New Tea Cafes and Patisseries: Daniel Patissier in Bandra, Tea Trails in Vile Parle
• The eleventh outpost of Tea Trails, the chain of tea salons, opened in Vile Parle on Tuesday, November 1. The cafe serves the same multi-cuisine snack menu across branches. The menu includes poha; bread pakoda; eggs Kejriwal; Burmese tea salad; tea-infused Thai bowl; chocolate eclair; pound cake; and Black Forest pastry. The Vile Pale outlet is the first to also offer bubble tea, in flavours such as lychee and mango. Open daily, from 9.30am to 11pm. Tea Trails, Kingston Building, Ground Floor, Tejpal Road, near the old railway crossing, Vile Parle (East). Tel: 86550 10011.
• The flagship store of Daniel Patissier, a French-style patisserie, opened in Bandra West on Monday, November 7. The patisserie, which specialises in macarons, also has a year-old kiosk inside Jim-Me’s Kitchen, the casual-dining Chinese restaurant in Bandra. At the new store, Daniel is retailing Japanese cheesecake, almond rochers, cupcakes and French butter biscuits in addition to macarons. The macaron menu lists 16 flavours including rose, olive, elderflower, morello cherry, salted caramel, bubblegum and key lime pie. Open daily, from 10am to 11pm. Daniel Patissier, Shop No.3, ALJ Residency, near Jai Hind restaurant, opposite Janta Bar, Pali Naka, Ambedkar Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 98205 43326.
• The House of Chipotle, the quick-service Mexican chain with outlets in Bandra West and Andheri West, launched in Lower Parel on Monday, November 7. The menu of chipotle rice bowls, nachos, burgers, paninis and fries is the same across the chain. The offerings include chipotle chicken burger; peanut butter and chicken panini; hash brown burger; chipotle chicken fries; paneer nachos; grilled fish panini and smoked chicken sausage rice bowl. Open daily, from noon to midnight. The House of Chipotle, Amrutwar Building, near Peninsula Park, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 90291 23490.
• Craftbar, a multi-cuisine gastropub, opened in Bandra East on Monday, November 7. The menu features chicken bhartha with bun; kasundi chicken kulfi; Orissa mutton curry with bhakri; lasagne; mac and cheese; bacon-wrapped roast chicken; butter, pepper and garlic prawn; filet mignon; candy crunch phirni; and banana tart. Open daily, from noon to 4pm and from 5pm to 1am. Craftbar, Hallmark Business Plaza, Guru Nanak Hospital Road, Bandra (East).
• The Le15 Patisserie kiosk housed within the Lower Parel outpost of lifestyle store Good Earth has been replaced by Koko, a premium artisanal chocolate brand by chocolatier Vividha Sheth, who trained at the Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School in Melbourne. Sheth uses chocolate from Ecuador, Belgium, Madagascar and Java for her range that includes flavours like coffee; orange; saffron; and 70 per cent dark. Open daily, from noon to 7pm. Koko, Ground Floor, Good Earth, Raghuvanshi Mills, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 2631 5372.
• The second outpost of the The Spare Kitchen, the fusion restaurant in Juhu, opened in Worli on Saturday, November 5. The 5,100 square feet restaurant and bar serves dabeli pita pockets; chipotle khichdi; chicken and bacon burger; naan pizza; green tea panna cotta; vanilla kheer; and strawberry rasmalai cheesecake. The bar menu lists watermelon and citrus martini; whisky sour; mimosa gola; fennel martini; and dark raisin mojito. Open daily, from noon to 1.30am. The Spare Kitchen, Fourth Floor, Atria Mall, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli. Tel: 022 6022 9000.
• Out of The Blue, the Continental restaurant in Khar, is being revamped and will reopen on Monday, November 14. The kitchen of the refurbished restaurant will be helmed by Conrad D’Souza, the former executive chef of Bandra’s Pali Village Cafe. Menu highlights will include sorpotel pizza; pistachio lamb shank, pulled lamb bao; vanilla panna cotta with fig, orange and pink peppercorns; and artichoke and truffle oil pizza. Open daily, from 10am to 1am. Out of the Blue, Ground Floor, Le Sutra Hotel, Union Park, near Olive Bar & Kitchen, Khar. Tel: 022 2600 3000.