Everyone enjoys a fine dining experience. But do you ever wonder who owns the restaurant you’re dining in? You will be shocked to know that some of your favourite restaurants in Mumbai are owned by celebrities. These celebrities have not only carved a niche in the Bollywood industry but have extended it to hospitality business as well to enrich your dining experiences. By Swastika Mukhopadhyay

Here are a few Mumbai-based restaurants owned by celebrities.

1. The Elbo Room

Located in Khar, this Italian bistro is owned by Chunky Pandey. Ranked as Mumbai’s first all singles bar, The Elbo Room is popular for their Sangrias and cocktails. The restaurant also offers a plethora of lip-smacking exotic dishes and live barbecue.

Address: Sant Kutir Apartments, Behind Vijay Sales, Khar West, Off Linking Road, Khar

2. Bastian

Fitness and yoga enthusiast, actress Shilpa Shetty has marked her territory when it comes to the hospitality business. Apart from Royalty Club, Bastian is one of the restaurants owned by this celebrity.

Address: Next to Burger King, Kamal Building, B/1, New, Linking Rd, Bandra West

3. Gondola

Gondola was established by the Zorabian family in 1975 and is considered one of the oldest restaurants in the city. This restaurant is owned by Indian actress Perizaad Zorabian. Gondola is renowned for its delicious seafood dishes and Indian cuisine.

Address: 4, Silver Croft, Pali Mala Road, Pali Market, Pali Hill, Bandra West

4. Rue Du Liban

Customers striving for an exquisite dining experience and Lebanese food, must visit Rue du Liban. This restaurant is owned by Juhi Chawla’s husband and businessman Jay Mehta. This restaurant is well known for its Baklava and Haloumi salad.

Address: 43, Sassoon Building, VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort

5. Pali Thai

This Thai restaurant is jointly owned by actress Jacqueline Fernandez and her best friend Mishali Singhani. Jacqueline also owns Kaema Sutra in partnership with Chef Dharshan Munidsa in Colombo.

Address: 10, Pali Mala Road, Adarsh Nagar, Pali Hill, Bandra West

6. The Ministry of Crab

Not only B-wood stars have marked their footprints in the restaurant business, but turns out even some of the cricketers have invested in fine dining as well. Sri Lanka’s renowned seafood restaurant, The Ministry of Crab has its own branch in Mumbai. It is co-owned by former Sri Lankan cricketers Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.

Address: Zaveri House, Chitrakar Dhurandar Marg, 14th Road, Khar West

7. Koyla

Mesmerising you with a spectacular view and exquisite Mughlai food, this rooftop restaurant is owned by Farhan Azmi who is the son of politician Abu Azmi and husband of Ayesha Takia.

Address: Above Gulf Hotel, HNA Azmi Marg, Colaba

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