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.

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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

Nizaari

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”.

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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.

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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

Sarvi

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.

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

Noorani

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Maharashtrian Street Food dishes Across Mumbai

Mumbai,despite being the urban hub of Maharashtra, leaves no stones unturned when it comes to the culture and traditions of the state. The streets of Mumbai are still today filled with traditional maharashtrian snack joints serving us the real Maharashtra on a plate in a local setting. Want to sample a few? Here’s some of the best of them.

Mama Kane

Located in the Maharashtrian hub of Mumbai,Mama Kane has been serving traditional Maharashtrian snacks since 1910 and still manages to serve you the same taste even today. With the old Mumbai charm ambience the place serves authentic thalipeeth(Multigrain pancakes), misal pav and kharvas ( Milk pudding made out of a cow’s milk as she gives birth) and is one of the most famous breakfast attraction for the Mumbaikars.

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Specials: Spicy misal pav and Kanda bhajji
Timing: 10 am-9:30 p.m
Landmark: Opposite Dadar station (West)

Shree Krishna Batata wada

One of the all time favourite maharashtrian snack is the simple batata vada made from mashed boiled potatoes with green chillies,lime juice,turmeric,ginger garlic paste and fresh coriander dipped in besan(gram flour) and deep fried. Shree Krishna is one of the oldest and most renowned  place where you get these traditional potato dumplings served with fried green chillies and green chutney.
P.S: Non spice eaters Careful.

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Specials: Batata Vada
Timings: 11 a.m -12.p.m
Location: Opposite Chabildas High school,Dadar West.

Prakash Sahakari stall

All you need to visit this quaint little joint in Dadar is a hungry stomach and probably a hundred rupees and you can have the most filling meal of the day. From pohas to thalipeeth and sabudana vada, you will get everything here. They also serve a sweetened chilled milk drink called piyush(a maharashtrian drink you will only find here) which will complete your meal with just right amount of sweetness.

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Specials: Sabudana puri,Pohe,Kothimbir vada,Special prakash piyush (sweetened milk)
Timing: 7:30 a.m- 10:30 p.m
Location: Ranade Road,Dadar West

R.K.Studio Canteen

Sabudana wada is one of the traditional upvas(fasting) food for maharashtrian but is also relished by some as an all time snack. Although the wadas are a common of every maharashtrian joints,the one R.K.Studios canteen is indeed a special kind and a must try. Made with crushed potatoes and sabudana ,the R.K canteen makes it with the right amount of masala that will not let you stop eating.

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Specials: Sabudana wada
Timing: 10:00 a.m- 7:30 p.m
Location: R.K.Studios,Chembur

CST AND BMC Headquarters STALL

The mill culture in Mumbai brought the Jhunka Bhakar(a Maharashtrian delicacy) in the city feeding loads of workers and mill labourers during the 19th century. The first of its kind serving the most amazing jhunka bhakar are the stalls situated right opposite the BMC headquarters and the CST station.The stalls are still active today serving the the jhunka tempered with onions and mustard seeds and kadipatta (curry leaves) with jowar roti by the side.

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Specials: Zhunka Baakar
Timing: 10:00 a.m- 10:00 p.m
Location: Stalls opposite Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Ashok Satam’s stall

Ashok Satam’s stalls has a special recipe of making the traditional mashed potato patty in a bun i.e the Bambaiyya vada pav that makes it so unique and different in taste that you will not find anywhere in the entire city. Have them with a layer of green chutney and  red crushed garlic chutney and you will have yourself licking your fingers until the last bite.

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Specials: Vada Pav with the crushed garlic chutney.
Timing: 11:00 a.m- 8:00 p.m
Location: At flora fountain, near Central  Telegraph office (CTO)

Aram stall

At a walkable distance from the CST station,this place is a paradise for maharashtrian food lovers. Their special dahi misal pav made with the finest of curd and lentils will actually fill you up for the entire day. Visit the place for their special breakfast menu with their special elaichi tea to give your day the best start.

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Specials: poha,Aaluvadi,dahi misal
Timing: 8:30 a.m – 8:30 p.m
Location: Capitol cinema building,Opposite CST

Kolapuri Chiwda

Serving traditional Maharashtrian food since 1922, the stall did not gain much popularity among the new generations but is still one of the most loved joints among its old loyal patrons.Their special kaju usal made of wet cashews and green peas patty is one of the best that you can ever have.

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Specials: Kaju Usal and thalipeeth
Timing: 8:00 a.m- 10:00 p.m
Location: JSS Road,Mangal wadi,Girgaum

Content and Image Courtesy: Arshee Shaikh

 

 

Top Dosa places in Navi Mumbai

Dosa has been so popular in Mumbai that it has become an essential part of street food culture of the city. With the rise of Navi Mumbai, it has found itself a place even here. These are some of the best places to go for a good dosa.

Yummy foods

True to its name, the place serves you the yummiest dosas in Navi Mumbai. It is a favourite among college goers and is one of the go-to places for families and lazy strollers to grab a bite.

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Specials: Jini Dosa
Timing: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Landmark: ½, Indraprastha, Sector-29, Vashi

Prem Sagar Dosa Plaza

108 varieties of dosas! Yes, you read it right. A massive to choose from – butter cheese, paneer mushroom schezwan, makhani dosa, and even chocolate cheese dosas. You are not going to run out of choices here.

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Specials: Flavoured dosas, spring dosa
Timings: 9:00 am to 12:00 am
Landmark: Kiosk 3D &3A, Vashi Railway Station, Vashi

Dosa Plaza (Sies College)

This joint has a rags to riches story. It started as a small place but quickly gained popularity because of the amazing taste, innovation, and quality of dosas. The place can get a bit cramped with a maximum of 10 tables. While you’re at it, also try their idli manchurian.

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Specials: Combination dosa, Russian Salad dosa, Mexican dosa
Timings: 8:00 am to 11:00 pm
Landmark: 13, Paradise Apartment, Sector 3, Near Sies College, Nerul

Amar Fast Food

Although better known for chaat and paav bhaji, Amar Fast Food has equally delicious dosas and other South Indian offerings. Their chutneys will keep you licking your fingers.

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Specials: The house special chutney
Timings: 9:30 am to 12:30 am
Landmark: Satra Plaza, Sector 19D, Vashi

Navaratna restaurant

A typical Udupi (from South Indian state of Karnataka) restaurant, it is not only the most famous street food joint for Navi Mumbaikars, but is also popular for quick service and affordable prices. Must try: filter coffee with ragi dosas.

 

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Specials: Ragi dosa, Masala dosa, Filter coffee
Timings: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Landmark: Nirman Vyapar Kendra, Sector-17, Vashi

Chhaya Sagar Juice & Snacks

The place is clean, hygienic, and serves excellent food. Finish off a dosa meal with sambhar and vada.

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Specials: Mysore masala dosa and medu vada
Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Landmark: 40/41, Sector 16, Moraj Residency, Palm Beach, Sanpada

Tirupati Dosa

This is a little tricky place to find in the wholesale market, but is worth the effort. Although there is no seating arrangement, the customers still keep coming for the taste.

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Specials: Mushroom cheese chilli dosa, cheese mysore masala dosa, dilkhush dosa, golmaal dosa
Timings: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Landmark: Jalaram Wholesale market, Sector 19C, Vashi

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TOP STREET FOOD STALLS IN KHARGHAR

Kharghar is one of the best things about Navi Mumbai – the place is a combination of
picturesque beauty and great food options. There is enough of everything to compete with Mumbai.

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They serve a huge variety of dosas – so many that that they probably have one you can think of. The base used is the same for all dosas, but they experiment with different masalas and sauce. To name a few, they have  noodle dosa, schezwan dosa, paneer dosa, masala dosa, cheese dosa, manchurian dosa, etc.

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Specials: Chinese Cheese Dosa, Paneer Mysore Uttappam
Landmark: Kharghar Sector 02

PARATHA HOUSE

Paratha House has a great range of parathas, and has the quality of ones you have at home. Each plate comes with complimentary boondi raita.

The parathas are fresh and prepared in front of you. The varieties of stuffings on menu are methi (fenugreek), aloo (potatoes), onion, gobhi (cauliflower), and muli (radish). The chutneys that come with the parathas are just as good – definitely good for a try.

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Specials: Mix Paratha with Boondi Raita
Landmark: Utsav Chowk, Kharghar

TANDOORI AND KEBABS

True to its name, the place offers a great variety in tandoori items and kebabs. A great place for people who enjoy non-vegetarian food, they have kebabs available in mutton and chicken. Some of the kebabs they offer are tikka kebab, lasooni kebab, chicken malai kebab, mutton kebab, tangdi kebab, etc. Their speciality, tangdi kebab is a lip smacking appetizer, marinated in spices like garlic, chilli powder, and amchoor (dry mango powder).

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Specials: Tangdi Kebab
Landmark: Utsav Chowk, Kharghar

TIBE TEN MOMOS

Steamed and fried momos are available with vegetarian and non-vegetarian fillings. Vegetarian includes paneer and vegetables and non-vegetarian includes chicken. The stall offers schezwan sauce, tomato ketchup and green chutney (coriander chutney) which enhances the taste of momos. The place is well maintained with efficient service.

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Specials: Paneer Momos and Chicken Fried Momos
Landmark: Utsav Chowk, Kharghar

LITTLE CHINA FAST FOOD

The stall offers really nice Chinese food at affordable rates. You can choose from  Schezwan, hakka, plain noodles and rice, and also, chop suey. Best thing about the stall is that they keep it clean and hygienic.

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Specials: Lychee shikanji
Landmark: Utsav Chowk, Kharghar

SHIKANJI DELHI HOUSE

The insufferable summers may be one of the few common things for Mumbai and Delhi people. No wonder then, this Delhi speciality is such a hit in Mumbai during sweltering heat – shikanji is basically lemon soda/water with masala. This place takes it to another level and has introduced different flavours like, rose, orange, pineapple, etc. Do try the lychee flavour – one of the best on offer.

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Specials: Lychee shikanji
Landmark: Utsav Chowk, Kharghar

K.G.N FRANKIE AND CHINESE

KGN is the only frankie stall in the market, and it’s fantastic. They also sell Chinese, but frankies outsell other items. They have treats for vegetarians and nonvegetarians with different varieties like, paneer, chicken, egg frankies on offer. You can opt for extra cheese or no cheese at all.

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Specials: Double Cheese Chicken Frankie
Landmark: Utsav Chowk, Kharghar

THE PURPLE TRUCK

The Purple truck comes with classic indulgent junk food like, burgers, wraps, and fries. The creative presentation of food can give competition to the best exotic restaurants. The buns are purple, made with  extracts of jamun and blueberries – an undeniably unique idea. The truck initially went through different places of Navi Mumbai, but is currently parked in Kharghar. The place is hygienic, with efficient and quick service.

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Specials: Soup with the piece of a goat’s leg
Landmark: Sector 3, Kharghar

PAYA SOUP

Paya soup is an old delicacy of India, typically sold as street food. Paya is a goat’s leg, and the soup is usually a hit during winters. The rich soup is quite filling and good in any season if you are hungry. A plate is served with two leg pieces and soup, garnished with coriander leaves.

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Specials: Soup with the piece of a goat’s leg
Landmark: Sector 3, Kharghar

SHANKAR DOSA AND UTTAPPA

South Indian food is the champion of street food. This unassuming stall serves you one of the best doasas and uttapas at reasonable prices. A plate includes bhaji, coconut chutney and dosa. The dosas have crispy exterior, yet soft to eat.

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Specials: Spring Dosa
Landmark: Sector 3, Kharghar

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Top Golawalas to try in Mumbai

Mumbai may seem insufferable during summers, but it also offers a perfectsolution to beat the heat – colorful golas balls of ice on a stick, dipped in sweet and sour flavours. Here is a list of some of the best in the city.

Dhanlakshmi Kala Khatta

One of the Mumbai’s bestgola outlet is at Juhu beach, selling most the most innovative flavours. Butterscotch falooda gola is a must try.
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Specials: Butterscotch Falooda
Timings: 11 am to 12 am
Landmark: Juhu Beach

Brijwasi Gola Point

Located in Mumbai’s most visited places, Brijwasi has an extensive variety of flavours including kalakhatta, blueberry, butterscotch, orange, green mango, and malai golas. Do try their rose flavour for sure.

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Special: Rose Flavoured Gola
Timings: 11 am to 12 am
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Raju Golewala

Raju keeps moving around Vashi and you may catch him near your street on a lucky day. His tricolour gola is to die for. The gola he serves is quintessentially a summer delight. Serving flavours like rose, orange squash, his stall is most sought after.

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Special: Tricolor Gola
Price: Rs 25 to Rs 50
Landmark: Gaodevi Mandir, Sector 14, Vashi

Eshan Kala Khatta and Ice Cream Centre

Mostly everything at Eshan is good – so try their mix gola to save money. The malai golas are another great option, if in doubt. He might serves you ice cream, but to have colored lips and khatta meetha taste, one must try its green mango and orange squash.

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Special: Mix Flavored Gola
Timings: 11am to 12am
Landmark: Juhu Beach

Jai Jawan Stall

Jai Jawan Stall serves fantastic kachchi kaeri (raw mango) flavoured golas. Also provides the most hygienic golas.The stall is open till 12 at night.

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Specials: Kachchi Kaeri (raw mango)
Timing: 11 am to 12 am
Landmark: Girgaon Chowpatty

Gola Mount

If you’ve had some spicy food from a nearby stall, come to Gola Mount for their kala khatta gola for dessert. Perfect summer evening.

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Special: Kala Khatta

Timing: 11:30 pm to 1 am
Landmark: Charni Road

Sai Kripa Kalakhatta

For a foody evening at Juhu Beach, come and try the butterscotch malai gola – Sai Kripa’s speciality, the shop is open till midnight.

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Special: Butterscotch Malai Gola
Timing: 11 am to 12 am
Landmark: Juhu Beach

Bismillah Gola

Every student in Vile Parle must have tried the special golas while visiting Juhu. Bismillah’s special blackcurrant gola is a must try.

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Specials: Bismillah Special Blackcurrant Malai Gola
Timings: 11 am to 12 am
Landmark: Juhu Beach

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Andheri Balaji Colony’s Street Food Market

Located near the famous Balaji Office and Yash Raj Studios, this place has become a hub for the creative crowd and provides good food.

Feast Of Momos

Come to this stall for perfect steamed momos. Their shape and size, with ample stuffing keeps attracting more and more people. Their specialty is chicken momos.

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Speciality – Chicken Momos
Timings – 9 am to 7pm
Landmark – Balaji Office

Nagori Tea Stall

This chai stall is a sensation amongst the working crowd from the neighbourhood, served with a yummy bun maska.

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Speciality – Tea with Bun Maska
Timings – 8 am – 8 pm
Landmark – Balaji Office

Barbecued Rolls

Hot barbecued paneer or chicken pieces are rolled in a wheat or maida based roti (Indian bread). The chicken tikka roll is the most wanted item on the list. Other varieties served are paneer tikka roll, chicken seekh roll, chicken tandoori roll.

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Speciality – Chicken tikka roll, Chicken seekh.
Timings – 12:30 am – 10:30 pm
Landmark – Balaji Office

Snacks And Chai

Want to go for some light bites? Snack on a variety of bhajiya and samosa, with a cup of chai. The place is famous for their samosas.

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Speciality – Samosas
Timings – 7 am – 9:30 pm
Landmark – Balaji Office

Shree Balaji Dosa Centre

This South Indian street food stall is no less than any posh restaurant in town, when it comes to taste. You get the best food at reasonable prices. Its specialities are jini dosa, gravy dosa, pizza dosa.

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Speciality – Jini Dosa, Pizza Dosa
Timings – 9 am – 8 pm
Landmark – Balaji Office

Chaas Vala

Make your hot summer day a little less punishing with the cold chaas at this place. He uses a special masala and indeed his chaas stands apart from the crowd. There’s also lassi, nimboo paani, jal jeera, etc.

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Speciality – Masala Chaas
Timings – 9 am – 7 pm
Landmark – Balaji Office

The Chaat Corner

For an extensive range in chaat and paani puri, this is the place to go. Although best known for its paani puri, the place also offers sev puri, dahi puri, etc.

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Speciality – Paani Puri, Sev Puri
Timings – 3:30 pm – 7 pm
Landmark – Balaji Office

Radhe Shaam

It’s the most famous stall around the corner. Radhe Shaam serves aloo parathas with a variety of vegetables. The parathas are well stuffed and fulfilling. Their anda burji is also a must try.

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Speciality – Aloo Parathas
Timings – 7 am – 8 pm
Landmark – Balaji Office

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evening snacks near Lower Parel

Nilesh ki Bhel

One of the best street foods in Mumbai is bhel, and one of the best bhels in Mumbai is what Nilesh Patil makes. The customers at his stall would swear by the taste of vegetarian Chinese bhel which is the most sold item here. And if you are a fan of Manchurian style, you are here for a treat. Veg Manchurian bhel has fried dry noodles, veg Manchurian balls, Schezwan chutney, coriander leaves, and chopped cabbage. All this for just Rs 10!

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Specials: Vegetarian Manchurian bhel
Timing: 2pm to 10 pm
Landmark: Outside Lower Parel station West

Anda and Omelette Pav Centre

Anda paav or Omelette pav may just be the staple diet of the many office goers in Lower Parel. Anda pav can be bought for just Rs 10, while omelette pav for Rs 12 fried in butter. Egg lovers, head to Lower Parel now!

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Specials: Omelette pav
Timing: 10 am to 11pm
Landmark: Outside Lower Parel station West

Deb’s Momo Hut

Deb came to Bombay with his son five years ago from Nepal and for the past four years has been selling momos to customers in Lower Parel. One can buy chicken, vegetable, and paneer momos from Deb for Rs 70, Rs 60, and Rs 70, respectively. You get Schezwan chutney and eight momos in a plate.

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Specials: Paneer momos
Timing: 5 pm to 9.30 pm
Landmark: Outside Lower Parel station West

FDFS chaat

Whether it is samosa pav, vada pav, kachori, dabeli or even jalebi, you will get almost all your favourite chaat items here at FDFS stall. The stall has been around for the past five years, but funnily, nobody knows what FDFS means! Their samosa pav is a must try. And it is quite affordable too, at just Rs 13.

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Specials: Kachori
Timing: 8 am to 11 pm
Landmark: Outside Lower Parel station West

Mahesh’s Corn Chaat

The sweet and tangy corn chaat at this stall is worth a try even if you are not particularly fond of corn. That is because Mahesh adds his ‘magic masala’ before he serves you fresh and hot chaat. Ask him for a cheese masala corn which is the most popular among his customers, available at just Rs 40. There is also butter sweet corn, masala corn, and cheese sweet corn.

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Specials: Cheese masala corn
Timing: 4 pm to 12 pm
Landmark: Outside Lower Parel station West

Haryana Gulab Jamun and Jalebi centre

Zaheer Khan, lovingly known as Khan sahib, has been selling gulab jamun and jalebi at this stall for the past five years. You can get two mouth watering gulab jamuns for just Rs 10 and 100 gm of jalebi for Rs 12.

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Specials: Jalebi
Timing: 2 pm to 11 pm
Landmark: Outside Lower Parel station West

Mahalaxmi Snacks Corner

Be it pizza, frankie, sandwich, or Chinese bhel, Vinod Param has his own method he fries the stuffing before filling the frankie, and then fries the whole frankie. And it reflects in the taste too! Heavily masala loaded paneer frankie is a must have. It is a treat to watch your frankie or  sandwich being made by Vinod.

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Specials: Paneer frankie
Timing: 10 am to 10 pm
Landmark: Outside Lower Parel station West

Ghanshyam Soni’s Aloo parantha and Chole bhature

Ghanshyam Soni’s aloo parantha in Lower Parel is no less than what you will get in Delhi.  And if you are not a big fan of aloo parantha, then order a plate of chole bhature which will definitely surprise you with the typical Punjabi tasting chole and crispy bhature. Not just that, you get onion, pickle, and tomato mint chutney complimentary with both the meals, for just Rs 20.

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Specials: Aloo Parantha
Timing: 2.30 to 10 pm
Landmark: Outside Lower Parel station West

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Fast Food Places Around Xavier’s College

Here is a list of places that are easy on the pocket and also delicious, around one of Mumbai’s best college.

Cannon Pav Bhaji

Cannon Pav Bhaji is a must try if you are around Xavier’s College. Their pav bhaji dripping with Amul butter is a delicious indulgence. The only place in Mumbai that does not smash bhaji while cooking.

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Specials: Amul Pav Bhaji, Cheese Vada Pav
Timings: 7:00 am to 11:00 pm
Landmark: Opposite CST

Sai Ganesh Sandwich Stall

Right outside Gate no. 2 of the Xavier’s College, there is a small stall that serves delicious hunger satisfying sandwiches. Sai Ganesh Sandwich stall sells pocket friendly sandwiches with a twist of chatpati chutney and sev. The Nutella sandwich is popular among students.

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Specials: Noodle Pasta Sandwich, Pasta Cheese Toast
Timing: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Landmark: Outside Xavier’s College

Lalit Bhel Stall

Lalit Bhel Stall serves all kinds of chaat, from spicy bhelpuri to sweet dahipuri. At Rs 25 for any item, it is easy for students to afford.

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Specials: Bhelpuri
Timings: 9 am to 9pm
Landmark: Khaugalli

Aram Vada Pav

Aram Vada Pav is right opposite CST, and sells every Mumbaikar’s favourite cuisine, vada pav. They have been innovative and offer interesting options.

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Specials: Butter Cheese grilled Vada Pav
Timings: 8:30 am to 10:00 pm
Landmark: CST

Shivam Bhelpuri

On a small stall outside Xavier’s, this Bhelpuri wala serves amazing khatti-meethi (sweet and sour) bhel, sevpuri, and other chaats. The sweet chutney used here has a distinct taste of imli (tamarind).

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Specials: Geeli Bhel, Katori Chaat
Timing: 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Landmark: Mahapalika Marg

Sharma Snacks

A favourite among travellers from CST and Xavier’s students, he has the spiciest and most delicious pav bhaji and chaats.

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Speciality: Pav Bhaji, Bhelpuri, Usal Patice
Timings: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Landmark: Opposite CST

Sai Shabri Fast Food

Although a sandwich corner, they also serve really good frankies. Their spicy Schezwan Frankie and Cheese Mayonnaise Frankie are a must try. Also worth a try are their grilled sandwiches.

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Specials: Veg Schezwan Noodle Cheese Frankie
Timing: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Landmark: Khaugalli

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Hussain’s

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

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

Kamaal

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

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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.

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

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Ride to Sindhi Paradise

The trip to Ulhasnagar would be an easy 75Km journey (one-way), but it will be worth it. Ulhasnagar, being a Sindhi hub, has a lot of Sindhi influence on the food. The streets are filled with vendors selling chaat like Butter Papdi and patties during the evening hours and a morning over here calls for some delicious Dal Pakwan. Read on, to find out more about Ulhasnagar’s specialties that one must try!

Doli Nasta House

Located near Ulhasnagar (West) station UNR 3, this place is amongst the top must-visit places in Ulhasnagar. The place opens early in the morning and is open till late evenings. Imagine two different menus for mornings and evenings. A visit in the morning mandates eating their Dal Pakwan (Rs.25). In the evenings try the Dal Samosa (Rs.20), Soya Bean Patties (another Ulhasnagar specialty for Rs.24) and Dal Sandwich (Rs.25).

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Recommendation: Dal Samosa,Soya Bean Patties
Timing: 9am-8pm
Landmark: Near Ulhasnagar (West) station UNR 3

Kishore Patties Wala

One of the most famous vendors of Ulhasnagar situated opposite the Gol Maidan, bustling with customers at all times. The store functions between 4.00pm to midnight. Try Patties with Pav (Rs.31), Ragda Samos (Rs.22) and Gulab Jamun (Rs.20)

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Recommendation: Try Patties with Pav (Rs.31), Ragda Samos
Timing: 4pm-1pm
Landmark: Opposite the Gol Maidan

Dholu Nasta

Located at Bhatia Road, Ulhasnagar East, this stall is open all day, however, Dal Pakwan being a breakfast Sindhi delicacy is only served in the morning hours. Dholu is one of the best Dal Pakwan (Rs.25) places, serving lipsmacking Dal Pakwan in the morning hours and Chaat options in the evenings.

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Recommendation: Dal Pakwan
Timing: 7am-11am
Landmark: Bhatia Road,Ulhasnagar East

Sanjay Butter Papdi

This stall outside the Gol Maidan Gate opens at 6.00pm until stocks lasts. This place only serves Butter Papdi (Rs.20). Butter Papdi is a very popular Chaat item amongst the residents of Ulhasnagar, consumed to an extent that one can find one Butter Papdi Chaat Stall at an interval of every 10 minutes.

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Recommendation: Butter Papdi Chaat
Timing: 6pm-11pm
Landmark: Gol Maidan Gate

Bala Dal Sandwich

Located near the Court, UNR 3, this stall opens at 6.00 PM until mid night. The stall serves Dal Sandwich (Rs.20) and Butter Papdi (Rs.20).

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Recommendation: Dal sandwich
Timing: 6pm-11pm
Landmark: Court UNR3

Santosh Pav Bhaji

Located outside Gol Maidan, this stall operates from 6.30 PM to midnight. The stall serves pocket friendly Pav Bhaji (Rs.40) and Tawa Pulao (Rs.50).

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Recommendation: Tawa Pulao
Timing: 6.30pm-12pm
Landmark: Gol Maidan

Puja Ice Cream

Another cart located outside Gol Maidan that serves delicious Kulfi (Rs.15) and Falooda (Rs.20) in the evening hours from 6.30 PM until midnight.

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Recommendation: Kulfi
Timings: 6.30pm-12pm
Landmark: Gol Maidan

As per suggestions from the vendors and few locals, one can definitely try places such as Raja Patties at Netaji Chowk UNR 4, Vasu Nashta near Reliance Digital UNR3, Hundal Dal Pakwan near Chopra Court UNR3, Disco Pakore Wala at UNR 5.

Major street food vendors operate post 6.00pm in the evening. Dal Pakwan being breakfast food is served only during morning hours.

Here’s hoping that a trip to Ulhasnagar would be due soon, to enjoy the pocket friendly specialties of Ulhasnagar.

Content and Image Courtesy: Monali Shah
@fooodgalli