Mumbai has evolved from being a fishing village to the financial capital of the country over the years and so is the food history of the place. The place accepted waves after waves of immigrants from all parts of the country and all walks of life. They came to realise their dreams and along with them brought their culinary treasures. The ultimate result is that today it is a smorgasbord of cooking styles and foods that gel perfectly with the cosmopolitan nature of the place.
Here are few must-eat dishes in Mumbai that define the peculiar Mumbai food. These dishes have different regional influence.
Chicken Chettinad at Tamasha Restaurant
Tamasha restaurant in Lower Parel has got amazing ambience, a decent food menu and good drinks selection. The place is set apart by the music it plays and if you happen to go on Thursday you will enjoy the salsa night along with your food and drinks. The Chicken Chettinad is especially recommended here and it tastes awesome. The classic Indian recipe originally from the region of Chettinad gets full justice in this restaurant. The chef marinates it in traditional style and makes use of traditional spices to bring out that authentic flavour in the dish. You can try it with either boiled rice or parantha.
Jumbo Prawns at Mainland China, Vashi
Do you like seafood? Want to try some heavenly jumbo prawns that are nicely stuffed with a rich butter mixture and topped with cheese. This is one of the must-have dishes if you are a non-vegetarian and are visiting Mainland China in Vashi.
Cheese Corn Balls at Ego Lounge
This restaurant in Borivali is known for its lip-smacking finger food. You can finish plates and plates of cheese corn balls here along with some refreshing and tasty mocktails. The chef has extreme proficiency in making this very common dish extra special with just the right mix of ingredients.
Peri Peri Chicken at Junkyard Café
Don’t go by the literal meaning of the name of the place. This place on Hill Road Bandra is extremely popular for its party culture and ranks high on social circuits. The food is generally tasty here, but one dish that stands out on their menu is Peri Peri chicken. They jazz up the rotisserie chicken with a tangy, smoky and somewhat spicy sauce that is slathered on to order.
Thin Crust Pizza at The Stables – Peninsula Redpine
The Stables located centrally right at Marol Naka is very particular in maintaining its British-like theme. So, you will see dim lightening and great Jazz music gigs all through the day. Their thin crust pizza that is topped with vegetables like baby corn, olives, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper and loaded with mozzarella cheese is something every pizza lover should have. The pizza chef here has the expertise of keeping all flavours distinct by not letting anyone dominate over the other.
There is no dearth of restaurants even in small towns these days, leave aside Mumbai, which is a big cosmopolitan city. People in metro cities are very busy and especially during the weekends, they like to dine out with their families or friends and spend some quality time over good food and drinks. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from and one normally looks for a pleasant and memorable dining experience. While the big restaurant chains spend huge amounts of money on marketing and advertising, the small ones usually work on word of mouth. Now they also benefit through the social platforms where people write reviews about them. These reviews help in knowing beforehand which place offers good food or the signature dishes of the restaurant they are planning to go.