“Sorry, in the intervening time we’ve got standing room solely”.
That is what we bought to listen to at Neuma’s door on Saturday night time once we confirmed up for an impulsive cocktail with a few associates. It was the primary weekend of enterprise for Colaba’s wildly thrilling new opening; the house was kinetic. Each seat in its many rooms was taken, with individuals eating, ingesting, and dancing.
Certainly there are rooms aplenty right here. Neuma is the place landmark restaurant Indigo was, within the achingly stunning, high-ceilinged, turn-of-the-Nineteenth-century bungalow known as Backyard Chalet, on 4 Mandlik Street. It has been 4 years for the reason that chalet has lain vacant. Even so, when an illustration asserting an imminent opening went up every week in the past, individuals recognised the constructing instantly. WhatsApp teams pinged incessantly, enthusiastically, concerning the new place in a fond, acquainted location.
This eager curiosity round Neuma, and the joys of getting the spot – lengthy made iconic by Indigo – open up once more, is not any shock. A number of generations of patrons have partaken, partied, even proposed in these rooms. Going by the crowds on the weekend, it is doubtless the development might be revived.
Getting into Backyard Chalet is bittersweet for individuals who miss and lengthy for its earlier avatar. Even so, it is solely honest to take a look at its new occupant with contemporary eyes.
Neuma is gorgeous. The dappled, white-gravelled Backyard Cafe is a stunning place to get breakfast in good climate, below fronds, alongside flower bins, and a fountain which is a quite massive startled-looking head by Claymen. Simply inside, is an oakwood-and-white Solar Porch. (Sure, the rooms every have names.) Right here, below lengthy slanted skylights, is the place we sat for a leisurely tasting within the days main as much as the opening.