The monsoon season has arrived with a bang. The city has been greeted with heavy showers and this damp weather demands some soul-satisfying food. All the light meals with salads and juices are being traded in for hearty plates of comfort food. Think the usual monsoon munchies as well as some interesting dishes that compliment the season. Buckle up, it is going to be a wet couple of months so rejoice with these delicious dishes at restaurants across Mumbai.
Pakodas - The first thing you think of eating during the rainy season is Chai and Pakode. Something immensely comforting in these deep-fried vegetable fritters served with a piping hot cup of tea. If you are too lazy to make it at home and do not want to eat off a street cart pop by any one of the Chaayos outlets to indulge in their special Barish Wale Pakodes which is a mix of potato onion and chili fritters. Team it up with a steaming cup of Masala Chai ( or any tea you like ) and you are in business.
Corn - Nothing says Monsoon season quite like a nice cob of roasted corn. Classic Indian style bhutta is a hot favourite and of course best eaten off the street but you can find some excellent corn-based dishes that go beyond just the cob. The Rock Corn Tempura at Kofuku served with a spicy mayo or creamy wasabi sauce is the perfect monsoon snack. For something that is not batter fried opt for the Esquites at Sancho's which is a popular Mexican street style snack of roasted corn with jalapeno mayo, cheese, onion, garlic and a dash of lime.
Nachos - A big pile of loaded crispy nachos is always a good option for when you get the munchies and what's great is that they are always sharing portions. If you pop by the Hard Rock Cafe and opt for their Nacho Palooza then you are in for a loaded treat that is good enough to share with a group of friends. It comes piled high with cheese, beans, sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole and not that it really needs it but you can also add some South West Chicken to give it a bit of a kick.
Noodle Bowls / Ramen - This weather calls for soups, carbs and hot bowls and the perfect combination of all these is a hearty Japanese Ramen Bowl. With Japanese restaurants popping up all over the city you can find these at many eateries but the Pork Ramen with Miso Pork Broth at Hello Guppy and the Chasu Ramen Bowl at The Fatty Bao are our favourite picks.
Fondue - A big pot of melted cheese with pieces of toasted bread to dip it in is a decadent meal. You need to have a serious appetite to do justice to a good Fondue and this is the perfect weather for it. Out Of The Blue has an interesting Fondue menu with various types ranging from a Desi Fondue where the cheese is flavoured with Indian spices and served with vegetables to a Whisky Bacon Fondue.
Better known as the Tiny Taster, Roxanne is an internationally respected blogger and expert on the Mumbai food scene. She has hosted many events, including the Upper Crust Food & Wine Show and travels the world, sharing her knowledge and gaining more experience.