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Diwali is hardly only the festival of lights. Sure the fireworks are banned but there’s so much more to look forward to – family gatherings, taash parties, mithai, and lots and lots of food.

If you still haven’t decided where to head for your Diwali brunch or dinner, keep this list handy. We’ve handpicked restaurants with a family-friendly vibe and delicious grub on offer. (In no particular order):

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1. Lotus Cafe, JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu

Savour a multi-cuisine meal at the elegant Lotus Cafe on Diwali day. The restaurant will serve up festive savouries and sweets from all parts of India (see title image).

Executive chef Vishal Atreya will also prepare his famous regional delicacies such as Malvani and Goan curries, Bengali Murgir Doi Jhol, and Kerala-style Avial among others. (Rs 2,650+tax non-alcholic, Rs 3,900 +tax alcoholic)

When: Oct 19, 12.30 pm onwards

2. +91, Juhu

Of the newer restaurants in town, we’ve picked +91 for its pan-Indian fusion food with dishes such as Desi Caesar Salad, Edamame Tokri Chaat and Portobello Mushroom Galouti.

When: Daily, 12 noon to 4 pm, 7.30 pm to 1.30 am

3. Copper Chimney, Worli

With its bright interiors and a classic Indian food menu, Copper Chimney is a good choice for special occasions. You can’t go wrong with the Chelo Kebab, Bhatti Chicken, Burrah Kebab and the Copper Tawa Biryani.

When: Daily, 12 noon to 3 pm, 7 pm to midnight

4. The Earth Plate, Vile Parle

Hotel Sahara Star’s multi-cuisine restaurant, The Earth Plate will host Diwali dinner all week (Rs 1,800 all inclusive).

Enjoy the traditional savouries as well as Indian seafood preparations, succulent kebabs and Continental dishes. Don’t miss their big spread of Indian and international sweets.

When: Until 22 Oct, 7 pm to midnight

5. JW Cafe, JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar

Another option for your festive indulgence is the long, lazy brunch at JW Cafe (Rs 1,750+tax). You’ll be spoilt for choice, filling up on tikkas and biryani, sushi, Thai curry, Lebanese rolls and more.

The Insta-worthy pastries, truffles and tarts will have you wishing for a second tummy!

When: Daily, 12.30 pm to 3 pm

6. Mumbai Vibe, Bandra

For those on a budget, this colourful casual dining cafe will offer a reasonably priced 3-course meal through Diwali week.

Pick a starter, main, and dessert of your choice for Rs 699+tax. And the options look exciting – Chicken Cafreal Skewers, Bunny Chow, Unicorn Falooda, Chocolate Bomb and more.

When: 18 to 22 Oct, 12 noon to 12.30 am

7. K&K – ITC Grand Central, Parel

The chefs at K&K (erstwhile Kebabs & Kurries) have mastered the art of smoky tikkas and Dum Pukht preparations. The Dal Bukhara, slow-cooked in butter for hours, is to die for!

Spacious interiors, warm service and great food make it an ideal choice for festive occasions.

When: Daily, 12.30 pm to 2.45 pm, 7 pm to 11.45 pm

8. Quench, Juhu

A sit-down dinner’s too sober for you? Then head to Quench Juhu for a pre-Diwali bash tonight, with DJ NikJ spinning Bollywood and commercial music. They’re offering domestic liquor starting at Rs 99 and classic cocktails at Rs 245.

Also on Diwali day tomorrow, show up in traditional Indian attire at the Juhu or Andheri outlet, and get 15% off on your entire bill.

When: 18 Oct, 10 pm onwards & 19 Oct, 12 noon to 1 am

9. Madeira & Mime, Powai

This Powai restaurant is known for its yummy fusion food including ’wiches, burgs, pizza and pasta. For Diwali they’re doing Pataka cocktails and shots with such concoctions as Mirchi Bomb (vodka, black current and chillies) and the Chakri Cocktail (beer, vodka and lime).

When: Until 22 Oct, 11 am to 11 pm

10. Barbeque Central, Goregaon

Barbeque Central’s buffet covers Mughlai, Conti and Asian cuisines with assorted kebabs grilled on the table. The Diwali buffet will be bigger with more options. (Prices start at Rs 708 for the weekday veg lunch).

When: Until 29 Oct, 12 noon to 3.30 pm, 7 pm to midnight

Image Credit: Lotus Cafe

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