Food during the Monsoon season is more about comfort as one needs to dispel the gloomy and overcast skies and uplift one’s mood. There can be no better way to perk up one’s taste buds, than with hot and spicy food. Fried food and spicy snacks are typically sought after, apart from endless cups of Masala Chai. Restaurants in Mumbai offer several options for monsoon snacks and apart from that, there are hot favourites, which one succumbs to. My top 10 picks:
Roast Duck Meat Roll at The Fatty Bao, Linking Road, Bandra West, Western Suburbs
These flavour-packed bundles from the special ‘Fatty floats your boat menu’, with BBQ roast duck, scallions and cucumber, prove to be an unparalleled treat for the palate. Piping hot, these just melt in the mouth and are apt for this weather.
Kebab Joojeh at Bayroute, Powai
Nothing is more satisfying in the rainy season than a plate full of these palate-pleasing, well-spiced, grilled chicken treats, as a precursor to a full-fledged meal.
Gambas Al Ajillo at Uno Mas, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Western Suburbs
These garlic prawns slathered in prawns head oil, are lip-smacking to say the least. Succulent and flavourful, there could be no better tapas, to dig into, this season.
Peri Peri Chicken Tenders at D:OH, Andheri West
These succulent pieces of chicken served with a chipotle dip make for an ideal snack when the skies cave in. Pop these in your mouth as you catch up with friends and sip on a cup of tea alongside.
Tinga Chicken Tostaditas at Sancho’s, Khar, Western Suburbs
The perfect munchies during monsoons, these Mexican open-sandwich, chicken treats, topped with sour cream, cheese, refried beans, make for a delicious and filling snack oozing with flavours and a myriad textures.
Arancini Noir at The Bandra Project by Pizza Express, Bandra
Fried food is irresistible when it is pouring. These black rice treats with sriracha mayo and tart olives, tantalise your taste buds and leave you craving for more.
Fried Buffalo Mozzarella at Fuu Qin, Juhu, Western Suburbs
This modernist canteen, with a fun menu offering comfort food, offers Fried Buffalo Mozzarella Balls which paired with the tangy tomato salsa, are an explosion of favours in the mouth.
Mac-a Pav at The Boston Butt, Bandra
This version of the Goan chorizo pao, in chicken, is equally, mouth-watering and the cheesy pao, enhances the flavours. A perfect combo to devour in the Mumbai rains as it is tasty and satiating.
Pav Bhaji at Sardar Pav Bhaji, Tardeo
A plate of this spicy medley of veggies topped with a chunk of butter served with a buttered pav, is stuff dreams are made of.
Mumbai Ki Aloo Tikki at Via Bombay, Chembur, Central Mumbai
A fried Aloo Tikki served with spicy chutney is a match made in heaven and more so during the rains. This dish, quintessentially, capturing the essence of Mumbai street food is a delightful treat here.
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.