This Week in Mumbai: Binge on Burgers and Beer at Woodside Inn, Travel back in time with Tagore at the NCPA and More

This week in Mumbai celebrate the glorious monsoons with warm delicious comfort food ranging from juicy burgers to melt-in-the-mouth nihari, soft acoustic soul-soothing music by Ankur and the Ghalat Family at our favorite gig spot – blueFrog and of course, a stunning art show showcasing the whimsical works of the uber talented Maya Burman. Since the beautiful rains are best enjoyed with a cup of tea, we also suggest you stop by the Chai Malhar Festival at Tiffin Box etc. in Bandra where you can relish your much-loved chai with a plateful of crunchy Kanda Bhajias and various other fried delights. Don’t forget to carry your umbrellas Mumbaikars!

beer-and-burger-festivalBeer and Burger Festival
If you are of the opinion that Beer and burger are the Bonnie & Clyde of comfort food then the Woodside Inn Beer and Burger Festival will be sure to leave you pleased. The annual festival will feature a host of uniquely-crafted burgers and an enviable list of local and imported beers. The delicious Japanese ramen burger and San Francisco style burger in a bowl are the ones to watch out for on the ten burger menu while the beer list boasts of classics such as Asahi from Japan and Tom ale and Aspall cider from the UK among others. The festival will be held simultaneously at both the branches of the restaurant.
Date: 15th July – 31st July, 2014.
Address 1: Woodside Inn, Wodehouse Road, opposite Regal Cinema, Colaba, Mumbai.
Address 2: Woodside, New Link Plaza, Oshiwara Link Road, next to Oshiwara Police Station, Andheri (West), Mumbai.

ankur-and-the-ghalat-familyAnkur and the Ghalat Family
If soulful acoustic rock n roll is your jam then don’t miss out Ankur and the Ghalat Family at blueFROG this Wednesday. The award-winning four member band which is helmed by lead vocalist Ankur Tewari (also a Bollywood music composer), has gained recognition at almost all of the major music festivals in the country for their melodious Urdu/Hindu tunes.
Date: 16th July, 2014.
Timing: 10pm – 11pm
Pricing: Entry – Rs. 350 post 9pm or Rs.1000 (Full Cover)
Address: blueFROG, D 2, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel Mumbai.

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chai-malhar-festival-tiffin-boxChai Malhar Festival at Tiffin Box etc.
Enjoy the ongoing rains with a warm cup of chai and delicious snacks at the Chai Malhar taking place at Tiffinbox etc. Besides the customary deep fried and crispy Bhajias (Moongdaal and Kanda) you can also indulge in a tangy plate of Khasta Kachori along with your favorite monsoon beverage. Other teatime staples are such as Samosa, Brun Pav Maska and Khari are also a part of the festival menu.
Date: Until the 31st of July, 2014.
Timing: 8am daily.
Event duration: 3:30 hrs
Address: Tiffinbox Etc., Ground Floor, Naman Center, C 31, Next to Yauatcha, Block G, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai.

rhapsody-maya-burmanRhapsody – Maya Burman
If you haven’t already, hurry up and make your way to the Art Musings Gallery in Colaba to catch the last few days of celebrated Paris-based artist, Maya Burman’s beautiful exhibit. Daughter of renowned Indian painter Sakti Burman and French artist Maite Delteil, Maya’s work is famed for being exuberant and dreamlike and a fusion of French art nouveau tradition and Indian miniature painting style. A must visit for artists and art connoisseurs alike.
Date: Until the 20th of July, 2014.
Timing: Monday to Friday 11am – 7pm, Saturday 11am – 5.30pm, Sundays closed.
Address: Art Musings Gallery, 1, Admiralty Building, Colaba Cross Lane, Colaba Mumbai.

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neel-1Ramadan Special – Neel
It’s that time of the year where you get to forget about healthy eating and indulge in copious amounts of mouth-watering Muslim street food. Head to Mumbai’s favorite Nawabi restaurant Neel, for Chef Mukhtar Qureshi’s specially-crafted Ramadan menu featuring rich wholesome fare such as nihari, kebabs, ashaleem, payashorba and malpua as well as delicious lamb specialities like Tawa Chaap, Gosht Shikampuri and Nizami Haleem among others. The tempting menu is available at both the branches of the restaurant.
Date: Until the 29th of July, 2014.
Address 1: Ground Floor, Tote on the Turf Building, Mahalaxmi Race Course, Keshavrao Khadye Marg, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai.
Address 2: Ground Floor, Crystal Paradise, Off Veera Desai Road, Andheri West, Mumbai.

ajoy-chakrabartyNCPA Bandish: Gulzar and Ajoy Chakrabarty
One of the performances in NCPA’s Bandish will see noted poet, writer, lyricist and film director Gulzar recite the Hindi translations of some of the works of the great Nobel laureate, Rabrindranath Tagore. The same evening will also see Ajoy Chakrabarty pay tribute to some of Tagore’s masterpieces such as dhrupad, khayal, thumri, geet and a few others based on Western tunes. The evening promises to be magical and musical and definitely memorable.
Date: 19th July
Timing: 6:30pm
Pricing: Rs. 300 – Rs. 1000
Address: NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai.

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