A plethora of restaurants open every other day in Mumbai, offering varied cuisines across different price points. There is something for every palate and pocket here. At times, the options are confusing as there is truly a lot to choose from. Robust Indian food if well-made, never fails you. Pan Asian cuisines, too always appeal to the Indian palate. The subtle, but flavourful food of the Middle East is enticing, as is a café with small eats, desserts and beverages. So step out and try out these 5 places that I have hand-picked and trust me, there will be a treat for your taste buds.
Talli Turmeric, Worli, South Mumbai
This tastefully decorated restaurant with an aesthetic ambience and a snazzy showpiece bar lays equal emphasis on food. The food menu with wholesome Indian dishes, an ode to the spice turmeric. The menu offers food mainly from Northern and Southern India, although other States are represented too. Plenty of Vegetarian options here. Try the Benarasi Pakoda Chaat or a Meen Pollichathu. For mains, the Rajasthani Lal Maas is a treat. The Saat Salaam Haleem is outstanding. Vegetarians must try the spicy Malabar Theeyal or Kairy Ki Bhindi. The desserts are quirky yet, traditional.
Named after a fictional character who travels across the globe, Maffy's offers the Mediterranean, Indian and dishes from the Middle Eastern region, with chef’s own distinct spin. The ingredients and spices are authentic and the resultant flavours are heart-warming.
Signature Smokey Cauliflower Hummus
The Smoked Hummus with Spicy Shrimps is a must-have. Moroccan Chermoula Paneer, Pita Toasties and Turkish Bread or Pide are other must-try items. The flavourful Chicken Machboos Rice is outstanding. Gorge on the Baklava Lollipops or in-house ice creams for dessert.
Trèsind, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Western Suburbs
Expect artfully composed plates of flavourful food with top-notch ingredients here. The ambience is classy, yet warm. The menu showcases traditional dishes from the sub-continent, encompassing the various regional culinary influences. The concept of guéridon service, along with clever plating and global cooking techniques, takes the dining experience to the next level. The Chicken Cafreal, Lamb Khari, Khichdi, Daulat Ki Chaat are the highlights here.
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Yazu, Andheri West, Western Suburbs
The stylish decor and multiple seating options spread over an expansive area create a warm ambience. The classy bar with a wooden bar-top is attractive, to say the least. Do not miss the Yazu signature Pork Belly that is braised for over 48 hours.
The Crispy Duck Spring Roll, is equally a treat. Among dim sums, Jiaozi, Mock Meat Chives Dumpling and Charcoal-inspired Crispy Pork Cheung Fun, stand out. For mains, try the Asian staple, Chak-hao Rice with Chicken and Egg. Vegetarians must try the Baby Pak Choy and Peruvian Asparagus served with a Pumpkin Sauce.
This café with a warm ambience exudes a calm and happy vibe. The décor is simple but elegant. The menu offers beverages, pizza, salads, sandwiches, a few mains, small eats and desserts. The Soba Noodles Salad with Microgreens and Tofu is replete with flavours and freshness. The Mushroom Risotto is exceptional and full of flavours. For dessert, do not miss the 'Carrot Cake'. The rich 'Madagascar Hot Chocolate' can double up as dessert too.
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.