustle."