3 December 2019 | 5 min read

#LocalGems – 7 Iconic Restaurants In Mumbai And What You Should Order 


With a bunch of new restaurants in Mumbai being opened almost every day, it’s hard to keep track of the best ones. While many of them are multinational chains or have roots in other places around the country and the world, some are an inherent part of Mumbai’s culture and heritage. 

These are the restaurants that have always kept the local eating scene in the city at par with other culinary capitals of the world. And this list is a compilation of places that will inspire you to make the journey, to sample a slice of Mumbai, one plate at a time.

Candies, Bandra

Spread across a massive property in Pali Hill, the original Candies deserves a place on any list on the best local eateries in the city. Nearly everything on their menu is worth trying out, though the wait for a spot on their table may sometimes be quite long. 

Their amazing chicken sandwiches get over early {so be there in the morning if you want one}, and you can see people ordering cold coffee throughout the day. Interestingly, this café is also considered to be an ideal spot for a date. And of course, the discounts after 8 PM don’t hurt, either. Don’t forget to keep your card handy for easy payment options. 

Where – Mac Ronells, Next To Learners Academy School, Pali Hill, Bandra West, Mumbai
Timings – 8.30 AM – 9 PM
Price for two – INR 650
Contact – 022 26430728

Cafe Mondegar, Colaba

Both an iconic restaurant and a landmark to find your way around the confusing lanes of Colaba, Cafe Mondegar remains one of the most iconic restaurants in the city. We love their breakfast menu, so make sure to plan your visits around that time. With Mario Miranda’s murals painted all over the cafe, the cafe is a favourite amongst the tourists and the locals.

The cafe’s envious location amidst the busy street lined with beautiful jewellery and colourful clothes, helps it retain its position as one of the most famous cafés in the city. They offer multi-cuisine dishes {mix of Chinese and Indian dishes}, and their beef chilli and bacon-wrapped prawns are items that you can order without a second thought. If you are in the mood for some good old burger, Mondy’s special steak cheeseburger {INR 350} is delicious.

Where – 5A, Metro House, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Near Regal Cinema, Colaba, Mumbai
Timings – 7.30 AM – 11.30 PM
Price for two – INR 1,300
Contact – 022 22020591

Kyani & Co., Marine Lines

Irani bakeries and restaurants are a recognizable part of the city’s eating scene, though not many of them have survived through to today. Kyani & Co. is one of the few ones that have managed to remain an integral part of the city’s landscape. Founded in 1904 by Mr. Khodram. Kyani & Co started as a bakery, which made bread, biscuits, cakes, and other tea time bakes and continued the same trend until 1995. 

From their menu, we recommend their keema pav, which is one of the best versions in the city. Other unmissable items include their famous Parsi bun maska, sali boti, Akuri, kheema pao, and the legendary mawa cake. Your meal cannot be complete without a bottle of Palomji Raspberry Soda. 

Where – JSS Road, Jer Mahal Estate, Opposite Metro Cinema, Marine Lines, Mumbai

Timings – 7 AM – 9 PM
Price for two – INR 400
Contact – 022 61229437

New Martin Hotel, Colaba

While the place is inherently Goan in its cuisine, it’s been a part of afternoon excursions for college students nearby from across the city for as long as one can remember. With barely ten tables and the kitchen right in front, this non-AC eatery has its dishes of the day chalked out on a blackboard right at the entrance. 

The Goan-style steak with onions and chips, choris (Goan pork sausage) pav and chilly fry are hot favorites here, and at times you may be lucky to savour their special apricot custard that isn’t available anywhere else in Mumbai. The best time to visit is on a Sunday afternoon.

Where – 21, Glamour House, Strand Road, Near Strand Cinema, Colaba, Mumbai
Timings – 11.30 AM -3 PM; 6.30 PM – 9.30 PM
Price for two – INR 600
Contact – 022 22029606

K. Rustom Ice Cream, Churchgate

If you’ve been to Mumbai and haven’t given the ice cream sandwich at K. Rustom a try, you’ve been missing out. Best part? They have nearly 45-50 flavours, which provides you with the ideal excuse to indulge. With various flavours of ice cream between wafers of waffles, they’re as good as they sound. Try them today!

Although they don’t do home delivery, you can get a family-sized bar packed in an insulated case that can serve 9 – or more, depending on how you cut it.

Where – 87 Stadium House, Opposite Ambassador Hotel, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai
Timings – 9.30 AM – 11 PM
Price for two – INR 150
Contact – 022 22821768

Mahesh Lunch Home, Fort

With their main outlet in Fort and other branches in the suburbs, Mahesh Lunch Home serves up some of the best seafood in the city. There’s a lot to choose from on their menu, from traditional Mughlai to their signature seafood dishes. 

If you are visiting for the first time, we highly recommend asking the servers about the catch of the day – their staff is super helpful. All said, their Butter Pepper Garlic Prawns are absolutely delightful and you can’t go wrong with their Stuffed Pompret. Thank us later.

Where – 8 B, Cawasji Patel Street, Fort, Mumbai
Timings – 11.30 AM – 4 PM, 6 PM- 11 PM
Price for two – INR 1,800
Contact – 022 22870938

Cafe Madras, Matunga East

Cafe Madras is a beloved city institution. The long lines that form outside the cafe every morning when it opens at 7 AM are a testament to its evergreen popularity. Head there for breakfast to have everything hot and fresh, though it’s an excellent place for lunch and dinner, too. 

If you are confused about what to order, you can’t go wrong with their delicious ragi dosa {crispy and yum}, upma podi, bisibele baat, and fantastic filter coffee. Weekend morning breakfast sorted. 

Where – 38 B, Circle House, King’s Circle Near Maheshwari Udyan, Matunga East, Mumbai
Timings – 7 AM – 2.30 PM; 4 PM – 10.30 PM
Price for two – INR 250
Contact – 022 24014419

All images are representational in nature.

by Himanshu Sharma


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