Hawker stall dining is very popular beachside but most people in Mumbai will eat main meals inside café s, bars and restaurants. North Indian cuisine with its samosa, naan and lassi yoghurt drinks is particularly popular in Mumbai restaurants.
Restaurants inside five-star hotels such as the Taj Mahal hotel offer the standard fine dining experience and prices to match. Thai, Chinese and Japanese restaurants abound all over Mumbai, while the bazaar around Ghalli Road is full of wonderful food stalls.
The absolute traveler's central of Mumbai, Colaba contains some of the city's great eateries such as Leopold and hosts a nightly street market that sizzles with all number of hawker stalls. Head off the Colaba Causeway for outstanding north Indian restaurants where incredibly good Sikh and Rajasthani cuisine can be had for knockout prices.
Beneath the lights of the Queen's Necklace (the street lamps of Marine Drive) are what appear to be thousands of hawker stalls selling barbecued fruits and meats as well as delicious fried finger food like samosa. As you stroll, pick at a casual feast and marvel later at how the whole experience has set you back less than three or four dollars.
The area between Malabar Hill and Marine Drive is chock full of fine restaurants and budget options. This part of Mumbai is crowded with business and conference centers and the range of cuisines and quality of service is very high. Some restaurants offer a rare spread across all Indian cuisines, with spicy and smoky northern dishes sharing the menu with tropical, fruity southern fare.
Sahar Road, ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton, Andheri
Phone: +91 022 2830 3030
South Indian cuisine rules here with chefs trained in Kerala and Trivandarum cooking up tropical delights seven nights a week. The jewel in the crown of the Sheraton hotel's restaurants (there are two others) specializes in seafood.
Veer Nariman Road, Mayfair Building, Churchgate
Phone: +91 022 2282 1259
In continuous operation since the 1950s, Gaylord occupies a grand colonial building in downtown Mumbai and has a leafy courtyard that is popular with diners who come for the great prices and the legendary butter chicken.
Phone: +91 022 2202 0131
This venerable Mumbai institution blends backpacker charm with a slightly upmarket ambience and dishes up Indian and Chinese food as well as burgers, shakes and fries day and night. Breakfast is very popular too, while the infamous beer towers keep the mood up after dark.
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