Meet Gupshup, a new upscale Indian dining destination inspired by Old Bombay. The restaurant is inviting from the start with red and yellow-colored bicycles positioned outside. Gupshup essentially means “to gossip” in Hindi and the interior is designed as such. The opulent space is reminiscent of what a typical Bombay home looked like in the ’70s. The two-level space has high ceilings and is decorated with old photos, black-and-white checkered tiles, cricket sets, and interesting relics to make you feel right at home in India.
On our visit, the place was bustling with families, large parties, and dates alike. We posted up at the bar and promptly began with cocktails. I couldn’t resist trying the Marine Drive cocktail as this is a significant and memorable place for my family. The coral libation is playfully served in a fish-shaped glass. With coconut cream, aperol, gin, honey, passion fruit, pineapple, and a hint of garam masala, this cocktail was unlike anything I’ve ever had. A little sweet, a little creamy, and a little strong to balance the flavors.
We also tried the Paloma which was delectable. The tequila-based cocktail is prepared with cardamom honey, grapefruit soda, and seasonal berries for an added touch. It was equally as satisfying. The cocktail program is strong at Gupshup, a good sign of what was to come next.
We decided to share a few items from various sections of the brunch menu. First up, the cauliflower naan with burrata came out. We underestimated how grand this would be. Crispy, warm naan was stuffed with spiced cauliflower and topped with a bed of greens, Indian pickle, and creamy burrata for dipping. It was by far the best naan we’ve ever had and the burrata was a decadent, rich accompaniment.
Gupshup offers a range of items from classic to contemporary. Next we shared an order of Desi tacos, essentially a lentil pancake filled with baby spinach, feta and sundried tomatoes. The taco duo was tasty and rather filling.
It’s not brunch without eggs, right? Chennai Kottu was essentially an egg burji or scramble but with a fun twist. The scramble consists of bits of naan, egg, onion, tomato, curry leaves, green chillies, and topped with a gorgeous poached egg. The portion was rather overwhelming, but we weren’t complaining! It was spicy, rich, and flavorful and a great option for a healthy brunch dish. We also loved how this was served with a crispy potato vada pav on the side.
Last but certainly not least, the Malpua Pancakes came out. The pancakes were stunning and drizzled in a jaggery syrup, topped with a caramelized banana and candied walnuts. The cardamom ice cream on the side added another level of rich, comforting flavor.
We washed down the pancakes with steaming masala chai. Spiced chai is served as if you truly were a guest in an Indian home. A tray with a luxe golden teapot, two cutting chai glasses and Parle-G biscuits are served stylishly for sharing. The masala chai was equal parts spicy and sweet, just as chai should be. This was the perfect ending to an amazing meal.
The Bitches say: five Champagne flutes. We were surprised at how much Gupshup truly got right for having just began brunch service. From the cocktails to starters and mains, we were truly impressed with the unique Indian items, and festive and flavorful dishes.
Gupshup serves brunch from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the weekends.