The IFN's guide for the solo diner!

Check out our comprehensive list of restaurants where a table for one is absolutely worth it

Update: 2024-05-03 05:57 GMT

Solo dining, as the name suggests, means to enjoy one’s own company while indulging in a scrumptious meal. However as a skill, it is not easily mastered by all, with many apprehensive about potential awkwardness or perceived judgement from others. But once one becomes adept at the art of solo dining, it can be a liberating experience. The freedom to explore unfamiliar dishes without concern for others' opinions, to leisurely savour a meal or swiftly devour it, is empowering. In Mumbai, solo diners are fortunate to have a plethora of eclectic dining establishments to choose from. Here, you can confidently secure a table for one and relish the independence and enjoyment that solo dining offers.

1. The Table, Colaba
The Table, nestled in the busy locality of Colaba, is a perfect spot for solo diners seeking culinary excellence and refined ambiance, where they are encouraged to savour each moment of their dining experience at their own pace. The Table offers one-of-a-kind, farm-to-table experience, sourcing fresh ingredients and produce from their farm in Alibaug. Their extensive menu includes dishes from the American, Italian, French, Chinese, Thai as well as Japanese cuisines, which allows solo diners to order anything they’d like without worrying about the portion sizes, as they offer plates, fit for one.

2. The Subko Specialty Coffee Roasters and Bakehouse, Bandra
Founded in 2020, the first outlet of The Subko Specialty Coffee Roasters and Bakehouse, is located in a renovated bungalow from the 1920s in the lanes of Chapel Road in Bandra. Celebrated for its extensive coffee menu, Subko also offers a tranquil and picturesque vibe to those solo diners seeking a low site. Subko’s celebrity item, the pain au chocolat, paired with a rich brew, is undoubtedly the best companion for you while you indulge in a book or a magazine. It's also a popular spot among remote workers, some of whom have become regulars at the cafe.

3. Cafe Mondegar, Colaba
Café Mondegar, drawing both tourists and locals alike, stands as a beloved landmark in Colaba, Mumbai. As you step into Café Mondegar, you're greeted by a lively atmosphere, with the restaurant's eclectic décor, adorned with the iconic cartoons of Mario Miranda, and functional Jukebox, a rarity these days. As a solo diner, indulging in a chilled beer paired with one of Café Mondegar's tantalizing Indian-Chinese offerings, is most recommended.

4. Cafe Mommy Joon, Bandra
For the adventurous foodie seeking new culinary experiences, Cafe Mommy Joon is a must-visit for solo diners. Known for its exquisite Middle Eastern cuisine, their exceptional menu includes authentic Iranian dishes, known for its healthfulness, as most dishes are made with olive oil and yoghurt and served with dried fruits. Mommy Joon’s Persian Kabobs, Polow and the Akbar + Mashti Baklava is a must try. Immerse yourself in a world of flavors while surrounded by literary treasures from Nargis and Sunil Dutt's personal collection, making every solo dining experience at Cafe Mommy Joon truly exceptional.

5. Fable, Juhu
This all-day diner nestled in Juhu is a nostalgic haven, adorned with vintage furniture, mural paintings and menus designed like cherished storybooks. For solo bookworms, it's the ideal retreat, as they can settle into a cosy corner with their favourite novel while savouring a hearty meal. Indulge in their crowd-pulling specialties like the comforting Irish Lamb Stew or the irresistible Warm Apple Pie. So, whether you're seeking literary inspiration or simply craving a delicious meal, Fable offers the perfect blend of nostalgia and culinary delight.

6. Quattro Ristorante, Lower Parel
The Lower Parel area in Mumbai is home to one of the best solo dining spots. The Quattro Ristorante offers a delightful fusion of Italian and Mexican cuisines, with a side of elegant ambiance and impeccable service. A completely vegetarian restaurant, here diners are offered a slice of molecular gastronomy, with its innovative menu. Their Mushroom and Leek soup, The Chocolate Ganache Torte, and the deconstructed version of Tres Leche, is definitely worth a try.

7. Leaping Windows, Versova
As a comic/ manga enthusiast, if you're in Versova, this Leaping Windows is your ultimate haven. Step into a world where graphic novels and manga reign supreme, accompanied by mouth watering finger foods that'll have you coming back for more. Their top picks include the juicy burgers that rival superheroes' strength and Nutella pancakes that are the stuff of legends. Wash it all down with a refreshing craft beer from their diverse menu to complete the experience. And what’s more, the café is pet-friendly! So, bring along your furry friend for some company on your solo date.

Now that you have checked this list, it is time for you to go check out these solo dining spots too, whether as a newbie solo diner or veteran. Afterall, only after experiencing the joys of solo dining can you agree that eating alone is an indulgence, not a punishment!


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