Five Off-beat Places To Eat At In Bombay

30th Aug 2014
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Bayview, Colaba
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Bird Song Cafe, Bandra
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Gallops, Mahalaxmi Race Course
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Gostana, Bandra
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Samovar Cafe, Fort

‘Beautiful things don’t ask for attention’.

This quote from ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ is an apt description of some unassuming restaurants in Mumbai. Snuck in quiet corners of the city, these are genuinely one of a kind experiences in a world of much hyped theme restaurants serving specialty cuisines at exorbitant rates. I’ve listed my favourites here and have tried to rate their Uniqueness Quotient (UQ) on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being most unique) Read the original post on my blog -

UQ: 4 Located at the Mahalaxmi Race Course, Gallops has the most picturesque view that the city can offer. The green vines on the walls, the white flowers in the lush green garden and the rule that makes it compulsory to switch off your mobile phone while the race is on (yup.. that’s right!!), are just some of the few things that sets the restaurant apart. The place isn’t as expensive as it looks, in fact it’s pretty reasonable when compared to some of the other restaurants located in the same area.

Photo of Mahalaxmi Race Course, Dr E Moses Marg, Royal Western India Turf Club, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Bharti Singh

UQ: 5 Samovar Cafe: Located in Bombay’s Art district Kala Ghoda, this 40 year old cafe has seen many restaurants in the neighborhood come and go. The cafe is inside Jehangir Art Gallery and overlooks the garden of Prince of Wales Museum. Cutting chai, bread pakodas, mutton samosas, and chilled beer for the tired soul, Samovar makes you feel at home and doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. The place is a big hit with writers, musicians, artists, researchers and tourists. Samovar shuts at 7 pm and they are not open on Sundays. (I like places that respect Sundays).

Photo of Fort Mumbai, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Bharti Singh

UQ: 4 For those who want the same view as the Taj at one twentieth the cost, this open air restaurant perched on the rooftop of Strand Hotel is a good no-frills option. With a spectacular view of the Gateway of India against the backdrop of flickering lights and the fishing boats in the Arabian sea, it’s probably the only roof top restaurant in Bombay that doesn’t cost a bomb, is absolutely laid back and in-tune with Bombay’s chilled out attitude. It amazes me that in spite of Bombay being a coastal city, there are barely any restaurants that allow you to enjoy the sea-breeze. When compared to the likes of Aer and Dome located on the roof tops of snazzy 5 stars hotels, Bayview wins hand down for its simplicity, practicality and affordability.

Photo of Bayview Roof Top Restaurant, PJ Ramchandani Marg, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Bharti Singh

UQ: 4.5 Gostana is a pet-friendly, burger / salad cafe that aims to turn fast food into a healthy meal. Yup, you read that right! The place serves a good range of veg / non-veg ‘health burgers’ in addition to soups, salads and the likes. Their wholesome burgers are made of whole wheat bread with baked / steamed patties served with salad on the side. What sets this place aside more than anything else is Apple – the friendly Labrador who often assumes the role of the CEO. She loves the company of fellow dogs and humans and is absolutely huggable! And oh, did I mention, they also serve healthy pet meals.

Photo of Bandra, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Bharti Singh

UQ: 3 Large French windows, quirky food doodles, menu written in chalk on a wall that doubles up as a black board and a kitchen that serves fresh, organic food – Bird Song Cafe is a delightful, quaint cafe in the narrow lanes of Bandra. The unfinished look, roomy interiors and a very healthy food menu is hard to find in the city.

Photo of Bird Song Cafe, Bandra by Bharti Singh
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I think around 10 places should be listed for each article on best places to eat in Mumbai. I haven't been to many of the places mentioned. But then again, I don't think many people even knew about a few of these eateries.
Mon 01 11 16, 07:32 · Reply · Report
A friend took me to Bayview in Colaba. I was surprised to know there were affordable eateries in the area. It is just a stone throw away from the Taj hotel. I like the view of the Gateway of India and the pier. The snacks served are really good. Bayview definitely ranks as one of the affordable places to eat in Bombay.
Sun 01 10 16, 20:42 · Reply · Report
Want to take your pet for a meal, you can opt for Gostana in Bandra. They have a great variety of health burgers. I took my German Sheppard there a few days ago for a little bonding time. It ranks, for me, as one of the best places to eat in Bombay.
Sun 01 10 16, 19:22 · Reply · Report
Samovar Cafe near Kala Ghoda is a great find and one of the offbeat places to eat in Mumbai. I'm glad it has been mentioned on the list. I like the fact that the place is unpretentious and quite chilled. Some of my favourite eats here would have to be the bread pakodas and mutton samosas.
Sun 01 10 16, 09:52 · Reply · Report
Bird Song Cafe in Bandra is among my favourite places to eat in Mumbai for breakfast. The quaint French windows are charming and the organic food served here is delicious. If I am in the area, I like making planning reunions at the cafe with friends.
Sat 01 09 16, 20:44 · Reply · Report
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