Travel Notebook

Munching in Mumbai

From the distinctive street food flavors to incredible tasting menus, Mumbai is a delight for foodies. Our partners in this vibrant city can point the way to delicious dining – and since you know how much I enjoy indulging in the tantalizing tastes of a new destination and sharing my finds, I’ll also offer a few of my favorites for you here. Use these as a starting point for your own culinary journey – then explore the city to your tastebuds’ content.

Trishna: For a decadent lunch, I can always rely on Trishna for its butter pepper garlic jumbo prawns and unbelievable butter crab. The chef pays absolute attention to every detail, whether you order a simple raita or elaborate fish plate. Despite its modest interiors, this is one of the city’s most famous seafood restaurants. Pair a cold Kingfisher beer with hyderabadi dal (spicy lentils) or pomfret hyderabadi-style (a delicious local fish). You will definitely need an advance reservation here and our friends at Ventours are happy to arrange this for your party.

The Bombay Canteen: We have a bit of a connection here … the owners of our partner Ventours are friends with Floyd Cardoz, the culinary director at The Bombay Canteen. Floyd used to own the renowned Tabla in New York City, one of my favorite Indian restaurants in the city. It’s a treat to visit his Mumbai outpost, and well worth the short drive it takes to get there – it’s located in the heart of Lower Parel at Kamala Mills. With an approach best described as “India-inspired,” the restaurant is situated in an old Mumbai bungalow, a relaxed ambience in contrast to the bustling metropolis. Combine dinner with a drink at The St. Regis and you’ll have a night to remember.

Burma Burma: When I’m feeling particularly virtuous, I head to Burma Burma for its delicious vegetarian options and inventive nonalcoholic cocktails. Treasured family recipes make up the core of the menu, reflecting Burmese cuisine and culture. I love the mission here: “Because food is happiness and happiness is food.” Well said, and well founded – the restaurant was started by two childhood friends whose roots lie in Myanmar and a long lineage of hoteliers and restaurateurs. Their enthusiasm for their culture and cuisine is evident throughout the restaurant and menu, which includes everything from steamed buns and parathas, fermented green tea leaves to falooda.

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Ziya: Set in the gorgeous Oberoi, Mumbai, Ziya boasts an unforgettable tasting menu. Charlie and I still remember fondly the tandoori lobster tail we enjoyed here in a dining room that’s naturally lit by wall-to-wall windows. Ocean and Marine Drive views, gold wall panels and ornate mosaics make for a magical ambience. The cuisine is best described as contemporary Indian – the chef, Vineet Bhatia, has earned a Michelin star.

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Soam: Now this one is a treasured memory … Soam specializes in Gujarat cuisine and their chutney/pickle was so delicious that we asked if they could wrap some up for us to take with us – not something they normally do, but they graciously obliged! Reservations aren’t accepted and there is often a line, but it’s certainly worth the wait. Check it out for lunch if you are out shopping and exploring in the area – they’re opposite the Babulnath Temple.

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