Mumbai Food Journey – Best Food to Try in Mumbai

Best Food to Try in Mumbai

India’s most populous city with over 21 million inhabitants, Mumbai is popular for its lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere, as well as its rich history and culture. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country with bustling markets, beautifully architected structures, and the yummiest dishes which people from all over the country brought into this city with them. There’s a story in every food of Mumbai- from its local street food to the larger-than-life restaurants and aesthetic cafes.

Mumbai is famous across the country as it is a spectacular paradox of bedlam and hope, glamour and grime, modernity, and tradition. This city of dreams is a beautifully blended melting pot of cultures and lifestyles. One of the main centres in the country of art, culture, music, dance, and theatre, Mumbai has been running high on the spirits of Mumbaikars and its Bollywood drama.

The cultural diversity of Mumbai can be seen in the culinary richness that the city offers in the form of street food with Muslim, Gujarati, South Indian, Parsi, and Maharashtrian influences. There are many dishes in Mumbai which you’ll find in many other states too, but the taste would always be different. These flavours, colours, and textures create dishes that soothe your soul without burdening your pockets. Along with visiting the best places in Mumbai, you can enjoy this amazing food.

Here are the top dishes that you must try in Mumbai!

25 Best Food to Try in Mumbai – Price | Location

No.Food NameAverage Price (INR)Best Place to Eat
1Vada Pav20 – 30Ashok Vada Pav, Dadar
2Pav Bhaji80 – 120Sardar Refreshments, Tardeo
3Bhel Puri40 – 60Elco, Bandra
4Pani Puri20 – 40Elco, Bandra
5Sev Puri40 – 60Guru Kripa, Sion
6Ragda Pattice60 – 80Cannon Pav Bhaji, Fort
7Misal Pav60 – 80Aaswad, Dadar
8Dabeli40 – 60Kirti Dabeli, Kandivali
9Keema Pav80 – 100Olympia Coffee House, Colaba
10Mumbai Sandwich60 – 80Sandwichwalla, Chowpatty
11Parsi Berry Pulao200 – 250Britannia & Co., Ballard Estate
12Butter Chicken200 – 300Jai Jawan, Colaba
13Fish Curry Rice150 – 200Highway Gomantak, Bandra
14Malvani Crab Curry300 – 400Gajalee, Vile Parle
15Baida Roti100 – 150Bademiya, Colaba
16Kebabs150 – 250Sarvi, Byculla
17Bombay Duck Fry100 – 150Gomantak Boarding House, Dadar
18Modak50 – 80Vinay Health Home, Girgaum
19Falooda80 – 120Badshah, Crawford Market
20Mawa Jalebi40 – 60Shree Krishna, Dadar
21Shrikhand40 – 60Puranmal, Dadar
22Kulfi30 – 50K Rustom, Churchgate
23Cutting Chai10 – 20Any local Tapri in Mumbai
24Batata Vada20 – 30Aaram Vada Pav, CST
25Maharashtrian Thali250 – 350Chetana, Fort

1. Vada Pav

vada pav

Though nowadays you can find local street food vendors and food shops selling Vada Pav in all cities, but it would never taste like that of Mumbai. This fluffy pav stuffed with fried potato vada and finger-licking spices of choice is an emotion for Mumbaikers. Served with a hot cup of tea and one or more chutneys with green chilli pepper, this combo creates a burst of flavours in your mouth making you crave it more and more. The dish tastes different when it is made by the locals who have a generation-long talent passed to them and the love with which they make Vada Pav; that’s what makes it special.

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2. The Bombay Sandwich

Bombay Sandwich

Everyone is familiar with this all-time favourite dish that isn’t Indian-originated but has made quite an impression on Indians. We cook sandwiches in our homes and have them outside also, but the roadside sandwiches though, have a story of their own. This sandwich is a combination of the most unlikely ingredients. It consists of two or three buttered white bread slices with slices of beetroot, boiled potatoes, cucumbers, onion rings, tomatoes, grated cheese, chaat masala, and mint chutney between them. Giving you the most refreshing tangy taste, it can be found in every street-side of Mumbai. The sandwich also comes with a toasted variant with steamed vegetables inside, giving you a different flavour.

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3. Batata Vada

Batata Vada

If you are not a Mumbaikar, this is something that should be skipped in your travel there. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or teatime, Batata Vada can go with anything. Popularly known as Aloo Banda, this popular street food is made from mashed boiled potatoes. It is mixed with green chillies, lime juice, turmeric, ginger, garlic, and coriander leaves. These are then dipped in a besan batter and finally fried. It is usually dished up with green chutney or fried green chillies.

4. Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji

Mumbaikars and their love for pav is forever. They have made so many dishes with this fluffy bun and all are very popular across the country; one such dish is Pav Bhaji. ‘Bhaji’ is a Marathi word for a vegetable bit in this case, it is an assortment of vegetables that are mashed and cooked with spices and seasonings. It is served with ‘Pav’ which is heated on a pan with a light application of butter. Along with sides like onions, a piece of lemon, and most importantly, a blob of butter on top of it. Originating in Maharashtra, Pav Bhaji is now available all over India with regional variations. Despite that, the traditional Maharashtrian pav Bhaji is evergreen.

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5. Frankie

Frankie

Mumbai is the birthplace of Frankie. As unique as its name, Frankie is made from juicy naan bread having egg coating. It is stuffed with mutton or chicken and then rolled up. The vegetarian variant does not use egg coating and the stuffing is of paneer or potatoes. The main ingredient is often complemented by raw onion and spicy sauces. This dish was created by Mr. Amarjit Tibb who was inspired by Lebanese-style pita bread wraps when he visited Beirut. It is a roll that you can hog down whenever you have hunger pangs in the middle of the day or night.  

6. Bhel Puri

Bhel Puri

This is the easiest yet the yummiest dish which you can have any time. Among the vegetarian dishes of street food in Mumbai, Bhel Puri is the most popular one. It is a Marathi chaat made out of puffed rice mixed with raw vegetables like tomatoes, onions and seasoned in a tamarind sauce, and has a crunchy texture. In Mumbai, raw mango or a hint of lemon and chaat masala are added to this street dish. This snack is a total stress buster which is cheap and is available on every street side of this city.

7. Akuri on Toast

Akuri, a popular street food of Mumbai, is a spicy scrambled egg Parsi dish flavoured with fried onions, ginger, coriander, chopped chillies, and black pepper. Even raw mangoes can be used in the season as an ingredient with milk, jeera (cumin) powder, curry leaves, and ginger-garlic paste. It is traditionally eaten with bread and toast. The dish is among the great Parsi breakfast dishes. You can easily find it in cafes in Mumbai and gulp it with a hot cup of chai.

8. Falooda

Falooda

Falooda is a rich drink and an Indian adaptation of the Persian dessert. Mughals bring this dish to India. It consists of flavoured milk, vermicelli, tapioca pearls, and chunks of gelatin. Traditionally garnished with rose syrup, one can find many variations of Falooda, such as putting a scoop of ice cream in the glass. This delightfully chilled glass of heaven is Mumbai’s version of a chocolate sundae and is best in summer to cool off the Mumbai heat.

9. Ragda Pattice

Ragda Pattice

A unique item, Ragda Pattice is a top street food in Mumbai. This dish is potato patties (which are mashed potato, shaped into fat patties and fried), drowned in Ragda, a gravy with white peas and spices. Laced with chutneys and topped with crunchy sev, this Chatpata snack is mouth-watering. This cheap Mumbai street food is filling and, therefore, a good lunch option if you see a vendor around.

10. Baida Roti

The word ‘Baida’ means egg and this dish is an egg-based pan-fried envelops. It is stuffed with more whipped egg, minced meat, onions, and spices. This delicately crafted dish sounds simple to make but is complex in its taste and texture. Squeeze half a lemon on the roti, dip it in the green chutney or cucumber raita served along with it. Then take a bite, and you will feel the flavours exploding in your mouth. Baida Rotis are delicious square-shaped fried patty. It is a popular Bombay street food that will leave your hungry growling stomach filled and satisfied. 

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