Whenever anyone is running short of time in the busy city of Amchi Mumbai, the easiest way is to grab a bite to buy one of the most economic yet quick meal of Vada Pav and a cup of cutting chai which one can find easily at most of street stalls throughout the city. But Mumbai being a multicultural metropolis has lot more to offer to all its visitors and its residents from regional to international cuisines, affordable street food to avant grade specialty restaurants.
Be it a holiday, a business trip or if you are just thinking where you can eat next, here are few of the must eat options when you are in Mumbai.To begin on a sweet note, head to Haji Ali Juice centre ( Mahalaxmi) which is famous for fresh cut fruits served with dry fruits and cream , falooda, juices and sandwiches or head to Bachelorr’s (Girgaum Chowpatty) for its classic chocolate shakes and do not miss their specialty ‘chili ice cream ‘. For the best gulab jamuns head to Jhama sweets in Chembur /Sion where they are served hot or opt for a delightful takeaway. Ice cream lovers can choose best of fresh and natural flavors of ice cream at the local Ice cream brands like Gokul ( Santacruz) and Natural Ice cream ( all over Mumbai).Also a must try is colourful sweet and tangy ice golla at the street side vendor.
A must try are the native vegetarian Maharashtrian snacks like Misal Pav, Kothimbir Vadi, Thaali Peeth ,Kandha Pohe, and thalis do visit Aswad ( Dadar ) or Panshikar (Girgaum/Vile Parle)
You can forget your diet regime for a day from the mere sight of this dish begin made on a large flamed tava and slabs of butter .Feast on this butterly sinful Pav bhaji at Sardar ( Tardeo) ,Cannon Pav Bhaji ( CST station) or the simple stalls outside Juhu beach and don’t forget to ask for extra pav which is served equally dipped in butter.
Blessed with a beautiful bay and coastline, Mumbai has been a Sea Food lover’s paradise with restaurants offering best catch for the day. One can head straight to Mahesh lunch home ( Fort/Juhu) for some fresh and spicy Mangalorean-style seafood dishes like fish gassi ( curry) served with light neer doosa, Gajalee that serves one of the best crispy bombil ( Bombay duck) fry and lip smacking butter garlic/tandoori crabs or their very own sol kadi .
Italian, Thai, Japanese, Mediterranean , pub food, steaks, sizzlers there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs in the areas of Colaba, Lower Parel and Bandra
For your craving for bheja fry, baida roti, nalli nihari , sheek kebabs the best places in Mumbai to fest on these meaty favorites is at Bade Miyan at Colaba ,Noor Mohammadi (Bhendi Bazaar) or Delhi Durbar And after all that eating, no Indian meal feels complete without eating the triangular sweet delight of ‘Paan’ available easily outside most street corners or restaurants like the very famous Mucchad Pan Wala (Nepean Sea Road)
With so much variety to feast on, do keep some extra space in your stomach and thoda extra time in your schedule on your next holiday to Mumbai
(Team Veena World)