An insider's guide to Mumbai: The city of dreams

A week in Mumbai: Skyscraper city | Soho House

Where to eat, play and party like a local in India’s capital

Tuesday 22 March 2022 By Roshni Bajaj

Our House in Mumbai sits peacefully on a calm, clear stretch of Juhu Beach. A place where palm trees sway to the gentle rhythm of the Indian Ocean and the city bathes in an amber glow. Our outpost here is for parties and Picantes, but it also provides an oasis away from the bustle of the city: a quiet spot in a sprawling megapolis where Bollywood darlings take refuge and members come to decompress.

As restrictions lift, the House calendar is teeming with events – longer staying guests will find interactive art workshops, pop-up markets with homegrown brands, local jazz acts, food workshops, and festivals. On the all-day menu at the club and the poolside rooftop are local treats such as Keralan fish curry and eggs akuri, plus international options such as the popular avocado toast or flat iron chicken. There’s plenty to do in Mumbai before retreating to our House bedrooms, all of which have views of the towering skyscrapers or azure waters.

A week in Mumbai: Skyscraper city | Soho House
A week in Mumbai: Skyscraper city | Soho House

Where to eat

The Bombay Canteen

Founded by chef Floyd Cardoz, The Bombay Canteen is a playful restaurant that takes its flavours very seriously. Set within a grand colonial-era bungalow, Bollywood music echoes throughout the venue and vintage adverts plaster the walls. The menu here is a celebration of regional Indian food and reflects seasonality. If you’re planning a trip to Mumbai soon, then expect to see head chef Hussain Shahzad preparing Paya Soup Momos, tender garbanzo salads, and charred winter carrots. In the summer, it’s all about mangoes and lighter, cooler vegetable dishes. An insider’s note: always save room for dessert. 

Masque restaurant

Masque’s 10-course chef’s tasting menu is an experiential joyride. Traditional regional ingredients are foraged or gathered from the restaurant’s farm, and transformed into modern Indian dishes that often look too good to eat, but explode on the palate with flavour and texture. Recent offerings have featured ice apples or oysters with fermented star fruit, and BBQ pork with fiery Naga chilli peppers. 

A week in Mumbai: Skyscraper city | Soho House
A week in Mumbai: Skyscraper city | Soho House


Thali, an unending meal that represents the diverse vegetarian food of an Indian state in all its breadth, is typically served in a multitudinous assemblage of small round steel bowls set in a large steel plate. This is a meal that must be scheduled well, with not much planned after. At Chetana, patrons can choose from one of three state thalis: Gujarati, Rajasthani, or Maharashtrian. Tables groan under the weight of Indian snacks, flatbreads, condiments, vegetable curries, yogurt curries, dals (lentil and legume preparations), rice, and sweets. The meal is a testament to the multifariousness of veg