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Guide to Mumbai's Hot Spots

A waitress at the newly opened Koh restaurant.

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When it made its debut last year, the 25,000-square-foot restaurant complex Tote on the Turf (Mahalaxmi Race Course, Keshav Rao Khadye Marg, Mahalaxmi; 91-22/6157-7777; dinner for two $100) was an immediate hit because of its location—beside the Mahalaxmi Race Course—and its avant-garde design by London-based Serie Architects, which lined the ceiling with a forest of white metal branches. Drinks such as tequila-infused sangria and celery martinis are still crowd-pleasers at its 40-foot-long teak bar, and foodies come for the East-meets-West menu (think beef tikka, Parma ham spring rolls, and a savory mushroom-and-walnut “tiramisu”). In August, Thailand-born chef Pongtawat Ian Chalermkittichai (of New York’s Kittichai) opened Koh by Ian Kittichai (135 Marine Dr.; 91-22/3987-9999; dinner for two $80) in Mumbai’s InterContinental Marine Drive, where he serves signature dishes such as chocolate baby-back ribs, Japanese hamachi sashimi, and green curry with slow-roasted chicken. Indigo’s contemporary European, Indian-inflected dishes lure the likes of Bill Clinton and Brad Pitt, and its newer Indigo Café (Clifton Trishul C.H.S., Oshiwara Village, Andheri W.; 91-22/2633-6262; lunch for two $40) is a far more low-key brunch spot in the Andheri district with thin-crust pizzas, pastas, and all-day breakfast classics such as eggs Florentine.

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