No longer am I in the bustling beast of a metropolis city of Bombay. And although it was a mere eighteen days I spent in this city, I still feel a compulsion to make a “Best of Bombay” list in terms of my favourite places to lounge at for a bite or a sip. Besides, I know that my lovely Bombay-native hosts took me to THEIR favourite places which provides a degree of legitimacy to this list, which I hope can help anyone with the intention of visiting the City of Dreams:
Location: ITC Grand Central Sheraton (in Lower Parel)
Food: The best of Mughlai cuisine- scrumptious melt-in-your-mouth tandoori kebabs and breads, aromatic and multi-dimensionally flavoured curries, and plenty of other North Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Also famous for having the Bukhara Dal which is simmered overnight.
Drink: Innovative and beautiful cocktails as well as non-alcoholic beverages
What we ordered: Paneer tikka, Tandoori chicken breasts marinated in cream cheese & spices, Tandoori chicken drumsticks, Tandoori lamb kebabs, Jumbo prawns stuffed with cumin-scented potato/lentil mixture, roomali roti, garlic butter naan, naan with dried herbs, Dal Bukhara, Apple Mojito (for Gitanjali), Chin Chin cocktail (for Naz)
Price: Depends on how much you order, but expect around Rs 1,800 (around $40) + per person
Location(s): Several throughout Bombay including Worli, Lower Parel, Fort, Juhu, and Bandra West (when I ate it though we got it delivered)
Food: North Indian. Absolutely delicious fare- exquisite tandoori kebabs, Chello Kebab (a sort of curd rice with kebabs in it), superb black Dahl, and the best butter chicken outside Delhi.
What we ordered: Murgh tikka kabob (chicken kabobs), Chicken tikka kabobs (the red one), Chello kebab, Chicken Makhni (butter chicken), Dahl Makhni (black dahl)
Price: Not entirely sure, though I would estimate around Rs 600 per person ($13)
Location: In the Atlanta office building in Nariman Point, it’s a little tiny restaurant and you have to walk around the corner to the back of the building to see it.
Food: French savory & sweet crepes and salads. This teensy chic and charming mini eatery opened just under two months ago by two Frenchmen and already has a constant queue out the door for a coveted seat at one of it’s little wooden tables. The ambiance makes you feel like you are indeed in Paris and the food is healthy, delicious, and you won’t have to worry about feeling ill even if you order a salad. When I went with Delnaz (Naz’s sister) and her mum we ordered EIGHT crepes amongst the three of us (and ate them all). All the savory ones are made with buckwheat flour which is a definite plus.
What we ordered: 2x La Mediteranee savory crepe (includes grilled chicken, mozzarella, olive tapenade, fresh tomatoes), Nord crepe (smoked salmon, fresh cream, lemon, dill), Foret Crepe (Emmenthal, creamed spinach, and forest mushrooms), 2x Nutella Banana crepe (PHENOMENAL!), Crepe with peach compote filling, 1 pineapple mint juice, 1 ginger-carrot-apple juice
Price: Crepes range from Rs 200-320 each
Location: Taj President Hotel in Cuffe Parade
Food: Delicious Thai food- the ambiance is great and the cuisine world class (with a huge menu).
Drink: Delicious cocktails- amongst us we had the pomegranate martini and pineapple-coconut mojito
What we ordered: Raw mango & water chestnut salad, marinated chicken satay, sea bass with tamarind sauce, water chestnuts in coconut milk dessert
Price: Approximately Rs 1,500 per person
5. India Jones
Location: The Trident Hotel (connected to the Oberoi) at Nariman Point
Food: Upscale Pan-Asian cuisine- delicious dim-sum selections and a humongous menu (as is usual in restaurants in India)
What we ordered: Forgive me for not remembering- but several vegetarian dim-sum selections, barbecued paneer, and a chicken dish with chillies.
Price: Approximately Rs 1,800+ per person
- Leopold Cafe: Colaba
- Fenix: Oberoi Hotel, Nariman Point- come for the free-flowing Moet & Chandon Sunday brunch for Rs 3,200
- Souk: Taj Mahal Palace & Towers- extremely mediocre yet severely overpriced “Lebanese” cuisine (which both Delnaz and I got sick from)
- Indigo Deli: Lower Parel (at Palladium shopping centre) and Colaba. The service is atrocious and the food rather mediocre
- Tote on Turf (at Mahalaxmi Race Course)
- Frangipanni (at the Trident Hotel Nariman Point)
- Swati Snacks
- Brittania (for authentic Parsee food)