The suburbs of Mumbai have become a trendier place to hang out, what with the arrival of the fantastic, new rooftop restobar– Apicius. A great place to catch up with friends for a post-work drink or even better to dine on some sumptuous food, Apicius is a must visit. This much-needed space in the midst of the crazy urban backdrop is the brainchild of 25-year-old Atirek Garg, who in all probability sensed that such a place was what the city needs to beat the hustle and bustle of daily life. Located on the eight floor, this is the city’s answer to living it up under the stars!
The interiors are minimal with touches of contemporary and elegance. Wood panels and stone lend this place an interesting feel. The sky bar and alfresco seating space is complemented by an indoor dining area and bar complete with beautiful chandeliers, perfect for a fantastic meal or an intimate dinner and drinks session.
In fact, if you visit Apicius, gorging on the food is a must. After all, it wasn’t named Apicius for nothing! In case you didn’t know, Apicius borrows its name from the collection of Roman cookery recipes that was thought to have been compiled in the early 5th century AD. Philip Gomes, the former chef at Villa 39, now runs the kitchen here. You can expect to scarf down tasty delights from Italy, Lebanon, Greece, Spain and Morocco. A starter that you shouldn’t give a miss is the Mezze Platter that is served with hummus, sour cream, moutabel, tabbouleh, falafel and pita bread. The Caesar Salad is just right, with an eggless anchovy dressing served with shavings of parmesan, pesto wafers and crispy bacon bits. There are many main course dishes to choose from; even vegetarians will be satisfied! Or, if you’re here to enjoy your drinks, then try out the famous bar bites like fried rice balls stuffed with cheese; jalapeno cheese poppers and stuffed mushrooms that is served with a fingerlicking gherkin mayonnaise.
The bar menu comprises a wide range of beer, wines and liquors. The cocktails or mocktails (teetotallers will have an equally great time with these yummy concoctions) are perfect for the hot months ahead too. A cocktail worth sampling is the Shirley Temple. But, ask for the restobar’s signature cocktails such as Apicius Blush, Apicius Green and Apicius Melone if you really want to get a feel of this place and what it has to offer. A visit on the weekend is perfect for a fun night out on the town or even on a weekday to enjoy some fantastic food in a pleasant ambience along with friends. Expect to shell out approximately Rs. 2000 for drinks and delicious nibbles.
Apicius, 8th Floor, Blue Wave Building, Andheri (W), off Link road,
Opp Hometown Cafe, Mumbai 400053
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