Year Ender 2023: The 10 Best Restaurants in Mumbai That Opened in 2023

Class of 2023: The food scene in Mumbai is constantly evolving, and the year 2023 has been proof of that. Several new restaurants, cafes and bars have opened in the city every month. While some have relied on the same old offerings, others have dared to innovate and intrigue the crowds with unusual treats. As 2023 draws to a close, we present to you our selection of the 10 best new restaurants that took the city by storm this year. We’ve picked a mix of fine dining and casual restaurants that should be on your radar in 2024. Here are the places that served up some of the most memorable meals this year:

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Here are the top 10 new restaurants in Mumbai that opened in 2023:

1. Indian accent, BKC

Indian accent, Delhi has often been hailed as the best restaurant in India. It has finally made its way to Mumbai as well. At the sumptuous BKC outpost inside NMACC, patrons can sample the delights of Chef Manish Mehrotra’s creations, from the world-famous blue cheese naan to the signature Daulat ki Chaat. The Mumbai restaurant continues Indian Accent’s time-honoured mission of serving flavourful Indian delicacies with innovative twists.

  • Where: Indian Accent, Jio World Centre, Ground Floor, Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre, C-64, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai.

2. Amadeo of Oberoi, BKC

Another must visit at NMACC is Amadeo by Oberoi. The menu is centered around four “micro-concepts” representing four cuisines: Indian, Italian, Chinese and Japanese. Helmed by Executive Chef Kayzad Sadri and Chef Gregorio Oblen, the restaurant takes popular favorites from each cuisine and gives them a distinctive, sophisticated twist. We highly recommend their impossibly crispy Chinese Chili Glazed Lotus Root Chips, soul-soothing truffle tagliatelle, heavenly burnt Basque cheesecake and amazing Filter Kaapi Martini, among other delights.

  • Where: Amadeo by Oberoi, NMACC, Jio World Centre, G Block BKC, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai.

3. Nksha, Churchgate

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Nksha offers your guests an indulgent exploration of the rich flavors of North India. Culinary duo Pranav M. Rungta and Chef Vikram Arora have put together a menu that offers timeless classics and experimental delights. While the food roots you in today’s possibilities, the decor transports you back to South Bombay in the glamorous 1950s-60s. Don’t miss their Truffle, Cheese and Mushroom Kulcha, Dahi Bhalla Papri Chaat, “Old Delhi” Paneer Tikka, The Foothill (cocktail) and The Desi Ghee cocktail.

  • Where: Nksha, ADCB Rehmat Manzil, 1A / 1B, Veer Nariman Rd, Churchgate, Mumbai.

4. Veronica’s, Bandra

When it comes to casual dining options, Veronica’s undoubtedly tops the list. The artisan cafe has quickly become a favorite among locals as well as a must-try spot for anyone visiting the city. It occupies the space of the former and iconic Jude Bakery. The cafe is the latest offering from Hunger Inc. Group, whose executive chef is Hussain Shahzad. At Veronica, you can choose from a mouth-watering selection of breakfast cereals, sandwiches, wraps, salads, baked goodies and much more. The cafe also serves kombucha, wine, beer and other carefully selected beverages.

  • Where: Veronica’s, Waroda Road, off. Hill Road, Ranwar, Bandra West.

5. Yi Jing, ITC Maratha, Andheri

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ITC’s flagship Chinese restaurant is now open at ITC Maratha, Andheri. Signature offerings aside, the menu features some of the most mouth-watering Chinese staples we’ve tasted this year. The establishment is led by culinary legend Chef Liang Xiao Qing, whose unparalleled attention to detail and love of amazing ingredients is reflected in every dish. If you visit, check out their Chicken Char Sui Dumplings, Sake and Edamame Dumplings, King Prawn In Two Flavors, Beijing Duck, Chengdu Style Sliced ​​Lamb and Ginger-Pineapple Sorbet.

  • Where: Yi Jing, Lobby Level, ITC Maratha, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Mumbai, Sahar, Andheri East, Mumbai.

Also read: 11 new restaurants in Mumbai to try in December 2023

6. CIRQA, Lower Parel

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This two-story bar in Todi Mills features expertly crafted cocktails and unique global dishes that provide a new gastronomic experience. You cannot afford to miss their Shut The Duck Up, Bombay Cosmopolis, Sweet Roots with Magaj Crema and the Millet and Duck Croquettes. CIRQA is backed by brothers Pankaj Gupta and Avinash Gupta, and Adele de Fontbrune serves as co-founder and F&B director. Louness Ducos and Agnieszka Rozenska are responsible for the bar program.

  • Where: Plot 126, Ground Floor, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Pawar Marg, Opposite Zeba, Lower Parel, Mumbai.

7. The Coconut Boy, Bandra

Bandra got a casual but lively Goan restaurant this year: The Coconut Boy. Here, the emphasis is not only on good food and drink, but also on relaxation and pleasant moments. Dig into authentic Goan delicacies and refreshing cocktails that will give you a taste of susegaad in the heart of Bandra. The restaurant is a joint venture of Hitesh Keswani, Chef Rohan D’Souza and Praveena D’Souza.

  • Where: The Coconut Boy, 003, Epitome Building, 29th Road, Survey No F/858, Bandra West, Mumbai.

8. Coast & Bloom, Dadar

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Dadar West has grown into something of a culinary hotspot this year. One of the most exciting openings in the area was Coast And Bloom, the brainchild of Mitra Walke (whose family owns Dadar’s famous Chaitanya restaurant). The fine-dining establishment offers hearty and delicious seafood specialties by Chef Prasad Parab that reflect the bounty of the coastal regions of India as well as Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Thailand and more. The Crab Kakkori here is a kebab you will find hard to forget.

  • Where: Coast & Bloom, Second Floor, Kohinoor Square, Dadar – W, N C. Kelkar Marg, Shivaji Park, Mumbai.

9. PAUL’s, Lower Parel

After Delhi and Gurugram, French culinary brand PAUL, an artisanal bakery and all-day dining restaurant, opened in Mumbai this year. It has since continued to attract a buzzing crowd with the unrivaled aroma of freshly baked delights. Apart from its distinctive French dishes, the food menu offers a delicious selection of sandwiches, burgers, pastas, pizzas, soups, rice dishes and seafood specialities. We highly recommend their Croque Monsieur, Paul’s Salad, Hot Chocolate and Almond Pain Au Chocolat.

  • Where: PAUL’s 462, Shop C-10B, Ground & Mezzanine Floor, Phoenix Palladium Mall, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.

10. People, Kala Ghoda

If you want a taste of comfort food from different parts of India, head to Folk in Kala Ghoda. It marks home cook Jasleen Marwah’s first stint as a restaurateur. The menu has a specially curated selection of various delicious delicacies, including popular combinations as well as regional specialities. Some of the highlights include yakhni pulao, Konkani green curry and Awadhi kathal ki shami.

  • Where: People, Maharashtra Chambers, 14, New Bakehouse, Lane, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai.

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