Iconic foodie spots to eat in Bombay aka Mumbai

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Bombay or Mumbai is called the city of dreams. If you’ve spent time exploring Bombay, you’ll also want to explore some of Mumbai’s iconic foodie spots. After you’re done exploring this vibrant heart of India, if you’re wondering where to eat in Mumbai, look no further. Here’s a list of old addas to eat at in Bombay, with a few popular new ones thrown in.

Foodie places you must eat at in Mumbai aka Bombay, India

1. Elco Pani Puri Restaurant

By Sarah from The Winged Fork

Bhelpuri at Elco's in Mumbai, India.
Bhelpuri at Elco’s in Mumbai, India

Once upon a time around 50 years ago a small street stall opened on Hill Road in Bandra, Mumbai. The owner started selling his tasty pani puri to the tired and hungry shoppers, and a fad was born. Soon everyone started eating at Elco Pani Puri Centre.

The chaat and pani puri stalls are iconic in Mumbai and serve many mouth watering treats. Over time their dahi kachori, pani puri, ragda pattice, cocktail juice and dahi kachori became synonymous with food in Bombay. If you’re ever in Mumbai, you have to try some.

Find Elco Pani Puri Centre at 2/A, Elco Market, Ramdas Nayak Marg, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050.

2. Mohammed Ali Road in SoBo aka South Mumbai

On Friday’s during the year, and especially more during the month of Ramadan or Ramzan, Mohammed Ali Road, one of Mumbai’s famous khau galli’s gives off tantalizing aroma’s of rich biryani’s and spicy kebab’s.

Chicken skewers for Ramadan.
Chicken skewers for Ramadan at Khau Galli in Jogeshwari

It’s a must-visit for any foodie, much like the Khau galli in Jogeshwari opposite Bostan Hotel (yeah, not Boston).

Barfis at Suleiman Usman Mithaiwala.
Barfis at Suleiman Usman Mithaiwala

One of the more well-known sweet shops on Mohammed Ali Road is the Suleiman Usman Mithai Wala. Phirnis, halwas, dry fruits and the range of barfis. Rose barfi, coconut barfi, almond barfi, anjeer barfi, walnut burfee, milk burfi, you name a burfi, they have it. My favorite barfi at their store is the black currant barfi. 🙂 To die for!

Find Suleiman Usman Mithaiwala at 167, IbrahimMerchant Rd, Below Minara Masjid, Pydhonie, Mandvi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400003.

3. Yazdani Restaurant and Bakery

By Teresa from Brogan Abroad

Facade of Yazdani Restaurant and Bakery, Mumbai.
Yazdani Restaurant and Bakery, Mumbai

Mumbai is the most culturally diverse cities in India and that comes across the food that you can find in this cosmopolitan city. Yazdani Restaurant and Bakery is one of the oldest and most loved Iranian bakery in Mumbai.
Currently owned by the second generation of a family of Iranian-descend, Yazdani is an institution in the South of the city.

It started its life as a fancy bakery that used to make 7-tier cakes, and it now serves the simplest of worker’s meals – brun-maska (translated as bread and butter) served with half a glass of chai. The freshly-baked bruns are served with a generous spread of butter, and the best way to enjoy it is to dip it into the chai. Simple yet satisfyingly delicious! A must try in Mumbai.

Find Yazdani Restaurant and Bakery at 1, Horniman Circle, 11A, Cawasji Patel Rd, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001.

4. Mumbai ka Vada Pao at these street food stalls

Wada pav  with sweet red chutney.
Wada pav is a popular streetfood in India, especially in Mumbai

Indian Street food is a thing that everyone loves to eat. In Mumbai, the love is dedicated to Vada Pao. You will find street stalls at every corner, especially on push carts or thelas. These are some of the places that sell amazing Vada Paos:

  • Ashok Vada pao stall has been selling the dish for several years. They set up their stall at Kashinath Dhuru Marg situated in Dadar west.
  • Anand Vada Pao is another famous stall that is present in the Vile Parle area. It is famous among the college students and they love the garlic chutney provided by the stall.
  • Jai Maharashtra Vada Pao is a quintessential store that has been rolling out Vada Paos since 1966. It is a situation in Azad Nagar, Andheri West.
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These are some of the best places for Vada Pao in Mumbai. All of them are flocked with people from the very time of their opening. So, you may need to wait some time to taste their creations.

Take a street food tour of Mumbai to enjoy some delicious local foods!

5. K Rustom’s near Marine Drive in Churchgate

K Rustoms Walnut Crunch ice cream by Ritesh.
K Rustoms Walnut Crunch ice cream by Ritesh Haldankar

Set up in 1953 by a Parsi family, K Rustom’s in Marine Drive serves the most amazing ice cream sandwiches. People from all over the world visit this wee shop in South Mumbai for their ice cream. Of course, the crowds in the evenings make it a bit difficult to get your share. But hang in there, and soon you’ll get your favorite; from almond crunch to rum and raisin, to guava or my favorite walnut crunch ice cream. You really can’t stop at one. 😉

Find K Rustom’s Ice Cream at 86, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020.

PS. This pic above was taken by my friend Ritesh who does wedding photography. You can connect with him on Facebook here.

6. Leopold Cafe on Colaba Causeway

Leopold Cafe and Bar signboard.
Leopold Cafe and Bar
Christmas at Leopold Cafe and Bar - ground floor.
Christmas at Leopold Cafe and Bar – ground floor

Located on the famous Colaba Causeway, the Leopold Café that was established in 1871.This Irani cafe survived the 2008 terror attacks and stands as a testament to the resilient spirit of the Mumbaikars. We can still see the bullet holes left in the walls.

Bullet holes left in the wall from the 2008 shooting.
Bullet holes left in the wall from the 2008 shooting

A favourite haunt for travellers and locals, the Leopold Café also featured in Gregory David Roberts’ novel and movie Shantaram. Over the last 150 odd years, the cafe has moonlighted as a pharmacy and a cooking oil store as well. In fact, it’s supposed to have started out as cooking oil store.

An interesting fact about their logo. It uses a Persian Lion Rhyton to denote its Zoroastrian roots.

Leopold Special Chicken Pasta.
Leopold Special Chicken Pasta

It’s a great place to enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner with friends or family. We enjoyed the Leopold Special Pasta with pink sauce, though they ended up giving us the vegetarian one instead of the chicken one. The waiter offered to change it for us, but it was delicious enough to eat as it is. I think a lot of people come here just for their chef’s amazing pasta.

Spicy Chicken Tikka Sandwich.
Spicy Chicken Tikka Sandwich

The other dish we ordered was the spicy chicken with rosemary sandwich. Yummy! And the third one, the beef with onions and chips was well done and the meat cut through like butter. Yummy!

Upstairs at Leopold.
Upstairs at Leopold

The noise in there can get quite loud at times, but the ambience is perfect and it’s still got that old-world feel. The waiters are quite busy, so you need to try a few times before you get their attention.

If you visit during winter, you’ll love the Christmassy decorations. There was also a sticker on the upper floor that I loved. It read,

“If you have the time, isn’t every place walking distance?”

Find the Leopold Cafe opposite Olympia Coffee House, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba Causeway, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001.

7. Sea Lounge at the Taj Mahal Hotel Palace near the Gateway of India

Gateway of India.
Gateway of India

Right opposite the Gateway of India is the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. If you visit the Palace Wing of the Taj Mahal Hotel Palace, there’s a Sea Lounge on the first floor, where one can enjoy a coffee with muffins or a cocktail with light snacks. 

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Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
Mom at the Taj.
Mom at the Taj

As you enter, there’s a grand piano on the left. I loved the décor of the room – shades of brown and green with classy art deco furnishings.

Book table at the Sea Lounge.
Book table at the Sea Lounge

A table right opposite the entrance displayed a variety of coffee, while a table to right of it was laden with books.

View of the Gateway from the Sea Lounge.
View of the Gateway from the Sea Lounge

It was quieter in here as opposed to the crowded Gateway of India on the other side. You’ll also find an amazing view of the Gateway of India and the Arabian Sea from here. Really, if it weren’t for the street lights in your way, this view would be picture-perfect!

Find the Sea Lounge at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001.

8. Badshah Cold drinks

Established way back in 1905, Badshah Cold Drink and Snacks is a place we’ve been visiting since we were kids, and our parents visited before us. It’s one of those places you always go to after a busy day of shopping in and around Crawford Market.

We loved going in there all sweaty and climing to the upper level to find a cosy seat (all the seats are cosy) where we’d enjoy the treat we earned, a falooda. Made in so many flavors – pista falooda, strawberry falooda, and the amazing Badshahi falooda or Royal falooda, truly amazing!

Plate of kulfi with vermicelli noodles and nuts on top.
Plate of kulfi with vermicelli noodles and nuts on top

If you’re wondering what falooda is, it’s a heaven-sent combination of ice cream, milk, vermicelli, basil seeds, and your choice of syrup.

Semolina dosa with green chutney and red sambar.
Semolina dosa with chutney and sambar

Of course, at other times, we started with a more normal meal. Well, normal means not dessert. We’d enjoy some buttery pav bhaji or rava masala dosa or one of their amazing veggie treats!

If you’re in SoBo, that’s what we call South Bombay or the Southern part of Mumbai, make sure you stop here!

Badshah’s Cold Drinks is at:
152 to 156, Lokmanya Tilak Rd,
Opp Police Commissioner’s Office, Lohar Chawl, Kalbadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001

9. The Fatty Bao

An awesome enterprise by the group that started Olive in 2000 and has served us many amazing dishes since then, The Fatty Bao serves us inventive Asian food and oh so yummy baos.

Prawn Momos at The Fatty Bao.
Prawn Momos at The Fatty Bao

Their prawn momos are to die for. Don’t ask me, ask my friend. I’ll literally die if I eat them. Okay, not literally. But I’m allergic to prawns. So I’m missing out on this deliciousness. Our friends though love them!

Char Siu Pork at The Fatty Bao.
Char Siu Pork at The Fatty Bao

And don’t forget the Char Siu Pork. This fantastic tasting barbecued pork belly that just melts in your mouth. We need some seconds!

Find The Fatty Bao in Mumbai at:

  • Ground  Floor, Summerville, Linking Road, Near KFC, 14th & 33rd Cross Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050.
  • Plaza, Ground Floor Sentinel, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400076.
  • G1, 108, Ground Floor, Morya Classic, Andheri – West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400102.

10. Aromas Café, Juhu, Bombay, India

A real big Brownie Majestic.
Brownie Majestic

Think of ice cream and I think of Aromas Cafe in Juhu, Mumbai, India. I had been there for lunch with my friend Sushma. The wide glass windows gave the cafe a very spacious and positive feel. We could sit and relax for hours without being bothered to leave immediately once done. There were a few others enjoying coffee. Sushma and I enjoyed our Lebanese Chicken, yummy, I must say, and the Apricot and Roast chicken Salad, also yummy!

And when we ordered our ice creams, we spent quite some time just enjoying the beauty and taking pictures. And while enjoying dessert we remembered that we hadn’t taken pics of the rest of the food. But anyways, nothing compared to our Brownie Majestic.

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It was an absolutely gooey chocolate brownie with vanilla & chocolate ice cream topped with whipped cream and hot chocolate sauce. We could see the steam lift off the ice cream when the hot chocolate sauce hit the ice cream. To die for!

Find Aromas Cafe in Juhu
Address: Ground Floor, 52, Gazebo House,
Gulmohar Road,
Below Country Club Fitness,
Cross Road Number 7,
Juhu Scheme, Juhu,
Mumbai – 400049

11. Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden (Now closed)

Soft and juicy pan-fried dumplings at Kaitlyns beer garden.
Soft and juicy pan-fried dumplings at Kaitlyns beer garden

The cousin DFon recommended heading over to Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden when in Bandra. The cheery bar with a faux garden decor offers a variety of beer on tap as well as other dishes.

If you go here, try the Shrimp Potsticker says DFon. These soft and juicy pan-fried dumplings are served with a citrus sauce that gives it a tangy clip at the end. Pair with a glass of stout beet and you’re good to go!

Find Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden at:
No. 202, Khan House, Hill Road, Above McDonald’s,
Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050

12. Ferry Wharf

My family enjoying fish thali at Ferry Wharf in Malad.
My family enjoying fish thali at Ferry Wharf in Malad

If you love seafood, you have to go to Ferry Wharf. This restaurant serves some of the best Malvani and Maharashtrian-style seafood in Mumbai. A foodie destination for both locals and celebs, you’ll love the cane lampshades and ocean-themed blue and beige decor.

Start of with the traditional sol kadhi. Their pomfret thali and prawns thalis are quite popular. So are the surmai or kingfish fry, squid green chilly, kapri or black pomfret ghee roast, crab curry, and more.

Some soft neer dosas and bhakri will ensure you finish all that spicy gravy. And don’t forget to chuck it down with a cool drink of breezer or beer to take some of the tongue-burn away!

Ferry Wharf Malad
Address: Shop 6&7, Raj Infinia, Evershine Nagar, Malad West, Mumbai-400064
Mobile No: 8928149180/ 8928117290
Email: info@ferrywharf.co.in

There’s another one in Bandra at this address:
Address: Shop No. 11 & 12, Bldg No.3, Nityanand Nagar, ONGC Colony, Bandra West,
Mumbai-400050
Mobile No: 9324250863
Email: info@ferrywharf.co.in

13. Parsi Dairy Farm

Parsi Dairy Farm was started by Nariman Ardeshir in 1916, and the family has been serving Bombay’s sweet tooth for over a 100 years. 

Back in my college days, it was difficult to pass by the Parsi Dairy Farm, Mumbai without buying some sweet barfi or dahi (yogurt) to take home. And we loved the old fluffy dog that used to sleep just near the door. I forget what his name was.

Find the Parsi Dairy Farm at 261/63 Shamaldas Gandhi Marg, Princess Street, Marine Lines, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400002.

So that’s where to eat in Mumbai or Bombay as we still call her. Let us know which other places to add to this list.

And a PS. There’s always a PS. There are so many more places in Mumbai that I have to still discover. If you love a foodie spot in Mumbai that isn’t on this list yet, just email a pic and description to abby@thewingedfork.com and if we like it, we’ll add it in. There literally are hundreds we’ve not had time to write about!

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