Sundays in Mumbai are all about family and relaxation, and there is no better way to enjoy both than by settling in for an afternoon of fine food and perhaps a couple of cheeky drinks at one of the city’s finest brunch spots. We selected five favorites for you try on a delightful Sunday in Mumbai.
Indigo’s Sunday brunch has been a stalwart on the Mumbai dining scene for years now and for good reason. Starting at 12 p.m. and going until 4 p.m., take this meal slowly and savor it. With a rotating menu of about 20 different dishes each week including salads antipasto and tapas, you can select a brunch staple such as eggs Benedict, chilli and garlic linguini with leeks, fennel and capers, or even choose something from the outdoor grill such as grilled cottage cheese with roasted tomato relish or crack cumin-rubbed grilled chicken.
The brunch is unlimited and includes a selection of wines, cocktails and spirits, and celebrate something special with unlimited Billecart-Salmon Champagne.
Conveniently located near the city’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at The Leela Mumbai hotel, drop into Citrus for Sunday brunch before catching your flight out. With a view of the hotel’s lush gardens and cascading waterfalls, it’s easy to forget where you are. The brunch selection is expansive and focuses on innovation and seasonal produce. Expect a wide selection of cuisines including Italian, Oriental, Thai, Middle-Eastern and, of course, Indian. There are more than 170 dishes to choose from and eight live stations where you can select exactly what you want (a live carving station for roasted pork, perhaps or stop by the Thai station for Pad Thai noodles or sweet coconut milk cakes) and watch it be cooked in front you for the prime freshness.
Brunch at Citrus at The Leela Mumbai is an afternoon affair, starting at 12:30 p.m. and open until 4 p.m.
Located near the Mahalaxmi Racecourse in the heart of the city, the relaxed courtyard of Olive Bar & Kitchen is the perfect place for brunch. With its cool Mediterranean colors and rustic style, it could be mistaken for a restaurant in Tuscany. The food reflects this, with a focus on fresh and Mediterranean flavors, including spicy charmoula prawns, citrus pollo fritto and a selection of thin crust pizzas. These go beautifully with Olive’s light signature cocktails like the piccante caipiroska with vodka, cherry tomato, lime, mint and chilli or the Caipirinha, a mix of cachaça, macerated lemon and demerara sugar.
Brunch goes all afternoon and is unlimited, so sit back and relax in this little piece of Italy in the center of Mumbai.
Synonymous with great music in India, Blue Frog also has one of the most stylish Sunday brunch’s in town. With more than 50 dishes to choose from, something will surely please everyone. Choose from a selection of salads and cold meat platters, to quiches, seafood and freshly baked bread. Main courses include tangy grilled vegetables and spaghetti with tomato and mushrooms. Or, select fish (with raw mango and coriander), tiger prawns, chicken (kebabs with prunes and herbs), Thai basil pork or beef from the grill section. You can also dine on brunch favorites including eggs made to order, waffles and French toast. The bar is well stocked with a selection of champagne cocktails, martinis and fresh fruit juices. Each week the menu is filled with new dishes to try.
Of course, no event would be the same at Blue Frog without music, and Sunday brunch is no exception. Live music entertains the guests, with many taking to the dance floor during the meal. Brunch is open to the whole family from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and even includes a special children’s menu and miniFROG activities.
If you’re looking for a lavish brunch with one of the best views in Mumbai, then head to Corleone at the InterContinental Marine Drive-Mumbai for its Sparkling Sunday Brunch. With a view over the Arabian Sea, you can order drinks mixed by the famed bartenders of Dome, and enjoy a wide array of dishes from grilled seawater shrimps with scallions and garlic oil to a sushi bar and open-faced sandwiches — think ricotta on cumin-infused watermelon and chicken pâté on a cucumber cup. Starting at midday and going until 5 p.m., the brunch includes unlimited food and premium beverages.
Photos Courtesy of The Leela, Blue Frog Media Pvt Ltd and Olive Bar and Kitchen