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Monsoon Delicacies! The perfect rainy day treats in Mumbai


To get every foodie monsoon ready, Farhana Madar dishes out the perfect rainy day treats currently availed around the city

It’s that time of the year again that the rain Gods have graced us with their presence, enriching our already incredible city and enhancing its beauty.  Moreover, with every gentle brush of wind, we feel exhilarated and alive and every pitter-patter raindrop renders its therapeutic magic that calms our souls.

Barish ke mausam is also a time where cozying up to delightful cup of garam chai or coffee might seem satisfactory to many. Whereas, for others, the foodie within wants to step out and explore Mumbai’s buzzing food scene!

Keeping that in mind, we’ve put together a trail of delectable monsoon delicacies rendered at restaurants and café’s around Mumbai city to tap right into during the long and hard hitting monsoon spell!

What: Hot Chocolate

Where: Food For Thought

A tête-à-tête over hot chocolate is always a good idea. Using the finest chocolate, Food For Thought at KitabKhana, undeniably, goes all out. This thick and decadent cup of goodness, that is available all year round, is chocolate velveteen on the tongue. Warm enough to keep you wanting more during this tipple down weather.

What: Sweet or Savoury Crepes

Where: AKA Bistro

This monsoon season, AKA Bistro welcomes patrons to their Crepe Fest.  Blankets of warm goodness (gluten free and eggless) are made from their house-made batter, boasting in both the sweet and savoury kinds. Some of which include, The Philly Cheese With Creamy Mushroom Crepe, a simple delectable Margherita Crepe, Breakfast Egg And Bacon Crepe, Mustard Chicken Crepe or perhaps on a sweet note, try the Malta Orange And Honey Crepe or a classic Banana And Nutella Crepe!

What: Flavoured Corn

Where: This Corn

Known to be an act of tradition, most of us Mumbaikers have adorned memories of strolling besides the rain swept promenades of Marine Drive or Worli sea face or Juhu/Chowpatty beach, with a chatpata corn in hand and a euphoric expression on our face. This Corn is a nostalgic ode to those times, in its true sense. Stepping it up a notch, the enterprise serves lip smacking corn delights in both, local and international flavours that can be located at PVR and other cinemas across the city. Also, starting this August, their flavoured corn like Nacho Mania, Hot Corn, Tandoori Tikka, Pizza Margherita and so on, will be rendered for home delivery!

 What: Pizza Cones

Where: Coney Island

Rain showers followed by lazy hours are bound to hit you at some point during the damp and wet spell! Feeling peckish and in the mood to order in? How about ditching what’s cliché and instead, relish on an unconventional quick bite? A warm, fresh and generous pizza maybe, but in a cone! With speedy delivery across the city via Scootsy and Swiggy, Coney Island, serve both, veg and non-veg pizza cones, with oodles of cheese and the freshest of ingredients.

What: Farsan Platter and more

Where: Bombay Havelli

If you’re tired of chomping on samosa’s or vadapav’s this monsoon, get your hands on a garma-garam and authentic farsan platter instead, that’s availed at The Bombay Haveli. These warm, crispy and crunchy Gujarati goodies accompanied with some cutting chai or coffee are the perfect treat to sink your teeth right into during this wringing wet weather. Yet, if that’s not your ideal pick (gasp!), try out their Daal Baati Churma, Cheese Tukdi or perhaps some Rajwadi Dhokli that are also part of their monsoon menu!

 What: Fondue And Fritters

Where: Grandmama’s Cafe

As water droplets cascade down glass windows, Grandmama’s Café has the perfect monsoon fix to keep you feeling all warm and fuzzy from within. With a monsoon special raining Fondue and Fritters, you can now luxuriate in their creamy Four Cheese (Emmental, Parmesan, Mozzarella, Cheddar) Fondue, Jalapeno Fondue, or perhaps their Bacon Fondue; each of which dovetail beautifully with Grandmama’s in-house Crisp Spinach Fritters. The cafe can be found at four locations, namely Dadar, Lower Parel, Kemps Corner and Juhu.

 What: Baarish Wale Pakore and Kulhad Wali Jalebi

Where: Chaayos

With their fantastic variants of garma-garam chai, that have ceased to impress loyal patrons, Chaayos has undoubtedly made a name for themselves. This monsoon, head on over to your nearest outlet and team an aromatic and delightful Kulhad Wali Chai with the best rainy day comfort food – Pakoras, of course!  This warm, finger-licking pakore platter at Chaayos consists of eight onion bhajiyas, two Paneer Pakora’s and one Bharwa Mirchi Pakora. Besides, if you’re looking for something sweet? Reach out for their crispy, syrupy Kulhad Wali Jalebi’s that surely tick all the right boxes!

 What: Popcorn Chicken

Where: Slink And Bardot

As the raindrops plunge down on the street-lit roads of Worli , a newly opened French food restaurant (previously known as Café Nemo) sets the perfect tone, for a romantic candle-lit dinner for two, or a fancy wine and dine escapade for you and your posse – Courtesy their mesmerizing ambience! Together, with an intricacy set menu and stellar food presentations that have already become quite the talk, we urge you not to miss out on their Popcorn Chicken, the perfect monsoon entrée to relish, along with their stunning cocktails to get the night going!