Take a tasting tour recommended by experts Rocky and Mayur from the show Highway On My Plate and sample the delicacies on offer.
In monetary terms, this is the best seafood joint in town and you are welcome to come arm wrestle if you disagree. Specialising in Malwani cuisine, it features amazing seafood dishes with hot coconut-based sweet and sour curries. Chef Ramachandran’s speciality, Bombil Fry, has the flavour of the fish, permeating your senses at every bite. The crab tandoori is also highly recommended, as is the delicious vegetarian platter.
This iconic Parsi eatery, located at Ballard Estate, got its name because when it opened in 1923, it was a lot easier to get a license from the British Government if you had an English name. The British have long gone, but the fabulous food remains. They still use special Iranian barberries to flavour their Berry Pulaos, both chicken and vegetarian, and the Sali Boti and Dhansak are popular as well. What will make it even more special is if you can have a little chat with the old owner Boman Kohinoor, who will regale you with stories from the past.
3. Bade Miya
Started in the 1960s, this roadside eatery in a Colaba bylane is famour for its tikkas, kebabs and stuffed rolls. Place your order with one of the super-efficient waiters buzzing around all over the place. Place your plate on tables and enjoy watching the world pass by as you munch on the delicious Chicken Bhuna Roll and paneer roll. The Chicken Tangdi is up there with any tangdi anywhere else.
4. Haji Ali Juice Centre
This place is known to probably every denizen of Mumbai and besides the delicious range of freshly-squeezed juices, they also serve ‘natural’ ice creams with kiwi, sitaphal (custard apple) etc. The unique and beautiful shrine of Haji Ali provides a beautiful backdrop as you sip on your juice. The kiwi-pomegranate is a personal favourite, but feel free to mix and match flavours. Or if you’re pandering to your inner child, the colours!
Executive chef Vicky Ratnani brings his joy for life into his cooking and though classified as ‘fine dining’, we also like to think of his creative dishes as ‘fun cooking’. The food is so amazing that you will almost forget the fabulous location by the sea and the crowds of ‘oh-so-famous’ people that throng for the legendary Friday nights. The Vietnamese Basa Fish with Mountain Spice and the Champagne and Asparagus Risotto are to die for, as are all the other dishes. Did we remember to mention that the wine list is very impressive, the cocktails superb and the service impeccable?
6. Sardar Pav Bhaji
With something as close to the heart of every Mumbaiker as ‘pav bhaji’ the title of ‘best pav bhaji’ is something that can be debated until the end of time. Personally, we like the pav bhaji’ at Sardar’s in Tardeo. It is often referred to as the ‘original’ pav bhaji and the long line of cars outside this place late into the evening suggests that Mumbaikars agree.
7. Parsi Dairy
True Mumbaikars know the place for delicious sweets, desserts and even milk since 1916 is the Parsi Dairy Farm on Princess Street. Despite foreign ice cream and gelato shops sprouting up across the city, the love for the Parsi Dairy Kulfi is undying. Parsi Dairy Farm also serves other Maharastrian specialties like Shrikhand, Mawa Barfi, Rajkoti Peda,
Kesari Peda and Lassi. Our personal favourite though is a delicious dish of kulfi sliced into multiple wedges and served with a smile.
When you are looking for falooda, late night dessert or a quick snack then stop by at Bachelorr’s beside the railway tracks at Charni Road station on Marine Drive. They have the range of ‘normal’ flavours too, but we love the Green Chilli and the Ginger Orange Ice Creams and the delicious Vanilla Falooda with Sago Seeds, Vermicelli and syrups.
There’s even more to eat...
This January, Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach has started on its expedition to trace and revive the lost royal Indian cuisines. The Khansamas of the Nawabs have passed on the secret recipes of the cuisine from one generation to the other and now bring back the rich heritage of the Rampuri Cuisine to Bageecha. Dishes that Indian Masterchef Bhairav Singh recommends are Rampuri Seekh, Sone Ki Daal and Alu Batasha Korma.
Call 022 66934444
Golden Star Thali Restaurant at Charni Road is organising the Gujarat and Rajasthan Rasoi Utsav till February 12. Special Vegetables which include Ker Sangri, Surti Undhiyu, Karela Kashmir, Dum Aloo Rajasthani and Tindola Sambharia.
Cost: R 320. Call 23631983, 23671952
Celebrate the Chinese New Year at The Tasty Tangles and try several mouth-watering dishes. Thespecialties on offer include Roasted Chicken or Paneer, and Mandarin Salad, Seven-vegetable Noodles with Roasted Chili Dressing, Mapo Tofu with Steamed Rice, Crispy Chicken and Plum Sauce and Roasted Duck And Peppers in Black Bean. Till January 31 at Khar.
Usher in the Year of the Dragon with a specially designed set-menu crafted by Chef Danny Huang and Chef Ben. Enjoy a delectable mix of fiery and subtle flavours with authentic Chinese delights like ‘Pi Pa’ Tofu with Spicy Sauce, Braised Mixed Mushroom With Greens served in clay pot.
The Chinese New Year celebrations go on till January 29 at Hakkasan with an authentic special menu offered for lunch and dinner. Try the Steamed Aubergine with Preserved Chinese olives; Pi Pa Tofu and shrimp With Broccoli, Shitake Mushroom and Dry scallop, and Coconut Crème Brulee with Dark Chocolate Sorbet.
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