I’m a Punjabi boy, through-and-through, from Delhi, who loves his butter chicken, kadai paneer, aloo paranthas and lassi. Food is basically the essence of our existence and constitutes the very fabric of home for us. I moved to Mumbai around two years ago and since the past one year I’ve been living in the Gujarati dominated Girgaon Chowpatty area of Mumbai.
As we all know, Mumbai is not Delhi and Punjabis are a rare sight here. It is always a struggle, finding food which tastes like home. However, in this struggle for hunting down home-like cuisine, I have come across the most interesting and dynamic plethora of multi-cultural cuisine in Mumbai. Now, since I live by myself and I don’t have a kitchen, I am forced to eat out every day. When I moved to this area and found out that it was a vegetarian-only zone, I was shocked. I was scared to even imagine how I’m going to pass this year out living on pure vegetarian Gujarati food. Over time, I was proven wrong. The Chowpatty area in Mumbai plays host to the best possible variety of food there can be for both the rich and the poor.
Here are some of my best picks:
This Gujarati restaurant located right off Chowpatty opposite Babulnath temple provides the best value for money. With spectacular quality of food, Soam was one of my first discoveries in the area which blew me away. I would’ve never imagined something like Dal Dhokli or Puranpoli with excessive amounts of ghee would taste so good.
This is my favorite in the area. If you are ever craving home food and you don’t feel like spending too much (because why should you spend a lot for home food anyway?), this is the best place you could go to. When my friends and I go there, our standard order consists of Paneer Korma, Dal Makhni, Paneer Paranthas and Butter Rotis with Chhaas and the Crystal special fruit cream. It never goes wrong and takes us back to the nostalgic flavours of the North. Don’t forget to get some naariyal pani from the stall right next to it.
I’d heard a lot about the “Unlimited Thali” at Revival but I was always saving it for a day when I would really be hungry and in the mood to take on this adventure. Recently when I was recovering from a fever, I came here and ate their Golden Thali which was literally never-ending. Besides, the staff here is the sweetest there can be. If you want another option for an Unlimited Vegetarian Thali, Golden Star Thali restaurant near Charni Road station is another excellent option.
This is the only restaurant located in the far end of Chowpatty which serves non-vegetarian food. Understandably so, because it is a Parsi restaurant with a wide variety of food options aside from the usual Parsi cuisine.
We all know Bachelorrs. We all love their milkshakes and ice cream and sandwiches. It’s a classic!
Next time you’re in the area, be sure to visit these places. You won’t regret it one bit.
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