‘Aamchi Mumbai’ as we lovingly call the financial capital of India is a city that is shaped by varied flavours from across the globe and offers amazing gastronomic fare that easily suits every pocket and palate. Although, finding a place to crash in this benevolent ‘City of Dreams’ is tough, but identifying the culinary treasures that suits all pockets is not a difficult job. In fact, it is more appropriate to say that Mumbai is every foodie’s paradise and the city dwellers love to gorge on taste bud tantalising food ranging from street fanfare to Japanese Sushi. So, before you decide which place to opt for the perfect meal, check out our top ten favourites that reflect the carbohydrate-fuelled cosmopolitan culture of the city.
Body: Many have rightly said that Mumbai’ colourful history have been told through its magnificent food culture. This is one of the reasons why Mumbaikars never feel stressed out to satisfy their palate and make savings at the same time. Mumbai has come a long way from being just a shipping town to a bustling metropolis. It has successfully emerged as the melting pot of rich traditional cuisines and a smorgasbord of different flavours.
Here’s our list of the best eateries in Mumbai that will surely please your discerning palates and define the state’s food culture both at the same time. It’s time to please your tummy. Bon Appetite!
Loved by most of its finger licking new-age American style food, Indigo Delicatessen offers relaxed atmosphere and easy vibe. Regulars prefer this place for the uniqueness it offers on its menu that suits all palates. Considered among the eateries that offers best foods in Mumbai, foodies vouch for Indigo’s superb quiche with ham, sticky glazed baby back ribs, hazelnut ice-cream, saucy-spicy-luscious BBQ pulled pork burger and the wafer thin pizzas.
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Address – 1st Floor, Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Palladium Mall, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013.
The legendary Chinese restaurant located in South Mumbai is frequented by Mumbai’s blogging community. The restaurant offers awesome tasting food with the old world charm infused in it. The pan fried noodles custom made with beef, mushroom, baby corn, water chestnut and the chili garlic prawns as a starter is something to die for. Some of the other favourites are Pork Dim Sum and the special sliced roast pork served with special sauce and steamed bread on the side. The vegetarians must try their pot rice variations studded with homemade tofu.
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Address – 12 Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg Fort Fort Mumbai Maharashtra 400001.
Considered among the best eateries in Mumbai, this signature restaurant of Oberoi Hotel features the contemporary Indian cuisine infused with international ingredients. Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia use exotic spices and aromatic herbs of the East to create bold flavours that suits the Indian gastronomy perfectly. The diners can watch the chefs at work through their glass-enclosed show kitchen while tantalizing their taste buds.
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Address – The Oberoi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400021
Located just opposite Gokul, Bagdadi is always packed to full and open till one in the morning. Foodies claim that this 128-year-old regional cuisine restaurant offers the best Chicken Fry, Beef Bhuna and Kashmiri Dabba Gosht in the city apart from serving the gravies with Arabic flatbread Khaboos. The meat lovers swear by their do’s and don’ts list comprising of ‘Please do not sit for a long time’, ‘Please do not wash hands in plate’, ‘Food may not be served to a drunk person’.
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Address: 11,Behind Taj International, Tulloch Rd, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400039.
This eatery has been listed among the Asia’s 500 best restaurants. The cuisine is hassle-free and ingredient-driven. Inspired by the varied parts of the globe, the menu offered at the Table encompasses lobster sliders, quesadillas with green pea guacamole and beet and mascarpone risotto. They use only the locally produced vegetables, meat and fish making the menu vibrant in its approach.
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Address : Ground Floor, Kalapesi Trust Building, Opposite Dhanraj Mahal, Below Hotel Suba Palace, Apollo Bunder Marg, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400039.
Olympia Coffee House
Visit this restaurant during the morning breakfast hours for their brain masala. Olympia Coffee House has been around since 1918 and it’s Mutton Roast, Kheema Ghotala are worth dying for. Olympia is the perfect place to relax after a tiring long day. Their marble topped tables, air conditioning and fresh cold juices on offer makes this legendary eatery hot favourite among the non-vegetarians.
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Address – Rahim Mansion No.1, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Next to Police Station, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400039.
Made in Punjab
The food offered here stands out due to the cooking techniques adopted by the chef along with the emphasis on the dishes from North East Punjab. Foodies love the smoky flavours infused in the bhatti kebab and salmon tikka. This place offers the perfect blend of tradition and nostalgia through its sarson ka saag served with home-style white butter and gur.
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Address: Inorbit Mall – Malad, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400104.
Salt Water Café
Another favourite among the Mumbai blogger fraternity, Salt Water Café is famously known as the best European restaurant in the metropolis. Sunflower seed risotto, all day omelets and delicious drinks are highly recommended as it will satiate your taste buds and uplift your spirits.
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Address: 87, Chapel Road, Rose Minar Annel Church, Reclamation, Next to Mount Carmel Church, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050.
Most famous among the after-hour diners in Mumbai, Bademiya is located just behind The Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Colaba. Diners claim that this open-air roll-and-kebab shack offers the most succulent mutton/ chicken baida roti as it is immensely fulfilling. An awesome place to hang out after a long night out, the aromatic smell of fresh kebabs at this street food joint is divine.
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Address: Tullock Road, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400004.
It can be a tough task to locate Trishna, but their juicy Butter Garlic Crab, prawns koliwada, butter garlic squids, tandoori fish and rawas hyderabadi act as the perfect crowd puller. Although, the décor is influenced by old school and seating is unpleasant, but the cooking is superb at this intimate South Indian seafood restaurant. We say this place will never go out of fashion due to its offering of fresh seafood, Mangalorean, Hyderabadi delicacies that fit perfectly into Mumbai’s culinary jigsaw.
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Address: Birla Mansion,Sai Baba Marg,Next to Commerce House,Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400023.
So, which one are you visiting today? Did we miss out on any of your favourites? Feel free to add your favourites in comments.