Get Your Culinary Fix At 5 Of The Best Restaurants In Bombay / Mumbai

Modern day Mumbai is still as exciting a culinary destination as it was when it was called Bombay, however, the city is now home to some of the best restaurants in the world. Cuisine in the city is today inspired by the spices and tastes that make India one of the most intriguing destinations for the lover of fine food – and the good news is that it’s not just curried that make this such a great place to sit down and enjoy a meal.

So, in a city of around 21 million people what are the top 5 restaurants which will intrigue and amaze even the most travel weary of gourmands?

#1 Indigo.

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Indigo meals offering a great fusion of European and Asian flavors make this a favorite with well heeled travelers. Located in stylish south Mumbai the meals are complimented by and exceptional single malt and wine list. A place to see and be seen and enjoy incredible meals. Try the Lobster Risotto for a taste explosion.

#2 Koh.

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Thai taste and intercontinental style. With around 50% of the meals being meat free this is a place that will have vegetarians coming back again and again. Strictly organic ingredients flown in specially from Thailand lend a mystique to some fabulous dishes. The vegetarian Sriracha and Thai Green Curry should not be missed. The restaurant is a multi-award winner and the levels of service and delicious dishes are a testament to the inventiveness of the chef.

#3 San-Qi.

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Who says you can’t have the best of Asia under one roof? With a downstairs devoted to tandoori style cooking and upper levels with an authentic Thai and Japanese cuisine, there’s simply something for everyone. The wine list is incredible, featuring the best that both the old and new world has to offer. As a special treat there’s even a selection from the up and coming Nashik vineyards in India. Punjabi Paneer Tikka deserves special mention and even the salads are a joy. Located in the Four Seasons hotel this is the perfect setting for weekend brunch when free flow champagne makes the experience even more special.

#4 Ziya.

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East Indian cuisine is taken to new heights at this dining spot located in the Oberoi Hotel. You know that you’re in for a treat when you’re under the watchful eye of two star Michelin chef Vineet Bhati who turns what might have been a humdrum Indian cuisine experience into an extravaganza of fresh and spicy tastes. The dishes ooze elegance and creativity. Aspiring gourmands need to try the ginger tandoori lamb chops with saffron infused mash. Everything from side dishes to desserts shines at this restaurant which has been called one of the world’s best.

#5 The Table.

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A five-course truffle inspired menu? What could be better? This restaurant serves up elegance with a dash of exceptional style. Sophisticated pallets will love the tasting menu which allows you to explore the entire menu with smaller portions. Although pricey this is a place that those in the know about the best places to eat in Mumbai come to again and again. If you want continental food with flair this is the place that you need to be.

Without going beyond the scope of this list of five, no food guide to Mumbai would be complete without a mention of the street food to be found in this great culinary destination. There’s street food everywhere. Try Vada Pav or Pav Bhaji. Don’t ignore a great dish of Pani Puri. Wherever you go in Mumbai, be it to an award winning restaurant or simply on the street food is going to be one of the highlights of your trip to this endlessly fascinating city.

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