Best Restaurants in Mumbai
Mumbai is a melting pot of cuisines, both regional and
international, and this city is simply bustling with wonderful
restaurants. With so many migrants in Mumbai, this city caters to
everyone, and travellers can enjoy anything from a modest
street-side café meal, to fine-dining and trendy eateries where you
can rub shoulders with Mumbai''s silverscreen stars. From
traditional Tandoori food, kebabs and the delicious and inventive
Gujarati cuisine, to Mughlai and the highly popular Punjabi
cuisine, Mumbai represents every single kind of Indian fare. Dishes
such as butter chicken and chicken tikka masala have been exported
to the rest of the world, but are staples on most Indian menus.
Indians make wonderful use of vegetables and vegetarians will have
no problem finding something to suit them. Seafood from the Konkan
coast is also quite famous, and considered to be a local specialty
in Mumbai. Try the local street-snack pani puri, also known as gup
chup, a round, hollow bowl made from crisp-fried unleavened bread
and filled with a mixture of tamarind, chilli, chaat masala, onion
and potatoes. Authentic masala chai is a must while visiting Mumbai
- this sweet tea, boiled in a mixture of water, milk and spices
such as cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger, might well become one of
your abiding memories of India.
Popular with Mumbai's elite, Trishna has a formidable
reputation, and prides itself on its seafood dishes. With a sister
restaurant in London, a visit to Trishna is a must while in Mumbai,
even if just to sample the flagship dish, the butter pepper garlic
king crab. Open daily for lunch and dinner (dinner only on
Sundays). Reservations essential.
Address: Birla Mansion, Sai Baba Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Samovar's dining room is a long, narrow room with tables perched
against the windows; not necessarily the most traditional way of
dining, but don't let the dining room fool you. This restaurant,
mostly popular with tourist and sightseers taking in all that
Mumbai has to offer, prides itself on fast efficient service and
tasty, home-style food. Try the boti rolls, which contain spiced
meat wrapped in chapattis. Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and
dinner. Closed on Sundays. Credit cards not accepted.
Address: Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Fort Area
Jimmy Boy Restaurant
An unusual restaurant, Jimmy Boy Restaurant serves Farsi and
Iranian food, with favourites on the menu including the chicken
dhansak and chicken jardaloo, which are both specialities here and
probably the most flavourful dishes on the menu. This is a great
place to sample some of the subcontinent's lesser-known fare. Open
daily for lunch and dinner.
Address: 11 Bank Street, Vikas Building, Fort
Serving traditional Rajasthani, Maharashtrian, Sindhi and
Kathiawadi Thali, Rajdhani is popular with both locals and tourists
alike. Traditional favourites such as
are not to be missed. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Closed on Sundays.
Address: Crawford Market
This diverse restaurant specialises in Japanese, Malaysian,
Indonesian and Balinese cuisine, and is a firm favourite when
dining out in Mumbai. Dishes such as oriental crab bisque, Nonya
bamboo chicken and Norwegian salmon flavoured with dill, lemon
butter and crisp seaweed are not to be missed. For those with a
sweet tooth, try the chocolate cigar with prune and Armagnac ice
cream. Reservations recommended.
Address: 30 K Dubash Marg, Kalaghoda
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