Ultimate Guide to eating out in Mumbai

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Themed Restaurants in Mumbai for an out-of-the-ordinary dining experience

Are you bored of going to the same old restaurants? Try visiting a theme-based restaurant that can offer the best of both the worlds: satisfying food as well as an exciting ambience that can keep you interested and let you experience an alternate world or the not-so-practical fairy tale.

If you stay in Mumbai or are planning to visit the city, you must explore the out-of-the-box and differently themed restaurants that this incredible city offers.

1. The Village

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People lost in the world of mammoth structures often long for some relaxing time in a rural setting, and this is exactly what this restaurant offers. One step in and you will find yourself away from the hustles of your busy life and glamour of the mall.

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By just paying the one-time entry fee, you can enjoy incredible traditional cuisine from Gujarat, Rajasthan and South India along with other delicacies. Also, you can indulge in some fun activities like pottery, tarot card reading, etc. which will ensure that you can truly enjoy every minute spent here with your group. In case you don’t like it very noisy, then avoid visiting it on the weekends.

Meals for two: Rs. 900 (approx.)

Address: 3rd Floor, Raghuleela Mall, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

2. Rainforest

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The owner of this one-of-its-kind themed restaurant has taken utmost care to create the atmosphere of rainforests making it a perfect set-up for a romantic date or an exciting outing with kids. The peaceful tingling sound of running water, dim lights, and chirping birds make sure that you visit this place again. The best part of this eatery is that you can call the waiter simply by hitting the button provided on your table (pretty much like the one you can find on flights).

Meals for two: Rs. 1,800 (approx.)

Address: 16-23, Kukreja Centre, Sector 11, NMMC Building, CBD-Belapur East, CBD-Belapur, Navi Mumbaiource: aditya rana

If you love Rajasthani cuisine and especially Dal Baati, and Churma, do visit this themed restaurant in Vashi. You will be amazed by the hospitality and the number of dishes served in your king-size thali.

3. Shikara

Do you fancy having a dinner party on a Shikara? Well, if you wish to experience what it is like to enjoy a meal while on a Shikara, this restaurant set on an artificial lake is a must-visit for you. The flavoursome Kashmiri cuisine along with attractions like live Ghazals, astrologer, etc. ensure that everyone in your family truly enjoy being here.

Meals for two: Rs. 1200 (approx.)

Address: Hotel Highway View, Ground Floor, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai

4. Chenab

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The owner of this al-fresco restaurant has skilfully brought the essence of Punjabi tadka with a unique dhaba ambience (with wooden khatiyas and pillows) for the people of Mumbai.

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Aptly located in a quiet corner of Vashi, this place is just perfect for those who love Sufi music, poetry, and Ghazals while gulping in the kebabs, tikkas, and of course some booze.

Meals for two: Rs. 1200 (approx.)

Address: 133 A, Near Sagar Vihar, Sector 8, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

5. Cowboys Café

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Ever dreamt of visiting the American Café, well here is one. This café will take you to the world of Cowboys(remember The Good, bad and ugly) where you certainly can hear the spurs click.

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We recommend that you visit this place with your friends to shake a leg and enjoy the booze.

Meals for two: Rs. 1500 (approx.)

Address: Bhumiraj Costa Rica, Palm Beach, Sector 18, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai

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6. Bar stock exchange

Address : Plot No: 89, Near Pipeline Road, Sakinaka, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400072

(Also at Bandra Kurla complex and Andheri west)

Hours Open : 12:00 – 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 1:30 am (Everyday)

Phone : 022 28501214

Cost for 2: Rs. 1500 (approx)

The Bar stock exchange has everything you want. It is spacious, has the right amount of lighting, good music played at the apt volume, super nice staff, great food and drinks and a brilliantly implemented concept. The price of drinks depends on the demand of the same. Be sure to reach early since this place is jampacked 365 days a year.

7. UFO Revolving restaurant

Address : 321, 322, Dimple Arcade, Thakur Complex, Asha Nagar Rd, Thakur, Kandivali East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400101.

Hours Open : 12:00 – 3:30 pm, 7:00 – 11:30 pm (Everyday)

Phone: 022 30151721

Cost for 2: Rs. 1500 (approx)

One of the best places in Mumbai if you want to have a good late night dinner with friends or family. It has 3 seating options: outdoor terrace with garden like feel, lounge with music and the revolving table top restaurant. Service is quick and the servers are friendly. Taste and quantity is mind blowing. Bit heavy on pocket but totally worth it. Ambiance is too good and you really get the feel of being in a spaceship regardless of where you are seated.

8. Dara’s dhaba

Address : National Highway 8, Ghodbunder Road, Kashimira, Post Mira, Thane, Maharashtra 401104

Phone : 022 3297 0818

Hours Open : 11:00 am – 12:30 am (Everyday)

Cost for 2: Rs. 1200 (approx)

Located right on the highway, it’s a great place to dine at night. This restaurant is a must to savor Punjabi food and ambience. They also entertain you with their Punjabi dhol. It is a little heavy on the pocket. They also have an AC seating but miss the dhaba experience at your own expense. Butter chicken is a must try.

9. Poush

Address : S-25, 2nd Floor,Phoenix Market City, LBS Road,Kurla West, Phoenix Marketcity, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400070. (Also in Versova and Thane)

Phone : 022 6180 1674

Hours Open : 12:00 – 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm – 12:00 am (Everyday)

Cost for 2 : Rs. 1500 (approx)

If you are looking out for authentic Kashmiri cuisine, this is the place you want to visit. The ambience is pretty good and well lit. The hospitality very traditional and welcoming. The interiors of the place are very Kashmiri, wall to wall wooden interiors, table seating in the center and along both walls are gazebos with raised floor seating; exactly how traditionally Kashmiri people dine. They have a miniature version of a shikara fitted with a dining table. Overall a good place with a glimpse of the Serene and soft life & food of Kashmir.

Types of Dosas in Mumbai that you should try

Food is what binds people and communities. Every region in India has a delicacy that is native to their areaand therefore special. However, sometimes that delicacy is adapted by people across the country to be devoured in their local flavour by adding ingredients according to their convenience, availability and preference. For e.g. Indians have innovated with bhel by giving it a Chinese flavour and adding cottage cheese to pizza; an Italian cuisine food item.

The Dosa is another classic example. Dosa is essentially a South Indian dish made out of rice batter and eaten with potato stuffed inside it and a sambhar and coconut chatni to accompany it. It can be made crispy or soft depending on the requirement.

However, Indians are known to be “jugaadus” in every aspect of their life so how can food be left behind!

Onion Mysore Cheese Rava Masala Dosa

The quintessential Mysore Sada Dosa acquires a new meaning in Mumbai. Alankar, a simple restaurant situated in Worli, prepares a variety of snacking items from sandwiches, pav bhaji, dosas, punjabi & chinese cuisine to desserts. Out of all these choices available we gobbled on this particular dosa that is to-die-for. The aroma of the cheese sets in with the slightly burnt onion and strikes a perfect combination with dollops of butter to satiate your hunger pangs. We give this delicious dosa preparation full marks which is priced nominally at Rs. 55.

Schezwan Dosa

Indians love their Chinese fare. Indians love their dosas. What if both of them got married to form a Chinese Dosa? Sounds interesting, right! So we experimented with the Schezawan dosa at Shiv Sagar, Juhu, one of the posh eateries in Mumbai that always has a waiting line of 15 minutes minimum. A hungry lot, we ordered whatever we saw first on the menu. Well, yes, we had to wait for almost half an hour for our turn to come because of the quantity ordered for 10 people but it was worth every penny spent and no one was complaining. Amidst a plethora of food items ordered, the Schezwan Dosa along with the refreshing nimbu paani was distinctive and therefore the most talked about. The overall result was a filled stomach, satisfied taste buds and a little lighter wallet. We won’t be surprised if they stop preparing the normal sada and masala dosa in favour of their schewan dosa, an instant hit with old and new customers, alike.

Gini Dosa

Anand Dosa stall, outside Mithibai College in Vile Parle is always teeming with customers of all age groups who don’t mind waiting even for an hour to lay their hands on the flavoursome dosa variants on offer. Started in 1982, this roadside stall sells dosas and sandwiches to regulars and new customers but the only difference being that the regulars just come and stand and the staff gets cracking at making their preferred dosa. Call it the age of customer being the king! Such distinct service will definitely help them earn brownie points. We tried their famous Gini Dosa on recommendation of a regular customer which is served in a unique vertical way (see pic). We were licking our fingers by the end and still wanting more. With our gastronomic experiment successful, we asked more about the making of this dosa but gathered that this is a secret recipe of theirs. Rightly so!!!

Pav-Bhaji Dosa

Call it innovation or marketing, the Pav-Bhaji Dosa of Anand Dosa in Vile Parle is to die for. With generous usage of butter and cheese and the bhaji masala, the dosa made us go weak in the knees. No wonder that this food stall on the pavement is a daily dose for the college-goers frequenting it every single day. Did we mention they have their own Facebook page!

Non-Veg Dosa

The gastronomic infusion we experienced while putting the first bite of the ‘Masala Chicken Dosa’ while on our roadtrip to Lonavala left us speechless. Except that it was a little spicy, we devoured and gobbled this delicious dosa at \the roadside dhaba. It was a perfect example of eating a South Indian preparation with a North Indian flavour of Chicken Masala gravy.

Chocolate Dosa

The best is saved for the last. The chocolate dosa tops our list of quirky dosas on offer. Available at Cafe Bean Garu review, Powai in Mumbai and priced nominally at Rs. 85, this sweet dosa is unique to begin with. Slathered with dollops of Nutella this is a dream come true for anyone who loves their chocolates and dosas in equal measures. Unique concept!!!

With this our dosa journey comes to an end. However, we will wait with bated breath to try out any new flavours that the city has to offer.

Best Bakeries of Mumbai That Are ‘BREAD’Y FOR YOU

the only thing possibly eaten by all people, irrespective of their races, religion, culture, etc.”

The thing about bread is, it demands to be eaten. The ingredients are as simple as flour, water, salt and yeast. Yet, breads taste different everywhere. No matter who you are, you love bread. And if you don’t, you haven’t had the right ones yet. To share with you the right ones, here are some of the best bakeries around Mumbai, for you to get your share of paradise!

1. The Baker’s Dozen

What to try: Brioche, Four Grain

Location: Prabhadevi, Kemps Corner, Fort, Bandra

Phone: +91 67431313 (Prabhadevi)

These ‘artisan’ bread bakers have rocked the city with their fresh breads. There are more than 30 types of ‘breads’, which are absolutely chemical and preservative free. Some of them are Four GrainChallahBriocheand Pain Aux Cereales. This is what you’ve been waiting for!

2. Theobroma

What to try: Cupcakes, Lemon Tart, Red Velvet Cheesecake

Location: Powai, Colaba, Bandra, Andheri, BKC, Goregaon, Peddar Road

Phone022 2830101 (Colaba)

We all know Theobroma, and we all looove it. This pretty bakery is a beaut inside out. Known for their toothsome cupcakes, Theobroma is a treat to the eyes and the taste buds. 

3. Hearsch Bakery

What to try: Spring Roll, Plain Croissant, Sponge Cakes

Location: Hill Road, Bandra

Phone: 022 2643 5361

Takes quite a detective to find this place. But once found, this is where you will wish you lived. Absolutely pocket friendly, this place has loads to offer. Not a fancy bakery. But hey, who wouldn’t prefer sitting on a bark of tree and enjoying some nature amidst the busiest city ever!

4. The Rolling Pin

What to try: All breads

Location: Lower Parel, Ghatkopar

Phone: 022 6642 8444 (Ghatkopar)

I’m sorry, but you should be ashamed, if you haven’t visited The Rolling Pin. This place is a bakery that totally justifies a bakery. It has everything you want. And trust me, one visit isn’t enough. They have a long rack filled with all kinds of bread. Just, paradise!

5. OvenFresh

What to try: Cakes, Doughnuts, Nachos

Location: Dadar

Phone: 098203 26611

This is a gem. You can actually order anything here and still walk out with a smile. It is, as Zomato quotes, ‘a vegetarian’s heaven’. They don’t just sell breads, but give out combinations in the form of a dish, so you can enjoy there and then! (Also note, this is not a bakery, but has amazing bakery items)

6. Bombay Baking Co.

What to try:  Ricotta Cheese Mousse Cake, Butter Croissants

Location: JW Marriott, Juhu

Phone: 022 6693 3000

Needless to say anymore, this bakery is a section of JW Marriott, Juhu. You cannot expect perfection anywhere else, if you can’t find it here. Not so pocket friendly, this bakery is worth the guilt.

7. American Express Bakery

What to try: Puffs, Croissants, Muffins

Location: Hill Road, Bandra

Phone: 022 26422

This is the landmark you will use to get to Hearsch Bakery, and will just end up getting your fix here. The bakery smells of freshly baked breads and cakes all the time. It is one of the most famous and authentic bakeries in Bandra. Being pretty good on the pocket, this place is a must try!

Because you don’t live near a bakery doesn’t mean you have to go without cheesecake.”- Hedy Lamarr

Now that the beauty has said it, go get your cheesecake, right now!

The Heavens Of Biryani in Mumbai

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We all know Shah Jahan built the famous Taj mahal in the memory of his late wife Mumtaz mahal; hold on a second, he had three wives, right? So why did he not build any nice mahals for his other two wives? The answer is quite logical and may not surprise you one bit. Only Mumtaz could make Biryani. Yeah, what an amazing fact this is!!!

Okay, jokes apart, making a good Biryani is not everyone’s cup of tea. These days majority of restaurants offer Biryanis in their menus, but do you really think they  can make a real biryani. What you eat at such places is a “Pulao”. These places give Biryani a bad name. “REVOKE THEIR BIRYANI LICENSE” I say. Just kidding, there is no such thing as a Biryani license of course, but if there was one, following are the places that would have it.

1. Lucky Restaurant | Bandra

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Hours Open: 12 Noon to 1 AM

Address: Junction of S.V. Road & Hill Road, Bandra, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050

Phone: 022 33956075

If making Biryani is an art, then the cooks at Lucky are the Michelangelos of our time.

Lucky is what you are if you have had Biryani at this legendary restaurant. Pity and only pity is what feel for you if you haven’t had biryani here, and being in Mumbai if you haven’t even heard of the place, it might be time to find a new set of friends. Being a vegetarian is no excuse to give this place a miss. It’s a must visit for everyone.

2. Persian Darbar | Byculla

Hours Open: 9 am to 2 am

Address: 5, Alexandar Terrace, Dr Babasahed Ambedkar Road, Opposite Palace Cinema, Byculla East, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400027

Phone: 022 30151060

Even hearing the name of this place brings water to my mouth. Mind blowing Chicken and mutton biryani. The meat literally melts in the mouth. You wouldn’t want to put anything in your mouth for days just so that the taste lingers on. Do try the feerni and caramel custard while you are there.

3. Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi

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Hours Open: 11:30 am to 12:30 am

Location: Grant road, Mahim, Vashi, Colaba, Girgaum

Phone: 022 22020235 (Colaba)

Another local favorite that serves brilliant Mughlai food and mutton biryani to die for!!! Best part is that it goes easy on the pocket whilst delivering top notch quality. They have 5 outlets all over Mumbai, so distance is not a valid excuse for you to give this place a miss. Do try the falooda and the kulfis while you are here.

4. The curry house

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Hours Open: 12:00 – 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 12:00 am

Address: 1, Varsha Building, Opposite Gajalee, 7 Bungalows, Andheri west, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400061

Phone: +91 9167616999

Easy to locate, this is the best non-veg food place in and around Seven Bungalows, Andheri. Their menu might be limited but the food here gives you infinite joy. Bad news is that they don’t have a seating area and people usually order from their cars parked outside. They also do home delivery and rest assured the food is delivered steaming hot.

5. Shalimar

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Hours Open: 11 AM to 1:30 AM

Address: Vazir Building, Shalimar Corner, Bhendi Bazaar, Sandhurst Road, Byculla, Mumbai

Phone: 022 33715924

Located on the bustling Mohammed Ali Road, Byculla, this is another legendary local favorite thronged by hundreds during Ramzan. It’s a must visit during the festive period. They serve great portions and it light on the pocket as well. Kesar badam falooda and kulfis are amazing.

6. Zaffran

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Location: CST, Malad, Ghatkopar, Lower parel, Vashi, Kandivli, Thane, Bandra

Phone: 022 23442690 (CST)

Zaffran used to be synonymous with Biryani and Hookah until Hookah got a ban in Mumbai. The hookah is no more but the Biryani here is just as amazing as it used to be. The original one is located in Crawford market but they have opened up seven more outlets now and all of them have the same quality as far as the biryani is concerned. It’s a must try if you are in Mumbai.

7. The Golconda Bowl

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Hours Open: 12:00 – 3:30 pm and 7:00 – 11:30 pm

Address: 48, Tian Building, Gulmohar Road, JVPD Scheme, Vile Parle (West), Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049

Phone: 022 30151654

Juhu’s Golconda Bowl’s Hyderabadi Biryani is as close as you can get to eat an authentic Hyderabadi Biryani in Mumbai. The place has an ethnic ambiance that has a very soothing effect. The Biryani here is incredible and is an absolute delight to the senses. Food here is reasonably prized and is worth every penny. Home delivery is also available.

Restaurants in Navi Mumbai Where You Should ‘SEA’ FOOD

So now that you’ve thanked us to enlighten you all about the ‘Best Seafood Restaurants in Mumbai’, we now give you the top seafood restaurants in Navi Mumbai. The ‘newer’ side of Mumbai has its charm, and so, as a respect to this beautifully planned extension of our favourite city, it’s time to give the Navi Mumbaikars what they deserve, ‘their share of great seafood.’

After all, “All men are equal before fish.”- Herbert Hoovert

1) Hotel Sanjo

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What to try: Sanjo Special

Address: 17/18, Laxmi Tower, Seawood Railway Station West, Sector 42, Seawoods, Navi Mumbai

Phone: 022 27720559

This is that restaurant where you will find Malyalam songs on the radio, and for once, find yourself in Kerala. Yes, it is THAT restaurant. A very simple looking restaurant where they serve the ‘magical’ drinking water and simply the best Kerala style seafood you could ever want. Also, so great on the pocket, you have been waiting for this all your life.

2) Mahesh Lunch Home

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What to try: Surmai Fry, Ballinese Squids, Bombay Duck Fry

Address: Platinum Techno Park, Sector 30A, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

Phone: 022 2856 5560

Mahesh Lunch Home!!! Need I say any more? This chain of restaurants has everyone fallen head over heels for that brilliant quality of seafood they serve. If you haven’t been to the main branches in Mumbai, trust me, you cannot afford to miss out on this one.

3) Zinga – The Taste of Kokan

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What to try: Prawns Tandoori, Surmai Curry, Surmai Tawa Fry

Address: Shop No 159, Fantasia Business, Opp. Vashi Railway Station, Rd to Palmbeach Road’s Bridge, Sector 30A, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 400705

Phone: 022 2781 6566

Zinga is the restaurant you can clearly spot while travelling by train. It’s a very decent restaurant with great portions. As the name clearly indicates, this is another place you can get your Konkan fix from!

4) Malvan Katta

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What to try: Prawns Curry, Pomfret Tawa

Address: 36, Vishnu Building, Sector 15, Next to Croma, CBD-Belapur, Navi Mumbai.

Phone: 022 27580333

Malvan Katta is one of the very few places that are true to the Konkan cuisine. Its a nice restaurant with good ambience and service. Although it has seen some criticism before, I found this place was pretty good. Hey, don’t blame the player, blame the game!

5) Something’s Fishy

What to try: Buffet

Address: Plot No.37, Sector 30-A, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 400703

Phone: 022 66801818

Clearly this place is an artist’s corner. Something’s Fishy- Regenza by Tunga keeps up to the great standards of Tunga group. This is definitely my recommendation, if you really want to try quality seafood.

6) Rainforest Resto-Bar

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What to try: The Baked Fish

Address: 16-23, Kukreja Centre, Sector 11, NMMC Building, CBD-Belapur East, Navi Mumbai

Phone: 022 65176565

Firstly, this is a very well designed restaurant. The interior clearly goes with the name, rainforest. The seafood is really great. But what you will also love is the music, and not to forget the bar counter. Overall, it is a happy place to be!

7) Royal Rasoi

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What to try: Prawns Sukka, Prawns Masala(Kerala Style)

Address: Shree Vighnaharta CHS, Ground Floor, Plot No. 10, Sector 2, Next to Siemens Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 400701

Phone: 022 2774 5588

Royal Rasoi is a very ‘Royal’ restaurant. From the seats, to the lighting, to the cutlery, to the decor, everything is royal about this place. Their Kerala style preparation Prawns masala is to die for and clearly why this restaurant has my special mention in this list.

Even if you’re in the suburbs or town, it’s high time you know what the new cool is…(Just Saying!).

Beat Your Midnight Hunger Pangs At These Food Joints in Mumbai

city that never sleeps HAS to cater to the people who are awake. In a world when ‘eat to live’ and ‘live to eat’ go hand in hand, the best of us get hungry after sipping just green tea at 7 PM. So what does one do? Log on to Zomato or harass Just Dial and hunt for midnight eateries like a savage beast. So before you get all ‘me hungry. Me want food’ like a hungry Hulk, here is a small list to cater to your dietary (not exactly) needs-

South Bombay

1. Bademiya

If you are not from this city, then chances are you must have heard this at least once, ‘dude you ever been to Bade’s? No! What are you saying? You will see how crowded it is at 2 am. Not like your Delhi’. It does not matter if you are from Delhi or no. As long as we can show our city never sleeps, we know we can sleep in peace. Situated right behind Taj Mahal Palace in Colaba, the eatery is always full and the area around it always smells like melt-in-your-mouth kebabs. Not to eat here once is a crime.

2. Ayub’s, Fort

Situated at Fort, this eatery is famous for its rolls and kebabs. Open uptil 4 am, this is attracts a quieter crowd as compared to Bademiya. Looking for smoked tikkas and char grilled kebabs in the middle of the night? This is the place to be.


Craving something sweet? How about going to Bachelor’s at Chowpatty? Touted as having the best roadside chocolate milkshake EVER, this eatery has a wide array of ice cream flavours too, the most popular being the green chilly flavour. No place to sit, sitting on or in your car is the best option.


4. Sigdi Linking Road

Situated at Linking Road, this eatery offers Indian and Chinese cuisines. When they say ‘spicy chicken tikka’, they mean ‘spicy chicken tikka’. If it looks shut at 3 am, don’t despair. They have take out service till wee hours of the morning.

5. Mini Punjab

Located inside the famous KFC lane in Linking Road, this small eatery is famous for its delectable rolls. Perfect for after partying munchies and satisfying your hunger pangs.


6.Amar Juice Centre

The best pav bhaji in the city to satisfy your cravings in the middle of the night, this roadside venue is open till 2 am and serves amazing dosasburgers and sandwiches. Juices are a must. Located in Juhu, it is easy to reach here after a wild evening of happy hours. You can see the waiters expertly manoeuvring orders across the road to different cars where people are waiting for the food.

7.Ice & Rolls

Situated opposite Mithibai College, this outlet is famous for juices, rolls and sandwiches. A student favourite during the day, it is a favourite of insomniacs in the night. However, like Amar Juice Centre, this is also open till only 2 am.


8.Jewel Food Court

Powai residents have something closer home now. Jewel food court is open till 2 am from Monday till Sunday. It serves North Indian, South Indian and Chinese food along with beverages. Located in the old market of Hiranandani this area is forever crowded.

But if you are lazy to get up and go to one of these places to eat, you have the option of ordering in via online websites. Else you will always have your 24 hour coffee shops in hotels to go to. The above mentioned eateries are more fun to hang out in with your friends and after a night of partying, you might as well give your wallet a rest with cheaper options.

So which is your hidden late night gem in the city that never sleeps? Share it with us and I am sure the business will increase!

Famous Joints to have Vada Pav in Mumbai

September 12, 2014


Mumbai, the city which never sleeps and never lets anyone go hungry offers you the iconic street food ‘The Vada Pav’. Also known as the Poor man’s burger, Vada Pav is savored by one and all Mumbaikars and visitors to the city alike.

The street food consists of a batter fried spicy mashed potato patty (Vada) sandwiched between a bun (Pav) served with a spicy green chili chutney, a dry red garlic chutney and at times a sour sweet tamarind chutney.

No one definitely knows how this iconic fast food dish became associated with Mumbai, but some unconfirmed sources authenticate the history and the journey of Vada Pav. The dish was started to be dished out on hand cart in the Dadar area of Mumbai in late 60s which became popular over the time among laborers, office goers and students as a quick bite on the run, eventually getting itself synonymous with Mumbai.

There are more than 50,000 Vada Pav stalls in Mumbai along with popping retail chains imitating an American Burger giant trying to capitalize on the Vada Pav’s iconic status by dishing out modern and experimental variants of the traditional dish.

However, there are few joints in Mumbai which standout when it comes to serving the best and original Mumbai Vada Pav.


We start from Dadar’s Ashok Vada Pav, which is located in the Kirti College vicinity. Also known as Kirti College Vada Pav locally, it is a joint which is a favorite among the Vada Pav lovers for the last 35 years. The owner claims that he uses more than 40 ingredients to make the dish along with the garnishing Chutneys and the joint has been mentioned and recommended in various food and travel magazines of local and international repute. Many celebrities such as Madhuri Dixit and Sushmita Sen often visit the place to enjoy Ashok Vada Pav’s offerings.


Moving ahead we go to CST area of Mumbai where situated is Aaram Vada Pav. Bang opposite the heritage CST Station in South Mumbai, Aaram Vada Pav has been serving the iconic dish for the last 70 years.


Next on our lineup is Graduate Vada Pav which is situated just outside the busy Byculla (W) station. It has been in business for the last 17 years and serves more than 2000 people on a daily basis. It offers various options in Chutneys ranging from Chili, Garlic, Coconut and Tamarind.


Samrat Vada Pav is quite famous in the western suburb of Vile Parle in Mumbai. Situated at Nehru road and near the Parleshwar temple, the joint offers different variants of the Vada such as Vada fried with Coconut pieces along with potato and Vada Pav with butter spread generously inside the bun.


Going ahead to the Thane suburb of Mumbai, we have Shree Durga Snacks which is based at the corner of Gokhale and Ram Maruti Road. There are no deaths of Vada Pav stalls in Thane but daily commuters take a 10 minute detour to have a taste of their special Vada Pavs which are full of extra crispy batter bits sprinkled on to the Vada and some generous dose of spicy garlic Chutney.

With the advent of globalization in India, many international fast food chains have popped up and how can the staple Vada Pav stay behind which is also colloquially known as ‘The Indian Burger’. With around 2 million Vada Pavs being served daily in Mumbai and surrounding areas, the street food had to go the globalized way.


Goli and Jumbo King are two major chains which are following the international food chain concept in serving the staple Vada Pav with a new twist of adding innovative garnishing such as cheese, Chhole and even Schezwan sauce to give it an oriental twist.


The Vada Pav may not be the stuff made especially for the Global kind, but it is many things to many people. It is simple, tasty and quite inexpensive in the age of expensive gourmet food which truly makes it ‘World Famous’ in India. No wonder, they have declared 23rd August as the World Vada Pav Day.

Restaurants in Mumbai Where You Should ‘SEA FOOD’

All men are equal before fish.”- Herbert Hoover

There can be tasty meaty days, and there can be healthy vegetarian days. But nothing beats the mother of nutrition and taste, seafood. Belonging to a Konkani family, I’ve practically grown alongside fishes. And never have I given a second thought to eating seafood every single day(not even kidding!).

That’s the thing with sea-food. If prepared correctly, sea-food introduces you to heaven on earth. Also easy to mess up, if badly prepared, sea-food takes you straight to the ‘no-more-food’ stage. Here are 6 sea-food restaurants in Mumbai which clearly stand out and do justice to fishes.

1. Gajalee

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Location: Vile Parle(E), Lower Parel, Andheri(E), Vile Parle(W), Andheri(W)

Phone: 022 30151566 (Lower Parel)

What to try: Bombil Fry, Butter Garlic Pepper Crab, Tandoori Crab, Tandoori Prawns

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A beautiful place combined with mouth-watering authentic Malvani/Konkani food is a.k.a Gajalee. This place serves the traditional Malvani/Konkani food prepared to perfection. The Bombil fry here is extremely famous, and once you visit, you will clearly know why! Oh, and it’s mostly busy so taking a reservation is recommended.

2) Satkar Rice Plate House

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Location: Goregaon(E)

Phone: 022 6572 9257

What to try: Thali, Sol Khadi, Kokam Khadi

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If you are looking for a lavish, deluxe eatery, this isn’t the place to be. But if you are the real sea-food lover who is ready to break barriers, shake walls, climb staircases and walk through the narrow lanes where heaven awaits you, Go. Now. Right now!  There will not be one corner of your stomach empty when you leave this place, no matter how broke you are (yes, rates are very reasonable).

3) Oh! Calcutta

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Location: Khar, Tardeo, Andheri(W)

Phone: 022 2636 4975

What to try: Betki fry, Smoked Hilsa, Maacher Paturi, Kosha Mangsho

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With a beautiful ambience, this place truly makes you go ‘Oh! Calcutta’. Firstly, there are beautiful paintings to treat your eyes, before the real treat lands on your table. If you love well-presented heavenly-tasting seafood, this is the place for you. Oh, if not anything, you might want to visit solely to adore the most ingenious plates with sketches of Calcutta!

4) Fresh Catch

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Location: Mahim

Phone: 022 2444 8942

What to try: Bombil fry, Prawns Balchoy, Bebinca

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The name might give you a teeny bit idea of the extent this restaurant would go to get you the divine fishy. With authentic Goan food, this place is a pretty looking, extremely well-crafted seafood restaurant. Their sweet dish, Bebinca is an authentic goan sweet dish. You can thank me later!

5) Mahesh Lunch Home


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Location: Vashi, Juhu, Fort, Thane, Sakinaka

Phone: 022 66955554 (Juhu)

What to try: Tandoori pomfret, Surmai Lajawab Curry

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If you’re looking all over the internet for the best seafood restaurants in Mumbai, I can bet Mahesh Lunch Home is on every list. This list cannot go without including this restaurant. Established in 1977, MLH is definitely a must-visit place for all the seafood lovers.

6) Lalit Refreshment-Taste of Kerala

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Location: Fort

Phone: 022 2267 6161

What to try: Arabian Grape Juice, Prawns fry masala

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This place will surely keep you in awe of it. The prices are ultra pocket friendly, the taste is out of the world, and you can take along a vegetarian friend who wouldn’t come out with a grumpy face. The veg thali is as good as its non-veg contemporaries. If you are the seafood vagabond, do not leave this city without paying a visit to this heavenly place.

Hope this article was helpful and you find the fish of your dreams soon!

After all, as said by Lewis Carroll, ”No good fish goes anywhere without a porpoise”!

Munch On The Best Parsi Food At These 6 Famous Eateries in Mumbai

Once upon a time there was a group of people with one motto, “Good thoughts, good words, good deeds.” They travelled halfway across the world to save their beliefs and landed in the country of gold and spices. Parsis are not only beautiful people with loving hearts but also have the most exquisite cuisine ever! So after a bunch of reasons to thank the Parsi genes, here is just another one in the bucket!

Here is a list of 6 Best Parsi Food Joints in Mumbai

1. Kyani & Co

Address: Jermahal Estate, 657, JSS Road, Kalbadevi Road, Tak Wadi, Lohar Chawl, Marine Lines, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400002

Phone: 022 2201 1492

Must Try: Kheema Pav, Kyani Chai, Mava Cake, Chicken Burger

Can.You.Not.Please? This place will put you in the biggest dilemma of your life. The never ending stroll of menu on the table will make you beg for a room sized stomach and a lifetime to fill it. From the signature kheema pav to the super famous mava cake, Kyani Bakery is sure to make you want to swing through the hall, on that-famous-rope! (Yes, they have a rope)

2) Koolar & Co

Address: Address: 541, Kings Circle, Noor Mahal, Ambedkar Road, Matunga, Kings Circle ,, Matunga, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400019

Phone: 022 2412 5062

Must Try: Caramel Custard, Brun Butter Honey, Irani Delight

While waiting for your plate of delicacy to arrive, you can stare at the most amusing pictures from the Titanic. Jack and Rose will make you fall in love. The Brun Butter Honey and Caramel Custard are just succulent.

3) Britannia & Company Restaurant

Address: Wakefield House, 11 Sprott Road, 16 Ballard Estate, Fort, Mumbai

Phone: 022 22615264

Must Try: Chicken Berry Pulav, Caramel Creme Custard, Sali Boti Mutton

For all the food cum ambience lovers, this place is a must-visit. Chicken Berry Pulav is the most famous dish there and clearly justifies its popularity. This is one rustically authentic Iranian place. A very homely feeling comes attached with this place since you will find the owner and his pets at your service, with a lovely smile, of course!

4) Ideal Corner

Address: Hornby View, Gunbow Street, Borabazar Precinct, Ballard Estate, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001

Phone: 022 2262 1930

Must Try: Dhanshak, Mutton cutlet, Bread Pudding

As the name suggests, this is the ideal place to try out amazing Parsi food. And yes, it is located at the corner. What adds to the appetizing food is the dish in which they serve it. The yellow dishes instantly give it a feel of the original ‘Mumbaiya’ restaurant!

5) Paradise

Address: Sindh Chambers, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba, Mumbai

Phone: 022 66352714

Must Try: Laganu Custard and Sali Boti Mutton

This is a simple hotel which has maintained its carefree ambience over the years. The Laganu Custard is a traditional Parsi Custard and is absolutely flavoursome. Nothing could get better than being greeted by an adorable couple with a broad smile, who happen to be the owners of this hotel.

6) Jimmy Boy

Address: 11, Vikas Building, Bank Street, Near Horniman Circle, Fort, Mumbai, 400001.

Phone: 022 2270 0880

Must Try: Salli Par Edu

This is a place for the i-cant-go-without-an-AC people who are hell bent on trying out the Parsi cuisine. Because this place, unlike most of its contemporaries, has an AC section as well. The food is luscious and the bakery is drool-worthy. With hygiene very well maintained, it is surely a must visit.

IGo ahead, experience the best kind of coma, The Food Coma!

These were our picks of the must eat restaurants in Mumbai.

Next Time you want to try something different you know where to go!

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