Famous Eating Haunts

I always love making things easy for myself and everyone. We normally have a habit of digging a well when thirsty… Me, on weekends for example… I reach out to all possible sites to search for restaurant and the reviews weekends delicious. Thanks to Google and Justdial for making our lives so easy.
I owe a lot to one of my dear friends for his painstaking efforts and the time he put in compiling the list of famous eateries for me.
Finally here we are with 50 must eat delicacies in Mumbai.

Eat your way though Mumbai… at a glance!

1. Schezwan Crab, Fish Balti at Mahesh Lunch Home, Juhu
2. Berry Pulao and Caramel Custard at Britannia and Company Restaurant, Fort
3. Kheema Pao at Kayani & Co., Marine Lines
4. Mutton Dum Biryani at Zaffar Bhai’s Delhi Darbar, Mahim (W)
5. Mutton Raan Masala at Zaffran
6. Shahi Paneer at Cream Center
7. Vada Pao outside Kirti College, Dadar (W) and N.M College, Vile Parle (W)
8. Fish Fry & Prawns Koliwada at Jai Jawan Foods, Khar (W)
9. Dal Makhani at Preetam Da Dhaba
10. Butter Pepper Garlic Prawns at Gazalee
11. Baida Roti and Kebabs at Bade Miya
12. Biryani at Lucky Restaurant and Persian Darbar, Bandra (W)
13. Fish Curry Rice at Leopold Cafe, Colaba
14. Bun Maska at Sassanian Bakey and Boulangerie, New Marine Lines
15. Mava Cake at Mervans Bakery, Andheri (W)
16. Dal Makhani at Moti Mahal Reataurant, Bandra (W)
17. Chilli Chicken at Gypsy Chinese, Shivaji Park, Dadar
18. Fish Tava Fry at Jai Hind Lunch Home, Dadar (W)
19. Shwarma Roll at Maroosh, Carter Road, Bandra (W)
20. Patrano Machchi at Britannia and Company Restaurant, Fort
21. Chicken Club Sandwich at Cafe Noorani, Haji Ali
22. Misal Pav at Dutta, old Pune Highway
23. Bharleli Vangi at Gypsy Snacks, Shivaji Park, Dadar
24. Bhurji Pao at Santacruz (E) highway.
25. Jaggery icecream at Bojohari Manna, Lokhandwala, Andheri (W)
26. Veg Lunch at Govinda Restaurant, ISKON, Juhu
27. Maharashtrian snacks at Prakash, Dadar
28. Vodka Pani Puri at Pratap da Dhaba
29. Chilli icecream at Bachelorr’s, Charni Road
30. Misal Pav near Mamledar office, Thane
31. Filter Kaapi and Upma at Madras Cafe, Sion
32. Idlis at Idli house, Matunga (E)
33. Dal-phulka, Ganthiya Sabji, Masala Chaas in beer bottle at Bhagat Tarachand, CST
34. Dal Pakwan at Jhama Sweets, Chembur
35. Khichdi at Swati Snacks, Tardeo
36. Pav Bhaji at Sardar Pav Bhaji, Tardeo
37. Pancham Puri Wala near CST
38. Sizzlers at Kobe’s
39. Rustomjee’s Biscuit Icecream, Near Churchgate Station
40. Teesriya Sukha and Stuffed Pomfret at Sadiccha Restaurant, Bandra (E)
41. Sea food at Highway Gomantak, Bandra (E)
42. Falooda at Badshah Snacks, Crawford Market
43. Kakori kebabs at Kakori House, Saki Naka, Andheri (E)
44. Bakery items at Oven fresh,  Shivaji Park, Dadar
45. Churma Papad at Bhagat Tarachand, Zaveri Bazaar
46. Rajasthani / Gujarati Thali at Golden Star Thali
47. Chat at Elco Market, Bandra (W)
48. Dal Pakwaan at Vij, Chembur Camp
49. Chat at Bikaji, Malad Link Road
50. Stuffed crab at Goa Portuguesa, Mahim (W)

Please feel free to suggest if you have some more in mind. I’ll try to add them here.

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Bandstand, A Couple’s Paradise

I’ve been craving to write about Mumbai since long, since the time I can remember. Mumbai, my city, the city of dreams, the city that has sheltered with love more than 18 million people across all states of India and from different parts of the globe the city that is a source of bread and butter to millions, the city that never sleeps… Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra and the financial, commercial and entertainment capital and the wealthiest city of India!!!

Whenever I talk  about Mumbai, I always start with Bandra, a place synonymous with shopping, fort, churches, seafront, promenades, pubs, malls, food and its food-loving people. The name ‘Bandra’ is possibly an adaptation of the Persian (and also Urdu) word ‘bandar’, which means a city; an emporium; a port, harbour; a trading town to which numbers of foreign merchants resort. Bandra is known it as “Queen of the Suburbs”.

Bandra has a rich history of the British and the Portuguese era. Many of the houses and establishments still shout out their historical existence. There are over 150 crosses at various places. Many crosses were built to ward off the plague epidemic (1896-1906). The oldest is the one relocated in St Andrew’s church compound. Stands 17 ft high and made of a single stone and dates back to 1610.

Christians dominate the population here. Bandra is also home to a sizable Hindu, Parsi (Zoroastrians) and Muslim population. Prominent places here are the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Bandra Lake or Bandra Talao, Carter Road, Linking Road, Hill Road, Jogger’s Park, Bandstand and Land’s End. BKC is a commercial hub. Hill Road and Linking Road are a shopper’s paradise. Whereas, Carter Road and Bandstand are  seafront with long promenades.

Bandra is well-connected via the Western Railway and the Harbour Line which is an offshoot of the suburban Central Railway.

My relationship with Bandra dates back to the earlier 2000s. This was the time when I knew very little of the rest of Mumbai, I knew Bandra in and out. I have a strong emotional connect to Bandstand.

This is the place where my love-story flourished.  Not just mine, but I’m sure I must be a voice of hundreds of couples out there. Now you know, why I call this place “A Couple’s Paradise”.
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In the early 2000s, love was in the air… for me. And Bandstand was the only place we knew to be with each other and share our sweet-nothings. It was just the beginning of our individual careers, so affordability of restaurants was a big question mark. In those times, Bandstand was our only saviour. Hail an auto or hop-on a bus and reach our destination within 15 minutes.
The long promenade, the sea, the sunset, the breeze… all so very inviting. We used to sit on the promenade watching the sun set and time would just fly off.
The couples are scattered all over – the promenade, rocks, in the parked cars, strolling hand in hand or rather, hand-in-waist, hugging, kissing or just sitting there holding each other. We fell in the last bracket. There’s love all round…literally!!!
Bandstand3Sweet-nothings are not enough to satisfy your tummy, specially when you’ve travelled miles to be your sweetheart. So when it comes to treating your taste-buds, there’s an array of food items that are dished out.
There’s street-food and hawkers who serve smoking hot sandwiches, frankies, roasted corn, juice vendors, etc.
bandstandcornwallaThere are cafes like Barrista and Cafe Coffee Day aka CCD, our Indianised answer to the likes of Starbucks and Gloria Jeans. These 2 cafes are next door neighbours. The tables offering an undisturbed view of the sea are reminiscent of my moments here with my favourite Cafe Frappe and the corn and cheese sandwich.
Barista boasts of a special corner table which is the hotspot of Bollywood superstar and my heartthrob, Salman Khan. He was and still is my numero uno reason and cause of frequenting Bandra. I’ve always had and still have a small hope in one little corner of my heart, of seeing Salman. My eyes used to always be fixed on the first floor balcony of his Galaxy Apartments.
bandstandccdFurther down, there is Cafe Sea Side, which is famous for its snacks and meals. Tables near the windows of this cafe are a bliss.
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Bandstand is synonymous with “Mannat” a castle-like bungalow of another Bollywood superstar, Shahrukh Khan. People gather in hoards only to catch a glimpse of their Badshah and go berserk when they do get one. Mr. Khan also obliges by standing in his balcony and waving his fans.
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The Walk of the Stars is a section of the promenade honouring Bollywood film stars. The path features about six statues of famous Bollywood actors.
bandstandwalk of starsAlso there are about 100 brass plates embossed with the handprints and signatures of other stars. The walk was inspired by the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, more commonly known as Mount Mary Church, is a Roman Catholic Basilica situated in this area. The feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated here on the first Sunday after 8 September, the birthday of the Virgin Mary.
bandstandmtmarychurch2The feast is followed by a week long celebration known locally as the Bandra Fair and is visited by thousands of people of all faiths.
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Castella de Aguada
, also known as the Bandra Fort, is located at the Land’s End which is the extreme point of Bandstand.  It was built by the Portuguese in 1640 as a watchtower overlooking the Mahim Bay, the Arabian Sea and the southern island of Mahim.
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The iconic Taj Land’s End is a luxury hotel standing tall offering a breathtaking sight and is a crown to the Land’s End area. It has been playing host to hoards of celebrities, dignitaries and the royals.
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Bandstand has a lot to offer everyone…from children to the aged, from loaded purses to the empty ones, from singles to couples and families. When I speak about Bandstand, I speak my heart out. I have experienced every bit of it. Its nostalgia, its a different feeling altogether.
Its a tribute to my lovestory… and the relationship that blossomed thereafter…