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Every region in India boasts of a unique cuisine, with distinctive flavours. Mumbai being a melting-pot of cultures offers eating options galore and regional cuisine restaurants too abound here. One can often taste the authentic regional dishes from various parts of India in the city and not even miss the original ones. From Kashmiri to Andhra cuisine and Assamese to Rajasthani, one can actually sample a plethora of cuisines here. These are my top picks which are a must try in Mumbai.
Tuskers, Sofitel Mumbai, BKC
If pure vegetarian Rajasthani and Gujarati delicacies is what you want to pamper yourself with, look no further. With a Maharaj at the helm and a separate vegetarian kitchen altogether you can relish Paapad Ki Bhujji, Pyaaz Ki Kachori, Jodhpuri Gate, Bikaneri Puri And Rajwadi Dhokli At Tuskers At Sofitel Mumbai BKC. The stylish ambience, prompt service and good food make dining here a memorable experience.
29, Kemps Corner
This vegetarian eatery represents the food of all the 29 States of India and offers the popular dishes, as well as some lesser-known ones. With offerings like Litti Chokha from Bihar, Chainsoo With Laccha Roti from Garhwal, Hyderabadi Mirchi Ka Salan And Holige from Telengana, Chamani Qaliya from Kashmir, there cannot be a better place to sample regional Indian food. The variety on the menu is mind-boggling and one gets to try dishes one has never heard of.
Oh! Calcutta, Tardeo
One will never miss Bengali food if one steps in here for a meal. From Daab Chingri To Fish Fry And Luchi Alu Dum To Aam Diye Bhindi, you can relish Bengali food cooked with authentic ingredients. One cannot leave this place without sampling the quintessential Bengali desserts like Rosogulla, Nolen Gurer Sandesh and more.
With the exception of a few dishes in some restaurants, Sindhi food is hard to find in Mumbai. Fortunately, this place fills the gap. Sindhi Curry Chawal, Green Seyal Pav, Dal Pakwan are among the must-try dishes at this eatery. The food is simple and replete with home flavours. Mutton lovers will slip into a food coma with the Sindhi Mutton Curry.
Delectable Andhra flavours is what you can expect at this small home-style eatery. Andhra specialities such as Pulihora (Tamarind Rice), Punugulu (Tea Time Vada), Pulusu (Stew) And Pappu (Dal) are dishes on the menu. If indulgence is on your mind, opt for the Gonguura Special Thali. While the sambar, rasam, flavoured rice, rotis or puris, curd and papad remain constant, the dals, vegetables and chutneys change daily. The food is bursting with flavours, spices and is easy-on-the-wallet.
O’ Tenga, Andheri West
Last but not the least is this Assamese food takeaway and home delivery joint started by Joyee and Priyangi from Assam, which is fast soaring popularity charts. The laborious but lip-smacking Assamese dish Khar is on offer here in many versions. The Morisa Xaak Bhaji with red amaranth leaves, the tangy Lau Bilahi Tenga Curry, Mati Daal, Narikolor Roxot Maas, offer delightful flavours, distinctive of the cuisine of Assam. Pork lovers will relish the Til Diya Gahori. There are meals on offer too. Round off a meal with desserts like Narikol Diya Payox Or Sira Doi Gur.
So, while it is great to travel and explore the vast array of cuisines in India, Mumbai, offers you an opportunity to try some of the regional cuisines right here in various restaurants.
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.