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Mumbai is a cosmopolitan city known for its many lip-smacking dishes. Be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian, the dishes in Mumbai boast of rich taste, fieriness and impressive flavors. The cuisine of Mumbai covers a large assortment of interesting, authentic dishes and zesty seafood dishes. The staple foods consumed by the residents of Mumbai include rice, aromatic fish curries, Indian bread (chapatis and rotis), vegetable curries, pulses and desserts. Coconuts, cashew nuts, peanuts and peanut oil are some of the major ingredients used in many of Mumbai’s traditional dishes.
Mumbai houses many restaurants where people can enjoy some amazing food.
1. Leopold Cafe:
A traveller institution, Leopold is crowded nightly with visitors from across the globe. The large open-plan dining room is an atmospheric place to enjoy Chinese, Indian and continental food – the tandoori and Irani dishes are particularly good.
- Come early for dinner then settle in for the evening with a beer tower (three pints in a glass canister) or a bottle of Indian wine.
A grand old dame of the Mumbai dining scene, Gaylord is as popular today as it was when it first opened in the 1950s. The menu covers a huge range of Indian and continental dishes, all competently prepared and served in double quick time. Regulars make a beeline for the creamy Murg Makhani (butter chicken).
- You can eat indoors or sit out amongst the potted plants and topiary in the front courtyard.
You can’t fault Khyber when it comes to food or atmosphere. Reached through a heavy wooden doorway at Kala Ghoda, the dining room is a mock-up of an Afghan palace, complete with marble arches and perforated screens.
- Food matches the grand surroundings – expect lots of meaty grills and curries from the Mughal north-west. Reservations are strongly recommended.
One of four world-class restaurants at the ITC Grand Maratha, Pan-Asian cooks up the finest dishes from Japan, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Mongolia, Myanmar and Korea. The Korean barbecue is blisteringly authentic, and the Chinese menu runs to Beijing duck and excellent sushi and sashimi.
- This is Asian dining at its most stylish, attracting gourmets from across the city.
5. Olive bar & Kitchen:
There’s a good chance you’ll bump into Bollywood glitterati at this hidden-away eatery in Khar. The menu of Mediterranean food changes regularly but all dishes are prepared with plenty of fresh ingredients – standout options include healthy Italian salads and home-made pasta.
- The atmosphere is chic but casual – eat inside or outside on the terrace and wear your best TarunTahiliani shirt.
Indigo sets the standard that other restaurants in Mumbai strive to follow. The modern European creations cooked up by Indigo’s chefs are breathtaking – one group rated the restaurant as one of the top 60 ‘hot tables’ in the world.
It’s set in a stylishly modernised colonial bungalow, and the innovative food is matched by the service, atmosphere and the thought-provoking international wine list.
7. India Jones:
Cuisines from across Asia are celebrated at this elegant and sophisticated restaurant at the Hilton Towers in Nariman Point. The menu gathers dishes from as far afield as Thailand, Japan, China and Korea.
This is hotel dining at its most refined, and the setting – in a modernist dining room full of Chinese calligraphy and Asian artifacts – is perfect for a business lunch or dinner.
Even compared to the other classy restaurants at the ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton, Peshawari is in a class of its own. The menu showcases the cuisine of Bukhara on the Northwest Frontier, including richly spiced meat kebabs and dense curries.The kebab platter features a selection of the tastiest kebabs in Mumbai, great for sharing.
No cutlery is provided – diners eat with their hands to really get in touch with the food.
Like the other three award-winning restaurants at the ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton, Dakshin dazzles. The focus here is on South Indian food, with vegetarian and fish dishes from across the region, from Kerala to Karnataka.
- Meals are served in a dining room that conjures up the steamy exoticism of the south, complete with brass idols and flower garlands. A place to bring guests you want to impress.
10. Golden Dragon:
According to legend, this grand Chinese restaurant at the TajMahal Palace was the first place in India to serve fiery Szechuan dishes from south-west China. Today, it still wins plaudits for the complex flavours of its Chinese and Cantonese cuisine.
- The lunchtime dim sum is particularly fine, but you’ll need to reserve a table at weekends.
The city is known for its delectable chaats at the various food stalls in the busy streets of Mumbai. Here, the stalls are crowded with people who relish tangy fast-food and local snacks. Apart from the traditional dishes, chaats, sweets and seafood specialties, there are lovely continental restaurants across the city that will cater to a more subtle palate, if you can’t handle all the hot food!
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