Bandra Kurla Complex, A Fine New Place to Wine and Dine

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Scallop SuiMai at Yauatcha, BKC, Mumbai
Botticino, BKC, Mumbai
Botticino, BKC, Mumbai

Clutter and chaos is always on the rise in this capital of commerce. Then there are sudden ill-placed serene spots like the Sanjay Gandhi National Park or the Hiranandani gardens that provide some planned respite. Bandra Kurla complex is one such oddity; a well-planned patch of huge commercial establishments, with no potholes, no warring groups of foot-path dwellers, no cows eating out of garbage cans and no blaring horns. It’s like a bit of botox on the otherwise weathered face of Mumbai.

During working hours hordes of suited-booted, professionals with fancy sounding designations and demanding portfolios find themselves working, filing, meeting, crunching and dead-lining at B.K.C. These folks also need befittingly swanky places to wine and dine. Lured by these big corporate bank accounts many big names in the F&B industry are finding their way to the area.

Trident’s uber luxurious chain of hotels has a beautiful property in Bandra Kurla Complex, with some fine restaurants. If you want the very best in contemporary Italian cuisine head over to Botticino, which is ideal for both work lunches or romantic dinner dates. The ambiance is understated yet classically elegant. One of the unique features is a three storey tall wine library, which has it’s own elevator and some of the finest wines the world can offer. Don’t miss the Grappa when you visit. The wine library is shared by another of the Trident’s restaurants, 022 which gets its name from the city’s STD code. They serve world cuisine; from a sushi bar to a wood fired pizza oven, 022 will take you on a journey.

Yauatcha Interiors, BKC, Mumbai
Yauatcha Interiors, BKC, Mumbai

The neighourhood can boast of Yauatcha, the first overseas branch of London based the Michelin Star restaurant. This twelve thousand square foot property has a huge dining area and a sprawling bar. Besides the obvious selection of dimsum, Yauatcha serves stir-fries, noodles and other dishes from the wok. They also retail teas from different parts of the East and some desserts.

The industrious folks at Ka Hospitality, who brought Yauatcha to the city are now set to open Otto Infinito. This restaurant has just opened (on the 27th of Aug), right next to Yauatcha. They serve food from eight countries within the Mediterranean region, France, Italy, Lebanon, Tunisia, Spain, Greece, Turkey and Morocco. Otto Infinito also serves hearty breakfasts, which are sure to please the early risers and jet-setters of the business world.

Community table at Le Pain Quotedien, BKC, Mumbai
Community table at Le Pain Quotedien

B.K.C. is also home to Le Pain Quotedien, Mumbai’s second outlet of this Belgian boulangerie chain (the first one is in Colaba). The chain focuses on sustainability, sourcing local products and using organic ingredients whenever possible. They have their own bakery and patisserie, where they craft beautiful breads and desserts. What I like best about this place is their large community table, where one can share a meal with an absolute stranger. Thus ensuring you’ll never be alone.

If this trend continues, BKC will evolve to be a high end culinary hot-spot. So far, most of the restaurants in the area cater to a businessman’s budget. They certainly aren’t casual dining spaces that would be frequented by the city’s students and strugglers. But the people of Bombay love to live it up and certainly have the means to, which means we can expect many more fine places to wine and dine.

Know of other great places to enjoy a meal, tell us!

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