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The food scene in India is exploding. Celebrated chefs from around the globe are opening up restaurants in the city. Here’s a list of the five best places to eat in Mumbai from our Forbes Travel Guide editors:
1. Ziya. This modern Indian restaurant in The Oberoi hotel caused a stir when it first opened for offering pre-plated single portion meals as opposed to family style dining. Chef Vineet Bhatia offers creative twists on Indian favorites in a golden hued dining room that reflects the restaurant’s name (light and splendor).
2. Hakkasan. This swank spot with locations in London, Las Vegas and Miami is found in the chic suburb of Bandra. A backlit blue glass bar is the center point of the sexy space, where a glam crowd gathers to dine on wok-fried lobster in XO sauce and spicy prawns with almonds.
3. Indigo. Located in a colonial style bungalow near the Gateway of India, this iconic restaurant is a favorite with the A-list (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently dropped in). The frequently changing menu features European cuisine with local flavors and ingredients (the lobster and shallot risotto with Kalamata olive tapenade is one mainstay that’s very popular). The Sunday jazz brunch with Indian cocktails is a must.
4. Arola. The JW Marriott’s new signature restaurant is from chef Sergi Arola who trained under Ferran Adria. The Catalonian cuisine features pica pica, where different foods are served on one big platter.
5. Yauatcha. The hugely popular London dim sum restaurant recently opened an outpost in Mumbai. People from all over the city have been flocking to the modern tea house to dine on excellent dim sum such as truffle and edamame dumplings washed down with tea-based cocktail and finished off by luscious macaroons.