The Mumbai Magic-Eating Delights

When I got married my in-laws were based out of Mumbai and hence I the city holds a special place in my heart. The beauty of the city is compounded by the paradoxes it embraces in its bosom. After my previous post on the street food available in the city, today I am posting an article I had posted on mydestination.com/mumbai about places which provide you with more refined environs.

Virginia Woolf once famously said “One cannot think well, love well and sleep well, if one has not dined well”. In Mumbai, not eating well is not an option. Top fine dining restaurants to quick bite serving vendors on streets; all vie for your gastronomic attention.

There are many restaurants serving a wide range of delectable cuisines from around the world in the Maximum City that pamper you with their choices and ambiance, which are second to none.

Below is a list of top 10 restaurants (though not in any specific ranking) that offer you a world class dining experience in the culinary hotbed of Mumbai, the king amongst the metropolises.

1)      Dum Pukht at ITC Maratha, Sahar, Andheri (E) A one of its kind restaurant in Mumbai, this restaurant with luxurious interiors, reminiscence of a bygone era, has kept alive a more than 200 year old culinary legacy-“Dum Pukht” from the royal kitchens of the princely state of Awadh in North India. The food in this process is cooked on a slow flame in containers which are sealed with dough. The food esp meat is cooked slowly in its own juice along with spices and herbs. The resulting dish is delicate, aromatic, rich and almost divine.

Famous dishes- Biryani, Korma, Kebab, Salan and Pulao

Open: 7.00 pm to 11.45 pm (Dinner)

2)      China House at The Grand Hyatt, Santa Cruz (E)- This restaurant with interiors indicative of warmth of typical Chinese hospitality, brings to you a wide variety of simple but incredibly tasty Chinese dishes, especially from the regions of Beijing and Sichuan. It has interactive open glass kitchens with multiple seating options and a lounge. It also boasts of a large variety of choicest wines.

Famous dishes- Peking Duck, Beggar’s Chicken, Shanghai Soup Dumpling, Dan Dan noodles.

Open: 12.30 pm to 3.00 pm (Lunch)              7.00 pm to 12.00 am (Dinner)

 3)      Miro at the Svenska Design Hotel, Andheri (W)- Enveloped in Spanish flavors, this Mediterranean restaurant has a simple, elegant and cozy ambiance. It has an open interactive kitchen and serves a wide array of Mediterranean delights and wines.

Famous dishes-  Lahmacun Pizza, Tapas, Pinchos, Wood Fired Grill, Paella, Potato-Green pea Hummus. Coriander seasoned Chicken

Open: 12.00 pm to 3.30 pm (Lunch)              7.30 pm to 11.45 pm (Dinner)

4)        Smoke House Deli in the High Street Phoenix Mall, Lower Parel- Beautifully done interiors in shades of White and Black, this elegant and graceful restaurant offers you some delectable International cuisine and has a great wine list.

Famous dishes- Seafood risotto, Smoked Lamb Shanks, Grilled Chicken, Pork Tenderloin Steak

Open: 11.00 am to 11.30 pm

5)      Gajalee at Ville Parle- A nondescript family restaurant with a lively atmosphere, this restaurant which has an AC as well as a non-AC section, serves one of the best Maharastrian seafood cuisines in Mumbai. It has 6 more hep outlets with one even in Singapore but nothing beats this, the original one.

Famous dishes- Clam Koshimbir, Bombil Fry , Butter Pepper Garlic Crabs, Sol Kadi

Open: 11.00 am to 3 pm (Lunch)                   7.00pm to 12.00 am (Dinner)

 6)      The Table at Colaba- A restaurant with an understated quite décor, The Table serves a truly International range of cuisines. American, French, Chinese, Japanese, you name it, the menu has it all. It also has an impressive range of wines.

Famous dishes- Zucchini Spaghetti, Pan Roasted Crab Cake, The Table Burger, Roast Chicken, Pork Belly and Clams

Open: 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm (Lunch)              4.30 pm to 1.00 am (Dinner)

7)      Copper Chimney at Worli-  Part of a chain of restaurants, the one at Worli is the original. With bright ambiance, it offers you a splendid spread of North Indian cuisines with their unique flavors and aromas. It also has a buffet lunch which is very popular.

Famous dishes- Butter Chicken, Dal Makhani, Chicken Tikka Masala, Paneer Tikka, Chello Kebabs, Reshmi Kebabs, Rumali Roti.

Open: 12.00 pm to 3.30 pm (Lunch)              6.30 pm to 12.30 pm (Dinner)

8)      Wasabi by Morimoto at The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Colaba- Though the prices are steep, the restaurant offers the best Japanese cuisine in this part of the world. The ambiance of Wasabi is lively and a big round table & a hammered metal lighting contraption give it a different look. The sushi counter and teppanyaki kitchen are the hub of activities in the restaurant.

Famous dishes- Sushi, Chicken teriyaki, Mushroom Tempura, Sake

Open: 12.30 pm to 2.45 pm (Lunch)              7.00 pm to 11.45 pm (Dinner)

9)      Trishna at Kala Ghoda, Fort- Small and a little congested, the restaurant serves superb South Indian coastal cuisine that has made it a haven for connoisseurs of sea food.

Famous dishes- Prawn Koliwada, Prawn Gassi with Neer Dosa, Hyderabadi Pomfret, Butter Pepper Garlic Crab, Hyderabadi dal 

Open: 12.00 pm to 3.30 pm (Lunch)              7.00pm to 12.00 pm (Dinner)

10)  Goa Portuguesa at Matunga (W)- A restrobar, it serves authentic Goan dishes inspired by a wonderful fusion of Portuguese flavors and local traditional culinary expertise.

Famous dishes- Lobster Goa Portuguesa, Chicken/Fish Jack Steak, Tender Coconut Cashew Nut Sukke, Squid Lemon Butter.

Open: 12.00 pm to 12.00 am

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