When discovered by the Portuguese this coastal area was aptly named Bombay meaning ‘Good Bay’. Not only are we blessed with produce in abundance, but also creativity. Be it the tandoori crab or breakfast lobster tacos, seafood in Mumbai is eclectic, wholesome and full of flavour. There’s a lot to choose from the Goan curries, Malvani thalis and Chinese and Korean inspired brunches. It’s time to bring those claws out and get crabby.
The name is self-explanatory, the menu is extensive and pretty much everything on it is appetising, but what shines at Melting Pot is their coastal style. To be more accurate the Manglorian dishes at this large establishment are worth talking about. The Prawn Ghee Roast in a deep red paste is spicy and titillating. The Manglorian Fish Curry accompanied by fluffy, cloud like Neer Dosas will make the most hard to please foodie a very satisfied person. Old school classics like the Caramel Custard or the Hot Fudge Nut Sundae make the perfect end to a relaxed sit down family weekend meal.
Address: Juhu Residency Boutique Hotel, 148 B, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu
Phone: 022 26134949
Tucked inside a tiny lane of Kala Ghoda, Trishna packs big flavour. The neighbourhood has gentrified with designer stores, hipster boutiques and alluring cafes, but this restaurant has been serving fresh seafood every single day since 1991. At Trishna it’s all about the produce. You pick your desired fruit of the sea and combine it with their finger-licking sauces and masalas. Their Butter Garlic Crabs roll out of the kitchen at the speed of lightning. The Prawns Koliwada hit that sweet spot just as fried food should do. And then there’s the Hyderabdi Pomfret grilled to perfection. Next time you’re wandering the alleys of this hood, walk into Trishna and explore what this seafood lover’s paradise has to offer.
Address: 7, Sai Baba Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Phone: 022 22703213
Every Monday night, for the past 16 years, the lanes of Pali Market echo the voices of happy patrons. Infamous for their karaoke nights, Soul Fry is a non-pretentious time capsule. On entering this joint the body relaxes leaving its inhibitions behind and is transported to Goa. The beer is cold, the peanuts are salted, and the prawns are spot on. The fresh catch bought in every morning from Mahim is prepared in spicy rechad or is tawa fried. Their coconut Prawn Gassi with steamed rice is harmonious and the Crispy Masala Bombil a crowd pleaser. Far from the Goan influence the mouthwatering Squid Green Chilly with a side of buttery garlic pao truly touches the soul. Kick back with a chilled beer at Soul Fry and you’re bound to be charmed.
Address: Pali Mala Road, Pali Hill, Bandra West
Years ago when families wanted to enjoy a fishy meal together, they would make their way to Gajalee. Not much has changed since then. More branches have cropped up through the city, but the original has a sense of nostalgia like no other. For most of us, the art of de-shelling was learnt here. Make sure to go on an empty stomach because there is going to be a lot of cracking and crunching involved. At Gajalee, start slow with the delectable Solkadi and the legendary Bombil Fry. Then select your protein, physically, at your table and let Act II begin. Tandoori Crab, Butter Garlic Lobster, Fish Tikka, Clam Masala, Prawn Curry, Appams… Make the climax unconventional, and order the Mutton Dum Biryani. You will be left applauding this Malvani Maharashtrian performance with all your heart and stomach.
Address: Kadamgiri Complex, Hanuman Road, Vile Parle East
Phone: 022 26114093
When Kelvin Cheung and Boo Kim come together, what unfolds is pure magic. Named after the crab Sebastian from the film The Little Mermaid, Bastian is where you come to be fed till tears of joy roll down your cheeks (which happens in the first course itself). But you are going to want more of these globally inspired platters. Their butter slathered poached lobster roll topped with avocado salsa and animal prawns with candied nuts are a perfect start to this mind-numbing symphony. Move over to the staples and you will find the flavourful Lobster Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice. Pick the locally sourced protein of your choice from their market section accompanied by Mom’s Singapore Curry or the Fermented Sambal sauce. The fried Mantou buns (a staple from the chef’s childhood) are a must to scoop up the all good sauce. At this point when you’re ecstatic you move to the state of euphoria with their extensive selection of ever evolving cheesecakes. Go to Bastian, enjoy the carefully curated cocktails with your friends over dinner or Sunday brunch and you’re not going to want to leave.
Address: B1, New Kamal Building, Linking Road, Bandra West
Phone: 022 2642 0145
SATKAR RICE PLATE HOUSE
For a true foodie this eatery is a treasure and requires skill to find. But once at this no fuss suburban restaurant, it’s all about the food. At the always crowded Satkar Rice Plate House the cooking is home style and the service is quick. The setting has zero frills, but the food is fresh and full of character. The Mori Masala has depth and the tawa fry is the star of their Malvani specials. Although everything here is tasty, the thalis are the real deal – picture worthy, well portioned and full of content. The queue to get a seat might be daunting but it is completely worth the wait.
Address: 15 Dreamland Building, Goregaon East
Phone: 022 33951523
JAI HIND LUNCH HOME
Jai Hind Lunch Home is a hole in the wall establishment and there isn’t much of an ambience here. But the vibe here is happy and the food is good. During lunch hour, opt for their satisfying fish or prawn thali including their sol kadi, mounds of rice, butter rotis or appams and pickles. There is enough and more to choose from their Maglorian, Goan, Malvani and Tandoor sections. The Patra-Nu-Macchi and Stuffed Crab specials are scrumptious and full of flavor and the Prawn Biryani is like no other. Although other locations have popped up in the city the Jai Hind at Pali is an institution in itself.
Address: Dr Ambedkar Road, Pali Naka, Pali Hill, Bandra West
Phone: 022 26483381