It isn’t just our wardrobes that undergo a change during the monsoon, what we eat does too! Suddenly those piping hot bowls of maggi which we couldn’t stand to look at in the summer, are more than welcome. Yogurt cups and chilled smoothies are replaced with hot chocolate and fruit infusions. This annual cycle of change gives our taste buds a lot to look forward to. I shudder at the thought of eating the same food all year round, and quite enjoy seasonal variations. The transition happens quite effortlessly in our home kitchens, and in the food industry too. Here’s a handy list of rainy season offers, monsoon specials and seasonal menus! Aoi’s monsoon offerings – This hip eatery has long since got a nod of approval from the demanding Bandra crowd. Their Japanese-inspired menu features sushi, delicious salads and bento boxes, all of which are great light eats, but not exactly the kind of stuff you crave of a cold rainy day. So they’ve tossed out some of the old stuff and introduced thirty new monsoon-friendly foods! Like wok tossed dimsums, curries, soups and noodle dishes. I recommend their very popular Katsu curry. They now also serve a signature range of single origin coffee and organic houjicha teas. Address - 1, Gloria, St John Baptist Road, Near Mount Mary Steps, Bandstand, Bandra West Phone - 022 26552101, 022 26552201 Grillomania at Café Infinito – Nothing like escaping into the warm comfort of char grilled meats and smoky root vegetables in the monsoons! Café Infinito in B.K.C. has decided to capitalize on the snuggly weather by introducing a small selection of grilled dishes. What really caught my eye is the Maple Glazed Sweet Potato & Brie Steak. Carnivores can choose between a couple of fish dishes, German bratwurst sausage, lamb rack and much more. They even have grilled desserts! Address - G Block, Raheja Tower, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East Phone - 022 26567000, 022 26567777 Chai Malhar at Tiffin Box – Tiffin Box, in B.K.C. will take you back to your college days. Remember when you bunked lectures during the rains and hung out at a road-side stall for chai-biscut? Indulge in some nostalgia with their classic rainy combos. You can choose from a small selection of Mumbai monsoon favourites like kanda bhajia, brun pav maska, khasta kachori, khari biscuit and more, all of which are served with chai. Office goers, take a short break from work and head over to Tiffin Box! Address - Ground Floor, Naman Center, C 31, Next to Yauatcha, Block G, Bandra Kurla Complex Phone - 022 61378080, 022 61378070 More than shots at He Said She Said – This bar at Veera Desai has become quite popular for their outrageously named shots (they have over 40 on their menu!), which ensure you have a good time whether it’s raining or not. But what’s nice about this bar is that their food menu is just as interesting. This monsoon, they’ve introduced a menu of soups, warm salads and comforting mains. They highly recommend the Crab Coconut Soup. Address - Remi BizCourt, Behind Yash Raj Studios & Fun Republic, Veera Desai Road, Off Link Road, Andheri West Phone - 022 33488002 Sizzling Hot Monsoon menu at Soy Street - Asian food restaurant Soy Street, at InOrbit Mall in Vashi has introduced a selection of sizzlers just in time for the rains – generous portions of blazing hot food served on cast iron plates that make sure your meal stays warm while you eat it! There are plenty of options for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. The main protein or vegetable preparation is served with rice or noodles, steamed buns and potato fries or wedges. Address - Inorbit Mall, Sector 30 A, Vashi, Navi Mumbai Phone - 022 65255095, 022 27812335 Chili’s Vintage Menu – Chili’s is a world-wide chain of restaurants which started way back in Texas in 1975. Their menu has changed over the years, but they consistently serve a combination of Texan and Mexican inspired food. Chili’s has decided to take a trip down memory lane and bring back the original dishes from their 1975 menu, for a limited period. Their home-made chilli and selection of burgers will give you a much needed serving of heat and spice on a rainy monsoon day. Address: 13, Ventura Building, Hiranandani Business Park, Central Avenue Road, Powai Phone: 022 67419002, 022 67419003 Special Pizza Menu at Nico Bombay – This chic little eatery in Kala Ghoda has announced a special gourmet pizza menu for the monsoons. The old winding lanes in the vicinity are perfect for a stroll in the rain, which you can then follow with some pizzas straight from the oven! How’s that for a plan? Address - 05, Apollo Street, Bombay Samachar Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort Phone - 022 22624466 Hot, steamy cocktails at Harry's - You know what's even better than cutting chai or hot chocolate on a rainy day? A drink that can keep you warm and make you tipsy! Harry's at Hirananadani Powai has announced a monsoon special bar menu, which features a selection of warm boozy concoctions, like the 'Witchy Woman' (a mulled wine), 'Desperado' (brandy with hot water, lime, honey and spices) and a few more. Address: 1st Floor, 103, Ventura Park, IT Building, Hiranandani Gardens, Central Avenue Road, Powai Phone: 022 67256587 There’s so much interesting food on offer, you really must head out for a meal, even if it means arming yourself with gumboots and braving the Mumbai traffic!