Dining out is always a fun experience, with new places opening regularly across the country. If you love trying out new restaurants, we’ve curated the recent launches in India for you! By Anushka Goel
The pandemic forced us all indoors. Now, after the third wave as COVID-19 cases fall, people are getting back to travelling and dining out, and how! If you’re one of them, we’re sure you must have spent the first month post reopening dining out at your favourite restaurants.
Now that you’ve satiated all your cravings, we’ve curated a list of all the new restaurant launches in India in recent months so that no matter where you are, you’ve got a new place to try out over the weekend.
New restaurants that serve up some delectable delights
Though not a new restaurant, Soul Pantry has reopened its doors, claiming a spot on this list. The restaurant specialises in delicious, nutrition-dense flatbreads, wellness bowls, sourdough bakes, gyros, healthier versions of soul food like pizzas, and lactose-free, keto, gluten-free and artisanal produce. Their menu, complete with healthy (and delicious) smoothies, shakes and juices, makes it a must-visit for the modern Indian who wants to sustain a healthy lifestyle even when eating out. Their menu also has house beers and wine, in case you feel like you need a pick-me-up, along with artisanal teas, coffee and kombucha.
The women-led team, headed by Chef Shyantika Guha, uses ancient Indian and forgotten grains in unique ways to add nutrition and flavour to your meals. Do try their artisanal quinoa salad, avocado smoothie (we totally recommend!) and flatbreads for a delicious treat, or opt for the mock meat burger for a juicy, delicious meal that will leave you wanting more. Their pizzas also use sourdough, giving it a unique flavour, and the preservative-free sauces that boast of the robust tomato flavours will leave you wanting more!
Address: Soul Pantry, Gate 5, Andaz Delhi, Asset No. 1, Northern Access Road, Aerocity, New Delhi
Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 om
Call: +91 11 4903 1361 (for reservations)
Image: Courtesy of Andaz Delhi
One of the country’s most popular cafe chains, SOCIAL has recently opened a new output in DLF Commons, Saket. Sprawling over two floors, this new restaurant in India is the brand’s 31st across the country and sixth in NCR, and creates a much-needed respite from the surrounding concrete structures. Every SOCIAL outpost has been created by borrowing elements and inspiration from its neighbourhood, and the one in Saket is no different. What makes it edgy is its theme park design that is characteristic of the capital – perfect for a day out, a picnic or a simple stroll, with its playground structure and a stunning waterfall!
And the fun doesn’t end here! SOCIAL puts an experimental spin on classic dishes, and the menu features delights such as the iconic Breakfast Trays, Munchies, legendary Biryanis and Tandoori Pizzas, along with Signature cocktails like Trip On a Drip, Thai Maalish, The Lantern, and more.
What’s more, the outpost’s coworking space makes for a great place to work and chill, all in one go!
Address: DLF Commons, DLE Avenue Saket
Image: Courtesy of SOCIAL Saket
With plush pink interiors and delectable food, the newly-launched restaurant. Bella Rossa, in Delhi’s Hudson Lane, is an Instagrammer’s haven. The floral-themed restaurant not only has some amazing lighting and interiors, but the good here is delicious, making it one of the new restaurant and cafe launches that are a must-visit in Delhi. The place offers Asian, Italian, North-Indian and continental cuisines, and their must-tries include mouthwatering delicacies such as chili cheese baguette, chicken sandwich and pizzas, to name a few.
Address: G-16 A, Vijay Nagar
Timings: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Image: Courtesy of Bella Rossa
Bar Bank, with its new-age concept, is bringing you the space to indulge in delectable treats in a carnivalesque setup. The place ensures your culinary experience goes beyond the same drink and meal while allowing you to indulge in a great dining experience. With a space of 11,000 square feet in Juhu, Bar Bank is the biggest food truck park in India, making it possible to have utmost fun with gourmet food.
Indulge in yummy Mexican, Asian, Japanese and QSR restaurants, such as Punjab Da Chulha, L Dorado, Phat Fork, Indigo Burger Project, Ministry of Eggs, Native Food Truck, Shake Republic, Waffle House, and Paleteria, among others. With live music and over 200 fresh spirits and cocktails, be sure to be entertained through the night.
Address: Opposite Ramada Plaza, Juhu, Mumbai
Contact: +91 91703 91709
Image: Courtesy of @thebarbank/Instagram
Among the new launches in Goa is Elephant & Co, which has already established itself as one of the most popular gastro pubs and cafes in Pune’s Kalyani Nagar. The place has introduced a new exquisite menu coupled with a vintage earthy atmosphere and exciting cuisines, which has just opened in Goa.
Address: House no. 1049/2, Survey no. 16/1 Grand Pedder Field, Peddem, Anjuna
Contact: +91 76663 61130
Image: Courtesy of @elephantandco_india/Instagram
The experiential restaurant transforms from a daytime cafe into an evening gastropub. The all-day dining cafe looks ‘Rosie’ with an array of world-inspired breakfast favourites, craft coffee and scrumptious mains created by chef Anukriti Anand – Ham-shuka, Pea & Basil Cappelletti and desserts such as Imitation Tiramisu.
As the clock ticks 7:00 pm, ‘Tillie’ offers the perfect blend of science and whimsy through its exemplary cocktail bar menu inspired by global traditions, curated by Ajit Joshi, Partner, Rosie & Tillie. Tillie’s exclusive menu is carefully set by Chef Ravikant Shukla and Chef Suvan Kitchlue and includes Eggplant Karaage with sticky pineapple teriyaki, Thai Spiced Chicken Schnitzel, and more.
Address: 151-153, Ground Floor DLF Avenue Mall, Saket
Timings: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Image: Courtesy of Rosie & Tillie
Nestled under the warmth of a 100-year-old Banyan tree, Bougain Villa is the newest all-day bistro and boulangerie in Mumbai‘s Lower Parel. The cosy homely, place has an all-white decor, with soothing pastel shades. The two white bougainvillea trees that greet you as you enter are the highlights of the space. Chic aesthetics, hand-painted tables, table and floor lamps and art installations will keep your interest throughout the duration of your stay.
One end of the place features a bar, while the other has a display of loaves of bread and colourful desserts and cakes. The gourmet menu at the new restaurant features breakfast offerings such as pancakes, waffles, benedicts; a selection of gourmet coffees, smoothies, fresh juices, healthy salads, and plenty of vegan items, while you’ll also be spoilt for choice with comfort dishes such as handmade pasta, risottos, gourmet pizzas, sandwiches & burgers, french fondues, and grills.
The hi-tea offerings include teas, coffees, canapes, sliders and soft-shell tacos, making it an ideal place to unwind or hold a business meeting.
Address: Bougain Villa, 71, Ground Floor, Dainik Shivner Marg Opposite Lady Ratan Tower, near St. Regis hotel, Upper Worli
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Call: +91 89760 55750/+91 89760 55741 (for reservations)
Image: Courtesy of Bougain Villa
The Game Palacio, Mumbai’s much-loved entertainment hub, has launched in Elante Mall, Chandigarh. The resto-bar section is perfect to indulge in exquisite cuisines from around the world and innovative beverages between your gaming sessions at the place. Indulge in dishes such as Charcoal chicken risotto, Burrata Pizza, Mediterranean Pizza to Pesto Chicken Tikka. The especially hand-crafted drinks menu would leave diners spoiled with choices.
The entertainment section comprises engaging activities such as bowling, cricket, bungee soccer, goalie, gyro, pool, VR Games, and fun arcade games. The energetic music amps up the overall mood of the lounge.
Address: The Game Palacio- Elante Mall, Chandigarh
Timings: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Price: INR 1400 + taxes for two (without alcohol)
Call: +91 9056 759701, +91 90567 59702 (for reservations)
Image: Courtesy of The Game Palacio, Chandigarh
If Asian food is your jam, then the newly-opened restaurant in Bengaluru, KUBO, is the place to be. The restaurant offers delectable pan-Asian delights such as sushi, tapas, skewers and more. The umami flavours are sure to delight your tastebuds!
Call: +91 80499 23975 (for reservations)
Image: Courtesy of @kubo_blr/Instagram
If you think vegetarian cuisine is boring, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at Krave. The multicuisine restaurant has opened a new outlet in Vile Parle, and is set to tickle your taste buds with its unique fusion cuisine. Krave caters to everyone, and even customises dishes for a Jain alternative for those who don’t eat onions and garlic. Choose from an appetising selection of Indian, Chinese and continental cuisines. Enjoy their Pav Bhaji Bruschetta, Dal Makhani Puchka and Biryani Arrancini Balls, and satisfy your sweet tooth with their selection of bread, cookies, pastries and desserts. What’s more, their food is free of MSG and artificial colours!
Cost: INR 749 /- for an unlimited meal for one, including soups, appetisers and main course, complete with with pan shots
Image: Courtesy of Krave, Mumbai
Copper Chimney’s latest outpost in Juhu, Mumbai, serves up some of their signature kababs, curries, biryanis, and the fan favourite Kadak Roomali. Spread across four floors for groups, families and friends, guests can visit the place to enjoy some quality Indian food. Enjoy from their range of Chandni Chowk Chaat, Ab-e-Hayat, Paneer Tikka, and more.
Address: Juhu Tara Road, Next to Juhu Residency Hotel, Opposite HSBC Bank, Mumbai
Time: Monday to Sunday – 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Image: Courtesy of Copper Chimney
Sly Granny, the popular outlet that has indulged customers in Delhi and Bengaluru, has opened its doors in Goa now. The place serves up some delcetable European tapas and global cuisine for those with a discerning palate, along with some amazing spirits and cocktails.
Address: 789, Nerul – Reis Margos Rd, Nerul Goa
Image: Courtesy of Sly Granny, Goa
Fresh Catch has opened its latest outlet in Bandra, Mumbai. Featuring delectable home-style North Kanara delicacies from Karwar (on the border of Goa and Karnataka), the orders are prepared using the freshest produce that’s hand-picked each morning. End your meal on a sweet note with the 16-layered Indo-Portuguese cake Bebinca is brought in every week from specialised makers in Goa.
Address: 2nd Floor, Khan House, Hill Rd, above McDonald’s, next to Stanislaus School, Bandra West
Call: +91 98211 21876
Image: Courtesy of Fresh Catch
A revolutionary concept, YOUnion introduces many ‘firsts’ to Delhi, such as the country’s largest menu dedicated entirely to shots and a delightfully tropical and carnival-like vibe that will transport patrons from the moment they enter. Catering to the youth, the place has its focus on fun and comfort, and will encourage guests to kick back and relax while enjoying the vast variety of food and drinks to offer.
One of the major highlights of YOUnion’s bar is its shots menu, possibly the largest selection found in India, with 300 varieties. Their special, unique glassware makers have developed completely customized glassware for the bar. Enjoy some delectable offerings from their menu, which includes a large selection of Tapas – both Desi and dishes from Around the World, such as Indo-Mexi tostadas, Ghee roast mutton boti; BBC ‘Hara Bhara Candy, (broccoli, beans and capsicum) coated with Goan cashew nuts; grilled chipotle paneer skewers, raw mango salsa and Harissa chicken satay with spice sauce. Enjoy delicacies such as Gochujang chicken tikka; Chicken kandi gosht, schezwan tossed chicken lollipop and Dynamic paneer chilli, or opt for sharing platters such as kheema ghotala tawa pav; Grilled chicken and hummus; Younion loaded nachos and more. One can even find burgers and pizzas on the menu. End on a sweet note with Caramel cheesecake, Tiramisu, and the classic banoffee pie.
Timings: 12:00 pm to 1:30 am
Meal for two: INR 2,400 ++ inclusive of drinks
Image: Courtesy of YOUnion
The Green Affair is a premium vegan restaurant located in Breach Candy. India’s first vegan party destination, the place spans over two floors including an indoor and rooftop area, and serves up clean and healthy European and American cuisines, along with a selection of vegan cocktails to pair with the menu.
Enjoy their tapas & starters such as Cauliflower Olio, Glazed Ravioli, Zucchini Fries, Asian Meatball Skewers, Truffled Mushroom Bruschetta, Lamb Shish, progress to mains including Jackfruit Crepe, Sri Lankan curry, Asian bowl Prawns, Tofu Cream with Sticky Rice. You can also opt for some indulgent salads, tacos, burders, wraps, pizzas ans more. End your meal on a sweet note with desserts such as Panna Cotta and Custard Apple Tart.
The green cocktail menu has offerings such as Whiskey Sour, Old Fashion, Bloody Mary, Tequila Sunrise as well as specially crafted natural cocktails such as Japanese Marry, Spice La Pina, Raichi Wasabi and more.
Timings: 12:00 pm to 1:30 am
Cost for two: INR 1,500 for approx
Address: Hubtown Skybay, 4th Floor and Rooftop, Bhulabhai Desai Marg, Mahalaxmi(W), Breach Candy
Contact: +91 74004 82582
Image: Courtesy of The Green Affair
The Pan-Asian restaurant, Mamagoto, has set foot in Goa. The 60 seater property has been designed as an old home with vintage, classic features, and the brand’s iconic manga-inspired design. With an intricate and extensive sushi and dim sum menu, along with their signature bowls and other wok-tossed curries and stir-fries, Mamagoto has got all bases covered. The restaurant is also serving mixology-inspired cocktails and a wine list.
Address: H.NO 10/66/01(PART) & 10/66/02, Swami Vivekanand Rd, Panaji
Call: +91 76200 10732
Image: Courtesy of Mamagoto, Goa
Located on the 11th floor of Cresent Hotel, Raki, Goa is the first and highest rooftop restobar in Goa. The 55-seater upbeat place offers a modern twist to Mediterranean dishes along with its wide variety of cocktails, to showcase the versatility of flavours and colours of Goa. The menu features delights such as Labneh Za’atar, different types of Hummus (especially the Edamame Hummus with Chorizo), Toum & Harissa, Feta & Okra Gozleme, and the Pides with truffle oil and burrata cheese amongst others. Most of the spices used on this menu are imported from the Middle East to keep the flavours authentic.
The interiors of Raki are luxurious yet minimalistic, with a play of rose gold and teak wood, accessorised with gray and teal furniture. Raki has been designed by Archizi Design and Alan Machado keeping in mind the feel of a lavish penthouse with a 180-degree view of the Miramar coastline, a sun-roof for a ceiling, an exquisite bar with indoor dining and bar seating, and outdoor lounge seating.
Timings: 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
Call: +91 77700 15361 (for reservations)
Image: Courtesy of Raki, Goa
POULT, the latest restaurant in Mumbai, works on the tagline, ‘We Talk Chicken(ese)’. The place serves up some delectable high-quality chicken dishes, including Golden Crispy Chicken, POULTER – Burgers, Sandwiches, Paninis, Wraps or The POULTEST – Indulgently crafted Gourmet Burgers. It is neutral, leaner and highly customisable across recipes. The QSR pairs its food with some yummy beers, wines and even mocktails, to help you make the most of your experience.
Address: Phoenix Palladium, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Call: +91 91521 92826
Image: Courtesy of Poult, Mumbai
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