Villa 39 Opens In Place of Flag’s
A fine dining Italian restaurant called Villa 39 has replaced the Mumbai branch of Flag’s, the Pune-based chain that featured a dizzying array of cuisines. Now reinvented by 25-year-old Kajal Fabiani, the 4,500 square foot space in Colaba will reopen on Thursday, March 25, as a two-floor restaurant and bar serving high-end Italian cuisine. This weekend, we got a sneak peek at the interiors and the opportunity to sample the food.
Here’s what we can tell you. The decor is rustic India meets Italy, with ornate mirrors and antique wooden pillars adding quirky detail to an otherwise muted white and silver colour scheme. The upstairs will be reserved for lunch and dinner, while the downstairs area with a bar and lounge will open at night. There is a private dining room that can be reserved for small parties. The menu, put together by Fabiani and Delhi chef Phillip Gomez, has Italian staples (pasta, carpaccio, pizza) and some lesser seen options like sea bass, strawberries with balsamic, and zucchini carpaccio. As competition to Indigo, the only other fine-dining restaurant in the vicinity not housed in a five star hotel, it’s a welcome addition.
Villa 39 opens on Thursday, March 25.Tags: Colaba, Flag's, Italian Food, Kajal Fabiani, Phillip Gomez, restaurant, Villa 39
B-1 Amarchand Mansion
16 Madame Cama Road