Review - Cherry Pop Festival At Hello Guppy, BKC

Hello Guppy - the diner-style Japanese Cafe and Bar is well known for serving delicious Japanese fare at pocket friendly prices. The restaurant with Japanese pop art inspired ambience dazzles guests with vibrant decor. A fun concept that features bright tiled walls, custom designed wall papers, shiny chairs, table tops transformed into a retro Pachinko machine, chic wall art, lights and a buzzy florescent charm as the sun sets. Now to all this add a bright touch of pink with a Cherry Blossom installation and we are more than ready to celebrate spring.

This summer, Hello Guppy celebrates spring and the Cherry Blossom Festival with a Hanami inspired menu featuring Japanese dishes made from local produce. Sundays are reserved for special picnic brunch that taste best when shared. We visited Hello Guppy on a Friday afternoon and enjoyed a laid back meal while trying delicious fare that we hope finds a permanent spot on the regular menu.

The Hanami inspired menu features small plates, rice bowls, summer noodles, desserts and a note worthy bar menu. From the small plates, do not miss the Mango and Avocado Cheese Roll that features the king of summer fruits. 

Mango and Avocado Cheese Roll

We paired our small plates with Cherry Pop cocktail - Cherry compote, sweetened with jaggery and topped with sparkling wine (Chandon Délice) and Hanamizake - hibiscus infused vodka, sour mix and generous amounts of ginger ale.

Cherry Pop


Next came the Chargrilled Sweet Potato Teriyaki - an easy to relish dish made grilled sweet potato tossed in sesame teriyaki sauce.

Chargrilled Sweet Potato Teriyaki

Non vegetarians shall love the Crisp Chicken Katsu - panko - crusted chicken leg deep fried and served with Japanese mustard and tartar sauce.

Crisp Chicken Katsu

Want something fishy? Try the Minute Steak Tuna Tataki - rare done tuna, thinly sliced and served with a ponzu ( a tart citrus based sauce) dressing.

Tuna Tataki

Salad lovers should try 3 Melon Salad - cubed water melon, musk melon and yubari melon in plum-ponzu dressing, topped with generous amounts of sea weed dust.

For main course, we tried Hiyashi Chukka - chilled ramen noodles served with variety of toppings - cucumber strips, crab sticks and prawns in a vinegar - soy broth - a refreshing respite during hot summer afternoons.

Hiyashi Chukka

We absolutely love the Matcha Fondant at Hello Guppy and relished it again. 

Matcha Fondant

From the Hanami inspired menu, we tried Cotton cheesecake - fluffy and super soft Japanese style cheesecake with a melt-in-the-mouth texture served with spiced poached plum, a delicious change!

Cotton cheesecake

Hello Guppy celebrates Hanami with a host of interesting activities - board games, Karaoke nights, Masterclasses and the unmissable picnic brunch, all through this month. Eat, share, love, we say!

Hello Guppy, C Wing, G Block, Ground Floor, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra-East, Mumbai 400051

On Till: May 31, 2018

Call # +91 22 26534720