The A to Z Of BKC: A Guide To Eating And Drinking In Bandra Kurla Complex

The proliferation of global firms, embassies and hotels in Bandra Kurla Complex has greatly expanded the neighbourhood’s restaurantscape. The culinary saturation of Bandra West, a ten-minute drive across a bridge from BKC, has also played its part, prompting restaurateurs to cast their gaze east towards the area’s multitude of towers. BKC is sufficiently packed with dining and drinking spots to merit its own gastronomic guide. To this end, we’ve compiled a detailed list of cafes, fine-dining restaurants, quick service joints, bars and delivery outlets spread across the office district. The selection excludes Equinox Business Park, which is home to an outpost of The Bar Stock Exchange, as it’s located in Kurla, just outside BKC. Tell us if we’ve missed a favourite spot in the comments below.

BKC, The Capital, Social, bars, Mumbai

Capital Social.

THE CAPITAL
Dishkiyaoon
Ground Floor, next to SodaBottleOpenerWala, The Capital, G Block. Tel: 98204 36666. Get directions here
It looks somewhat like a museum of oddities with carousel horses, wall plants, a bathtub, a telephone booth and caged lamps, but the playful Indian food served at this popular lunch spot and bar is worth a trip to BKC. You won’t regret ordering the homestyle mutton curry with pao and the sumptuous chicken kulcha burger.

SodaBottleOpenerWala
Ground Floor, The Capital, G Block. Tel: 022 4003 5678. Get directions here
One of the few Parsi joints north of the Sea Link, SodaBottleOpenerWala is a favourite of the office lunch crowd. The hip homage to the city’s old Irani cafes serves great chicken baida roti and Parsi mutton masala roast.

Theobroma
Ground Floor, The Capital, G Block. Tel: 022 2654 2696. Get directions here
The popular patisserie chain peddles quick and inexpensive snacks such as quiches, puffs, sandwiches and signature brownies. Our top picks include the eggs Kejriwal; chicken pasty; chicken quiche; Millionaire brownie; and orange juice cake.

Cafe Sabrosa
Ground Floor, The Capital, opposite Theobroma. Tel: 91674 93010. Get directions here
This all-day cafe with a multi-cuisine menu attracts more bar flies than serious diners. Here, you can line your stomach with chicken quesadilla; malai broccoli; Texas chicken pizza; falafel burger; or prawn sizzlers.

China 1
Ground Floor, The Capital, G Block. Tel: 022 6738 1111. Get directions here.
The restaurant and bar is more popular with club hoppers than diners as it hosts electronic music gigs until the wee hours almost every weekend. As the former, they offer such ubiquitous Indian Chinese fare as shredded chicken in chilli pickle; Hakka noodles; and BBQ chicken cheung fun.

Social
Ground Floor, The Capital, G Block. Tel: 022 2652 1992. Get directions here.
The fifth outpost of the bar chain has a communist theme and an exclusive range of cocktails such as Kurry Konfidential (gin, curry leaves, tamarind, jaggery, apple juice and Triple Sec); and Cold War (Jim Beam, Kahlua, espresso). The menu also lists boozy goti soda preparations including Old Monk jal jeera; the Scotch mint khus; and Absolut rhim jhim. Pair these with the tandoori chicken bao sandwich and anda shammi pav.

The Good Wife
Ground Floor, The Capital, G Block. Tel: 022 4003 9433. Get directions here
While it has a stronger reputation as a bar plying craft beers, creative cocktails and commercial dance music, The Good Wife run by the Tham family of restaurateurs (they also co-own Trilogy, the nightclub in Juhu) has a pretty loyal following for its European nosh like the pan roasted snapper in coconut lime sauce; mushroom filo wantons; and crispy quinoa sliders.

The American Joint
First Floor, The Capital, G Block. Tel: 022 4023 3345. Get directions here
There’s nothing particularly American about this vegetarian joint that’s as staid-looking as an airport lounge cafeteria. It possibly gets the American in its name from its calorie-heavy junk food-focused menu, which includes nachos, waffles, pancakes, burgers and seven types of fries.

Paninaro
Second Floor, The Capital, G Block. Tel: 022 6455 1199. Get directions here
The chain, which started out as a food truck in 2013, has a brief menu of salads and sandwiches targeted at the working crowd. Among the choices are ham and boiled egg salad; chunky hummus and bell pepper sandwich; Lebanese chicken sandwich; and roast beef, Dijon mustard and caramelised onion panini.

Rassam Express
Third Floor, The Capital, G Block. Tel: 022 6555 5988. Get directions here.
This kiosk sells Udupi staples such as idli, dosa, uttapam and economically-priced combo meals.

Tea Trails
Third Floor, The Capital, G Block. Tel: 022 4005 0115. Get directions here
The flagship outpost of the chain of tea salons offers somewhat dubious tea-infused nosh. However their spiced milk teas, cold teas and tisanes such as the Five Spice Chai, Naive Monk and Himlayan Spice are stellar.

Wok In The Box
Third Floor, The Capital, G Block. Tel: 022 6596 4555. Get directions here.
The quick service chain’s customisable China boxes are ideal for desk lunches.

Pizza Express, BKC

Pizza Express.

First International Financial Center
Busago
Ground Floor, FIFC Building, behind Starbucks. Tel: 90228 87246 or order on Scootsy. Get directions here
Formerly known as Busaba, the South-East Asian restaurant chain is best known for its Burmese khow suey, Thai curries and momos. Round off your order with their Milkmaid-rich banoffee-in-a-cup.

Masala Library
Ground Floor, FIFC Building, behind Starbucks. Tel: 022 6642 4142. Get directions here.
Indian food is given a molecular gastronomy spin at this fine-dining establishment, where making a reservation is a must. The maple and kokum glazed mutton chaap; wild mushroom chai; hand-pulled butter chicken; and jalebi caviar are bestsellers.

Pizza Express
Ground Floor, FIFC Building, next to Starbucks. Tel: 022 6642 1952. Get directions here.
Prepare to queue at this perennially busy outlet of the pizza chain from London. Order a doppio (double) portion of their popular dough balls served with a trio of dips while you wait. Then get the spicy Italian sausage-lavished Calabrese pizza and veggie-loaded Giardiniera smeared with a delicious basil pesto.

Smoke House Deli
Ground Floor, FIFC. Tel: 022 2653 0762. Get directions here.
An extensive all-day breakfast selection of eggs Florentine; smoked salmon and cream cheese omelette; and truffle scrambled eggs is on offer at the diner. The all-day menu also lists comfort fare such as chicken and pickled lime sandwich; smoked lamb and horseradish mayo burger; and chorizo chilli hot dog.

Starbucks
Ground Floor, FIFC Building. Order from Scootsy. Get directions here.
Get your caffeine fix from 8am onwards at this outpost of the city-wide chain.

Lima, BKC, Atul Kochhar

Lima.

MAKER MAXITY
Le Pain Quotidien
North Avenue, Maker Maxity. Tel: 022 6643 1616. Get directions here.
This outpost of the Belgian bakery chain is the huddling ground of corporates who prefer to have meetings over coffee and cake. The soft-centered chocolate cake and cappuccino make up our typical order here.

Lima
North Avenue, Maker Maxity. Tel: 022 3000 5040. Get directions here.
Thanks to chef Atul Kochhar, the Michelin-awarded chef working and residing in London, you can get a taste of Peru in Mumbai, at Lima, his upscale bar in BKC. The atmosphere is less than lively but a couple of rounds of their passion fruit and chilli Pisco sours, vibrant sea bass ceviche and sophisticated palm of hearts salad make up for the lack of ambience.

NRI
North Avenue, Maker Maxity. Tel: 022 3000 5040. Get directions here.
Also helmed by Atul Kochhar, NRI spotlights the food of the Indian diaspora spread across Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Mauritius. Their influence is reflected in eclectic dishes such as the grilled calamari, Caribbean goat curry and bunny chow.

Yauatcha, BKC

Yauatcha.

RAHEJA TOWER
Yauatcha
First Floor, Raheja Tower. Tel: 92222 22800. Get directions here.
There’s never a pause in business at this fine-dining establishment from London, arguably the best in Mumbai for dim sum. Our favourites are the edamame and truffle dumpling; crispy prawn cheung fun; and messi crabmeat roll. They also excel at desserts; we recommend the jasmine tea cake and mango and mascarpone gateau.

PINNACLE CORPORATE PARK
Burn Kitchen and Malt Room
Building No.19, Pinnacle Corporate Park, next to Trade Centre. Tel: 022 6900 0094. Get directions here.
The sprawling 7,000 square feet bar and restaurant targets whisky lovers and connoisseurs with its collection of over 70 types of single malts including Aberfeldy 12, Aberlour 16, Ardmore 12, Caol Ila 12, Cragganmore 12, Dalwhinnie 15 and Monkey Shoulder. The kitchen, on the other hand, serves standard multi-cuisine nosh such as mutton seekh kebab; chipotle chicken pizza; chicken burgers; and cheese rolls.

Hello Guppy, Mumbai.

Hello Guppy.

JET AIRWAYS GODREJ BUILDING
Fish N Bait
Ground Floor, Jet Airways Godrej Building, G Block. Tel: 99308 53399. Get directions here.
This multi-cuisine coastal restaurant is run by the folks who own the Shiv Sagar fast food chain and are also partners in the Mahesh Lunch Home chain of seafood restaurants. Fish N Bait offers Chinese, Thai, Mediterranean and regional Indian preparations such as pan-fried snapper with citrus and herbs; salmon with capers and chives sauce and pesto risotto; massaman curry; and Kerala fish.

Gateway Taproom
Ground Floor, Jet Airways Godrej Building, G Block. Tel: 022 2653 4748. Get directions here.
After seven years of supplying their craft beers to bars and restaurants across the city, popular microbrewery Gateway Brewing Co. has launched its own 2,000 square feet taproom, where they serve their signature and experimental brews on tap. Aside from flagship brews such as the White Zen (German-style wheat beer), Doppelgänger (dark wheat beer) and Sidecar (apple cider), the bar offers limited edition suds such as the Vienna As It Gets (Vienna-style lager), the coffee-infused Kaapi Stout and Monks Potion (Belgian-style dark ale). The house beers are paired with European bar grub.

Hello Guppy
Ground Floor, Jet Airways Godrej Building, G Block. Tel: 022 2653 4720. Get directions here.
Restaurateur A.D. Singh’s excessively kitschy casual-dining Japanese restaurant is a technicolour assault on the eyes. The menu, thankfully, has far more appeal with playful dishes that are big on flavour. Our picks here include the smoked pumpkin salad; tenderloin tataki; tuna and avocado poke; and signature skewered pork belly.

Hemant Oberoi
Unit 5, Ground Floor, Jet Airways Godrej Building. Tel: 022 2653 4757. Get directions here.
At Hemant Oberoi‘s eponymous 3,500 square feet fine-dining restaurant, the former executive chef of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel serves European, Peruvian and Asian-inspired dishes such as Brie and truffle souffle; whitefish and amarillo (chilli) carpaccio; pan-roasted scallops with bacon risotto and salted caramel; lamb loin with charred baby carrot and goat cheese; duck liver torchon with caramelised figs and kumquat chutney; and chocolate mille-feuille and corn creme brûlée.

Toast and Tonic
Ground Floor, Jet Airways Godrej Building, G Block. Tel: 022 2653 4722. Get directions here.
Regional ingredients are the stars of the globally-inspired menu at this East Village-style eatery by the folks behind the Monkey Bar and The Fatty Bao bar and restaurant chains. The bar at T&T favours gin and serves some of the city’s most vigorous G&Ts made using tonics that are flavoured in-house. Of their eclectic fare, the soft eggs and Andouille sausage on sourdough; carne asada tostada; udon with house-cured chorizo and clam; and mushroom and asparagus risotto are our favourites.

Jyran, Sofitel, BKC

Jyran.

SOFITEL
Artisan
Sofitel, near FIFC. Tel: 022 6117 5000. Get directions here.
It’s uncommon for a patisserie to serve alcohol as Artisan does. The best time to pop in here is between 6pm and 9pm (daily), during which they offer half-off on select booze. Make a meal of their generous salads bowls and take a box of artisanal chocolates to go.

Jyran
Sofitel, near FIFC. Tel: 022 6117 5000. Get directions here.
Feast on the rich foods of the North West Frontier Province. The menu lists paya yakhni; Lahori seekh kebab; pind de chole; murgh badam korma; raan changezi; and Awadhi biryani.

Pondicherry Cafe
Sofitel, near FIFC. Tel: 022 6117 5000. Get directions here.
The bacon, Gruyere and cream cheese-loaded flammekueche pizza alone is worth a trip to the hotel’s multi-cuisine 24-hour coffee shop.

Tuskers
Sofitel, near FIFC. Tel: 022 6117 5000. Get directions here.
The regional vegetarian restaurant where you can order Jodhpuri mirch pakodas; makai khichya; Rajasthani dum aloo; Jodhpuri gatte; and Rajasthani sangri ki sabzi (dessert beans), caters primarily to the scores of Gujarati and Marwaris employed in the neighbourhood’s diamond bourse.

TRIDENT
Botticino
Trident, G Block. Tel: 022 6672 7777. Get directions here.
The fine-dining Italian restaurant serves dishes such as red wine poached pear tarte tatin; tuna carpaccio; lobster and prawn tagliatelle; and duck confit and sour cherry torteloni.

Maya at Trident
Trident, G Block. Tel: 022 6672 7777. Get directions here.
It’s better to schedule an after-work dinner rather an office lunch at the fine-dining pan-Indian restaurant that caters such slumber-inducing fare such as nihari gosht, Rampuri murgh korma, galouti kebab and Allepey shrimp curry.

O22
Trident, G Block. Tel: 022 6672 7777. Get directions here.
A generic selection of dishes culled from multiple cuisines feature on the 24-hour coffee shop’s menu. Choose from chicken kathi roll; Mumbai masala sandwich; vegetable lasagne; and Thai curry.

Bombay Food Truck, BKC

Bombay Food Truck.

REST OF BKC
10 Downing Street
First Floor, Vibgyor Towers, opposite Trident Hotel. Tel: 83699 59916. Get directions here.
BKC is home to an outpost of the nation-wide chain of bars fashioned after British pubs. Here you can nosh on multi-cuisine dishes such as gochujang fried chicken; fish and chips; char siu pork bao; crackling pork belly; Kerala-style pepper chicken; chicken 65; mushroom poutine; and Cajun chicken burger.

Bombay Food Truck
One BKC, G Block. Tel: 98200 66456. Get directions here.
For a snack on the go, head to One BKC, the parking spot of this attractive red food truck peddling nachos doused in cheese sauce; kheema pao; chicken doughnut; and fries and chicken nuggets with blue cheese aioli.

Boteco
Ground Floor, Parinee Crescenzo, G Block. Tel: 022 2653 0085. Get directions here.
This Pune import specialises in meat-oriented Brazilian fare and boasts a charcoal grill on which they barbecue meats and cuts of your choice. Take your pick from a la carte dishes such as pao de queijo com linguica (Brazilian cheese bread stuffed with pork sausages); file a palito (strips of steak tossed in olive oil, garlic, parsley and chilli); crispy sardine fillets; pato assado de Boteco (roasted duck); and churrasco de frango (barbecued chicken).

Ramdas Hotel
Family Court. Tel: 022 2659 0772. Get directions here.
Fuel up before you confront the domestic disputes or mundane activities (such as the registration of lease agreements) that call for a visit to the Family Court, which houses this Udupi-style canteen. The all-vegetarian menu has misal; sabudana khichdi; medu wada; idli sambar; Mysore masala dosa; cheese pao bhaji; and tawa pulao.

True Tramm Trunk
G2C, Trade Centre, opposite MTNL. Tel: 022 3015 1698. Get directions here.
The name is a homonym for ‘too damn drunk’. When this pub’s flagship opened in Juhu in February 2016, the city’s bar flies swarmed it so fast and frequently that in less than 18 months the proprietors launched a second outpost in BKC. The décor might be more mature – chandeliers and wrought iron chairs instead of graffiti and colourful illustrations – but the draws are the same, country liquor-inspired cocktails and a populist multi-cuisine menu that includes Mumbai street food favourites. Here, there’s the added attraction of all-day timings and a selection of breakfast dishes.

Wok Express
Ground Floor, Urban Plaza, opposite Asian Heart Institute. Tel: 98333 80808. Get directions here.
The quick service chain specialises in customisable China boxes that you pack to the brim with noodles or rice, your preferred protein and vegetables. You can also pick from dim sum, sushi, bao sandwiches and bubble teas.

DELIVERY ONLY
Charcoal Biryani
Place an order here or via Scootsy.
The city-wide delivery chain specialises in slow-cooked Bohri-style biryanis that have a distinct smoky flavour. The Afghani chicken tikka biryani and vegetable biryani are our top picks.

Oye Panjabi Kitchen
To place an order, call 70454 57071.
Treat yourself to a gut-busting Punjabi feast of butter chicken biryani; sarson ka saag with makkai ki roti; Punjabi kadhi; and chole. From June onwards, you can choose from a daily thali menu that will list chicken, mutton and paneer options.

8 Food
To place an order, call 92222 48888.
This food delivery service targets conscious eaters with its selection of health-oriented soups, salads, sandwiches and one pot meals. Pick from broccoli and spinach soup; pear, walnut, apricot and feta salad; coronation chicken sandwich; khow suey; and lamb Irish stew.

The 99 Kitchen
Place an order via Swiggy or call 80804 10000.
About 90 per cent of the dishes offered by the delivery kitchen are priced, as the name suggests, at Rs99. Their menu spans soups, salads, pizzas, pastas, biryani, parathas and curries. The minimum order for free delivery between BKC and Vakola is Rs148.

This post has been updated in August 2017.

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