Mumbai is city of dreams. It is home to Bollywood and Stock market. Over the years, people from different states have emigrated to Mumbai. With population from all over India, Mumbai is a true delight for a foodie (and its just not about pav!). From misal pav to kebabs, and from Irani food to thepla, you name the food item and you will find it in Mumbai. The best part is that eating outside is quite budget-friendly in Mumbai.
We bring you some true hidden gems of Mumbai that will just leave you wanting for more.
#1 Pav Bhaji – Sardar
You may have heard of Shiv Sagar for its Pav Bhaji. The joint is popular but if you want to have the best pao bhaji, then you must visit Sardar. Situated in Tardeo Road Junction, Opp Bus Stop, Tardeo, Sardar’s pav bhaji is a butter delight. The pavs are soaked in butter and bhaji has clear-visible layer of butter.
#2 Misal Pav – Aaswad
Traditional Maharashtrian dish, Misal Pav is a must. This spicy dish is a combination of sprouts, namkeen, potato gravy and pav. Aaswad Hotel located in Shivaji Park, Dadar serves the best misal pav. Their misal got awarded World’s Tastiest Vegetarian Dish at Foodhub Global Awards in 2015 held in London.
#3 Vadapav – Mithibai College & Kirti College
How can you not have vadapav if you are in Mumbai? There are vada pav and frankie thelas in every nook. But the yummiest vada pavs are served by Anand Vada Pav Stall in front of Mithibai College (Vile Parle) and Ashok Vada Pav stall in front of Kirti College (Dadar). You may have to push your way through but its definitely worth it!
#4 Bhel – Vithal Bhelwala
Bhel is made from puffed rice, spicy chana dal, onions, tomatoes and raw mangoes. Bhel can pretty much be eaten at any given time. If you are in Fort, then do go to Vithal Bhelwala on AK Nayak Road.
#5 Bun Maskha – Kyani
Mumbai is known to have a well-known Parsi community; most of them dwell in Old Mumbai. Ban Maskha is toasted sweet bun with cream and butter. It is best to have it with tea or Irani chai. Kyani & Co. is a popular Irani cafe among the Best Parsi Restos & Cafes in Mumbai that you must try.
#6 Berry Pulav – Britannia & Co.
Another traditional Parsi dish, Berry Pulav is a must-have at Britannia & Co. The tangy pulav made with Irani berries or cranberries is a treat.
#7 Masala Dosa – Ayyapan
Areas near Dadar – Sion and Matuga are densely populated with people from Southern part from India. If you are looking for dosa, idly or vada, then go to Ayyapan in Matunga East. Don’t get put off by this road-side stall. The food is amazing and budget-friendly.
#8 Milkshakes and Ice creams – Bachelorr’s
The city also never sleeps. Mumbai is one of the safest city in India and you can easily go for a late night drive. Marine drive is one of the most popular are for late night strolls and ride. While you go for a walk, don’t forget to have Green Chilli ice cream or Ferraro Rocher milk shake at Bachelorr’s. You will find the place by the queue outside its door.
#9 French Fries – The J
Forget McD and BK, try french fries at The J in front of KC college in Churchgate. You must try their Pizza fries.