Food tourism is picking up speed, due to the built-in eagerness within each of us to taste different varieties of food. Food tourism is the act of traveling for a taste of place in order to get a sense of place. In India Kolkata leads the way with the spicy and savoury puchka, Amritsar is following suit with the famous Amritsari kulcha. The topmost places preferred by tourists are New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Jaipur, Condolim. Ahmedabad has also emerged as much sought after food destination.
The metropolitan city of Mumbai has a lot to offer to the curious traveler. Mumbai’s aura attracts many a person towards it. When it comes to appetite, there are many places that offer delicious food in Mumbai. From the spicy vada pav, kheema pav to the chicken tikka masala, garlic naan, rabdi kulfi and phirni for dessert, one would have a hard time running out of tasty choices.
Places to eat in Mumbai range from local street stalls at Khau gali to high-end restaurants.
From scrumptious junk food to fast food, to multiple cuisines, all kinds of food are available here to satisfy your hunger. The food here is made with a blend of exotic spices and ingredients, Mumbai street food is cherished not just by the statemen, but also finds appreciation with the country and international palate.
Some of the must try dishes
in Mumbai are:
Spiced meat and whipped eggs with masala-fried fried onions enveloped in square-shaped dough and pan fried. Served with green chutney. ‘People swear by the baida roti at Bademiya, Tulloch Road, Apollo Bunder, Colaba’
Fast food dumplings made with mashed potato, green chilies, ginger, garlic, fresh coriander etc which is dipped in a besan batter and deep fried. This is somewhat similar to bonda found in Chennai. It’s served either with a green chutney or fried green chillies. Virtually every street corner will have an outstanding batata vada seller but it’s hard to beat the ones made at Shrikrishna, near Chabildas High School, Dadar Market.
Bombil, or Bombay Duck, is a fish (and not a duck) found in plentiful supply in the waters around Mumbai. Bombils are flattened, then dipped in a spice-filled gram flour batter and fried. This crunchy-on-the-outside and mushy-soft-on-the-inside fish dish can be eaten on its own as a starter, or as a main course. Gajalee restaurant has got the bombil fry you have got to try! Branches at Hanuman Road, Vile Parle (E). And Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel.
When it comes to Mumbai street food, a local favorite is the Bombay sandwich, and you’ll find food vendors all over busy parts of the city whipping up grilled sandwiches with expertise. The sanwiches are buttery bread sliced housing mint chutney, with thin slices of vegetables, a sprinkle of chili cumin and loads of cheese. Mumbai street sandwiches are found all over the city!
The perfect dinner accompaniment to make your mind, body and soul happy. Falooda is a Persian dish made using vermicelli, rose syrup, milk, basil seeds, almonds and other rich ingredients. The falooda at Badshah specially the Badshah Kulfi Falooda is a must try. Dr DN Road, Crawford Market, Mumbai CST Area, Mumbai.
New to Mumbai? Want someone to take you the best culinary places? Here are a few of the best private guide agencies you can rely on.
Organized by Mumbai Moments, this personalized culinary tour with a private guide will let you sample a mix of local street food and popular delicacies from famous restaurants. From Mumbai’s best Vada Pav to its best Gujarati thali meals, Mumbai Moments lets you pick and choose what you would like to experience via the tour. However, meat lovers may have to look elsewhere as the tour only highlights the city’s vegetarian offerings.
Mumbai Magic offers a range of tours—from food walks through markets to car tours and home-cooking experiences. Try the food walk through Matunga or Dadar markets for an authentic, local experience or the car tour through some of South Mumbai’s key bazaars to cover more ground in a short time. With personalized attention from expert guides, you are guaranteed to gain a rich understanding of Mumbai’s culinary scene.