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Mumbai is a melting pot of cuisines, both regional and international, and this city is simply bursting with wonderful restaurants. With so many migrants in Mumbai, the city caters to everyone, and travellers can enjoy anything from a modest street-side café meal, to fine-dining and trendy eateries where you can rub shoulders with Mumbai's silverscreen stars.
From traditional Tandoori food, kebabs and the delicious and inventive Gujarati cuisine, to Mughlai and the highly popular Punjabi cuisine, Mumbai represents every single kind of Indian fare. Dishes such as butter chicken and chicken tikka masala have been exported to the rest of the world, but are still staples on most Indian menus. Indians make wonderful use of vegetables and vegetarians will have no problem finding something to suit them. Seafood from the Konkan coast is also quite famous, and considered to be a local specialty in Mumbai. Try the local street-snack pani puri, also known as gup chup, a round, hollow bowl made from crisp-fried unleavened bread and filled with a mixture of tamarind, chilli, chaat masala, onion and potatoes. Authentic masala chai is a must while visiting Mumbai - this sweet tea, boiled in a mixture of water, milk and spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger, might well become one of your abiding memories of India.
Asian / 30 K Dubash Marg, Kalaghoda
This diverse restaurant specialises in Japanese, Malaysian, Indonesian and Balinese cuisine, and is a firm favourite when dining out in Mumbai. Dishes such as oriental crab bisque, Nonya bamboo chicken and Norwegian salmon flavoured with dill, lemon butter and crisp seaweed are not to be missed. For those with a sweet tooth, try the chocolate cigar with prune and Armagnac ice cream. Reservations recommended.
Indian / Level 2, Phoenix MarketCity, LBS Marg, Kurla
Serving traditional Rajasthani, Maharashtrian, Sindhi and Kathiawadi Thali, Rajdhani is a vegetarian restaurant popular with both locals and tourists. Traditional favourites such as and are not to be missed. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Closed on Sundays.
Jimmy Boy Restaurant
Parsi/Iranian / 11 Bank Street, Vikas Building, Fort
An unusual restaurant, Jimmy Boy Restaurant serves Farsi and Iranian food, with favourites on the menu including the chicken dhansak and chicken jardaloo, which are both specialities here and probably the most flavourful dishes on the menu. This is a great place to sample some of the subcontinent's lesser-known fare. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Indian / Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Fort Area
Samovar's dining room is a long, narrow room with tables perched against the windows; not necessarily the most traditional way of dining, but don't let the dining room fool you. This restaurant, mostly popular with tourists and sightseers taking in all that Mumbai has to offer, prides itself on fast, efficient service and tasty, home-style food. Try the boti rolls, which contain spiced meat wrapped in chapattis. Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed on Sundays. Credit cards not accepted.
Seafood / Birla Mansion, Sai Baba Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort Area
Popular with Mumbai's elite, Trishna has a formidable reputation, and prides itself on its seafood dishes. With a sister restaurant in London, a visit to Trishna is a must while in Mumbai, even if just to sample the flagship dish, the butter pepper garlic king crab. Open daily for lunch and dinner (dinner only on Sundays). Reservations essential.