India is a vegetarian heaven with all kinds of cuisines and delicacies. While there are numerous places to cover, let’s start with Mumbai.
Great joint located in Powai, provides delicious vegetarian options in their menu. The restaurant has also taken up a unique initiative of hiring speech and hearing-impaired staff. They provide you with a menu card annotated by sign language, to help you order. Everyone in the staff was very warm and welcoming. The taste was great and the presentation was delightful. The chic decor didn’t hurt either.
2. Cafe Madras
Hole-in-the-wall joint in Matunga provided with one of the most delicious south Indian meal I have ever had. We shared a bunch of dishes amongst us. The winner was Neer dosa with white butter. Other delicacies included pineapple shira, rasam wada, rasam idli, puliogre. And don’t forget to try their filter coffee (kaapi™)
3. H Paramesha
Another hole in the wall sandwich joint below the Bombay Stock Exchange. They have servers infront of the stall to take orders and serve you food while you stand. They have an extensive menu, which confuses you from the minute you look at it. For us, the owner did not let us order and went ahead with suggesting his recommendations. They were all delicious.
I am a fan of food innovations. When you take something traditional and mix it up with something new, without compromising on the taste and integrity of the old, you get delicious food. The experience at Bombay Canteen was something similar. They have taken an interesting twist on traditional Indian cuisine. One of my favorites was “desi tacos” made with methi paratha. Simple concept, great execution. The desserts were out of the world too, with Gulab jamun soaked in old monk and coffee flavored rasgullas.
Sardar Pav bhaji had really great pav bhaji. They do use generous amounts of Amul butter, so it’s not ideal for vegans. They do have different variations of pav bhaji, but we went with the normal version which was delicious.
I am sure Mumbai has to offer more than I have mentioned here. Will definitely have another Mumbai post the next time I visit there.