Mumbai is the paradise for foodies. From Street food to Fine dine, you find everything. There are Italian, Chinese, Thai, Indo – Chinese, Indian, Mughlai food hubs.
But there are a few regional delights which serve Shuddh Desi Pakwans to your plate.
Listing down some of them over here.
1. Maharaja Bhog – Marwari & Gujarati Cuisine
Oberoi Mall Goregaon East / Inorbit Mall Malad West / Juhu Tara Road
Maharaja Bhog Premium Veg Thali, as lavish as it sounds. There are many Gujarati & Rajasthani Thali Restaurants in town, but this one stands apart.
They serve their aromatic & flavourful food in huge brass thalis (Pital ki thali) containing brass katoris and a welcome drink like kesar or variyali (saunf) sharbat served in brass cups. (Approx Rs 425/- per person)
- A welcome drink
- One Steamed & One Fried Farsan
- Along with One Special Dish of the Day
- Four different types of Vegetable
- Two types of Indian Dal ( Rajasthani / Gujarati )
- Two types of Kadhi ( Rajasthani / Gujarati )
- Two Different type of Sweet dishes Unlimited on weekdays & weekend Three Different types of Sweets Unlimited
- Two types of Chutneys
- Two Types of Salad
- Three different types of Pickles
- Three Different types of Traditional Indian Breads
- Two types of Rice
- Maharaja Bhog – Premium Veg Thali Special smoked herb buttermilk.
- AamRas (Seasonal)
They have a takeaway menu too (tiffin box – 170/- Rs) which has limited food items like 2 farsans, 5 fulka, some rice, 1 sweet, chutney, pickle, 2 vegetables, 1 dal and 1 kadhi etc.
And every item is loaded with Shuddh Desi Ghee, so forget the calorie counting once you go there.
The best part of the food is they don’t use any artificial food colours and essence, keep it simply delicious.
They keep changing the menu everyday for lunch and dinner.
2. Diva Maharashtracha
T.H Next To Goa Portuguese Restaurant, Lalita Giridhar Tower, Takandas Kataria Marg, Kataria Colony, Shivaji Park, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400016
As the name itself describes Diva Maharashtracha (Lamp of Maharashtra), an authentic Maharashtrian cuisine is served here.
A welcome drink which has its roots in Maharashtra that is Kairiche Panhe is rarely found at any fine dine. Then you have typical Malvani Solkadhi / Kokamkadhi which are awesome thirst quenchers.
Then you find Tomatoche saar in soups section which is a must have.
Then munch on some Veg starters like Ukdiche Modak (here they serve a spicy version of traditionally sweet Modak), Mini chutney thalipeeth, kaju-kothimbir vadi, alu vadi, kelphulache vade (fritters made of banana flowers), kolhapuri suke paneer & Konkani Kebab etc.
Non Veg starters such as Kolambichi karanji (a ghugra made with prawns stuffing), Stuffed Pomfret, bharlele khekde (stuffed crabs), bharlele bombil (Stuffed bombay duck with prawns / crabs meat) etc.
In main course they have a variety to offer like bharleli vangi, vangyache bhareet, tondli aani kajuchi bhajee, kaalya vatanyachi aamti, daalimbichi usal, Pithle in veg and a vast choice in Non veg ie Konkan style suke / masala (available in tisrya, prawns, crab, lobster), Malvani Hirva rassa (green curry), varhadi mutton, Kolhapuri tambda & pandhra rassa, Nagpuri Saoji mutton, Malvani Mutton / Sagoti etc. and many many more dishes to chomp on.
3. Bhojohori Manna – Flavours of Bengal
3 & 4, Reliable Business Centre, Near Om Heera Panna Mall, Oshiwara, Andheri West
So far I thought bengali food consists only sweets and fish????
But Bhojohori Manna is full stop to all these misconceptions. They serve a variety of Veg and non veg Bengali dishes.
Paneer Kathi Roll / Egg Kathi Roll / Chicken / Mutton kathi rolls for sub – starters.
Veg starters like crispy vegetable starter of the day, Veg / Mochor (banana flower) / Paneer chop, Luchi alur dom / cholar dal, koraishutir kuchori (type of kachoris served with alu dum)
Non Veg starters like Mocher Chop (Fish chop), Mangshor Chop (Mutton chop)Bhetki Rongpuri fry (crumb fried beckly in a typical bengali marinade), Prawns, mutton, chicken cutlet etc.
Main course consists of Dhokar dalna (mashed lentil cubes in traditional bengali curry), Paneer / chhanar dalna, Jhinge alu posto (local ridge gourd cooked with potatoes in thick gravy) etc in veg.
chicken, mutton and prawns dishes in various jhol (light curry with vegetables), Jhal (light curry with turmeric, whole green chillies and cumin seeds), kocha (rich spicy curry, shorshe (mustard curry), Doi (laced with yogurt) etc.
They have special Kolkata style biryanis ie Nababi Dhakai Chicken / mutton Dum biryani.
Wind up your meal with mishti doi / notun gurer icecream.
4. Northern Tadka – Truly Punjabi
B-1, Ramchandra Ln, Evershine Nagar, Malad West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400064
90% of restaurants have Punjabi dishes in their menu. But can’t say if they really give you that Punjab ka swad. and very rarely authentic Makke ki roti aur sarso da saag is served in any of these restaurants. But when I was craving to eat Makke ki roti and sarso ka saag long after a trip to Amritsar, I found this gem as my saviour.
They have Punjabi dhaba style sittings and water is served in kullar type utensils.
For starters must try Malai Paneer de tikke, dahiwala kebab, wah wah chhole in veg
Dhuaandhaar Murgh tikka, Kandhari Murgh Kebab, Mutton bhurra kebab in Non veg
Main course consists of Patiala Paneer, Sarson ka saag with makke ki roti, Ghoonghatwali subzi (assorted vegetables served in clay pot), Pindi chhole, Tawa mushroom in Veg.
Peshawari meat, bhuna hua meat, handiwala meat, Macchi hara masala, tawa jheenga, macchi punjabi masala etc in Nonveg and seafood.
And don’t forget to have their Rajma chawal.
Wind up your meal with jalebiyan with rabri and thandi badami kheer.
**Quantity is not sufficient looking at the price. One portion is not enough for two people. Bit high on price, but still recommended for the truly Punjabi cuisine.
5. Poush – Essence of Kashmir
S-25, 2nd Floor, Phoenix Market City, Andheri – Kurla Rd, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400070
Had heard of this place for authentic Kashmiri cuisine which is very very rare to have here in Mumbai. Gave it a try and left from there with a different experience never ever tasted before.
We were offered a Shikara like place to sit. We started with the welcome drink Qahwa (kind of Kashmiri tea). Sheen and Zari Qahwa both were amazing.
They offer limited thals and trammi.
1 half trammi is more than enough for 2 people (Veg 1250 half & 2500 full / Non Veg 1500 half / 3000 full).
Veg trammi contains Nadier Palak Tikki, kashmiri spicy chaman, methi mash chaman, nadier tikka, Nadier Palak subzi, Ruwagan chaman, Roti, Raita, phirni and qahwa.
Non Veg trammi contains Methi Maaz, Nadier Palak Tikki, Kabargah, Fried chicken, Roganjosh, Goshtaba, Ruwangan Kokur, Rajma, Rice, Nadier Palak, Roti, Phirni & Qahwa.
The quantity was so much that we asked them to parcel the leftover dishes as we didn’t really want to waste them, we carried it home and relished it next day for lunch????
They have ala carte menu too consisting veg & non veg starters, shorbas, Nadier items (Lotus stem dishes), kokur dishes (boneless chicken) etc.
Next time we will prefer an ala carte for sure????
These are some selected Desi Restaurants to try once at least.
Some other desi delights are Crystal Neal wilson college for Punjabi food, Girgaon Katta at Borivali for Maharashtrian food, Rabdiwala at Borivali Kora Kendra for Gujarati and Marwadi food (yummy papad ki subzi and gatte ki subzi) Maai at Goregaon west for Maharashtrian food, Oh Calcutta – Tardeo for Bengali Food, Many many joints at Matunga for South Indian Enchantment.
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