Since opening in 2001, when it was one of the first south east Asian restaurants in Mumbai, Busaba has been consistently packed to the rafters. Although it specialises in Vietnamese and Thai food, the signature dish is actually from Myanmar: ‘kaukswe’ (pronounced ‘cow-sway’) is a mouthwatering mound of noodles in a smooth, rich coconut curry broth, topped with tender meat in a thick gravy. Other dishes include grilled salmon and teriyaki, sushi, Vietnamese spring rolls and prawn momos.
Busaba is found in the heart of Colaba, right by Indigo, and it attracts the same hip crowd and offers slightly more reasonably-priced cocktails. Nikhil Chib, the smart and friendly owner, has opted for a décor of framed postcards, wooden flooring and red walls, which gives the place a bohemian, laid-back feel. Naturally, there’s a great value Sunday brunch option here, too.