Must Visit Places to Eat at in Mumbai

Eating out in a new city is always fascinating and exciting as it gives you a clear understanding of the city’s pulse, its culture, its people and its history through its food. It is quintessentially important to dine like a local while in Mumbai if you want to experience the real essence of the city’s food scene.

This list includes places that you must try when you’re in Mumbai next –

Ashok Vada Pav

The humble Vada Pav is an absolute go-to snack for virtually every Mumbaikar. Why this place in particular you ask? Well, Ashok Vada Pav really steps it up and it without a doubt is the big daddy of Vada Pavs. 🙂 Consistency, a power packed flavour blend and a whole lotta Choora (deep fried batter bits) is what makes it stand out from the crowd. A batter fried Potato Pattie nestled in a Pav (bun) that is slathered with a controlled proportion of green chutney (coriander + green chillies), dry red chutney (garlic + red chillies), stuffed with batter bits that adds a much needed crunchy texture and served with fried green chillies that are seasoned with salt. Even if you have a ‘regular’ Vada Pav in the city, give Ashok Vada Pav a try! They really are ‘next level.’ 🙂

Location – Kashinath Dhuru Marg, Near Kirti College, Dadar West, Mumbai
Price – approx Rs 100 for two
Distance from Grand Hyatt Mumbai – 8km (15 mins)

Kyani & Co

One of Mumbai’s oldest quintessential Irani cafes in Mumbai, Kyani is a landmark and an integral pit stop of every heritage walk organised in the city. Known for it’s rustic old-world charm with tables and chairs that take you back in time. Founded in 1904, this cafe is one of the few places that still serve Sosyo (a local cola drink). Visit this place for a classic Cutting Chai with Bun Maska (bread roll with butter) or a lavish breakfast of Akhuri (Parsi Scrambled Eggs) on Toast, Frankfurters and Baked Beans. They also serve Kheema with Pav, Mutton Salli Boti and Masoor Morgi. Their Kharis (Puff Pastry), Sandwiches and Mawa Cake are to die for.

Location – JSS Road, Jer Mahal Estate, Opposite Metro Cinema, Marine Lines, Mumbai.
Price – approx Rs 350 for two
Distance from Grand Hyatt Mumbai – 21km (30mins)

Olympia Coffee House & Stores

Adding to the list of Mumbai’s oldest Irani cafes, Olympia Coffee House is another must visit place for breakfast. Kheema Pav (minced mutton with soft pillowy bread), a cup of tea and a good company is all you need at this cafe in Colaba. A few other dishes on the menu that deserve a special mention are Bhurjee (scrambled eggs), Kheema Ghotala (minced mutton with eggs), and if you’re feeling adventurous, try the Bheja Masala (goat brain in a spicy sauce). This place makes it to our list for because of the delicious food they serve and for their reasonable pricing.

Location – Rahim Mansion, 1 Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba, Mumbai
Price – approx Rs 300 for two
Distance from Grand Hyatt Mumbai – 20 Km (33 mins)

Sardar Pav Bhaji

This famous snack/meal that was ‘invented’ in Mumbai will get most people salivating just as it’s the mentioned in conversation. People travel from all over India to try this butter laden tomatoey vegetable gravy that’s accompanied with piping hot pavs (bread) that have been slathered in butter. But Sardar Pav Bhaji takes ‘regular’ Pav Bhaji to a whole other level. Brace yourself for a spike in cholestrol as this dish comes with a generous amount of butter. Though you would enjoy a momentary high with the heavily buttered preparation, this certainly is not for the faint hearted. Sardar Pav Bhaji has been known for just this one dish and has made waves on social media for their heavy use of butter. It’s a treat to watch the cooks prepare the dish at their live cooking stations, tossing almost 100 gms of butter on each plate. We thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend you to try it too.

Location – 166-A, 166-B, Tardeo road junction, Mumbai
Pricing – approx. Rs 250 for two
Distance from Grand Hyatt Mumbai – 16 Km (23 mins)

Juhu Beach Food Center

From Gola, Pav Bhaji, Bhel Puri, Sev Puri, Sandwiches, to Faloodas, Chinese, South Indian and Mumbai Pizzas; you would find every kind of Mumbai street food here at Juhu beach. It’s crowded but you would definitely experience the essence of Mumbai in the hustle bustle of this one-stop street food destination. We would highly recommend the chaats, Gola (crushed ice with flavoured sugary syrup on a stick) and the Falooda (a milk based drink with icecream, vermicelli, flavoured syrups and basil seeds).

Location – Juhu Beach Road, Juhu, Mumbai
Price – approx. Rs 400 for two
Distance from Grand Hyatt Mumbai – 6.5 Km (15 mins)

Elco Pani Puri

The go-to place for everyone who loves ‘Mumbaiya chaat.’ Known for their chilled Pani Puri (a hollow deepfried semolina wafer, filled with sweet sour and spicy water), Elco is a haven for Chaat, Chindian dishes and South Indian specials. They serve only vegetarian, but don’t let that deter you from giving this place a shot; You will not be disappointed. You have the option of sitting/standing outdoors, or you can eat at more relaxed pace at their massive multi-floor dining area indoors. While Pani Puri remains the bestselling dish on their menu, Delhi and Dahi Papri Chaat, Dahi Raaj Kachori, Ragda Pattice and Pav Bhaji are exceptionally well made too. This place is hygienic and consistent with their flavours and it is one of our favourite spots to treat our friends who visit the city looking for a taste of local street food.

Location – 2/A, Elco Market, 46, Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai
Pricing – approx. Rs 450 for two
Distance from Grand Hyatt Mumbai – 6.4 Km (11 mins)

Delhi Darbar

Delhi Darbar has been one of the must visit foodie restaurant for a very long time and it’s been one of our family favourites too. For years, this place has managed to attract people from all over Mumbai with their delicious Mughlai food. It is by no means a place for a dining experience as it can get crowded and noisy. Walk in like a local with a sole mission to eat to your heart out. Famous for their Butter Chicken, Murgh Mussalam, Mutton Nihari and Bheja Fry; this place will leave you wanting more. Oh and their Roomali Rotis are simply out of this world. They’ve got a special menu created just for their Arab customers. They also have a Chinese menu which can be ignored as they are excellent primarily with their Mughlai dishes. Some of the dishes are only available on certain days of the week so it’s advisable to have a look at their menu online before visiting.

Location – 10/14, Holland House, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba, Mumbai
Price – approx. Rs 1000 for two
Distance from Grand Hyatt Mumbai – 20 Km (33 mins)

Gaylord

Located at Churchgate, this restaurant boasts of being the most loved restaurant in the location as patrons still travel all across Mumbai to have a meal here or to catch up with friends over a cup of coffee. It has a cute bakery attached to it that has been the go to place for pastries, pies and other baked goodies for years. Tourists love this place for its Victorian charm, its food and hospitality. You get a mix of continental and Indian cuisine. One of the few places in the city where the owner has welcomed generations of patrons and has known families by their names. A very warm and cozy restaurant, a must visit when in Mumbai!

Location – Mayfair Building, Veer Nariman Road, Mumbai
Price – approx. Rs 1200 for two
Distance from Grand Hyatt Mumbai – 19 Km (29 mins)

Café Mondegar

Fondly known as Mondy’s, this place has been a tourist hub for ages and a hangout place for college goers and locals alike. The best part about Mondy’s is the vibe that makes you not bother about sweating it out in the non ac section to experience the good old Bombay charm. You will find yourself amused with the story that speaks through Mario Miranda’s murals on the restaurant walls. Look out for the vintage Jukebox that still works adding to the charm of the restaurant. The food is good; dishes like Classic Bolognaise, Roast Chicken and Grilled Club Sandwiches are popular. They also have an English/American breakfast which is also popular with tourists. A must visit place for every newbee in town.

Location – 5A, Metro House, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Near Regal Cinema, Colaba, Mumbai
Price – approx. Rs 1200 for two
Distance from Grand Hyatt Mumbai – 19 Km (31 mins)

Café Royal

Café Royal is the first place that we think of when it comes to Sizzlers in Mumbai. This place has been is one of the oldest restaurants in Colaba. It continues to have the same char on their Chicken Santa Fe as it used to decades ago. They have modified their menu now and have introduced an Indian section with kebabs and curries; they also have some quirky appetizers. The Café Royal Signature Sizzlers are a must try, you will definitely not be disappointed.

Location – 166, Opposite Regal Cinema, Colaba, Mumbai
Price – approx. Rs 1200 for two
Distance from Grand Hyatt Mumbai – 20 Km (33 mins)

Leopold Café & Bar

Affectionately known as Leo’s, Leopold Café has been at the top of the list of “must visit places in Bombay” for every tourist. The place still has that Irani café charm and is always busy. Finding a table could test your patience but trust us it’s worth the wait. We know patrons who have been ardent fans of this place and still order the same set of dishes everytime they visit. For us it has always been Beef Chilly, Crispy Chicken and Steamed Rice with Prawns. Their Butter Garlic Naans are unlike any other naan that’s available in Mumbai; plump, soft and buttery. They also serve breakfast and have Indian kebabs and curries. If you’re in Mumbai, you must not miss this place.

Location – Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Near Colaba Police Station, Colaba, Mumbai
Price – approx. Rs 1600 for two
Distance from Grand Hyatt Mumbai – 20 Km (33 mins)

K Rustoms Ice-cream

Ending on a sweet note, we’d like to add K Rustoms to our list for churning out years and years of delicious icecream sandwiches. This iconic parlour has been handing out these slabs of goodness sandwiched between thin wafers since 1953. Though nothing has really changed about the look of this place, the number of flavours have certainly grown! Locals love the Paan, Coffee Crunch and Kharbuza (Melon) flavour, Doodhi Halwa (Bottlegourd sweet) is the latest entrant in the list of flavours they have to offer. Don’t be surprised if you’re not greeted by the staff like the other ice-cream chains, just go there for the icecream – it’s worth it!

Location – 86, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai
Price – approx. Rs 150 for two
Distance from Grand Hyatt Mumbai – 19 Km (30 mins)

Mumbai is truly a melting pot of cultures and cuisines; and there are new restaurants popping up every week. This list is just a few of our all time favourites that have a lot of nostalgic value and the list doesn’t end here. A few other places we recommend are: Ram Ashray (Matunga), Gajalee (Juhu), Lings Pavilion (Colaba), Shree Thaker Bhojanalay (Kalbadevi), Swati Snacks (Tardeo), Bademiya Seekh Kebab Stall (Colaba) and the most important thing that you can’t leave Mumbai without having is Cutting Chai!

Location – Almost at every street in Mumbai
Price – approx. Rs 20 for two

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2 thoughts on “Must Visit Places to Eat at in Mumbai

  1. Kuheli says:

    Absolutely loved your list . Local , insider tips , like the fact that not all dishes are available everyday at Delhi durbar, and some classics like the cold pani Puri’s from Elco . You really have a keepsake post here. It got me nostalgic . I think the grilled sandwiches with sliced potatoes n beetroot , found on the streets too would make it on my list.

    • Ekta | Joash says:

      😀 Thank you so much Kuheli, so glad you enjoyed reading it! We had a tough time deciding which place goes on to the list and which doesn’t. The Mumbai grilled sandwiches definitely deserve a mention, we absolutely love Sandwizza near Santacruz station! 🙂

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