Delicious Lucknowi Street food in Mumbai

A unique fact about the city Mumbai is it’s potpourri of cultures and one of the cultures that Mumbai embraces is the lucknowi and awadhi culture with its amazing and drool worthy food preparations.Here’s some of the places to relish some amazing lucknowi and awadhi delights in Mumbai.

Boti Kebab at Hindustan

Located in the famous Mohammed Ali road lane ,this small cafe cum stall is only famous for their boti or chote kebab that melts in your mouth. Do not expect an amazing ambience or service here and you might have to wait in line to get hold of these little delights  of minced meat,onion and pudina.

hindustanImage: Boti Kebab

Location: 152, IM Merchant Road,Near Minara Masjid,Mumbai CST
Cost for 2: Rs.400/-
Timing: 12:00 p.m – 11 p.m
Specials: Boti Kebab


One of the famous Lucknowi meal is the kebab paratha or the seekh paratha and this place is in no doubt the best you can find in the entire Mumbai for this meal. Mutton minced and marinated in coriander,pudina and the special garam masala rolled up in buttery paratha or pav is a true delight for the meat lovers. While you are there,also try their special paya saalan (curry) and kheema with their “ ek cup chai”.


Location: Mohammed Ali Road,Bhendi Bazaar,Mumbai CST
Cost for 2: Rs.250-300/-
Timing: 12:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m
Specials: kheema/kebab pav and tea.

Noor Mohammadi

This modest joint boasts of some of the most amazing dishes including the Sanju baba special and the famous nalli nihari. The sanju baba special is infact named after the  bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt because it is one of his favourite dishes while the nalli nihari is an exotic awadhi preparation made of mutton drumsticks and marrows cooked in spicy curry,topped with juliennes of green chillies and ginger.


Location: Wazir Building,Near J.J. hospital.
Cost for 2: Rs.250-300/-
Timing: 12:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m
Specials: Nalli Nihari and kheema/kebab pav


This place is indeed a paradise for meat lovers and is always swarmed with Kebab-a-holics at almost every hour of the day. Active since the last 90 years  with the same settings of a few benches with no sign board,Sarvi has developed a niche for itself among the Mumbaikars in a rather symbolic way.


Location: Dimtimkar road,Nagpada
Cost for 2: Rs.200/-
Timing: 10:00 p.m – 01:00 a.m
Specials: seekh and galauti kebab


Although you will find almost everything here be it mughlai,north Indian or Chinese,you will also find some amazing awadhi dishes. The special awadhi white biryani,white steamed biryani rice steamed in the tempting aroma of kesar.  Their butter chicken is also a must order delicacy.


Location: Haji Ali Circle,Tardeo.
Cost for 2: Rs.500 -750/-
Timing: Rs.8:00 a.m- 12:00 a.m
Specials:Butter chicken and tandoori and white biryani

Farid’s seekh kebab

Delectable,juicy,succulent and cheap- Farid’s kebabs are all of these. One of the famous and most buzzing late night joint in Mumbai.Try their malai kebab and seekh paratha to feel a taste of the lucknowi street life.


Location: Behraum Baug,Jogeshwari East
Cost for 2: Rs.250/-
Timing: 5:30 p.m – 1:0 p.m
Specials: seekh paratha,kebabs.

Lucknowi Tunde Kebab

Crispy on the outside and soft in the inside,the lucknowi tunde kebabs are one of the famous kebab variant from lucknow (awadh) incorporating 160 spices making it one of the most extravagant kebabs and this place serves you the perfect within a few minutes. Although their tundey kebabs are their speciality,you should definitely not miss their mutton bhuna and firni the next time you visit.


Location: S.V.Road,Opposite Ghaswala Dairy Fresh,Jogeshwari.
Cost for 2: Rs.250-300/-
Timing: 12:30 p.m – 4:00 p.m, 7:00 p.m- 12:30 a.m
Specials: Tunde kebab

Sheera and firni from Suleman Usman

Lucknowi is not just about kebabs and mutton preparations but also includes an extended list of desserts. Suleman Usman mithailwala,located in town is actually one shop where you will get the special aromatic lucknowi firni and sheera in the typical lucknow style.


Location:Ibrahim Merchant Road,Minara Masjid
Cost for 2: Rs.250-400/-
Timing: 10:00 a.m – 10:00 p.m
Specials: Malai Khaja,Firni and sheera

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The food lane at Hypercity Mall, Malad

If you are ever looking for some light meal and don’t want to spend much, come to Interface, Malad. There is great variety and delicious options available.

Aijaaz Bhel

This place serves big portions of fresh bhel. They also sell delicious dhabeli.


Specials: Bhel
Timing: 11:45 am to 10:30 pm
Landmark: Hypercity mall, Malad

Suresh Caterers

They have other branches in the city serving authentic South Indian food. The idli-vada and fried idli are must try items.


Timing: 4 pm to 9 pm
Specials: Idli Vada
Landmark: Hypercity mall, Malad

Anmol Chinese

The ample portions and great taste make it the ultimate food stall around the corner.  People come here for its chicken manchurian rice and noodles. It also serves vegetarian and non-vegetarian soups.


Timing: 10:30 am to 11 pm
Specials: Chicken Manchurian
Landmark: Intelnet, Interface, Malad

Shiv Vada Pav

Their vada pav is famous for its unique taste. It also serves samosas and samosa pav.


Landmark: Intelnet, Interface, Malad
Timing: 7 am to 9 pm
Specials: Samosa Pav, Vada Pav


Husain’s provides a great range of delicious kebabs. They have chicken tikka, chicken kaleji (liver), chicken seekh, everything at Rs 60.


Specials: Chicken Tikka, Chicken Seekh
Timing: 4 pm – 11 pm
Landmark: Hypercity, Malad


Authentic Lucknowi style chicken preparations are served here. They offer slightly offbeat items like chicken samosa and chicken pulav.


Landmark: Intelnet, Interface, Malad
Timing: 7:30 am to 6 pm
Specials: Chicken Samosa, Chicken Pulav

Kachori Vala

Kachoris are their best-selling item. Among other items, they sell bread pakoda, bhajiya, and samosas. They also have a great variety in chutneys, that attracts many people.


Specials: Kachori
Timing: 7 am to 9 pm
Landmark: Intelnet, Interface, Malad

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Kebabs in Navi Mumbai

Navi Mumbai has a number of places where you can enjoy great non-vegetarian fare at reasonable rates. Here is a list of some of the best places

Aleemi’s Tikka House

The quaint little joint besides Dominos is full of surprises. The house specialises in kebabs, but their rolls, shorba, and biryanis are also a must try.

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Specials: Banjara Kebab and Nizami Chicken roll
Timing: 6.00 pm to 11.00 pm
Landmark: Shop No-32, Moraj Residency, Sector-16, Sanpada

Nerul Khau Gali

This place is a mecca for Lebanese and Mughlai delicacies. The aroma from the grills and tandoor drag even the most reluctant. Grab a shawarma, a lamb kebab, baida roti, or dishes served with pita bread – nothing really disappoints you.

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Specials: Grilled chicken and baida roti
Timings: 6.00 pm to 11.00 pm
Landmark: Hillside of Nerul East

Shawarma stall in Centurion mall

This place is a hidden gem. Their shawarmas are the best in the town. Although, do try their kebab menu just as well. Their tandoor platter and galauti kebab are a must try.


Specials: Special Lebanese shawarma and tikka kebab
Timings: 11.00 am to 10.00 pm
Landmark: Haware Centurion Mall, Seawoods

Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond is the perfect place for seafood kebabs in Navi Mumbai. They have a special marinade for prawns, that are served with a delicious green chutney – sure to get you hooked.


Specials: Tandoori pomfret and jhinga kebab
Timing: 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm
Landmark: Blue diamond, Sector-29, Vashi

Noor Masjid stalls

This is the local equivalent of Mohammed Ali Road of Mumbai serving authentic Lucknowi and Mughlai food. The stalls offer typical Ramzan food throughout the year.

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Specials: Sheekh Kebab, Hara masala kebab, mutton rolls
Timings: 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Landmark: Noor Masjid, Vashi

Ghansoli Dargah stalls

Chutneys are a crucial part of a kebab meal that enhances the taste and gratification of consuming a good kebab. The spicy green pudina and mirchi (mint and chilly) chutney that comes along piping hot kebabs and roomali roti combo is the best that you would taste in Navi Mumbai. It is also one of the few places in Navi Mumbai that has mutton khichda (a mixture of vegetables and mutton or chicken, topped with caramelized onions and desi ghee) on offer – which is a must try. But you need to rush before eight in the evening because it does not last long.

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Timings: 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Specials: Tandoori Chicken, Sheekh Kebab, Mutton Chops, Khichda
Landmark: Lane outside Ghansoli Dargah

Stalls in Utsav Chowk

This lane is a replica of Delhi’s famous khau gali – not just by looks, but also by taste and aroma. Although more famous for their momos, you must try kebabs for a new experience


Specials: Shawarma, Koyla kebab, Kakori kebab
Timings: 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Landmark: Utsav Chowk, Kharghar

Content and Image Courtesy: Arshee Shaikh