We kick off a new series of theme-based weekend guides starting this week, giving you a quick low down on things to do the next time you to visit a new city. This weekend, take a whirlwind tour of Mumbai for some distinctively desi experiences!Eat: Baluchi – This Pan Indian restaurant at The Lalit is a great place to take a culinary tour of regional Indian cuisines. The new menu at Baluchi features dishes such Gucchi & Mushroom Galouti from Kashmir, Bhuna Saag from Punjab, Kosha Mangsho from Bengal, Junglee Maans from Rajasthan, Macchi Balchow from Goa, Kombdi Cha Rasa Maharashtrian Style, Mirch Baingan Ka Salan , Appam & Stew, Meen Moilee from Kerela, Koligu Kozhi Chettinadu from Tamil Naidu, Lucknowi Gosht Biryani and the chefs signature Dal Baluchi and much more. Tel: 022 30932030 ext:228
Shop – Bungalow 8 – Housed in Grants Building, which was constructed in 1857 in the heart of Colaba, this avant-garde lifestyle store is spread over three levels and houses an eclectic mix of furniture, home décor items, jewelry and clothes among other trinkets and treasures. This is the perfect place to shop for a souvenir that stands for great design and is also distinctively Indian. Address: Bunglaow 8, Grants Building, 17 Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba, Mumbai 400005. www.bungaloweight.com
See – Gateway of India – Overlooking the Arabian Sea, this elegant monument is located on Apollo Bunder in South Mumbai. Built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai in December 1911, the Gateway is now one of the most well known landmarks of the city. An ideal place for an early evening stroll, you can also catch a ferry to the Elephanta Caves or Alibaug from one of the jetties at the Gateway.