Manasi Y Mastakar gives you a taste of Maharashtra with her favourite restaurants in the city.
Mumbai’s gastronomic map ranges from street food to the la carte menus at high-end restaurants; the city is a melting-pot of Pan India flavours. But no mention of Mumbai’s food journey is complete without speaking about the local Maharashtrian dishes. Cooked with an array of blended spices, laden with rich coconut milk, accompanied with buttery drinks (sol kadi also called kokum kadi) and sweet treats (shrikhand, kharwas, modak, etc), Maharashtrian food is a savoury delight. Here we present some of the city’s best places to get your fix for the state’s cuisine.
Tucked in the one of the by-lanes of Dadar, is this oldest restaurant serving mouth-watering Malwani dishes. With minimal decor and ever attentive staff, this place makes you feel at home. Chicken Masala, Chicken bhaji, fish fry (bombil, prawns, or whatever fish is available), teesrya masala with piping hot vada or amboli accompanied by the awesomely tasty sol kadi are a must haves. Even the thali they serve is worth every penny with its sufficient quantity. This place is basically a non-vegetarian haven, with not many choices for the vegetarian friends.
Address: Sita, RK Vaidya Road, Dadar West, Mumbai
Famous for its seafood, Highway Gomantak serves home-style Konkan delicacies. The places started off as a small 30-seater and soon flourished into a 120-seater restaurant crowded with office-goers and families alike with frequent celeb spotting (it’s a favourite of many Marathi film stars). The most sought after dish is Shinani Fry (Mussels) and Gaboli fry (Fish Eggs). Besides prawn thali, surmai thali, pomfret thali, chicken thali, prawns fry and bombil fry with sol kadi are a treat for every food lover.
Address: 44/2179, Gandhi Nagar, Service Road, Bandra East, Mumbai
Prakash in Dadar (with its branch at Girgaum) is one of the oldest places serving authentic Maharashtrian snacks. While here, you are spoilt for choices – take your pick from sabudana wada, sabudana khichdi, pohe, missal. Finish of the visit on a sweet note with their creamy piyush or melt-in-the mouth kharwas.
Address: Horizon Towers, Ranade Road Dadar West, Dadar Shivaji Park, Mumbai