Monsoons in Mumbai are something everyone looks forward to and embraces with joy. Food plays an important role during this season to add zest to one’s palate as the skies are dull and overcast or amidst incessant downpours. Several places in Mumbai offer great food, especially savoury Monsoon treats, which are palate tingling and elevate your mood, but the joy of visiting places with a great view of the rains, adds to the dining experience. So, here is a combination of places in Mumbai which offer food that is heart-warming and venues which offer breath-taking views of the rains. Make the most of Monsoons in Mumbai. My 5 fav places :
Sea Lounge, The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai
This is an experience you owe yourself and what better time to enjoy it than the monsoons? On the first floor of the Palace Wing, Sea lounge offers old colonial charm with art deco furniture and an enchanting view of the Arabian Sea. Indulge in the traditional Afternoon Tea featuring an elaborate buffet spread of classic English delicacies and local Indian favourites complemented with a selection of the world’s finest teas and coffees. You can also sip a glass of Champagne as you watch the lights from the moving ships on the harbour.
Lake View Cafe, Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre & Hotel, Mumbai
Food is certainly an important consideration during monsoon as one needs spicy food to perk up one’s taste buds and if an enchanting view is added to that, the experience becomes magical. Lake View Café offers an eclectic menu, a sumptuous buffet spread and a breath-taking view of Powai Lake. Bite into the Mumbai Toastie or Saoji Mutton and sip a Darjeeling Tea or a Cappuccino as you enjoy the monsoons here.
Pizza By The Bay, Marine Drive
Drop by here and have a leisurely breakfast or a lunch during the monsoons as you watch the waves lashing against the rocks. The beauty is enhanced if it is raining and then a meal here becomes a memorable experience. The Meat Ultimo Pizza or Chicken Afghani will tantalise the palate of any carnivore. Vegetarians bite into Paneer Verde or Pasta Rosmarino, as you sit by the window seat and soak in nature’s beauty.
Tea Villa Cafe, Oshiwara, Western Suburbs
Monsoons call for hot brews and there can be no better place than this to sip a hot cuppa. With elegant décor and an exhaustive menu to match, there is something to please every palate. So, relish their special Monsoon menu and try the Shanghai Dumplings, Indian Fritters and a Mexican Sev Puri with a Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.
Lassi Te Parrontthe, Carter Road, Bandra
Nothing beats a hot Rajma Chawal and Stuffed Parathas, during the rainy season. This no-frills eatery, with comfortable seating and a view to match, is just what you need. Relish a Methi Paratha with a dollop of ghee and drown a glass of Gud Ki Lassi. Easy-on-the-wallet, this is a place which serves Punjabi, home-style comfort food.
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.