Monsoon isn't all about the vada pav. Moving beyond the city's go-to snack and the usual kanda bhajiyas and pakoras, are restaurants who are celebrating the weather with special dishes on their menus. Try colourful cocktails, quirky bhajiyas and lots of chai at these Mumbai restaurants.
Pineapple pakoras @ Soam, Girgaon
Soam runs a 'pakora and chai' special menu almost every monsoon where the focus is primarily on street food. This time around, you can go for their pakoras (they have as many as 10 types!), dabeli or usal and misal,chaats along with a selection of teas. We are told that the pineapple pakora and haldi adrak chai with hints of jaggery are a win! The menu changes on July 28.
Bacon bhajiyas @ Bonobo, Bandra
Bonobo is running a 'Beer and Bhajiya Festival', which features a variety of fried foods. However, it is the bacon bhajiyas that we are drooling over. What's more, it comes with a salted caramel dip. There's some Old Monk infused teas and coffee too!
The Indian-inspired hot dog serving cafe in Bandra is serving a spicy Burg in a bowl this season. Expect rice in a hot sauce topped with a burger patty, fresh tomato, pickled veggies and fried onions. Wash it down with a warm black ginger tea. They now have an outpost in Andheri too.
Chicken nihari @ Lighthouse Cafe, Worli & Khar
There's lots to eat at this cafe. The monsoon special menu is packed with paani puri, ragda pattice, momos, tomato shorba, chicken nihari and a range of interesting cocktails. Enjoy till it lasts.
Masala tea-cheers cocktail at The Bombay Canteen.
Masala Tea-Cheers Cocktail @ The Bombay Canteen, Lower Parel
Expect The Bombay Canteen to come up with funky concoctions. This time around, the chefs have come up with a Masala Chai Cocktail, which is a blend of Teacher's whiskey, triple sec, masala tea syrup, mint, lime and egg white. Cheers!
If you are looking for monsoon-inspired food in a luxurious setting, drop by at the St Regis Mumbai. Drawn from local as well as international favourites, St Regis brings on the table desi chaats, a Sunday brunch menu and dishes from the Far East.
Haldi doodh & Kokum cheesecake at The Pantry. Photo via Instagram
Kokum cheesecake @ The Pantry
The pretty Kala Ghoda cafe has a fresh kokum cheesecake and haldi doodh on its monsoon menu. Go on a Saturday afternoon with a book and pick a seat by the window!