Mouth-watering chaats, not only perk up your taste buds but also uplift your mood during the dull monsoon days. Something spicy that ads zest to your palate is what the taste-buds crave. Mumbai may not be the best place as compared to Delhi for chaats, but some places have great offerings and get the chutneys right, and, that makes all the difference. Chaats with curd, potatoes, sev, chutneys and a host of other condiments, are a treat that is irresistible during the rains. Papdi Chaat, Sev Puri, Dahi Puri, Aloo Chaat. There is a lot to choose from. Here are my top 5 picks.
SodaBottleOpenerWala, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Western Suburbs
On a rainy day, fret not if you are feeling the blues. Head straight to SodaBottleOpenerWala and savour the Chaat Pakoda and chill menu. The Palak Patta Pakoda Chaat with all its crunch and spices, is a sure shot palate-pleaser. The Raj Kachori Chaat spells some more indulgence but is made to perfection. Dilliwlas can enjoy their Delhi Aloo Chaat. Sip a chai along and you are sorted.
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Chaayos, Powai, Central Mumbai
Known for its great section of teas and sacks, the Samosa Matar Chaat here is a must-have. And if something more healthy, yet tasty is what you are seeking, opt for the Kala Chana Chaat which boasts of myriad flavours. Order a Baarishwali Chai alongside and you have the perfect combo for a rainy evening.
The Brasserie, Hilton Mumbai International Airport, Mumbai
Tuck into delectable street food including lip-smacking chaats, Paani Puri, Tikkis and more as part of the street food festival here, each evening. One can not possibly go through this season and not gorge on this spicy fare which recharges you instantly.
Ishaara, Lower Parel, South Mumbai
This bright and warm dining place, with differently-abled waiting staff, offers a unique dining experience. The modern Indian food menu apart, there is a chaat counter that is a highlight. Take your pick from Paani Puri, Dahi Puri, Papdi Chaat, Sweet Potato Brulee and even some lip-smacking non-vegetarian chaats. Well-spiced and of top-notch quality, the flavour quotient in each of these hits the right notes.
Kailash Parbat, Infiniti Mall, Andheri West
There can be no better place to head to, than this one if you have spicy chaats on your mind. Try the Samosa Chaat which is filling and deeply satisfying. The Mixed Chaat is a melange of flavours and textures and will appease your taste buds in a jiffy.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.