Gurgaon, Gurugram (or whatever they’re calling themselves this week) is known for many things, none of which are its Jamaican-themed pubs. But all that soon might change with the arrival of Raasta in Khar later this month. For those of you who aren’t too familiar with the restaurant scene in what’s essentially Delhi’s Virar, let me update you. Raasta is a Caribbean themed restaurant that celebrates Jamaican culture, music, cuisine and presumably the divine rights of the monarchy.
1) The Music: Raasta swears that it plays reggae (think Bob Marley) and little else. If you’re sick of the EDM, which murders your ears every time you step into a pub in this city, Raasta just might be a welcome relief. It’s getting increasingly harder to find a nice place to eat that doesn’t have a tone deaf in-house DJ who butchers all your favourite songs. Raasta also offers you the chance to sing in Jamaican accent without seeming like a total ass.
2) Girl’s Nights: Raasta Gurgaon lets girls drink for free between 7pm and 12am every Tuesday so the odds are, the Mumbai branch will have one too. Though let’s be honest, if you’re in Gurgaon out past seven you deserve all the free drinks in the world.
3) The Theme: In spite of its associations with violence, substance abuse and superstition, I think a bar from Gurgaon could work pretty well in Mumbai. The whole Rastafari theme doesn’t really exist anywhere in the city (aside from stoner’s bedrooms) so it would be interesting to see how far a quirky, themed restaurant can go before it gets turned into a branch of Kotak Mahindra bank. I think it’s about time India had a Bob Marley themed restaurant, considering we got our first Hitler themed restaurant way back in 2006.
Raasta Khar is in the same building as Khar Social, and opposite Hoppipola, a minute’s walk away from Khar Station. Not the least competitive of locations to start a pub, but hey, at least it’s not Gurgaon.