1. Pav Bhaji at Sardar Refreshments, Tardeo
Pav Bhaji is Mumbai’s favourite dish and if it is from Sardar Refreshments, then it is a day to remember. They serve only Pav Bhaji and hence make it fresh as the customers keep coming in. What makes this different is that they put the entire slab of butter in the bhaji, making it a haven of a delicacy that is worth the hype in the town.
2. Ashok Vada Pav Stall, Dadar
Arguably the most famous Vada Pav in Mumbai, Ashok Vada Pav Stall is located near Kirti college, Dadar that has been serving for more than 35 years! What makes it so special is the Chura or Besan crumbs filled inside that makes the Vada Pav extra crispy and delicious. They serve it along with three chutneys : Garlic dry chutney, Green chutney and Tamarind chutney to add some spicy zing to it!
3. Samosa at Guru Kripa, Sion
The mouth-watering samosas in the Mumbai schools and college canteens, theatres, multiplexes and various retail shops are all sourced from one place: Guru Kripa, Sion. These Punjabi samosas are so good that you just won’t get used to it (from my personal experience of over a decade!), and every bite would be a morsel to marvel! These are served with Chickpea gravy, and garnished with onion and coriander to make a meal that your tummy will always be grateful for!
4. Seekh Kebabs at Bademiya, Churchgate
If you are in Colaba, the time is well past mid-night and want to have a quick bite, then head straight to the iconic food joint Bademiyan. It is famous for its lip-smacking seekh kebabs and chicken tikka. Although the price is little on the higher side when scaled with the quantity of food that they provide, the quality is not compromised and kebab lovers will relish the experience.
5. Ice Cream Sandwich at K. Rustom, Churchgate
This is a classic Parsi shop across Marine drive that serves ice-cream between wafers. It has over 50 flavours and is also economically priced. One of their unique flavours is Rum & Raisins that actually tastes like Rum (and no, there is no alcohol in it)! Coffee Crunch, Raspberry, Dudhi Halwa, Roasted Almonds are some of the other famous flavours that will force you to frequent this place time and again!
6. Vodka Panipuri at Pratap Da Dhaba, Andheri
Hard to believe, but you read it right! Vodka mixed Pani-Puri took Mumbaiites by storm when it was introduced by Pratap Da Dhaba. Although it seems an uncanny combination, but the spicy chaat-water spiked with vodka complements each other. This novel recipe is a rage amongst the youth who love to experiment and are bored with the regular chaat food.
7. Pizza-Puri at Shreeji Stall, Borivali
Yet another glaring dish which is a fusion of Western and Indian cuisine, should we say! This Pizza-Puri is a mixture of veggies, chutney, paneer and sev-puri that takes only 10 minutes to prepare. The spicy taste will etch a memory over your taste buds and you will crave for it every time you have a simple pizza or a sev-puri!
8. Chili Ice Cream at Bachelorr’s, Tardeo
Now this is an out-of-the-box, never-heard-of ice-cream not only for the tourists, but for the locals as well that is served at Bachelorr’s . They have a plethora of flavours for juice, ice-cream and sundaes, but many actually claim the chilli one as the best. So, the next time you have a craving, then try the hot favourite chilli ice-cream that is ironically chilling!
9. Bombay Duck at Pradeep Gomantak Bhojanalaya
Started off from humble beginnings as a Dabbawallah, Dashrath Amonkar borrowed money and started Pradeep Gomantak Bhojanalaya in Fort. Since then it has grown famous in the townsideof south Mumbai. For many years, his Bombil Fry has had cult followers with its crispy and salty taste that many to this day say is still the same!