If you are looking for good continental food that does not have an Indianized flavour, this is the place to go to. While it has limited seating capacity, the queues outside the door at lunch and dinner time are a good measure of its popularity. The food is good and the desserts are sumptous. Open from 10:30 to 24:00, you should be able to get a decent meal for two for about 500 rupees.
- Location: 103-8, East West Court Building, Opp. Cusrow Baug, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba, about 30 minutes from central Mumbai
One of the oldest and most popular Chinese restaurants in Mumbai, Chinese Garden is very popular with local film stars. Open from noon to around one in the morning, this place offers some great food at reasonable rates. It is possible for two people to eat a full meal for under 400 rupees here. The turnover is quick and you won’t have to wait for a table longer than 30 minutes, plus you can place your order as you wait and can be served as soon as you settle in.
- Location: 284 A Veer Savarkar Marg, Shivaji Park, Dadar West, about 10 minutes from central Mumbai.
- Remarks: If you are wondering where to taste typical street food, which is cheap and hygeinic, there are a couple of localities that you can head for.
This popular beach in the south of Mumbai is associated with bhel puri, and pav bhaji – two typical chaat dishes which may be considered the Indian version of Fast Food. You can also sample some gol gappas which are small, thin, round flour shells filled with spiced water or Jal Jeera and some boiled potatoes, and finely chopped herbs. The water can be served sweet or spicy and you should try them all. Some stalls even have seven different varieties of water for the gol gappas. A word of caution, the water is not always distilled and it is better to eat at the more crowded, established stalls.
- Location: South Mumbai, off Marine Drive, about 25 minutes from central Mumbai.
This is more than just one of the chain of Copper Chimney restaurants around the country – it's the original one. You can feast on some great North Indian food here. Typical Moughlai cuisine is avaialble along with a great ambience. This place is open only for lunch and dinner, so don’t head out here for breakfast. The opening hours are from 12:00 noon to 15:30 for lunch and 19:00 to 24:00 for dinner. A good meal for two should cost you a little under 1,000 rupees at this place.
- Location: 18, Hargovindas Building, Opp. Jehangir Art Gallery, K Dubhash Marg, Fort, about 30 minutes from central Mumbai.
This nightly market has an abundance of small stalls that come alive with the most aromatic smells of kebabs and biryani in the evening. A decent meal for two will be around 200 rupees here, but not all stalls have seating and many people sit in their car and eat while the waiter from the stall comes and serves. It is a place where the spices and oil are heavy and those unused to rich food should exercise caution.
- Location: Food stalls next to Haji Ali Mosque, around 20 minutes drive from central Mumbai.
For anyone who has read the exciting Mumbai-based novel Shantaram this is the place to visit, more for its associated history than for its multicuisne menu. You are served liquor here so you may order a beer to go with your lunch. Not all restaurants have a permit to serve liquor. A meal without any alcoholic beverages for two people would come to about 500 rupees. Open from 07:30 to 24:00.
- Location: Colaba Causeway, Bhagat Singh Road, next to Regal Cinema in Colaba, about 30 minutes away from central Mumbai by taxi.