The brainchild of Chef Manuel Olveira Seller, La Loca Maria sits beautifully in the heart of Bandra, and occupies the space that belonged earlier to popular bakery Birdy’s. A turn on Turner Road and you can’t miss the 24-seater restaurant’s quaint blue gates and Spanish tile name plate. This new eatery warms up to you with its Hispanic art murals showcasing a woman who lives her way a la Frida Kahlo. While at one place she’s holding her sangria, in another she’s lying on the beach in her cool black bikini. I am later told that she is a representation of Chef Manuel’s mother, Maria, who never did live by societal norms. Chef Manuel explains to us that his mother is his ultimate inspiration – she was the first in her town to start her own restaurant.