New Restaurants and Bars: Canto in Opera House, House of Nomad in Bandra
• Canto, a 3,000 square feet cafe and bar, opened in Opera House on Tuesday, May 2. The multi-cuisine restaurant serves dishes such as paneer bhurji; eggs Kejriwal; lamb meatballs; patatas bravas; quinoa burger; BBQ pineapple pizza; seekh kebab hot dog; Thai curry; stuffed polenta; khow suey; banana wrapped fish; tiramisu; and crepe Suzette. The house cocktails include the Melodies (gin, melon, cucumber, tonic); Rococo (vodka, coconut puree, pineapple, lime and date and raspberry foam); and Espressivo (whisky, masala tea, cranberry, elderflower and lime). Open daily, from noon to 1.30am. Canto, 534 SVP Road, opposite the Royal Opera House, Opera House. Tel: 022 4971 1813.
• An all-day bar called Hopscotch by first-time restaurateurs Roshan and Neha Sachdeo and Gaurav and Manohar Khetwani is slated to open in Bandra on Wednesday, May 17. Among the signature tipples are the Spiritual Smoke (Bacardi, orange juice, pineapple juice, bubblegum syrup); apple cinnamon whisky; and Summer is Here (gin, Campari, passion fruit juice and grape juice). The drinks can be paired with multi-cuisine nosh such as popcorn chicken; pulled pork taco; hummus tadka with chicken or paneer; savoury churros; avocado chipotle rice; black dal thepla nachos; BBQ pork belly; tres leches; and Nutella churros lollipops. Open daily, from noon to 1am. Hopscotch, Manorama Chambers, near Gaiety-Galaxy cinemas, off S. V. Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 98207 92355.
• N. T. Poojari who owns the Shiv Sagar chain of casual-dining vegetarian restaurants and is a partner in the Mahesh Lunch Home chain, will open Fish N Bait in Bandra Kurla Complex by mid-May. The multi-cuisine coastal restaurant will serve Mediterranean lobster; chingree boda (a dry shrimp preparation); pan-fried snapper with citrus and herbs; pan-fried sea bass with garlic sauce; salmon with capers and chives sauce and pesto risotto; rasgullas; and cucumber, coconut and jaggery cake. Open daily, from 11am to midnight. Fish N Bait, Ground Floor, Jet Airways Godrej, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East). Tel; 99308 53399.
• On Saturday, May 6, a gastrobar called House of Nomad, was launched at the Taj Lands End hotel in Bandra, where it has replaced Maritime by San Lorenzo, the Italian fine-dining restaurant. The bar offers an extensive selection of signature cocktails such as foam Bellini (Prosecco and peach foam); the Bollywood Hopeful (vodka, apricot liqueur, mango and fresh lemon); Slap and Tickle (Aperol, pureed peach, homemade lemon tea syrup and homemade bitters); and Handsome Stranger (whisky, orange marmalade, ginger syrup, fresh lemon and fresh orange). The grub includes chorizo Scotch egg with mustard mayonnaise; ghost chilli chicken wings with lime yoghurt; truffle, arugula and shaved parmesan flatbread; lamb and thyme sliders; buttermilk fried chicken sandwich; and beer batter onion rings. Open daily, from 3pm to 1.30am. House of Nomad, First Floor, Taj Lands End, Bandstand, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 6668 1234.
• The tenth outpost of The Beer Cafe chain of bars opened inside Kamala Mills in Lower Parel on Wednesday, May 3. The menu is the same across the branches. Open daily, from noon to 1am. The Beer Cafe, Ground Floor, Unit 448, Kamala City, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 6237 0667.
• Bombay Brasserie, the Indian restaurant in Worli, which opened in 1989 and shut down in 2002, will be relaunched at its original location on Thursday, May 18. In its new avatar, the 130-cover restaurant will serve such fare as galawati kebabs; thecha jhinga; Naga ghost pepper wings; Bengali paanch phoron chicken; and Irani kheema maska pao. Open daily, from noon to midnight. Bombay Brasserie, Ground Floor, Lotus Court, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli.
• Between Breads, the burger, sandwich and hot dog spot in Bandra West, has closed down.
• Bombay Waffle Co. in Bandra West, which was run by the owners of Bombay Salad Co. across the road, has been shuttered.