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Do you think that all the expats in the city eat at Leopold Café and Café Mondegar? Well, you are wrong. We checked what their favourite spots were and this is what we found out.

india Updated: Jul 16, 2010 12:20 IST
Naomi Canton

Do you think that all the expats in the city eat at Leopold Café and Café Mondegar? Well, you are wrong. We checked what their favourite spots were and this is what we found out.

Sai Sagar
This pure vegetarian restaurant isn’t just a hit among locals. Expats love it too, even though it doesn’t serve meat or alcohol.
“Sai Sagar’s dishes are great. The sev puri and pav bhaji are yummy,” says American Kat Ferrara, a pet nutritionist, who’s lived in the city for nine years.

Richard Bhakti Klein, an Amerian teacher and singer, who came to Mumbai last year, says he is a regular at the Bandra one, adding, “The dosas are fabulous and they have a large menu. It’s clean, friendly and cheap.” Anita Jain, an NRI, who arrived in Mumbai 18 months ago, adds: “It’s my choice for quick and easy dosas, idlis and uttapams. It’s my comfort food.”

SandwichSaltwater Café, Bandra

Expats can always be found scattered around this restaurant. Australian Paul Phelan, a company director who arrived in Mumbai in March, says: "Aussies love their weekend breakfasts and yet my number one problem since arriving in Mumbai was finding a good breakfast place! They serve great scrambled eggs, Eggs Benedict, waffles, pancakes and coffee."

Woodside Inn, Colaba
This small, quaint English-style pub, which serves continental food, has a regular supply of expats. Daniel Carroll, who has lived in south Mumbai for 14 years, and is married to an Indian, says: “Breakfast and lunch has to be at the Woodside Inn. The food is basic, but tasty, the prices are reasonable and the music is always great.”

Theobroma, Bandra
Locals flocked here the minute it opened, and now expats are onto it too. “It’s quickly become a favourite of mine,” reveals Klein. “They have great pastries and savouries and it is a nice café to sit and read for hours.”

The Bagel Shop, Bandra
This is an institution for expats in Bandra, not least because of its trendy vibe and food, wi-fi access and ready supply of laptop plugholes. “It’s hard to get a decent sandwich in Mumbai and the Bagel Shop does great mixed sandwiches. Plus their coffee is a strong, aromatic brew,” says Phelan.

The Gourmet Store, Grand Hyatt
This delicatessen, which serves sandwiches, salads, coffees and desserts, is a bit of a secret, but once they discover it, expats love it. Ferrara says: “I love this deli for their New York-style bagels. Their donuts are yummy too.”

Candies, Bandra
This hip Bandra joint is popular with Indians and expats alike. Klein says: “I just love the variety they have. I love to go there and take a few small things on my plate. The veg puffs and quiches and other small fried items are delicious and there’s always room for the little cupcakes.” Australian Chris Higgins, a media professional, says he goes there for Sunday lunch.

Juhu Beach Stalls
It might be where your maid hangs out, but expats love the magic and colour of Juhu beach. Says 43-year-old American Richard Bhakti Klein, “Their pav bhaji is incredibly delicious and is a Mumbai speciality. The golas are a perfect dessert. I love them with the Malai or without. I love going round these stalls because the food is cheap, delicious and the scene is always great, filled with locals, families, young lovers, and there is always someone to chat to.”