It’s the time of the year when the Kala Ghoda area of South Mumbai gears for the most-awaited annual arts and culture event – the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. The art extravaganza is a complete package of food stalls, music, dance, and theatre shows, heritage walks, workshops, and handicraft stalls. In 2018, the festival begins from February 3 and concludes on February 11. While you have marked the calendar for the events and workshops to attend, we bring to you a guide to eating around Kala Ghoda. In case, the food stalls at the art festival don’t interest you, here’s a quick guide to the restaurants in the area while you enjoy the festival.
Chetana – For authentic thali
The place is one of the old classics in Mumbai and has over the years maintained its legacy. A perfect place to try traditional Indian cuisines – Rajasthani, Maharashtrian, Gujarati – available. If you are a fitness freak you can try their diet thali.
Address: 34, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort,
Meal for two: Rs 800
Poornima Restaurant – For Masala Dosa
The nearly 50-year-old Udipi joint is one of the best places that serve homely and hygienic veg food in the city. The place is best known for South Indian snacks and thali. The thali is prepared in a typical Udipi style with lots of coconuts. The meal here changes every day. The masala dosa served here is a must try food. They even used home-made coffee powder prepared by a retired government official.
Address: Raja Bahadur Compound, Mumbai Samachar Marg, Kala Ghoda
Meal for two: Rs 300
The Nutcracker – For healthy breakfast
The European-style cafe is shaded by a bunch of bougainvilleas and is heavier on vegetarian and eggetarian menu. The tiny cafe serves breakfast all day and is popular for its wide range of burgers, salads, and pasta. The salli eggs, seven-layered cookie, and buttermilk pancakes are a must try here. If you are eating healthy try their ‘Breakfast in a bottle’ that is filled with oats, milk, dates, and nuts.
Address: Modern House, Dr. V.B. Gandhi Marg, Opposite One Forbes Building, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Meal for two: Rs 1,200
Jimmy Boy – For Parsi treats
The Jimmy boy is a classic cafe that has a variety of Parsi fare, sandwiches, burgers and bakery delicacies. The food here is served on banana leaves. The cafe gives you a glimpse of the old Mumbai and satiates every taste bud whether you are a meat eater, a vegetarian or someone with a sweet tooth. Salli Par Edu and Masala Akuri are a must try here.
Address: Vikas Building, 11 Bank Street, Off Horniman Circle, Lane Opposite Cheetah Gate, Fort
Meal for two: Rs 800
Irish House – For Irish hangover
The resto-pub serves over 50 brews in an awesome ambiance that comprises of great music, sports screenings, and hearty pub grub. If you are looking for a meal, try Moussaka or order from their delicious multi-cuisine menu.
Address: Rampart Row, Near Rhythm House, Kalaghoda, Fort
Meal for two: Rs 1,900
145 Kala Ghoda – For fusion dishes
The place offers a wide range of fusion dishes to choose from. The creatively crafted menu. Named after its address, 145 Kala Ghoda serves Indian dishes with Western sensibilities. The ambiance is cool and the seating arrangement is comfortable.
Address: 145, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Meal for two: Rs 1000
Trishna – For seafood
The cozy restaurant is known for seafood, Mangalorean, Chinese and Thai cuisines. It also houses a separate bar. Trishna gives you a great dining experience without burning hole in your pocket.
Address: 7, Sai Baba Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Meal for two: Rs 2,200
Mamagoto – For pan Asian fusion
The literal translation of ‘Mamagato’ is ‘to play with food’ meaning a Japanese social experiment that uses senses to understand the shapes and taste of food. Staying true to the idea the restaurant makes Asian eating fun by offering different flavours of Asian cuisines in a quirky ambiance.
Address: Surya Mahal, Burjarji Bharucha Marg, Kalaghoda Fort
Meal for two: Rs 1,500
The French Cafe serves some amazing breakfast menu. Head there early morning or after a long heritage walk and grab the yummiest scrambled eggs.
Address: Yeshwant Chambers, Military Square Lane, Near Trishna, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Meal for two:Rs 1,400
Copper Chimney – For Mughlai Meal
The restaurant takes you on a culinary journey of a celebration of food and tradition. The place is one of the best joints that serves northwestern Mughlai culture curry that serves richest creamy curries and tikkas. The ambiance is simple, spacious and classy.
Address: Rampart Road, 30, K Dubhash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Meal for two: Rs 1,150