The MB Guide to New Year’s Eve 2012
WHERE TO EAT
National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point. Tel: 2282 1212.
The buffet at the Spanish and Levantine restaurant is priced at Rs7,100 per person (exclusive of tax but inclusive of alcohol) and at Rs12,500 per couple (exclusive of tax but inclusive of alcohol).
Mathuradas Mills Compound, next to Blue Frog, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 6747 8971. Also at Mandlik Road, near Indigo, Colaba. Tel: 2204 3769.
The Lower Parel outpost of the South-East Asian restaurant will serve a buffet, priced at Rs4,000 per person (inclusive of alcohol). The menu includes chicken momos; avocado and roasted bell peppers sushi; khow suey; crab in red curry paste; beef bulgogi; Vietnamese sizzling fish with tamarind and coconut; chicken satay; banoffee pie; lemon tart and chocolate fondant.
Cafe by the Beach
H2O Water Complex, Next to Mafatlal Swimming Pool, Opposite Bachelorr’s, Girgaum Chowpatty. Tel: 77383 87938.
This new beach-side cafe is bringing in the new year with a special dinner menu of crabmeat and lemongrass ravioli, seabass, khowsuey, chocolate and Thai chilli cheesecake among other things. Opt for a boat ride around the bay, or sit back and enjoy the last sunset of the year. The dinner is priced at Rs1,500 per head.
Off Western Express Highway, Santa Cruz (East). Tel: 6676 1149.
The buffet at the hotel’s pan-Asian restaurant Fifty-Five East is priced at Rs3,500 per person (exclusive of tax but inclusive of alcohol). The hotel’s Chinese restaurant China House, and Italian restaurant Celini will each serve set menus priced at Rs3,500 per person (exclusive of tax but inclusive of alcohol).
Krystal, Waterfield Road, same building as ICICI Bank, Bandra (West). Tel: 2644 4444.
The fine-dining Chinese restaurant will serve a set menu priced at Rs5,555 per person (exclusive of tax but inclusive of select alcohol). The dishes include curried white fungus and enoki dumplings; steamed sweet and sour dim sum; Sanpei mushroom clay pot; and mock duck with okra and tofu in Assam sauce.
InterContinental Marine Drive
135 Marine Drive. Tel: 3987 9999.
The hotel’s Thai restaurant Koh will serve a four-course set menu priced at Rs6,000 per person, inclusive of alcohol. Celebrity Thai chef Ian Kittichai has created a special New Year’s Eve menu, which includes Vietnamese basa with tom yum sauce; Bangkok-style chicken satay; lemon grass tiger shrimp; wok-tossed winter vegetables; and Thai ra misu (mascarpone with Thai tea biscuits and cocoa dust). The hotel’s Italian restaurant, Corleone, and Indian restaurant, Kebab Corner, will both host mixed Continental and Indian buffets priced at Rs4,950 per person with alcohol, and at Rs4,000 per person, without alcohol.
J. W. Marriott
Juhu Tara Road. Tel: 6693 3344.
The buffets at the all-day restaurant Lotus Café, and Indian restaurant Saffron are each priced at Rs4,500 per person (inclusive of alcohol). The set menu at the Italian restaurant Mezzo Mezzo and the buffet at the Oriental restaurant Spices are priced at Rs4,000 per person, inclusive of alcohol and a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight.
The Leela Kempinski
Near the International Airport, Andheri (East). Tel: 6691 1290.
Chef Marco Priolo’s set menu at the hotel’s Italian restaurant Stella is priced at Rs6,000 per person (exclusive of tax but inclusive of select alcohol). The set menus at the Indian restaurant Jamavar, and at the Chinese restaurant The Great Wall are each priced at Rs5,000 per person (exclusive of tax but inclusive of select alcohol).
Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli. Tel: 6615 5980.
On New Year’s Eve, the entrance to the South-East Asian restaurant, which serves Thai, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese fare, is priced at Rs6,000 per person and at Rs10,000 per couple. The price gets you unlimited servings of premium alcohol brands, and entitles you to order anything off the a la carte menu.
Svenska Design Hotel
F/73-74, Oberoi Complex, off Link Road, Lokhandwala, Andheri (West). Tel: 4431 0000.
You can choose between four “party zones”: the lounge bar, the mult-cuisine bistro, an al fresco area, and the hotel’s Mediterranean fine-dining restaurant, Miro. Tickets are priced at Rs2,999 per head, and Rs4,999 per couple.
Two One Two Bar & Grill
12-A, Hornby Vellard Estate, opposite Nehru Centre, next to the BMW showroom, Worli. Tel: 2490 1994.
The Italian fine-dining restaurant will cordon off sections of the establishment for groups of 40 to 50 people, and will serve up a special booze and food menu (tenderloin sliders, an oyster bar, pizzas and shawarmas) to those groups. For pricing and reservations, call the restaurant.
Raheja Tower, Bandra Kurla Complex, near the IL&FS Building, Bandra (East). Tel: 2644 8888.
The dim sum restaurant and tea house will serve a four-course set menu comprising soup, dim sum, main course and dessert. You can choose from enoki dumplings; baked chicken puff; seafood roll; mango and strawberry mousse; hand-made chocolate truffles; and macaroons. The set menu is priced at Rs2,888 per person (exclusive of tax and alcohol).
WHERE TO PARTY
Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 6158 6158.
Popular retro pop and rock band Victor and The Crowns, fronted by dentist Victor Rodrigues, will help you move into the future by playing the hits of the past at the Lower Parel club, where the entrance fee is priced at Rs4,500 per person and Rs8,000 per couple, and a table/pod reservation is priced at Rs6,500 per person. The entrance fee gets you unlimited alcohol and a buffet that will include seafood and cold-cut counters, and salad and dessert bars in addition to main courses.
Kenilworth Mall, Phase 2, off Linking Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 2605 5050.
The Bandra bar and lounge will serve unlimited vegetarian and non-vegetarian starters including balsamic mushrooms, cottage cheese and Bocconcini skewers; crispy calamari; lemon pepper shrimp; lamb seekh kebab; and basil pesto crostini. The evening will also feature commercial house courtesy of DJs RayG and Adi. The entrance fee is priced at Rs4,000 per person and Rs6,000 per couple (inclusive of tax and alcohol).
21 Bhaidas Bhuta Compound, Mogra Lane, off Old Nagardas Road, near Shiv Sagar, Andheri (East).
The city’s only “all metal New Year party” will feature concert screenings, drinking games, and unlimited food and alcohol. Music videos of metal bands across all sub-genres (everyone from Black Sabbath to Megadeth and Porcupine Tree) will be shown at the event, which begins at 9pm and is priced at Rs1,000 per person. Call 98927 22522 or 72080 03012 to book a spot.
Palladium, Fourth Floor, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 4348 5000.
The Lower Parel restaurant and bar is offering a special menu—including assorted vegetarian and non-vegetarian pizzas, quiches and sushi platters, spinach and corn filo parcel with sundried mayo, rawas tikka with mint chutney, Cajun chicken fingers with burnt garlic mayo—and two alcohol packages. The Diamond package, priced at Rs6,000, comprises Chivas Regal and Jack Daniel’s whisky, Grey Goose vodka, Glenlivet single malt, Sauza tequila, Jacobs wine, Beefeater gin, Heineken beer, and soft beverages; while the Gold package, priced at Rs4,000, comprises Ballantine whisky, Absolut vodka, Sauza tequila, Four Seasons wine, Blue Riband gin, Kingfisher beer and soft beverages. Call the venue for details about the entry fee. Resident DJ Shiva will spin commercial house and Bollywood tracks at the event, which will end at 3am, and will be hosted by three models “who will pass around candy shots along with a lollipop”.
48 Gulmohar Road, above Cafe Coffe Day, Juhu-Vile Parle Development Scheme, Juhu. Tel: 3378 4444, 3378 4445. Also at Plot No.339, 16th Road, near Mini Punjab restaurant, Khar. Tel: 2605 8753.
If you can’t make it to Goa, where the rest of Mumbai appears to be partying this year, head to Hawaiian Shack for a slice of an island soiree. While there is no beach at this “Hawaiian theme party” there will be plenty of beach cocktails, garlands and floral shirts. The music will span from hip hop to retro to pop. There is a cover charge of Rs4,000 per couple and at Rs2,000 per girl.
The Comedy Store
Palladium, Third Floor, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 4348 5000.
Stand-up comedians Anuvab Pal, Kunal Rao, Rajneesh Kapoor and Aditi Mittal will take turns to ensure that you spend the last few hours of 2011 doubling-up in laughter. The event, from 9pm to 11.55pm, is priced at Rs2,000 per person, which gets you the same food menu and Gold alcohol package served at Canvas.
The Grand Hyatt Hotel, off Western Express Highway, Santa Cruz (East). Tel: 6676 1149.
The cover charge at the lounge’s NYE party is priced at Rs8,000 per couple, Rs8,000 for a single man and Rs4,000 for a single woman. Resident DJ Amit Makwana will spin commercial house tracks at the event, a table for which comes with a minimum spend of Rs75,000.
The InterContinental Marine Drive, 135 Marine Drive. Tel: 3987 9999.
“Austin Powers” and the 1960s make up the theme for the New Year’s Eve bash at the InterContinental Marine Drive’s rooftop bar. The Rs10,000 price gets you entertainment in the form of a performance by saxophone and flute player Jarrod “Woody” Wood, and a playlist of retro hits by DJ Eman; a bar serving premium alcohol and cocktails such as Mini Me shots and Dr. Evil’s Drink; and a buffet spread that includes a range of grilled meats and kebabs.
J. W. Marriott Hotel, Juhu Tara Road. Tel: 6693 3344.
The “Queen of Bollywood Remixes”, female DJ Ashrafi will spin a mix of Hindi film hits at Enigma’s “non-stop five-hour party”, from 9.30pm to 2.30am. The Rs6,000 entry fee (inclusive of taxes) gets you unlimited alcohol and starters.
Hard Rock Cafe
Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli. Tel: 2438 2888.
Resident DJ Roane will spin popular dance hits at HRC’s NYE party, where the Rs3,000 per person/Rs5,000 per couple entry fee gets you six starters and unlimited servings of select alcohol brands, and the Rs5,000 per person/Rs8,000 per couple VIP entry fee gets you eight starters and unlimited servings of select premium alcohol brands.
Balraj Sahani Marg, Juhu Beach, Juhu. Tel: 6693 4444.
You can choose between DJ Shy-O’s progressive house tracks, DJ Ash’s hip hop tunes and DJ AJ’s playlist of Bollywood hits at the seaside Juhu five-star. Passes are priced at Rs10,000 per couple; a table for six is priced at Rs40,000; and a table for eight at Rs50,000. Call 99870 31450 for further details
Prive & Tetsuma
41/44, Mon Repos, Ground Floor, Minoo Desai Road, Colaba. Tel: 2202 8700.
Event promoters CrossBar Entertainment and Chrome Nightlife have organised a New Year’s Eve bash at the Colaba restaurant and nightclub, where unlimited alcohol and starters will cost Rs3,500 per person, and up to Rs1 lakh for a table with Dom Perignon champagne.
Tote on The Turf
Mahalaxmi Race Course, opposite Gate 5 & 6, Keshvrao Khadye Marg, Mahalaxmi. Tel: 6157 7777.
Hip hop and R&B will soundtrack the bar’s NYE bash, which has been outsourced to event management company Network Prive. Call 98202 81339 for details about the price of passes, which entitle you to unlimited food and alcohol.
462 Phoenix Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 6661 4365.
DJ Rebstar and DJ Vishal will spin house tunes, hip hop and techno at the Lower Parel nightclub’s Amsterdam-themed New Year’s Eve bash. Expect a laser show and dancers. Passes are priced at Rs3,800 per person, and Rs6,600 per couple; a place at a VIP table is priced at Rs10,000 per head, and one at a VVIP table at Rs13,000 per head.
• New Year’s Eve dinner for two at Busaba worth Rs2,500. For a chance to win, just email your name, address and mobile number to email@example.com, and remember to put “Dinner at Busaba” in the subject line. The last date to enter is Sunday, December 25, 2011.
Terms and conditions: The offer can be only be redeemed on Saturday, December 31. Open only to readers in Mumbai. The winner and their guest must travel to and from the venue at their own expense. The offer is non-transferable.
• New Year’s Eve dinner for two at Cafe Prato worth Rs5,000. For a chance to win, just email your name, address and mobile number to firstname.lastname@example.org, and remember to put “Dinner at Cafe Prato” in the subject line. The last date to enter is Sunday, December 25.
Terms and conditions: The offer is only redeemable on Saturday, December 31. Open only to readers in Mumbai. The winner and their guest must travel to and from the venue at their own expense. The offer is non-transferable.
• Dinner for two at Opa worth Rs2,500. Two lucky couples can win a meal at Juhu-based European restaurant Opa. For a chance to win, just email your name, address and mobile number to email@example.com, and remember to put “Dinner at Opa” in the subject line. The last date to enter is Sunday, December 25, 2011.
Terms and conditions: The offer is valid from Sunday, January 1 to Saturday, March 31. Open only to readers in Mumbai. The winner and their guest must travel to and from the venue at their own expense. The offer is non-transferable.
For details on where to book a chauffeur for the night, see last year’s New Year’s Eve guide.Tags: Amadeus, B69, bars, Blue Frog, Bonobo, Busaba, Cafe By The Beach, Cafe Prato, Celini, China House, Corleone, Dome, Enigma, Fifty Five East, Four Seasons Hotel, Hakkasan, Hard Rock Cafe, Hotel Novotel, Intercontinental Marine Drive, Jamavar, JW Marriott, Kebab Corner, KOH, Mezzo Mezzo, New Year's Eve, Nightlife, Opa, Prive & Tetsuma, Restaurants, Saffron, San-Qi, Shiro, Spices, Stella, Svenska Design Hotel, The Comedy Store, The Great Wall, The Leela Kempinski, Tote on the Turf, Tryst, Two One Two Bar and Grill, Yauatcha