Mumbai- City of Dreams known for skyline touching buildings, grounded homes with big dreams and the coastal line running. But apart from all this, visit Mumbai is incomplete without taking gastronomical affair- Mumbai Street Food. Food served in street of Mumbai has gone through a transformation, interpreted, to suit the life of Mumbai people. Here is a list of quintessential Mumbai Street Food.
” There is no sincere love than love of street food ” – George Bernard Shaw
Now, you can’t go very long without having a bite of that Indian burger. Very popular and easily available vada pav is a quick and cheap meal. Vada pav consists of a spiced mashed potato mixture, which is deep fried into a patty, packed into a white fluffy bun, and garnished with a variety of different chutneys and spices for seasoning.
- Ashok Vada Pav: Serves one of the legendary versions of vada pav in Mumbai (supposedly the original), and it’s sensational. ( Close on Sunday ).
Location: Kashinath Dhuru Marg, Dadar West, Dadar, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400028.
- Gajanan Vada Pav: Sticks to the traditional vada pav but what makes it different is their chutney. It is mix of besan and chillies.
Location: Chhatrapati Sambhaji Road, Naupada, Thane West.
Misal is a spicy curry made with mixed sprouts or moth beans and pav are buns. Misal is garnished with mix farsan (mix chiwda) on the top and also some topped with onion and tomatoes. The red deep curry is significant to the amount of chilli used. Mind you these are not for faint hearted. Mumbai Street food list is incomplete without misal pav.
- Mamledar Misal Pav: Get ready for some spicy affair. Don’t forget to paid with some taak ( buttermilk) Location: Opposite Zilla Parishad, Talav Pali, Naupada, Thane West.
Another popular Bombay street food is the Pav Bhaaji. Dip the butter pav in an assorted mix of vegetables with potato mash and gallop of butter. You are good to go. It has a history that it was initially invited for late night workers with lots of vegetables and food.
- Sardar Pav Bhaji: Known for the dipping butter and masala pav too.
Location: Tardeo Road Junction, Opposite Bus Depot, Tardeo, Mumbai.
- Cannon CST Pav Bhaji: Head out for a complete meal.
Location: Opposite CST Station, Mumbai CST Area, Mumbai.
The ‘Mumbai’ Style Sandwich
Bombay Sandwiches are not like any conventional sandwiches. These one are loaded with butter and cheese and has a lot of varieties to choose from. Special red and green chutney give Mumbai touch.
Raju Sandwich: You gotta dig into special overloaded cheese paninis.
Location: Opposite HR College, Churchgate, Mumbai.
101 Varieties of Dosa
Well, Bombay knows how and can transform a dish into 101 ways. Some eating joints in Mumbai have given a complete makeover to dosa. Starting from Pav Bhaji Dosa to Pasta Dosa to Manchurian dosa. They have everything.
- Anand Dosa Stall: famous for its massive fusion-cuisine dosas. Try out Gini Dosa and open pizza dosa.
Location: Opposite Mithibai College, Gulmohar Road 1, Vile Parle West, Mumbai.
- Khao Galli Ghatkopar: Also known as khau galli, opens only after 7:30 PM. You will find lot of street food vendors serving different varieties of dosa.
Talk about street food and not mention Pani puri is a sin. Mumbai street food essential also known as Gol aGppe. They are readily available in all corners of Mumbai.
- Juhu chowpatty Beach
- Khau Galli ,Ghatkopar
Sev Puri & Bhel Puri
Bhel is often identified with the beaches of Mumbai. You can’t go very long without indulging in the savoury snack. Bhel puri/Sev Puri is the most common all-day snacks item, easy to make mixed with tamarind chutney and eaten on the spot food item famous at Chowpatty Beach.
- Sharma Chaat Bhandar
Location: Amarpali Shopping Centre, JVPD Scheme, Vile Parle West, Mumbai.
- Juhu Chowpatty Beach.
Ice Cream Sandwich
K. Rustom & Co., also just known as K. Rustom’s is an old-school, Iranian ice-cream parlour known for churning out the yummiest, freshest ice-cream biscuits since 1953 Ice-cream is served as a thick slab sandwiched between wafer biscuits and wrapped in thin butter paper. Its most popular flavours, walnut crunch and kesar pista are also layered with bits of walnut, caramelised sugar, and pista respectively.
Location: 87 Stadium House, Opposite Ambassador Hotel, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai.
Modak for every Mumbaikar and anyone who decide to visit Mumbai. Modak is basically a very popular sweet that is offered to Lord Ganesha. There is a classic Modak and other various fusion like chocolate, rose and Kesar.
- Modakam-Prabhadevi: Tucked in a quiet little corner near Siddhivinayak temple, it serves one of the best modaks. Although they have got a variety of these sweet dumpling, they specialise in serving the traditional Ukadiche Modak or steamed modak made up of rice flour and stuffed with the generous filling of coconut, jaggery, and cardamom.
Location:Modakam, 8/1, Kamana CHS, SK Bole Marg, near Siddhivinayak Temple, Prabhadevi.
This delightfully chilled glass of flavored milk, vermicelli, tapioca pearls and chunks of gelatin and refreshing flavours is heaven in the scorching sun of Mumbai.
- Badshah Falooda: Famous for various varieties of falooda.
Location: Dr DN Road, Crawford Market, Mumbai CST Area, Mumbai
- Haji Ali Juice Center: Enjoy a chilled glass of falooda with sea view.
Location: Lala Lajpat Rai Road, Haji Ali Circle, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai
Ragda pattice is an important pat of Mumbai street food and you will find in all corners. Now, what is ragda it’s dried yellow boiled chaana. Patties is a potato pattice ( aloo tikki) . Ragda Patties is topped with green chutney, sweet chutney, some onion, pomegranate.
- Kailash Parbat
Location: Sheela Mahal in Colaba.