Mumbai is the financial capital of India, the hub of the Indian economy.
On my last visit there, I discovered quite a few interesting places to eat, and which are Ok if you have a delicate constitution. Remember that most food items can be customised to some extent throughout India. Street food is of course not an option.
So in no specific order, here is my list of restaurants and bars with varying budgets in the city!
1. AER Bar at the Four seasons- highly recommended
Located on the roof top of the Four Seasons hotel in Mumbai, the AER Bar offers remarkable views of of the city. A place with a good crowd and a good vibe, it's definitely on the list for younger people to visit.
2. Farzi Café, Lower Parel
Two words: Galouti Burger.
Farzi cafe -otherwise known as a "Modern Indian Bistro", has a slightly quirky take on Indian food. This is certainly an avtar of Modern Indian Cuisine that has been very well received -so much so that there are outlets across Delhi and Mumbai.
3. Mahesh Lunch home- all over Mumbai
As long as you're not in Mumbai during the monsoon/ spawning season, the sea food is definitely worth trying. (it is generally advised not to eat sea food in months that don't have the letter 'r' in their name).
Mahesh Lunch Home specializes in Mangalorean style sea food. Expect it to be hot, spicy and sour with coconut and kokum or possibly tamarind. You won't get this kind of food abroad.
Coastal Indian cuisine is nothing like North Indian cuisine, so if you have a chance to try it, and you like bold flavours, give it a go!
4. Trishna - Fort
Located at Fort, Trishna is another restaurant famed for their quality of sea food. They cover a range of regional Indian cuisines (including coastal, Coorgi, North Indian.... and Indian style Chinese food)
Well worth a visit to.
5. Bombay Canteen- Lower Parel
Started by Master Chef Masters winner Chef Floyd Cardoz, Bombay canteen brings to the table fresh ingredients at a relatively reasonable price. The menu is changed often and in tune with what is in season and available, making it very popular with locals.
6. The Sassy Spoon- Nariman Point
Another restaurant that changes their menu often, and in tune with what's fresh and in season, the Sassy Spoon is a casual dining restaurant and bar located at Nariman Point. Presently they are participating in "Good France Festival", and have compiled a French menu for diners.
7. The Britannia & Co Restaurant, Fort
A well respected, time tested establishment, and the place to go to for Parsi food, Britannia Cafe is open only for lunch. Try the Beri Pulao with zarishk berries.
1. Bono Boutique Ice cream, Bandra west
Expect quirky but bold flavours like milk chocolate bacon, blue cheese and honey, dark chocolate -sea salt..
2. Theobroma, Colaba
Another iconic establishment for brownies, and other western style desserts.
I hope these suggestions have been helpful. As always, please feel free to leave comments below, or contact me via email for more information.