Valentine’s Day may be an excuse for greeting card companies and chocolatiers to increase sales. Once you grow out of all the tacky gestures, it’s easy to accept this as a day to celebrate all kinds of love. Whether this means love for your partner or friends, Valentine’s Day is a great day to treat yourself and your loved one(s) to a fancy dinner. We pick our favourite Mumbai restaurants that offer the perfect combination of romance, good food, and interesting décor.
The Tasting Room
Considering that The Tasting Room sits above India’s most popular designer brand, Good Earth, you can only imagine how well the restaurant has been done up. Good Earth is known for beautiful floral prints, bohemian-chic furnishings, and a huge love for colour. The restaurant reflects exactly this. Tucked away above the main floor of the store in Raghuvanshi Mills in Lower Parel, The Tasting Room is one of our favourite venues for a leisurely lunch or romantic dinner. Here you will find chandeliers and candelabras galore, silk cushions, rustic furniture and brightly printed walls and furnishings. Pair the fabulous yet simple Mediterranean cuisine with one of the restaurant’s 300 wines and we can be sure that you will want to make this meal a Valentine’s Day tradition.
When one thinks about romance, the image of an intimate, candlelit space immediately comes to mind. If you’re with us on this, then Masalabar is where you need to be this Valentine’s Day. The brainchild of Zorawar Kalra, Masalabar is part bar and part restaurant. The entire venue is lit up using only candles and overlooks the Arabian Sea making it the perfect spot for a quiet drink with your partner. The restaurant also has an eclectic menu of new-age Indian dishes along with innovative cocktails that will get rid of any inhibitions you may have.
If there is one restaurant that had to be awarded Mumbai’s favourite, we’re quite sure it would be The Table. This outpost venue makes you feel like you’ve been transported to New York or San Francisco from the moment you step onto the handmade black and white tiles. Designed by Tarik Currimbhoy, the entire space offers lots of natural light with 12-foot French windows looking out onto a busy Colaba street. The community table is made of Burma teak and can turn into a great space to spend time with your pals over multiple glasses of wine. This is where we recommend you go for a friendly Valentine’s Day with all your nearest and dearest.
For something a little more light-hearted, why not visit the 1940s-inspired Jamjar Diner located in Bandra and Versova? This bright, chirpy diner may not be the traditional romantic candlelit dining space, but you might prefer this high-energy restaurant. We love how Jamjar is designed to look like an old-school American diner replete with printed crockery, metal, leather accents, and a jukebox. Play your sweetheart their favourite tune before sharing a shake, burger, and fries.
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