Mumbai has the economic hub of India for ages and therefiore is a melting pot of a very diverse range of cuisines, both regional and international, catering to a very diverse population of people who come there for business or travel and those that make it home.
The populace of Mumbai has different tastes and income and so different restaurants suit different pockets and needs.We list here some of the best restuarants in Mumbai that include the most expensive restaurants serving Indian and International cuisines to those round the corner small eating joints.
If it is only vada pav you are looking for then you can eat it anywhere in Mumbai and if it is chaat then the beach is the best place to go. Chowpatty being the most well known.
Cuisine: South Indian (specialty), Indian
Location: ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton, Sahar Rd, Andheri
Tel: (+91) 22 28303030
Dakshin is one of the restaurants at the ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton. As evident from the name, South Indian food mostly vegetarian and fish dishes from Kerala to Karnataka are available. Dakshin also offers spicy Chettinad dishes. Live Carnatic music after 8 pm along with Chettinad spicy chicken attracts many.
Cuisine: Afghani, Indian
Location: The Oberoi, Nariman Point
Tel. +91 22 66325757/56325757
Kebabs are a specialty here, and the Kabuli raan is said to be the best. The Kandahari or Kaali dal (black dal) with pudina paratha (mint bread) or zaafraani naan is another favourite.
Cuisine: European, International, Western-fusion
Location: 4 Mandlik Road, Colaba
Tel. +91 22 56368980/ 2202-3592
Indigo in Colaba serves high-quality European cuisine to Mumbai's wealthy set. The menu offers dishes ranging from lobster and shallot risotto to tea-grilled quail, followed by hot dessert soufflé or chocolate fondant. Dishes include exotics like beet and coconut soup, herbed goat cheese, spinach, grilled apples drizzled with walnut vinaigrette, seared tuna loin rubbed with cracked mustard seeds and served with sesame bok choy, oyster mushrooms with a roast tomato drizzle and chargrilled beef tenderloin with Gorgonzola, served with black-eyed-pea ragout, asparagus tips, and a tandoor-roasted onion.
Cuisine: Manglorean & Goan (specialty), Indian
Location: Taj President, 90 Cuffe Parade
Tel. +91 22 66650808
Konkan Café is known for specialties like the red snapper cooked in a spicy tomato-onion sauce and baked in banana leaves; and the sukha mutton. Goan specialties as chicken cafreal (chicken marinated with chilies and spices and roasted or barbecued) or pomfret recheado (a hot and spicy masala) with feni (the Goan liquor distilled from coconuts or cashews) are popular at this restaurant. Crab cakes here are great.
Cuisine: Mughlai, Indian
Location: 145 Mahatma Gandhi (M.G) Rd, Fort
Tel. +91 22 40396666.
Traditional Mughlai cuisine and tender kebabs are the attractions. Khyber raan (lamb) or mutton chaap Mughlai and piping-hot naan bread compete with chicken makhanwala or simply Butter Chicken have been pulling guests back to this restaurant for years.
Cuisine: Seafood, Indian
Location: 7 Sai Baba Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Tel. +91 22 22703213/2270-3214
Mumbai is renowned for its fresh seafood and Trishna is one of the best seafood restaurants in Mumbai. Butter pepper garlic king crab is Trishna's signature dish, but jumbo pomfrets and tiger prawns are also popular. Recommended dishes include pomfret Hyderabadi -- barbecued with black pepper, pomfret hariyali enveloped in green masala and baked in a tandoor; fish sholay kebab; spicy Kolhapuri prawns; and squid expertly prepared with butter, pepper, and garlic. Reservations are essential any night of the week.
Cuisine: Southeast Asian, Asian, Continental
Location: 206 Krystal, Waterfield Road, Bandra.
Tel. +91 22 26405555
Creative Southeast Asian and Continental cuisine with an emphasis on seafood, thats what this great looking restuarant is about. Almond crusted prawns, lobster maki rolls, pepper crusted tuna, Vietnamese shrimps, dim sums, Indonesian sambal and Burmese chicken curry are the favourites. On the desserts menu bento box with chocolate and strawberry and the Green Tea Ice Cream with Tempura cake are worth a mention.
Cuisine: North-Indian (Peshawari), Indian
Location: ITC Maratha Sheraton, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri.
Tel. +91 22 28303030
The Peshawari restaurant at the ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton, offers richly spiced meat kebabs and Afghani curries. Dal Bukhara, tandoori jhinga and murgh malai kebab are great. Cutlery is provided only if you insist. This is just so that you may lick your fingers.
Cusine: Mediterranean, Italian
Location: 14 Union Park, Pali Hill Tourist Hotel
Tel. +91 22 2605 8228
Olive Bar & Kitchen in Pali Hill servs mainly Mediterranean and some Italian dishes like mushroom carpaccio, penne lobster and creamy radicchio risotto. Italian salads and home-made pasta are available.
Cuisine: Asian- Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.
Location: Hilton Towers, Marine Drive, Nariman Point
Restaurant is located at the Hilton Towers in Nariman Point. The menu includes popular items like the "India Jones Grand Platter": an appetizer assortment; soup (tom yam or tom kha); and a platter of green chicken curry, wok-fried prawns, stir-fried sea bass with celery, barbecued pork with honey, wok-fried mixed vegetables in black-peppercorn sauce, the Wok Platter, live seafood (like the grouper in soy-ginger broth), a separate dim sum menu, a teppanyaki counter and outstanding sushi.