A survey of some of the best recently opened hotels and restaurants in India's largest city
THE CHEDI MUMBAI
Situated in Powai, one of Mumbai’s most upmarket commercial hubs and soughtafter residential addresses, The Chedi is the next big name to hit Mumbai. Opening at the beginning of 2020, this towering hotel, part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, is the latest offering from this luxury micro-chain which boasts hotels in Bali, Oman, Switzerland and the U.A.E. With breath-taking views over Powai Lake, there are 312 ultra-chic guest rooms and suites for both leisure and business travelers. There are seven dining options ranging from the Japanese Restaurant, ‘The Vegetarian’, helmed by award-winning chef Hide Yamamoto to the Rooftop Bar where the dazzling panorama is accompanied by cocktails, Cuban cigars and music that plays into the night. The Eastern-inspired spa, decorated in carved limestone, sits alongside a state-of-the-art gym and large pool. There is also a 24-hour business center plus 11 meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom. www.ghmhotels.com/en/ mumbai
MINISTRY OF CRAB
Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Crab already tops all of the best restaurants lists. Now, this much-loved restaurant has crossed the ocean, setting up shop in Mumbai’s Khar district in February 2019. Headed up by Dharshan Munidasa, the space is spread over three elegantly-designed levels with two private dining rooms and an al-fresco seating area. There are nearly 800 crab species in the world, but it’s only the Mud Crab that’s served here. Arriving at the restaurant alive, “prepared” only after ordering, the crabs are wild-caught and not farmed, coming from across India. The spices are shipped from Sri Lanka with the menu featuring the same line-up of dishes including the signature Garlic Chilli Crab, a mix of Japanese, Sri Lankan and Mediterranean flavors. www.ministryofcrab.com
MUMBAI SOHO HOUSE
Ever since Mumbai Soho House opened in November 2018, celebrities have been flocking to this hotspot. The members club first foray into Asia, this pristine 11-storey townhouse, complete with awnings and balconies and swaying palm trees, boasts the most fabulous beachfront location, overlooking Juhu Beach, right in the heart of Mumbai’s film district. A mix of English country-house meets Indian craftsmanship, the 38 spacious bedrooms feature emperor-sized beds dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets, Rajasthani block-print textiles and pretty cushions. Nearly all of the interiors have been locally-sourced with polished teak retro Mumbai furniture, hand-printed fabrics and traditional cement tiles while the patterned wallpapers and fabrics produce an English kind of flair. Throughout the rest of the House, there’s a screening room, book-lined library and a 24-hour gym offering daily yoga classes. There are four restaurants to enjoy including the sea-facing Ceconnis, which serves Cicchetti and other Northern Italian classics. However, best of all is the rooftop pool where you can watch the burning sun setting into the sea. Prices from $188 per night. www.sohohousemumbai.com
Best known for culinary hotspot Indigo, one of the first and few stand-alone fine dining establishments in Mumbai, celebrity chef Rahul Akerkar has now launched his next venture: Qualia. Opening in one of the city’s shiniest new modern builds, Lower Parel’s Lodha World Towers, in April 2019, the contemporary cuisine brings together different stories, flavors, textures and visuals, representing its namesake – ‘Qualia’, a philosophy pertaining to sensory experiences. With bright, bold, ingredient-led flavors prepared using simple, precise techniques, Akerkar has drawn upon his European training to come up with a menu of Mediterranean flavors alongside subtle regional influences. The dishes – such as ‘yellowfin tuna loin with a curry leaf and sesame rub, avocado pachadi and pickled beets’ – are anchored in Akerkar’s fascination with fermentation with 600 pickle jars lining the shelves above the open kitchen, resulting in a sweet and sour finish.