As a food writer, I often have to skip meals at home to review new restaurants and bars. Even if I don’t need to eat out for work, I can never resist the temptation to try a new eatery the week it opens and I almost feel depressed if I don’t go out for dinner on weekends. When I’m running late to get to office in the morning, I always choose dashing out after bathing over waiting for lunch to be packed.

On an average, I eat out at least six to eight times from the total 14 meals (counting only lunch and dinner) in any given week. Naturally, on weeknights, there is nothing more I crave than a plate of my mother’s freshly-made rotis and sabzi—dishes I’d normally fuss over at home—in front of the television. Sadly, it’s Wednesday and I already feel like I will have to choose between staying in and going out thanks to all the fun events planned by some of the city’s best known food groups, restaurants, bars and cafés. Since all of these were already marked in my calendar, I’ve listed them (date-wise) below:

What: Board Games Bash

Board game enthusiasts Tarun Durga and Ajesh Shah founded their Bring Your Own Board Game events in 2009 by hosting them at restaurants and cafés across the city. I attended one of their events for the first time in March, also at Eddies Bistro, with my family. I expected to end up with a box of Life, Monopoly or Taboo on my table but I discovered party games like “Apples to Apples", “What’s Yours Like?" and “Sounds Like A Plan" instead. I’d tell you more about these games but wouldn’t you rather discover them yourself tomorrow? The best part is that you don’t really have to carry your own board games—they have plenty to choose from.

From what I understand, these events take place a little less frequently ever since the founders Durga and Shah moved away from Mumbai (to the UK and US respectively). Kumar Jhuremalani has taken over the responsibility of organising these parties but according to the Facebook event page, Shah will also be in attendance tomorrow.

Since today is a dry day, you won’t be able to mix drinks with the games but you can always regroup with friends over comfort food from the Eddies Bistro kitchen. Their menu features dishes like mini lamb burgers, jacket potatoes, penne in a creamy paprika sauce, chicken stroganoff and fish and chips.

Where: Eddies Bistro, Shop No. 6, Silver Croft Building, at the junction of 16th and 33rd Road Junction, Bandra West

When: Wednesday 23 April, 8:30pm to 11:30pm

Cost: Free entry and access to all board games but pay for what you order from the kitchen

More information here.

What: Dinner & A Movie

Your weekly dinner and movie fix doesn’t have to begin and end at a multiplex. The Tasting Room, still one of the prettiest places to sip on wine, is screening Alexander Payne’s comedy-drama Sideways about a road trip Santa Barbara County Wine Country this evening. The restaurant will serve a three-course menu.

Where: The Tasting Room, Good Earth, First Floor, Raghuvanshi Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel

When: Wednesday 23 April, 6:30pm

Cost: 1,000, plus taxes

For more information and reservations, call 022 65285284 or email

What: Out Of/In Countenance(s) by The Portret Project

Delhi-based art gallery The Portret Project, focused on portraiture and its evolution, is bringing their inaugural show “Out Of/In Countenance(s)" to modern American restaurant Ellipsis this Friday. You can either invest in works by young and upcoming artists—portraits will be showcased as video art, thread art and abstract form apart from drawing and paintings on canvas—at the show or commission your very own portrait. Organiser Sakhshi Mahajan says artist Harshada Kerkar from Goa will also be creating line drawings on opening night.

Where: Ellipsis, Amarchand Mansion, 16 Madame Cama Road, Colaba

When: Friday 25 April to Sunday 27 April, noon onwards

Cost: Free entry. Artworks are priced between 20,000 and 3,50,000, commissioned portraits can cost anywhere between 30,000 and 4,00,000

More information here.

What: The Chomping Championship

Enter pan-Asian restaurant Singkong’s Man V. Food-style contest to win a trip for two to Singapore and meal vouchers worth 3,000. The qualifying round requires participants to finish a whopping 45 dim sums in 45 minutes. The eatery isn’t revealing details of the next round just yet.

Where: Singkong, 604, Pinnacle House, at the junction of PD Hinduja and 15th Road, Khar West

When: Round One began on Wednesday 16 April and will end on Wednesday 30 April, finals on Friday 2 May. You can sign up for the contest on a day and time convenient to you

Cost: Free or 2,000 if you don’t finish all 45 dim sums

More information here.

What: Game Of Foams!

Barking Deer, the city’s only operational microbrewery is hosting a Game Of Thrones-themed party next Tuesday. The brewpub will kick off the event with a quiz (teams require at least 3-4 people) based on the TV series—the winning team gets to try their latest Scotch Ale, Ale of Heros, for free. The contest will be followed by a dinner buffet—touted as a royal feast made up of assorted roasted meats, vegetables, mounds of jacketed potatoes and desserts. They are even encouraging patrons to show up in medieval garb (expect to be crowned if you show up looking extra fancy).

Where: The Barking Deer Brewpub, Mathurdas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel

When: Tuesday 29 April, quiz from 7pm to 8pm, medieval-themed buffet from 8pm

Cost: 750 for the dinner buffet, excluding alcohol

More information here.

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