Being a die-hard foodie, I have tried ‘n’ number of dishes, out of which I decided to write with the best of them. From the top Chinese restaurant to the street side thela (chuck wagon) Mumbai has the best of all Indian cuisines. One thing I observed was that I like eating roadside food more than the restaurant food.
When it comes to street food, Mumbai offers you juicy kebabs, hot-n-spicy misal pav, yummy mutton Biryani, Mumbai’s hot favorite Vada pav, appetizing fried rice, mouth-watering dosa, and spicy pav bhaji. So all you fellas, get ready to know the tastes of a typical Indian foodie. Well, I was wondering whether to start with the best one or my favorite. They are all so delicious that I got confused and started with whatever came first to my mind.
- Mutton Biryani at Mohammed Ali Road – As you enter, this lane of pure bliss, the aroma of Mutton Biryani and colorful Kebabs will not only water your mouth but also fill up your nostrils. The famous Masjid lane serves not only chicken but red meat Biryani, lamb brain fry, liver fry and a variety of dessert. My personal favorite here is the Mutton Biryani. This food is made in tonnes of oil, butter, and spices. So health-conscious foodies, please Excuse! The more you eat the more you would want it. The Biryani has the right amount of mutton pieces and ribs cooked tenderly. The Biryani is so well cooked that when you take the first morsel, you don’t understand what tastes so good? Is it the spices, the red meat or the flavored rice? The aroma of this place wafts through the air to make it more ambrosial. This place also attracts a crowd for its very well known desserts – cold Phirnis and sweet Malpuas are the favorites. This place is simply awesome.
- Vada Pao at Mithibai College and NM College – if you are in Mumbai and don’t know what is Vada Pav; people will be pretty taken aback. It’s like the national dish of Mumbai. A ball of cooked mashed potatoes is deeply fried in the batter is called a Vada. A bun or Indian muffin is buttered and layered with green chutney and red garlic chutney. The Vada is placed inside the muffin and served hot. The cheapest of all, Vada pav scores 10/10 at Mithibai College. This place majorly attracts the collegians. They prefer having Vada pav mostly with a cutting “Chai” (tea) sold at next stall. The vada is not much spicy but the chutneys that come along with the pav are real hot. By the time you understand the taste of Vada pav, it’s finished, so you got to order 2 for yourself and it’s worth the treat.
- Misal Pav at Khao Galli (Treat Street) Colaba – This is my favorite street food as it brings the best of Maharashtrian food, and being a Maharashtrian myself, I enjoy eating here. From simply cooked Poha(flattened rice), upma, pav bhaji to spicy hot misal pav and Vada pav, this place is always crowded with office-goers and shoppers from Colaba Causeway. Misal Pav is what I prefer eating here. It is considered to be healthy food as it is made of moth beans. A layer of “farsan” (salty appetizers) is put over the cooked moth beans and is garnished with coriander leaves & lemon. There are red and green chutneys mixed in it. You eat it with a buttered Pav (bun). This dish is also amongst one of the spicy ones. Well, you might wonder most of the snacks in India are eaten with Pav. Yes, it is. The taste of Misal pav is zesty. I relished the taste of this dish since childhood and even today I can’t resist the aroma that fills up my senses. The “Poha” is also worth trying, a dish that is cooked on every Sunday in a Maharashtrian house.
- Mysore masala dosa at Andheri Station – If you are someone who loves eating south Indian food, this is the place to be. Just outside the Andheri Station, there are 2 stalls that serve hot south Indian delicacies. I prefer the old favorite – cheese Mysore masala dosa. They take quick orders and serve your food right on time when you are done enough seeing the others eat while you are waiting. The Mysore masala dosa is cooked on a giant Tawa (roti pan). Spreading the dosa (crepe) batter in circular motions as fast as possible is one thing you would love watching. All the ingredients are quickly added with cheese on top. The chutneys that accompany the tantalizing Mysore masala dosa are pretty pungent. Once this is served to you, you can’t just start eating it as it is way too hot. But the time you put it in your mouth, you can’t just stop having it. It simply melts in your mouth. The other dishes to try out here are masala dosa and Uthappam. This place is always crowded. But the waiting time is almost nil compared to the worth of this dish.
- Pav-Bhaji at Amar juice center Juhu – Fairly simple in its way Amar Juice center is located in a prime area. College goers and shoppers are the people who crowd this place in the daytime. While at night, this place is packed with party animals, late-niters, and the crazy midnight food lovers. This place is open till 0100 hrs on weekdays and until wee hours on weekends. Coming to the Menu, Amar juice center scores highest on its piquant “Pav-Bhaji” (Pav = bun & Bhaji = vegetables gravy).The pav is buttered more than ever and the red colored bhaji looks scrumptious. It is accompanied with brown chutney made of garlic and tomatoes to give this dish a right amount of tang. The tender pav eaten with this delectably cooked bhaji is something you can’t stop asking for more. And you can’t afford to eat this delicacy without chopped onions on top and just a bit of lemon juice. There are few tables to sit on the pavement but most people prefer to eat in their cars.The prices are pretty reasonable. Also as the name suggests, juices here are also worth trying. The sweet lime juice and pineapple juice are the most popular ones. Grilled sandwiches and pizzas are also good try-outs.
Well, there are lots more but I would wrap up here now. Next time you are in Mumbai, try out these dishes and have a delicious day ahead.
You should also try Maska Pav in any Iranian Restaurant in south Mumbai, Chinese food at Hearsch Bakery Bandra, Kebabs at Jai Jawan stall Bandra Linking road, Vada Pav at Churchgate, Baida Pav at Andheri Station. (Good Luck for the Indian Gastronomic Experience).