There are lot of restaurants at foothill and some on top. There is no particular restaurant I want to talk about, they are all same in looks and probably same in quality of food too. I dont remember restaurant's name were we had our lunch, nothing special about it food was ok and reasonably priced but for anything like soft drink or flavoured milk we had to pay almost double the price printed on it..
And the simple reason what these shop keeper say its transportation cost added to actual price, we dont have other option here as all shops offer same price.
And I should mention this here...there is only one restaurant at the start of steps to Hill has got cold chilled bear..which may help a little in killing heat for relaxing.
Favorite Dish: Nothing particular special to say, it was just fried rice, taste was ok not great but its cheap and ok for the price we paid.
and about this picture, I took it on the way up
> Try grabbing the food on your return. This makes the food even better after a long tiresome walk.
> While coming down you can see few food joints on the left hand side which are protected by nets (to avoid monkeys) and can be a few options to fill your stomach.
> Generally they serve the local Indian food along with variations of Noodles etc.
> Prices are slightly on a higher side but is okay as the arrangements are being made at such a geographical level.
> Cleanliness is a big ask here
> Apart from having the food here, you always have options to have buy fruits from the vendors all around. (Fruits were all tangier)
If you get hungry while on Elephanta Island there are a few options. You will find stalls selling snacks or corn-cobs (in June 2010 a corn-cob was 15 rupees).
At the top of the stairway there is a restaurant and from the balcony of the restaurant there is a nice view. I didn’t eat here but only had a coffee (20 rupees). There is also a restaurant below the stairs.
There are a few restaurants which look OK on the way up the steps to the entrance of the caves. I didn't stop in any of them as I decided to buy some snacks from some stalls that are located before the steps. There are also local women selling snacks and fresh BBQ corn on the jetty.
There are a few open air restaurants that serve Indian food at average prices and there are a lot of monkeys around so be careful of them pouncing and snatching your food!!! Nothing special about them so I have not even mentioned their names here.
Just at the top of the steps to the caves on the right looking down there is what looks like a small kiosk but they make for example very yummy masala dosa which was perfect for a lunch snack.
Favorite Dish: "Dosa" is a sort of crispy pancake made of black lentils and rice flour and "masala" can be made of onions, potatoes and spices like coriander, cumin, mustard seeds.
If you wanna have lunch there before returning to Mumbai, at the shore (at the beginning of the steps) there are a few little bars where you can have delicious thali (vegetarian dish, see photo) and have a tea in a quiet atmosphere, much more relaxed than in Mumbai…
There are many fruit vendors among the souvenir stalls, so if you are hot & thirsty, you can buy some fresh frit and have a break before climbing all the steps up to the caves.