UPDATE OCT. 2013: RESTAURANT CLOSED
The Rice Boat - a South Indian restaurant - Kerala cuisine - is a really special, calming place in the midst of hectic Mumbai. The interior is really nice and inviting with waterfalls on the walls. Waiters are traditionally dressed and the service is top notch. The food is excellent - wonderful sea food in Kerala spices. The Sadya (Kerala Thali) was delicious!
Favorite Dish: Sadya
There seem to be several of these establishments, but the one I'm familiar with is on the seafront, near the Marriott hotel (the Juhu branch, I think). Incredibly fresh and tasty seafood. I especially like the king prawns, which are as big as your forearm, and grilled with a tandoori spice. The wait staff will come around to your table and show you the fresh crabs, lobster, fish, and prawns, so you can choose which one you want prepared. Prices are reasonable, which makes this a fantastic value for the quality of the meal you receive. A must-visit for me whenever I'm in Mumbai
It rained a lot when I was in Mumbai. On my first day I had taken shelter in a lottery shop while the rain poured down. It seemed never to stop and I was getting hungry. No restaurant could be seen from where I was standing so I took a look in the guidebook and they mentioned a restaurant only a block away, it was Anubhav. When there seemed to be less rain for a while I ran to the restaurant.
Anubhav is a vegetarian restaurant with a good choice of dishes, and it seemed to be popular. I asked the waiter to recommend me something that was not hot and spicy and he recommended Malai Kofta with puri (a kind of bread). The Malai Kofta was good, so later I ordered Malai Kofta at many restaurants I visited, but most of the times they did not taste as good as this one at Anubhav.
The price in June 2010 was:
Malai Kofta Rs 60
Four puri Rs 13
Water bottle (1 litre) Rs 16
I would definitely have gone back to this restaurant if it hadn’t been too far away from other places I was at when it was time to eat.
The restaurant is open between 8.00 - 21.45 on Mondays - Saturdays.
The café is a small but cozy place located just off one of the many roads that shoot in all directions from kings circle. It proudly displays the “Estd.1940” next to its name. At the entrance you are received by 2 boards highlighting the day’s special offerings on the menu.
There are roughly about 12 tables scattered about the place. The waiting time is almost negligible once you’ve placed the Order.The pricing is honest which is why you see people of all classes flocking at the entrance or engrossed in their Idlis and Dosas.
Many have complained about the service.They should take a leaf out of Mysore Cafe's book. The staff there is much better n efficient in service n also mild mannered.
Favorite Dish: You could go for the standard fare such as upma, idli, vadai or dosai. If you are in the mood for something more exotic, ask for the udendu dosa. A spicy batter is used to make this delicacy. Otherwise, you always have masala dosa, uthapam or rava dosai. All these dishes are served with a freshly made coconut chutney and sambar.On sundays, they serve pongal and this is something you must order. With a generous portion of ghee on top, this tamilian khichdi is a must-try.
Cafe Mysore is the Oldest Udupi restaurant in Mumbai, serving South Indian food.The restaurant is partly airconditioned- fans on the groung floor and A/c on the Ist floor.
The food is quite good- if you eat South Indian food at any restaurant in Matunga, you don't like South Indian food anywhere else in Mumbai. You can try Idli, Meduwada, different dosas, khoto idli ,various desserts etc.
A meal for 3 with desserts would cost you around Rs. 330 (around Rs. 110 per person) in the A/c section. Different types of South Indian farsan (durables like chips) are also for sale at the counter. I heard its one of the favourite restaurants of industrialist Mukesh Ambani.
Favorite Dish: Khoto Idli is the dish I tried first time here in Cafe Mysore. Its a cousine of Idli but very soft, large in size & different shape. The menu card says that it is steamed in Jackfruit leaf & is good for acidity. It is served with a spicy chutney.
Wada, Uppama, Idli, Dosa - some of the most popular Indian foods are South Indian in origin. And Banana Leaf serves them up very well on a freshly cut banana leaf, of course! Banana Leaf is a full veg restaurant.
What is different about Banana Leaf is that along with the usual way these food are served - and house specialities, they offer many unusual combinations - khata meetha tomato idli, tarela jeera idli, spinach cheese garlic dosa, coconut honey dosa, beet root uttappam. The menu also includes veg dishes (curry, stew), rice plates, chef special items, and thalis. A good selection of desserts, fresh fruit juices, and lassis round out the menu.
My favorite dishes are the idlis or masala dosa with sambar and coconut chutney. The dosas are huge!
Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
Banana Leaf is extremely popular. If you plan to visit for dinner, I'd suggest making reservations.
A meal would run about $2-3 per person.
Very nice vegeterian restaurant.
Do go inside, as the inside of the restaurant looks very different from the entrance area. Many Indian patrons – very few tourists
Main courses 80-180Rs
Selection of South Indian dishes - very good Biriyani (also Mexican and chinese)
I have lived in Chennai, South India for 6 yars during the early 70´s and I love south Indian food. Food like Dosas, Idlis, Oothapam, Vadas and much more. After reaching India I was eagerly waiting my chance to relish some of my favourite foods. I was taken to a restaurant called KAMATS which is supposed to serve good dosas and other south Indian dishes. Wow, I could hardly wait for the food to come, the first in the row was a very good looking Dosa,it was worth a picture. Really tasty.
Talking about the restaurant is s a good, comfortable and clean place wth good service. The prices looked pretty cheap. We were about 7 of us and we paid around 500 rupees after having a good meal. That was around 8 Euros. I wish it was nearer for me to go there more often.
Favorite Dish: Dosas
This farmost best south indian restaurant in mumbai.
there are basically 2 catogories of south indian restaurants in india. one is where you get only snacks, and one where you get your means (lunch/dinner) and there are few where you get both.
Matunga (central) - one station before dadar on the central railway was sometime ago called mini-madras (chennai). but with the real estate prices increasing everyday, the local community has been moving places. its more of a mix- cosmopolitan area now.
there are wide influence of south-indian culture including temples and restaurant here.
this perticular one is on maheshwari udyan (King's circle).
Favorite Dish: its got the best south-indian food ever. try out the butter dosa (like pan-cakes) and also the curd-rice. and to end it, have filtered coffee.
while paying your bill dont forget to have the famous paan. its a bit spicy but its good for digestion.
In Mumbai, you can get good tea with snacks in a nice air-conditioned environment at the Tea Centre in Churchgate area. There is even live music by the blind pianist. The food there is towards the more high-end one.
Favorite Dish: The Tea Centre serves all types of Indian tea and you will be spoilt of choices. There is also a long list of snacks for you to choose from. I tried their samosa and apple pie.
Cucumber has a "cooling" effect on our bodies should we consume it. I like to eat cucumber and when I saw the hawker selling them, I quickly went forward to buy one half of a cucumber.
It was sprinkled with chilli powder/salt mix it was nice.
Need a treat for yourself after exploring the Elephanta Caves under the hot weather? Ice-cream sounds good? Well, there are ice-cream sellers at the Gateway of India area. Buy one to have a licking good time.
I did not try it though. Duh! I saw many people eating.
Got tired of Indian food? This is a western dish. Yes, omelette with toasts. There is nothing special with the omelette but do take note of the sauce. You will be served two types of sauce. Tomato and chilli. Tomato sauce is red and the chilli, green. The green chilli sauce looks cool to me. Perhaps they use green chillis instead of the red ones for the sauce.
Kulfi is Indian home-made ice-cream. I first tasted them at Chowpatty Beach too. There is a long list of different flavours you can pick from and the one I ate as shown in the first picture is the plain original kulfi topped with a sauce which tasted a liitle like condensed milk. It is known as malai kulfi. What is so special about kulfi is that it is very creamy and it is "spicy", meaning, cardomon, a type of spice is one of the ingredients.
I read that the kulfi went to India from Persia.
Absolutely yummy. Must try.
Bhelpuri is a snack you must try when you are in Mumbai. Get to Chowpatty Beach and try the variety of bhelpuris there and it goes well with the beach.
Found some description of bhelpuri from the net and here goes :
"Puffed rice forms the base of the bhel. To this finely cut tomatoes, onions and chillies are added. To this some chutneys are added to give it a sweet or spicy flavour. Sev, a chick-pea based topping is sprinkled and garnished with coriander leaves. It is then served with toasted puris, (a wheat based bread, deep fried). The result is a sour/pungent/sweet taste. It is customary to wash down the bhelpuri with a serving of panipuri, a chaat."
Favorite Dish: I will be describing the 3 types of bhelpuri I tried at Chowpatty Beach. It a must-eat at Chowpatty.
The one you see in this picture is my favourite. I think this is known as panipuri. This chaat didn't come in with "complete" round shells. In fact, each of the shell wss chipped off at the top and they are filled with some fillings of chickpeas. And to complete the dish, yogurt was poured onto the "stuffed" shells. Well, I am feeling really hungry will I recall how it tasted like.