Presenting our new regular feature: the bpb Directory - a round up of the month's stories together in one place, so you can catch up on something if you missed it or re-read a favourite review. Here’s what happened in September!
Food & Drink
From duck fat infused drinks to pale dim sum and frothy tiramisu to finish it all off with. Food and drink this month was in plenty.
Studio Fifteen Launches In Lower Parel:Presenting Pooja Dhingra part deux. The baker-extraordinaire-turned-business woman launches a cooking studio where you can take classes and learn how to make the yum macarons and choux pastry sold at her Le 15 Patisserie.
Shop no.4, Rajgruha co-operative housing society, B wing, B. M. Marg, near India Bulls Financial centre, Elphinstone road, 11am to 8.30pm, call 84540 46544 ,view their website here.
Goa’s Thalassa Pops Up At Olive Mahalaxmi:
The Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mahalaxmi will host The Thalassa Pop Up with owner-chef Mariketty Grana for six months, collaborating on a special décor and putting out the Thalassa menu just for you. No food from the Olive menu will be served during this time. Plus, bpb’s Coup Card holders can use the culinary card here and get 15% off their bill!
Amateur Riders Club, Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mahalaxmi, call 40859596.
bpb Review: Ping Pong:
A light, light pink Lychee and Roses cocktail and a basket of translucent dimsum. This almost-pink-but-not-quite picture pretty much sums up our pale dining experience at the London dim sum restaurant that finally opened in Mumbai after much delay.
Ground floor, G Block, First Financial Centre, Bandra Kurla Complex, call 67413333, approx. Rs 3,000 for a meal for two with one drink each.
Never eat at a crappy restaurant while traveling again. Dine with a local to really get a flavour of the city.
Visit their website to find a host or sign up as one. Rs 3,000 for a meal at Alibaugh.
bpb Review: Maritime By San Lorenzo:
The restaurant with its blue walls and vanilla latticework instantly makes you want to travel. But stay put and sample the perfect tiramisu while you’re there!
Maritime By San Lorenzo, Taj Land’s End, Byramji Jeejeebhoy Road, Bandstand, Bandra (W), call 6668 1234, meal for two Rs 6,128.
bpb Review: Auriga
Auriga, named after the constellation which means charioteer in Latin, will soon have its range of molecular cocktails and Sui Mai ready, so maybe stop by then, because the food we sampled wasn’t great.
Plot no 1B (ground and first floor), Famous Studio Lane, off Dr E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi, call 9920917181, meal for two: Rs 3512
Made To Order Madeleines
These bite-sized cakes are sweet and buttery, more addictive than potato chips and definitely worth a trek to South Bombay. You could pair these with honey, caramel or Nutella. Three graces!
Frosted by Asheesh Dubash, call 9867188779 to place an order, Rs 240 for a box of 20 madeleines
bpb Review: Del Fresco Cantina:
Del Fresco is yet to start serving alcohol. If the margaritas are tasty and cheap, the place could manage to steal some of Bandra's culinary buzz.Until then, we're going to salsa some place else.
Del Fresco Cantina, ONGC Lane, Near Chez Moi, Bandra reclamation, meal for two without alcohol, Rs 1075
bpb Review: Nico Bombay
Nothing about Nico Bombay feels new and that's a good thing. With spotted mirrors and Blackened Manhattans; a chef at ease and a bartender who knows exactly what he's doing, this Kala Ghoda restaurant feels like it's been around in the city for as long as you have.
Nico Bombay 105, Mubarak Manzil, Bombay Stock Exchange, Bombay Samachar Marg & Apollo Street, Kala Ghoda, call 22624466, meal for two is approx Rs 3,500 with one drink each.
bpb review: Mekong, Palladium Hotel:
James Bond like music, a stunning view and baby food like dessert. Not necessarily in that order.
Mekong, Palladium Hotel, 37th Floor, Palladium Hotel, Next to Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, call 6162 8000, meal for two: Rs 5650 without alcohol.
Late Night Sriracha Fix:
If you love Sriracha you’ll know that it’s not the easiest thing to find in Mumbai. Flybyknight now delivers it right to your doorstep!
Sriracha Rooster Chilli Sauce now available on flybyknight.in, for 24 hour home delivery see details here or call 9930067337, Rs 899 for a bottle
Get Grandma’s Cake in Khar: Is your head, heart and cart crammed with desserts so fancy that all you crave now is a good ol’ sponge cake? Enter Nikita Sanyal of Bombake, MBA graduate and baker who does an excellent Grandma’s Cake, a giant doughnut shaped moist sponge cake topped with a sugary glaze. Simple-tin!
Bombake by Nikita Sanyal, view her Facebook page here, call 9619092519 to place an order, Rs 600 for a 9 inch Grandma's cake, Rs 1,200 for a lime cracker pie for 16 servings, currently no delivery service, pick up orders from Union Park, Khar
Boozy Ice cream Home Delivered:
In a non-descript Mahim kitchen, Alok and Shilpa Rao make artisan, hand-churned ice cream, add all kinds of liqueurs and deliver these cocktail-inspired scoops to your doorstep under the label Drunken Cream. Cone-ichiva!
To order click here or call 9769937455, Rs 462 for a 500 gm tub, home delivery only on three tubs or more else pick up from Mahim, order a day in advance.
Collector’s edition books, tiny clay sculptures and gorgeous Chanderi saris all caught our attention this month.
bpb Pick: The Shadow Lines Collector’s Edition: Each of these limited 500 copies are numbered, come with a ribbon book mark and a slip cover. And if that doesn't make you feel special enough, Amitav Ghosh sends a personalized note to you with your book. Pen pals for life?
25th Anniversary collector's editon of Amitav Ghosh's The Shadow Lines, order here, ships within two days , Rs 1,499 for a copy.
Namah Sekhri Designer Boutique & Art gallery: Smack in the middle of the busy Fort area and up four flights of stairs in a somewhat innocuous building, sits Namha Sekhri, a fashion and accessory store/art gallery that features clothes, accessories, shoes and bags for men and women, by relatively new and young designers.
Namha Sekhri Multi Designer Boutique & Art Gallery, 412, Emca House, ShahidBhagat Singh Road, Fort, call 66311055, prices start at Rs 1,500, Rs 3,500 for a reversible silk-linen jacket, view their Facebook pagehere.
bpb Pick: Chanderi Sarees from Red Hibiscus
This new store at Versova stocks elegant Chanderi saris sourced straight from weavers in Madhya Pradesh. We found some lovely pieces with lotus and paisley motifs in pastel colours, rani pink and black. Don't worry, we'll save you a pleat!
Red Hibiscus, 8 A,Beach Queen apartments, JP road, near Chai Coffi, Seven bungalows, Andheri (W), Rs 3,000 for a Chanderi sari.
Check out these tiny, adorable clay sculptures that are a big hit on the gifting circuit crafted according to your giftee’s personality , no matter how weird.
Moe, custom made clay sculptures, see their Facebook page here, website here, email
, Rs 499-Rs 1,299.
Get a personalized illustration, fix up your house and find yourself a brand new job! You’re welcome.
Personalised Illustrations: The Happy Page:
Share what makes you happy and have it turned into an illustration.
Happy Page, see Facebook group here.
bpb Classifieds: Kick start your career as a writer for Hill Road Media, or an intern with VH1. Cool gigs.
Home Repair Service: Travtus Work Force:
This recently launched website offers repair services for odd jobs around the house – leaky taps, ugly wall patches, electrical work - that you’ve been meaning to get fixed for a while.
Travtusworkforce.com, a home repair service that offers electric, plumbing, patchwork, window, woodwork and tile repair services, call 65554747, start at Rs 631 per month for a yearly plan
Pearl Shah Styling Studio -Stylist for the stars. Pearl Shah will lend a sympathetic ear and keen advice to your styling woes.
Pearl Shah Styling Studio, call 98201 66045 or email
, view the website here.
The True School of Music Opens:
Get strung along at The True School of Music (we told you about this in May), a super new music school conceptualized by composer and Blue Frog co-founder Ashutosh Pathak. Now open for tours and sign ups!
The True School of Music opens, True School of Music, Sunmill Compound, Lower Parel, view the Facebook page here, start at Rs 5,000 per module.
The Memory Company- Professional consultancy on book design, photography, corporate, family and individual led photo and narrative based archives and research. Curation of contemporary and archival photo exhibitions is on the cards too.
The Memory Company, email
for details, see their website here, view their Facebook page here.
We've got a few cool getaways lined up for you. Not too adventerous? A gorgeous spa resort opens an hour outside Delhi, and an organic farm retreat in Bangalore. Now boarding.
Prakash Collection: A gorgeous Delhi shop tucked away in a corner in Nehru Place market, you will find every kind of lace, button, trimming here that you could ever dream of. Trust us.
Prakash Collection, 104, Guru Angad Bhawan, 71, Nehru Place, call 64560098. Rs 1,200 for a ready made collar necklace.
Dusit Devarana: This is where they store all the light. Seriously. A gorgeous space inspired by nature's element, drive an hour from Delhi and get your Zen on.
Dusit Devarana, NH-8, New Delhi, call 33552211. Rs 14,000 for a garden view room. Book here
Earth Kitchen: Arati Venkat will make you mousakkas, risottos and Tunisian red meat spiced with fresh herbs and veggies she grows herself. Spend a day at her farm, there's a wading pool here too.
Earth Kitchen, Behind Taj Kuteeram, Nrityagram Road, Hessarghatta, Bangalore. Call 990874424, visit website here. Rs 1250 per person for a meal at Earth kitchen (reduced prices for children. Pets are welcome!)
Haveli Yoga Retreat:
The Yoga House organises a feel good yoga retreat at a Haveli in Udaipur overlooking a lake. Don't topple over while doing that downward dog pose.
Yoga Retreat in Rajasthan, to sign up email
, Rs 27,500 for the four day package with stay, meals, daily asana and meditation classes, airport transfer and sightseeing expenses.