Mumbai’s iconic eateries

The divine keema pao!
Image courtesy: Shweta Andrews

The City of Dreams is also a city for foodies. Maximum City is peppered with a range of restaurants and eateries and new ones open each day. But a few of them are legendary and have been around since the time Mumbai was Bombay. Here’s a look at some of the most iconic and oldest eateries of this city and we’ll tell you what’s best there.

Keema Pao at Kooler & Co: This Irani Cafe that opened its doors in 1932 boasts a number of things from bun maska, chicken omelette, delicious slices of plum cake to bhurji pav but don’t forget to try the divine keema pav. The wooden tables are covered with red chequered cloth and the waiters will surely tell you how many times the cafe has featured in a Bollywood film!
541, Noor Mahal, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Adenwada Road, Matunga East

Sitaphal Cream at Haji Ali Juice Centre: This institution has been around since 1960s and offers an array of delicacies – from milkshakes, falooda, sandwiches, fresh juices, pizzas but sitaphal cream is something you can’t skip here. Custard apples dripping with fresh cream will send you straight to foodie heaven.
Lala Lajpatrai Road, Haji Ali Circle

Ice cream sandwich at K. Rustom: The variety of ice creams on offer at this small shop in Churchgate is quite amazing but go for the famous sandwich ice cream which has been pleasing Mumbaikars since 1953. Imagine biting into a delicious soft, creamy ice cream that is sandwiched between two crunchy biscuits – isn’t the thought simply delightful
Stadium House, Veer Nariman Road

Vada Pao at Anand Stall: In a city that’s famous for street food it’s hard to find a place that’s perfect for this iconic dish. But Anand stall opposite Mithibai College at Vile Parle has been popular from day 1 when it began in 1982. They make more than 500 vada paos daily and it’s sold off by the evening. Smeared with butter and spicy red chilli chutney this vada pao is tad different from the rest.
Opposite Mithibai College, Gulmohar Road, Vile Parle West

The legendary Berry pulao.
Image courtesy: Shweta Andrews

Berry pulao at Britannia & Company: The chequered table cloths, old chairs, Pallonji’s raspberry soda, waiters patiently coming to take your order, everything at Britannia is the way it was when it opened in 1923. What’s also remained consistent or gotten better is the mutton or chicken berry pulao sprinkled with Iranian berries which simply melts in the mouth. Their mutton dhansak is also something to write home about. You’ll return for seconds.
Wakefield House, Ballard Estate

Mango cream at Bachellors: It’s been more than 80 years since Bachellors has seen people line up, especially after midnight, for their legendary mango or strawberry cream. While they offer a huge variety from ice creams, fresh juices, fruit creams, shakes, sandwiches, pizzas to frozen yogurts don’t miss the green chilli ice cream and the mango or strawberry cream.
45 Sattar Sea View, next to Charni Road Station, Marine Drive

Mango Falooda at Badshah Snacks & Drinks: Located opposite Crawford market, Badshah’s been serving snacks, fruit juices and its famous falooda to hungry bargain hunters for more than 100 years. The mango falooda is quite good.
Dr DN Road, Crawford Market

AUTHOR'S BIO: Pallavi Pasricha is a commissioning editor at Lonely Planet India.