Much as Mumbaikars enjoy their food, being hard-pressed for time in this city is not unusual. A quick working lunch, sans frills and fuss, is what people generally prefer on weekdays. Yet, the variety and quality are important. Several restaurants in Mumbai offer express lunches across cuisines to wow every palate while adhering to the strict timelines.
The Great Wall, The Leela, Mumbai
A specially curated four-course set menu of authentic Chinese food with a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options awaits you here. Hearty soups like The Great Wall Sichuan Hot And Sour Soup With Shredded Chicken or Vegetable Dumpling Soup and an array of appetisers like Chicken And Prawn Siew Mai Dim Sum, Chicken Spring Roll, Pan Fried Shiitake Mushroom Dim Sum are on offer. The main course features Konjee Crispy Lamb, Braised Bean Curd and Assorted Vegetables In Brown Sauce and classics like Vegetable Or Chicken Fried Rice, Fried Hakka Noodles With Mushrooms, Greens And Chicken. End the meal on a sweet note with Chilled Cream Of Mango With Sago Pearl, Pomelo And Lime Sorbet or a scoop of Ice Cream. This set lunch can be enjoyed on weekends too.
Neel Indian Kitchen and Bar, Powai
Keeping in mind the short lunch hours and hungry working bellies, this four-course lunch begins with an option of a vegetarian or non-vegetarian soup followed by three vegetarian or non-vegetarian appetisers. Move on and devour two to three delicious Indian mains paired with rotis and raita. Indulge in the signature ‘kali’ dal and rice boasting of authentic Indian flavours. No meal, even if a working lunch, is complete without something sweet, so save your appetite for the hot Gulab Jamuns With Ice-Cream.
Botticino, Trident Bandra Kurla Mumbai
The new Presto lunch at Botticino, is an amalgamation of quality, seasonal ingredients along with simple preparation methods. The variety of authentic Italian dishes served with an eye on the clock, ensure these are pocket-friendly and you don’t waste too much time. Choose any three courses from a selection of wholesome soups, crunchy salads, main courses and light desserts. Roasted Tomato Soup, Mixed Lettuce And Goat Cheese Salad, Spinach And Ricotta Crepes, Citrus Crumble And Coffee Ice Cream are some of your best options.
China House, Grand Hyatt Mumbai
Choose from the varied À la carte menu and create your own Kuàidì wǔcān or express lunch here with various combinations resulting in a three-course meal. So while it is a set menu, it offers you the flexibility to choose what you wish to eat. Pick from authentic specialities like the delectable baos with assorted fillings, dim sum selections, seafood delights and soups, salads, noodles and rice. Sip the refreshing Chinese tea as you relish your meal and be ready to face the rest of the day.
A varied three-course menu offers starters like Rustic Vegetable Soup With Shaved Parmesan, Tomato Basil Bruschetta, Canapes With Grilled Cottage Cheese. Mains include Spiced Rosti Potato And Fresh Corn Burgers, Risotto Spinach And Goat Cheese And Grilled Basa With Roasted Peppers. Satiate your sweet cravings with a Walnut Chocolate Gooey Cake Or Vanilla Ice Cream With Chocolate Sauce. What’s more, the set lunch menu comes with a glass of Fratelli Wine or Sangria or Kingfisher pint.
The Oriental Blossom, Hotel Marine Plaza
Without compromising on the flavours, Master Chef Haung ensures you are served a quick but sumptuous lunch. The express lunch menu offers an array of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes starting from soups, appetisers, main course, rice and noodles and desserts. Vegetarian Hot And Sour Soup, Fish In Chilli Black Bean Sauce, Chicken Dragon Roll, Water Chestnut Peppers, Chicken Hakka Noodles And Date Pancake With Ice Cream are worth trying.
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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.