UPDATE OCT. 2013: RESTAURANT CLOSED
Don Giovanni's had a home in Juhu for many, many years before being forced to move because of outrageous rent demands. Finally, a couple of years later, it is back in Juhu and better than ever.
The new location has more space including between tables and has more natural light. Seating is very comfortable. Posters from Italian operas/movies decorate some of the walls.
It is hands-down the BEST Italian restaurant in Mumbai. All of the ingredients are fresh and "real" (imported!), and everything is homemade. First you are served some bruschetta while you mull over the extensive menu - appetizers, soups, salads, first course, second course, dessert.
Once you place your order, fresh, warm Italian bread arrives to enjoy while you wait for your meal. The pasta dishes are delicious and my favorites are the spinach ravioli and lasagne. My husband usually has some chicken dish, which are also excellent.
Somehow we never manage to have enough room for dessert, but one of these days, I'm going to have dessert first. Welcome back, Don Giovanni!
A lovely little place that serves some really good and very reasonably priced Lebanese and other cuisine like wraps, shawarmas, mezzes, salads, sandwiches and pizzas besides some nice coffees and teas (hot and cold). Located at Bandra West on the main road next to Movie Time cinema hall, it is one of the newest places to serve Lebanese style food served in a no nonsense way. Good fillings and tasty stuff. They have a seating area for about 25 persons below and a small open area outside the restaurant with a few tables for about ten people. Highly recommended for anyone with a craving for Lebanese style fast food and very light on the stomach as well as wallet too.
Favorite Dish: Some of the good things to have out here are the Chicken Shawarma Wrap (Rs95), Labaneh (Rs55), Lebanese Chicken Grilled Arayes (Rs75), etc. Also try the Peach Iced Tea (Rs45), Espresso (Rs35) and Spiced Cold Coffee (Rs55).
Leopold's is one place which can never get out of my mind! Whenever I decide I wanna celebrate any occasion, Leopold's is the first thing that comes to my mind! 'Leopold's' has this very magnetic feel to it, which makes you wanna go there again and again. The food, of course, is undoubtedly delicious and delectable, with a wide range of indian, chinese, and continental cuisine. If you're a hard-core boozer, I bet you're gonna get addicted to their famous beer tower. Hic! Somehow, the moment I enter this 'heritage food house', especially with my firang guests, I feel like a celebrity! Wow!
Favorite Dish: Beef Chilly Dry and Tandoori Pomfret are supremely scrumptious! The Prawn Curry Rice is also one of my favorites, but just be sure that the sea food is fresh. However, the staff is considerate enough to request you to order another dish, in fact, even suggest another dish assuring that it would be as fresh as it could be. But when its way too crowded, you're intuitive mind would be the best way to decide. Their 'Chicken Tikka Masala' and 'Chicken Tandoori' have always been as mouth watering as ever whenever I've been here. But the most important of all, you don't wanna miss out the famous 'Beer Tower' of Draught Beer. You've gotta order for Draught Beer Pitcher and you get your personal, cylindrical, 'Beer Tower' right in front of you, in no time. Well, its personal only as long as you're in Leopold's. For self assurance, you can just ask for the 'Beer Tower' although its not mentioned in the same fashion in the drinks menu. There's more coming soon!
If you have time while you are inbetween flights at the Bombay airport then have the buffet lunch at the Leela. Just drink filtered water and don't order a soft drink or juice (have that when you get back to the airport lounge).
The buffet is around 700 rupees.
The best place to have the best tea in town!!! It serves a lovely breakfast menu as well as lunch and dinner but the main thing in this place is the TEA!!! There are so many different varieties that you will find it difficult to choose and pick from the scores of different types available!!! From flavoured teas to the best orange pekoe teas that you can get this side of town!!! Available in tea pots meant for two or six depending on the number of people drinking!!! Iced tea flavours available too!!! You can buy the tea at the tea shop outside the restaurant too!!! There is a poster explaining the whole tea making process for your information too. Teas from different tea gardens like Assam, Darjeeling, Nilgiris and Kashmir are available in different flavours and types too, so take your pick!!! I'm sure you will enjoy atleast one of them!!! A lot of other pastries and snacks available throughout the day and special lunch and dinner menus are also worth trying out for some special Indian or continental cuisine!!!
Favorite Dish: The best tea in town!!! Need I say more?!!! HAHAHA!!!
To satisfy coffee addicts I recommend Mocha Locations. It's an unpretentious little coffee bar with a larger lounge at the back. They serve coffee in plungers and the atmosphere is totally relaxed. Many locals frequent the cafe - so it's ideal for people watching.
Favorite Dish: Coffee
We got this restaurant tip from a co-worker, who got it from her boss and she got it... ah well... to keep a long story short we were told to get to this place. Apparently it's one of the best seafood restaurants in the world. But when our driver pulled into this little and dark alley I thought that he is taking a shortcut or something. But then he stopped in the middle of the alley in front of a very decent looking restaurant entrance and a glamorous sign saying Trishna. I guess my co-worker was even more surprised than I was. The restaurant was under construction and only half was open. We were lucky that it was raining, otherwise there is no way you get a table without prior reservation. We called about an hour earlier and were told that we can no longer make a reservation and that we have to Q for about 30 minutes. By the time we arrived we got a table right away. Lucky I guess... The place looks quite decent and given the high number of tourists and expats in there, it seems quite popular among them.
This place is so popular that they even opened a sister restaurant in London.
Lunch: Noon-3:30p M-Su, Dinner: 6:15p-midnight M-Sa, 7p-midnight Su
Favorite Dish: Butter pepper crab is their signature dish and what can I say, it is truly peppery and good! You can order the dish in the shell or already out of the shell. Whatever you prefer, but I would say it tastes much better when you take it out yourself.
We also had a prawn dish as an appetizer. Looked like popcorn shrimp with a slightly spicy touch. Not too bad.
Our vegetarian friend ordered some dal along with naan of course. All the dishes were very nice.
But we left with a hint of dissatisfaction... the rudeness on the phone and the angry almost arrogant look of the waiters just didn't match the food. Price is expensive for India, but still cheaper than other crab/sea food restaurants in Asia.
Food Inn is a restaurant along Colaba Causeway (on the eastern side where all the stalls are). I had passed many times, but not until the last evening I went inside to have something to eat. I sat down at a table where the fan above was off, but as soon as I took my seat they turned the fan on. I asked them to turn it off again as I don’t like all the wind from them. Upstairs there is a room with air condition.
Once again I asked the waiter to recommend me something that was not hot and spicy and he recommended vegetarian kadai. Vegetarian kadai is dumplings made of mixed, mashed vegetables in a rich cashew sauce. It tasted very good and was absolutely one of the best meals I had in India. I wish I had visited this restaurant earlier.
The price in June 2010 was:
Vegetarian kadai Rs 85
Nan bread Rs 15
Water bottle (1 litre) Rs 18
I ate Thali food for the first time in my life at Tha Class restaurant. It was a spice experience, based on "eat as much you can". I got different food on my plate as soon as it was starting to get emty. You had to tell when you have enough.
For those of you travelling with small people or who need it fast and uber western there is a McDonalds at Vile Parle (west).
(There is another McDonalds in Mumbai City but if you don't want to consume your fast food with a dozen hungry street kids looking entreatingly at you, the Vile Parle McD is definitely the one to go to. You will find local people and will be left to eat in as much peace as can be provided in this kind of a restaurant!).
Its a small place without any frills and very tasty malvani style home cooking. Earlier it was in the back of a chawl one wld have found it extremely diff to find but they are now on the main rd. Even though the place has come out on main rd the food is still having good quality.
You can pamper yourself in taste whilst you savor the lobsters, oysters, pomfret and prawns. Offering a value for money cuisine, Shree Datta Boarding House is one of the authentic Malwani food restaurent. Open between 11 AM to 11:30 PM daily, this 70 cover eatery is the right place with the right ingredients that makes each of your meals a celebration. Moreover, the average price for two here comes to a decent Rs. 250 to Rs. 500.
Favorite Dish: Malvani cuisine is the standard cuisine of the Konkan region of Maharashtra and Goa, and some northern parts of West Karnataka. Although Malvani cuisine is predominantly non-vegetarian, there are many vegetarian delicacies. Although it is an independent cuisine, it overlaps Maharashtrian cuisine and Goan cuisine. Malvan is a town in the Sindhudurg district on the west coast of Maharashtra.
Malvan being a coastal area in Konkan, it has its own distinct way of cooking food. Malvani cuisine uses coconut liberally in various forms such as grated, dry grated, fried, coconut paste and coconut milk.
Kombdi Vade is a non-vegetarian dish, which is quite popular in Maharashtra. The dish consists of the traditional Malvani chicken curry (including chicken pieces with bones), vade (like a puri, which is a fluffy, fried bread of wheat and nachni flour), onion, lemon and solkadhi.
Solkadhi is an energizing curry drink, highly popular in Konkan. It is made from coconut milk and kokam. It is usually served with Kombdi Vade, various fish delicacies and Mutton Malvani. Bombil Fry or Bombay Duck Fry is an immensely popular dish.
Pani puri is another delicious, spicy and mouth watering road side food of mumbai. It is bit spicy and the main part is you have to eat it in one shot or else you will miss the fun.
You have to make a small hole in it put some sprouted searles or ragada in it, add some chatani and dip it in to special pani puri water and have it . You can not stop having it till your stomach is full.
One of the best of its kind in Mumbai, it’s a great substitute for a Frankie when you are lusting for a quick snack in Bandra. This chain of stalls that specialises in Bong street food has opened shop in the suburb that, until now, had homesick Bengali residents driving down to Lokhandwala to sample its fare. The Mutton Roll ( Rs 70) is tops with the Double Chicken Roll ( Rs 95) coming in second; it had at least 10 pieces of chicken plus veggies! Vegetarians should ask for a Paneer Roll ( Rs 65) or the plain and simple Egg version ( Rs 30).
The Bengali slang word for “ glutton”, Hangla’s stays true to its name. The sparse menu makes up in substance with reasonably priced kebabs, momos, chops, biryani, parathas, kasha ( mutton) and combo meals.
The soft Lachcha Paratha ( Rs 20) was a great accompaniment to the spicy Kasha ( Rs 150).
Chicken Biryani ( full at Rs 125 and half at Rs 70) is the picture of authenticity.
Aromatic rice topped with a large chicken piece, potato and a boiled egg; it’s served and tasted exactly like the real stuff.
The momos were competent but they could have tenderised the meat a little more. Don’t miss the Fish Chop ( prepared from Bhetki fish), fresh and soft. It comes with a special mustard sauce that is hard to find in our city.
Favorite Dish: Lachcha Paratha ,Chicken Biryani ,Bhetki fish,Paneer Roll ,Mutton Roll ,Double Chicken Roll
A bit on the expensive side but well worth waiting for this treat. The restaurant serves Konkan food, which is cuisine from the west coast of India. They do really good fish and spicy creamy curries.
We had fish wrapped in banana leaf and prawn curry. The dosas are great too. We backpacked around the whole of India and spent our last night here. Fantastic!
Taj President, Colaba (near World Trade Centre, Mumbai).
Favorite Dish: Kokan Taste .Mouth Watering Dishes Banana leaf & Prawn Curry
Eating at Wild Dining is an adventure! From the moment you step inside the doors, you'll feel like you're in the jungle. Lions, elephants, rhinos, and monkeys in the trees surround you. Once every 30 minutes there's a simulated thunderstorm. The synchronized lighting spotlights the robotic animals.
Wild Dining has a buffet lunch and dinner. First the waiters come around with a huge assortment of appetizers. Then you can head to the huge buffet table of Indian food. There's a separate soup and salad station, pasta and pizza station, and dessert station. The food is very good.
Wild Dining is a casual, family restaurant and lots of fun. It's hugely popular and reservations are recommended. Younger children might be a little frightened by the special effects during the storm.
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