UPDATE OCT. 2013: Gajalee has opened several new locations. The original in Vile Parle is STILL excellent!
Gajalee has been been selected one of the top 100 restaurants in India. Gajalee serves veg and non-veg dishes, but the specialty is its delicious sea food. There are 4 locations of the restaurant in Mumbai. The one I frequent and this review is the Vile Parle East location.
There is an A/C and non-A/C section of the restaurant. The seating is comfortable and the service has always been good.
My favorite - all seafood - dishes include Pomfret, Crabs - especially the butter garlic pepper crabs - (you can select your live crab), and Gajalee's specialty, Bombil Fry (Bombay Duck), a soft fish deep-fried in rice flour.
Have a Solkadi to drink - a delicious darkish pink drink made from kokam, coconut milk, garlic, chilies, and salt - that is said to help with digestion.
There are other very popular seafood places in Mumbai (one in particular whose specialty is crab) but I have to say that Gajalee is definitely the best.
I highly recommend having a meal here! Check the website for their menu.
Best ever malwani food. better than highway gomantak bandra finding can be little difficult . parking is tough as it is next to goregaon railway station .
It has been running since more than a decade now ,but the quality has remained the same all the while .
the simple restraurant specializes in malvani food and nothing else . you cannot call yourself a foodie if you haven't eaten at satkar .
All the items comes with thali or you can take separate ,very tasty & crispy fried items .
for a price less than rs.300 per person . Highly recommended .
Favorite Dish: Bombil ,rawas ,halwa ,promfret surmai ,prawns fry
Specially crab masala thali
Within the last few years, coffee cafes have become extremely popular in Mumbai. Cafes have popped up all over and you won't have to travel far to find one. You'll even find one or two in each mall. They have become meeting places for all kinds of people and meetings - business meetings, college kids, people on a date, shoppers taking a break - and just a place to hang out. All have indoor and outdoor seating and offer both hot and cold coffees, teas, specialty drinks, and snacks (sandwiches, cakes, etc.). A cappuccino usually costs under $1 and a snack between $1-$2. Specialty drinks can run $2+.
The two most popular are Cafe Coffee Day and Barista, but others include Costa Coffee, Mocha, and Gloria Jean's. Most outlets open around 9 and don't close until 1 a.m.
We always frequent Cafe Coffee Day(s). It's great to sit outside, have a cappuccino, and watch the city go by.
Updated 2/12: The Andheri location of Trishna has closed. The original in Kala Ghoda is still open.
Trishna is one of the most popular restaurants in Mumbai and the food is very good. The Mumbai location is fairly small and always packed so you can count on lots of noise and not much table space.
Although the specialties are seafood dishes, they serve vegetarian fare as well (Hyderabadi dal, palak paneer, etc.). The most famous dish is the butter-garlic crab, which although a little messy to eat(!) is delicious! Other dishes include prawns, rawas, and lobster, Indian style.
There is another location in the suburbs of Andheri (opposite Infinity Mall). This place is several times larger and very noisy!
If you are near either of the locations, I recommend stopping in for some crabs!
Open daily noon - 3:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Open noon - 3:45 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. - midnight on holidays and dry days.
Updated 2/12: This restaurant has closed.
Many cuisines don't translate well to India, Italian being one of them. For years, the best Italian restuarant in India(!) had the same spot in Juhu with a faithful cilentele. Sadly, they had to shut their doors due to exorbitant rent increases. So we pasta lovers tried the new Italian restaurants that popped up and revisited the old, hoping to (re)capture a little flavor of Italy.
It was not until Del'Italia opened that we found what we were looking for. Del'Italia has a very interesting menu (only Italian food!) with a good selection of veg and non-veg dishes. We split the mozzarella aubergine fry (fried eggplant & mozzarella) for an appetizer, which was very good. I had spaghetti arrabiata and my husband had chicken fettucine alfredo. Both dishes were very, very good!! And for dessert, we split a chocolate and grappa torte (yum!). We also had garlic bread which was more like a large flatbread (almost the size of a pizza) with garlic baked into it. (The pizzas we saw passing by our table looked great! We'll try them next time.)
There's plenty of seating at Del'Italia. The inside was nicely decorated - comfortable seating with some space between tables (not always a given in Mumbai!). There is also outdoor seating (enclosed) that is perfect for dinner seating so you can watch all the goings-on at Juhu beach across the street.
If you're in the Juhu area, I'd definitely recommend stopping by for some pasta!
Mon 12am-1:30am, 11:30am-1:30am
Candies is a great place for a meal or a snack and a favorite hangout for people of all ages. With open seating that extends outdoors the decor is light and modern, the place is clean, and the staff are friendly.
You can fill up on a choice of fresh and very good food - veg and non-veg - including sandwiches, puffs, quiches, rolls (chicken, mutton, etc.). There's a desert counter and cappuccino machine as well. Candies is completely self-service but they'll bring your food to your table if it should take longer than a couple of minutes. Your cappuccino is served with a few petit fours (yummy). :-)) (I like the chicken sandwiches, salads, cappuccino, and an occasional desert.)
Candies is very inexpensive. You can eat very well for under $2 but you won't starve if you only spend $1. Highly recommend checking out Candies if you're in the area of one of its 3 branches.
Aside from the Bandra Reclamation branch Candies has locations at:
PE MacRonnels, 5AA Pali Hill, next to Learner's Academy School, St. Andrew's Road, Bandra (West). 22 2642-4124. This branch is open 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. and serves breakfast all day.
Union Park, Khar. 22 2648-1686
A good place to stop for a drink to quence the heat while out shopping on Colaba Causeway. I did not eat here but from the food i say other people eating i wouold not recommend it, looked a bit greasy and cheap. Grand for a Coke and a bit of air condition. Just go 2 minutes down the road to Leopold's instead.
European style Bistro and Deli -Very clean with good service. They open at about 7:30 for breakfast which worked out well for me as I had appointments at 9:15am in another part of the city.
you can take a virtual tour here
Favorite Dish: I loved the French Toast and the Lassies
Sorry guys found this at the end of my trip and was ready for waffles and french toast, Also had good pastas on the dinner and lunch menus and very nice desserts.
CUISINE: MAHARASHTRIAN, GUJARATI, GOAN, VIDSARBHAN, KHLOPURI, AND OTHER .
A huge choice of fresh seafood ( Smoked clams, crabs, fish, prawns etal ) veggies will also be delighted by some yummy options. Keep a watch on exciting festivals hereGIONS OF WESTERN INDIA
last but not least You can enjoy traditional dances& music while eating like Lwani( from maharashtra/ garabha from gujarat)
Favorite Dish: my fev TISRYO SUKKE (Clams in a smoked coconut masala)
The fabulously rich cultural legacy of Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat, which form western India, awaits you at Viva Paschim. .
Favorite Dish: CHICHWANI
A KOLI SPECIALITY : BOMBIL / PRAWNS / RAWANSE
(Made with prawns, rawas or bombil. A fiery curry with tamarind, green chilli paste, coriander leaves
Barista is a chain of espresso bars and crèmes that can be found in over 30 Indian cities. There is one on Colaba Causeway in Colaba which I visited twice. There is air condition inside, but luckily it was not too cold.
It is a good place to come to to have some good coffee, but as I only visited Barista in Mumbai in the evening I didn’t drink coffee (can’t sleep if I drink coffee too late). Both times I visited I had a ginger and honey tea with a piece of chocolate cake to eat. For tea and cake I paid Rs 147 (June 2010).
In Bombay and not trying Malvani cuisine? This is a strict no no for me. It was on 21st December'09 I expressed the desire to try Malvani food to my Bombay friend Rajeev Bannerjee. Who took me to this place near Thane Railway station. Malvani food is not at difficult to find in Bombay, it is available everywhere. Just ask a local for guidance and experience the real exotic food of Maratha region!
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.
Many masalas have dried red chilies and other spices like coriander seeds, peppercorns, cumin, cardamom, ginger, garlic, etc. Some dishes also use kokum, dried kokam (amsul), tamarind, and raw mango (kairi).
However not all of the cuisine is hot and spicy. The 'Konkanastha Brahmin' style of food is quite bland yet very tasty and vegetarian too.
Fish dishes dominate the Malvani cuisine. The fiery seafood curries may be a bit too spicy for some people, but are quite tasty. The Malvani cuisine is very similar to Goan or coastal South Indian cuisine.
Sol Kadhi is a pink colored appetizer drink made from the kokam fruit and Coconut Milk, often drunk after particularly hot and spicy Konkani / Malvani meal as it is very soothing.
I liked the Kombdi Vade so much that I ordered two plates for me.
Favorite Dish: I tried their Tandalachi Bhakri ( Chapati made of Rice Flour), Bangda Fry ( Mackerel Fry), Sol Kadhi, Kombdi Vade ( Traditional Chicken Curry)
I don't remember why or how I missed this tip or the restaurant, which I have been visiting since 1984 my early work days! This one was discovered by me in 1984 when I joined ACC Limited and was on my official visit to Lonavala for ten days training. I stayed for the night at Hotel Windsor at Kumpta Street. There are many eating joints near VT railway station mostly run by The Shetty community of Tamilnadu and Karnataka. They serve excellent South Indian Non Veg food and Mumbai food at a very reasonable price. Their fish ( Mostly sea fish) dishes are really excellent and worth giving a try to know the real Bombay food or what the locals eat.
In the past I have tried their Pomfret masala, Halva ( Black Pomfret ) Masala, Surmai ( Tuna) Fry/ masala etc. I have also taken Rakhi there a no of times. Over the time that small place has bought the next door restaurant and have emerged as a large one with air conditioned hall and also a non air conditioned area, where the prices are 20% cheaper than the air conditioned sitting area.
This time after our training was over on 24th December'2009, I went there for a glass of beer and snacks. I had Squid Masala and Shrimp cocktail with my favourite Budweiser beer.
Favorite Dish: I wanted to try many dishes but the time was just not there. But I liked their Squid Masala and Shrimp cocktail. I have many favourite dishes there in this place.
21 Fahrenheit brings the fascinating Ice bar concept to India with this uber 'cool' restaurant + lounge in Oshiwara. The temperature controlled ice lounge, panning about 800 sqft. occupies about a third of the entire space. So strict they are with their temperature moderation, they will not allow any more than 45 people in the lounge at a time.
Its food is equally tasty and the service is superfine.I was quite impressed by the staff as they were much friendly ..
Favorite Dish: I loved my drink in glass ice in Ice lounge and i loved kababss
My colleagues and I, bored of the same old buffets, wanted to try out something new.They play nice music and the décor is cute, with Archie’s comic strips on all the walls. They’ve also incorporated Archie’s comic characters in their menu, like Juggie’s Burgers. The spellings of some characters are hilarious though, like Beti’s (Betty’s) Sizzlers and Harmonica’s (Veronica’s) Pasta :).
The food isn’t spectacular, but it is pretty good, very fast, and reasonably priced. A meal for two, including non-alcoholic drinks, would cost between INR 800 and 1000, definitely value for money!
Favorite Dish: Virgin Peach Margherita ,Strawberry Margherita ,Spinach and Walnut soup.,California Olive Cheese Balls,Vegetable Lasagna,Sizzling Brownie Their Apple Pie with ice cream and Chocolate Mousse are good too. also Try California Olive Cheese Balls