Something worth doing is having a taste of the local food whether you are in Mumbai or having plans of coming into the city. This is because the land is fertile and yields ingredients for wonderful cuisines and there are cuisines to suit everyone’s taste and choice whether you are vegetarian or non-vegetarian. Therefore, the history of Mumbai can be seen from its vast food culture. The city is known for its urban lifestyle with a lovely nightlife and all these come with a wonderful cuisine. Over time, the city has become the venue for rich traditional cuisines and flavors. There are also regional cuisines like Mughlai Kebabs, Gujarati, Kerala, Goan Vindaloo, Mangalorean, South Indian Meals, Konkani meals and Maharashtran fare etc. Some of the food consumed by residents of the city may include rice, fish, curries, pulses and desserts while some of the ingredients used in preparing some of the city’s traditional dishes are coconuts, cashew nuts, peanuts and peanut oil etc.
When you talk about food, the city is full of different variety of restaurants to serve you with different mouthwatering dishes. A journey around the city is not complete if one did not experiment with the city’s trademark cuisine such as Masala Chai and Pav Bhaji and Vada Pav which is a deep-fried potato dumpling in a bun. To help improve the food and tourism industry, the Mumbai tourism authority organized and sponsored food festivals every year. This festival activity attracts people around the world to come and enjoy the local recipes made by some of the best chefs. Though costly, most of the restaurants are certainly worth checking out. The city is made up of different communities in which there are also different combination of new and old restaurants making both the local and modern Indian dishes.
Most of these restaurants are blessed with magnificent views which make tourists rush to come and have a feel of what nature is really all about. Vacation in Mumbai is a must have for everyone because of its seafood and rich spices.
Mumbai Weather, climate and geography
Mumbai is located within the western coast of India and is made up of group of seven islands leading to the name Island city.
Mumbai have four weather seasons namely: summer, winter, monsoon and the withdrawal season. Winter season: Dec-Feb, Summer: Mar-May, Monsoon: Jun-Sept, and the withdrawal season: Oct-Dec. Being a city in the coastal region, the weather is humid throughout the year. During the humid weather, the temperature is high while during winter the weather is always chill.
The city has a tropical climate, mainly a tropical wet and dry just like the Sub-Sahara Africa. It is signified by seven months of dryness and rainfall in July. Mumbai is a multi-linguistic city and it welcomes anyone who cares to be a part of it and also anyone who cares to explore the city. The main languages spoken by people in this city are Hindi, Marathi and English. Although being an international city and also a multi-linguistic city, the people were able to adjust to English and Hindi easily which made it so simple for the people to be able to interact with other foreigners.
Restaurants in Mumbai
Looking for restaurants around the city for quality Indian food is not hard to do as there are different restaurants in the city and they cater to the needs of the customers ranging from locals to tourists. The city has various dining options for all kinds of cuisines and these restaurants serve some of Indian best foods to both tourists and locals. The city with its population needs to have restaurants to cater for the food need of the population. Most of these restaurants are local while some are international serving both local and continental dishes. For example: the Chowpathy Beach sounds cool for less costly fares, the Amar Juice Centre for street foods, Kalbadevi for meaty Kebabs, Sardar for Pav Bhaji, Café Madras for South Indian Cuisines and Britannia and Co Restaurant for Parsi Meals. For those in love with foreign cuisine combinations, Indigo is good for European-Asian Fusion Cuisine, Khyber for meat-based dishes, Ziya for Classic Indian Cuisines, Koh for Thai dishes and Leopold Café for continental, Italian and Indian fare.
Some of the must-try cuisine restaurants in Mumbai where people can enjoy amazing traditional Indian cuisines and continental flavours include the following:
This is owned by Rahul Akerkar and is a perfect location for events and banquet like parties and private soirees. It is an outstanding restaurant known very well in the province of Mumbai. It offers a menu combined with both European and Asian cuisines which was inspired by dishes from France, Italy, India and USA and it equally has the best wine list in the city. The restaurant is located in a calm and serene bungalow in South Mumbai and some of its menu recipes include roasted duck, lobster risotto, chilled tomatoes sorbet, pork chops etc.
Meal served: lunch and dinner
Location: 4 Mandlik Road Mumbai
Meal hours: 12pm-3pm & 7pm-11pm
Wasabi by Morimoto
With a combination of both Indian and Japanese culture, this restaurant offer a wide variety menu prepared wonderfully well by experienced chefs. The restaurant is beautified with various art works and interior decorations and some of their recipes and drinks are white fish Carpaccio, wasabi crème brúlèe, black lodmisco and variety of malts and blended whiskey. Wasabi by Morimoto has egetarian options, recipies good for kinds and accepts credit card payment. It is a highly rated restaurant offering bunch of dining options including lunch, dinner and dessert in a cosy atmosphere.
Meal served: lunch and dinner
Mon-Sun: 12:30pm-2:45pm & 7pm-11:45pm
Location: Apollo Bandar, Colaba Mumbai
This place cannot be faulted when it comes to its food or environment. It is well known for its ambience together with its cuisine. The dining room looks like an Afghan palace with perforated screens. It started business in 1958 and is known for its traditional northwest cuisines which may include tandoori and stewed lamb dishes and variety of vegetarian items too like the malai kofta and maa ki daal. They also serve good Kebabs and meaty grills. Regarded as one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city, it serves Mughlai as well as North Indian food. The Kyber restaurant is really a place you will like to amidst friends and loved ones.
Location: 145 Mahatma Gandhi Road Mumbai
Meal Hours: Daily: 12:30pm-4pm & 7:30pm-midnight
This is one of the city’s progressing and oldest restaurant and have been in business since 1956 and was founded by Peshori Lal Lamba with his partner IK Ghai. Its outstanding performance in the care of customers and their need has sustained it over the years. It is also the first restaurant in the city to acquire an open-air bakery as customers could see and smell aroma of fresh baked food coming out of the oven. Within its menu, both local and continental are served with the most sort after dish by regulars to the restaurant being the Makhani which means butter chicken. Other dishes may include Rogan Josh, Lasooni Fish Eikka etc. The restaurant area is divided into two: the old-world garden which is outdoor and the larger air-conditioned area which is indoor implying that it offers dining both indoors and outdoors.
The best interesting thing about this place is its exemplary service as it takes little time in serving food. It has trained professionals who are friendly and meticulous in the discharge of their duties.
The eatery after many years in business is still relevant due to its innovation and adjusting to new trends and changing taste keeping in mind its trademark; which is excellent continental and Indian cuisines.
Location: Mayfair building, Veer Nariman Road, Church gate, Mumbai.
Opening days: Mon-Sun: 9am-11:30am
Dinning time: 12pm-3:30pm & 7:30pm-11:30pm
People who want to try out dishes from different cultures will like the flavours and cuisines offered here. This place is known for their Vegetarian Asian dishes mainly Sushis, Beijing and sashimi. Their cuisine combines from Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Korean cuisines etc. This is one of the restaurants in North Mumbai to serve Peking duck and white Burgundy from the wine cellar attached to the room. Therefore, if you are in need of some delicious yet simple dishes cutting across different cultures, the Pan Asian Restaurant is the best place to go.
Meal Service: lunch, dinner
Location: Sahar Road ITC Maratha Mumbai
Opening Days: Daily 12:30pm-2:45pm & 7:30pm-11:45pm
Olive Bar and Kitchen
This is a soft spot for Bollywood celebrities, and they serve toothsome food. A fancy and popular place, the menu of food changes regularly but all dishes are prepared using large quantity of fresh ingredients with the most ordered by customer being the Italian salads and pasta. The environment is casual and cool. Therefore, if you are in need of some delicious yet simple dishes cutting across different cultures, Olive Bar and Kitchen is the best place to go.
Meal served: lunch, dinner
Location: 14 Union Park Mumbai
Opening Days: Daily 8:30pm-midnight
The place is a 14-years old restaurant at the Trident Hotel and is dedicated to Bharat Joyent’s who was nicknamed India Jones because of his passion for travel and fine food. The menu showcases dishes from Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia and even Japan. There are no Sunday brunches, but they do take care for set meals in case for large group. The menu includes dishes like Kerala pepper prawns and black pepper pomfret. With both the artifacts and calligraphy, the restaurant is a sure ambience for business meetings etc. Therefore, if you are in need of some delicious yet simple dishes cutting across different cultures, the Indian Jones Restaurant is the best place to go.
Location: Lower Lobby, Trident, Nariman Point Mumbai
Opening Days: Daily 12:30pm-2:45pm & 7:30pm-11:45pm
This is a Chinese restaurant located at the Taj Mahal Palace and became the first of its kind to serve Szechuan dishes from south-west China. It’s Chinese and Cantonese cuisines are still the best today and is loved by both local and foreigners. The restaurant offers in its menu some of these recipes: fried rice, shrimp toast, chop suey, egg Foo young, seafood etc. With the weekends being crowded, reservation of a table is a nice idea. Therefore, if you are in need of some delicious yet simple dishes cutting across the Chinese culture, the Golden Dragon Restaurant is the best place to go.
Location: Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Apollo Bunder Mumbai
Meal Hours: Daily 12:30pm-2:45pm & 7pm-11:45pm
This place deserves a visit if you are in Mumbai or planning to come to the city. This place stands out when compared to other restaurants located within the same area. This is seen in its menu which showcases the recipe of Bukhara on the Northwest side of the city and includes spiced meat kebabs and curries. It’s Service to Food, you won’t find anywhere in the city as it serves quality food that feels and taste like a home cook meal and the atmosphere adds to the charm and eating with hand. The diners eat with their hands to feel the simplicity of the food. Therefore, if you are in need of some delicious yet simple dishes cutting through the Northwest side of the city, the Peshaweri Restaurant is the best place to go.
Location: Sahar Road Mumbai
Opening Days: Mon-Sun: 12:30pm-2:45pm & 7pm-11:45pm
There are several other restaurants that offers menu of all kinds in enticing quality. Mumbai has unlimited supply of both local food products and foreign one. No one coming into Mumbai need be afraid of what to eat because the city has a lot in stock for people all over the world. The city has a welcoming atmosphere and generally secured for you comfort and safety. Therefore, if you are looking for a home away from home, Mumbai is one of the best places be. Explore the beauty of variety of food in Mumbai, come tour Mumbai.