The best Indian seafood restaurants in Mumbai


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Given the fact that three-fourths of the entire city's land is along the coastline, it comes as no surprise that seafood is Mumbai's ultimate pride. Much like how the city welcomes people from all corners of the world with open arms, Mumbai's seafood is also a result of a heady mix of varied influences. Be it the heavy-on-mustard Bengali recipes, the ultra spicy Mangalorean delicacies or the subtle Goan flavours—Mumbai's restaurants combine India's diversity with fresh catch from the Arabian Sea to create sheer magic.

Though options are aplenty and the possibilities endless, here are some of the best seafood restaurant you must visit on your next trip to Mumbai:

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Ask any Mumbaikar about seafood in the city and more often than not, the first word that you’ll hear is Gajalee. Combining fresh catch with some traditional Malvani recipes, Gajalee has been defining the seafood scene of Mumbai. First started as a small eatery in Vile Parle East, Gajalee is now a successful chain with branches in the plushest malls of the city as well. However, the restaurant still continues to retain its original taste with Mumbaikars swearing by it, calling it a restaurant that defines the Taste of Mumbai.

Cost: ₹1,000 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Seafood, Maharashtrian, North Indian

Standout dishes: Bombil fry, Clam masala, Stuffed pomfret, Sol kadhi

Timings and location: 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM & 7 PM to 11:30 PM; Kadamgiri Complex, Hanuman Road, Vile Parle East, Mumbai

Contact: 022-26166470

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Located in the Fort area, Trishna is nothing less than a hidden treasure—quite literally, as the small eatery can be quite a task to find. But once you do, the food makes up for it, and how! Trishna is a place that has maintained its foothold in Mumbai’s culinary scene for years now. The place has a very strong and loyal base of customers who’d literally do anything for the famous butter garlic crab! The interiors are as simple as they can get because it’s all about the food at this one!

Cost: ₹2,200 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Seafood, Mangalorean

Standout dishes: Butter garlic crab, Squid koliwada, Hyderabadi pomfret, Jumbo prawns

Timings and location: 12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 6:30 PM to 12 Midnight; 7, Sai Baba Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai

Contact: 022-22703213

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If you’re in no mood to face the tussle and are looking for a quite, fine dining spot to enjoy Mumbai’s famed seafood, head to Mahesh Lunch Home right away! Located bang on the popular tourist spot, Juhu Beach, Mahesh Lunch Home offers a wide array of fresh and tasty delicacies cooked in authentic Mangalorean style. In fact, the catch here is so fresh that they have huge aquariums outside the restaurant where you select your crab or lobster and that is exactly what ends up on your plate!

Cost: ₹2,200 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Seafood, Mangalorean, North Indian, Chinese

Standout dishes: Tandoori lobster, Steamed pomfret in banana leaf, Butter pepper garlic prawns, Surmai fry

Timings and location: 12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 7 PM to 12:30 AM; Next to J.W Marriott Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai

Contact: 022-33126705

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To speak of fine dining and Mumbai's seafood and not mention Konkan Cafe is nothing short of a crime. Designed like a seaside bungalow on the Malabar coast, Konkan Cafe is an exquisite restaurant at the Vivanta by Taj Hotel. Head chef Ananda Solomon has personally visited people’s homes down south over a period of months to scoop out traditional secret recipes. While the chefs recreate the flavours of the Konkan region, the restaurant staff makes sure the service is pitch perfect and each meal is a meal to remember.

Cost: ₹4,000 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Konkan, South Indian, Seafood

Standout dishes: Meen polichattu, Mangalorean fish curry, Pomfret recheado, Seafood thali

Timings and location: 12:30 PM to 3 PM, 7 PM to 12 Midnight; Vivanta by Taj President, 90 Cuffe Parade, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai

Contact: 022-66650808

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If you happen to be a sucker for all things spicy, this small restaurant tucked in the lanes of Dadar is definitely your calling. The ten-seater restaurant is the brainchild of a Maharashtrian housewife, Surekha Walke. This powerhouse of a lady, only by sticking to her family recipes has established herself as one of the biggest names in Mumbai’s seafood culture. The classic example of a home-style dining experience, coming from a family that clearly loves its spices!

Cost: ₹600 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Malwani, Seafood, Maharashtrian

Standout dishes: Mori masala, Crab lollipop, Sol kadhi, Bombil fry

Timings and location: 11 AM to 3:30 PM, 7 PM to 10:30 PM; 3, Chinchh Bhatt Chawl, opp. Aagar bazar, SK Bole Road, Near Siddhivinayak Temple, Dadar West, Mumbai

Contact: 022-30150827

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Yet another local legend in Mumbai, Gomantak brings the best of Goa’s flavours to the by lanes of Mumbai’s suburbs. Even though the place has been growing in the past few years with branches in different parts of the city, Gomantak sticks to its routes. The restaurant excels at retaining its original flavours, simplicity in the dining experience and prices that are so light on the pocket, you’ll be rubbing your eyes in disbelief.

Cost: ₹600 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Goan, Seafood

Standout dishes: Fish thalis, Prawns suka, Kokam kadhi, Caramel custard

Timings and location: 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM; 301 Miranda Chawl, Kelkar Road, Dadar West, Mumbai

Contact: 022-24308700

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Everything from the fish to the masalas and the other ingredients used here is as fresh as their name. Just the fact that ever since its inception, the restaurant only serves recipes crafted by the owner’s mother, speaks volumes of their dedication to preserving traditional flavours. Even with a highly elaborate menu, each and every dish seems like it’s just come out of a mother’s rasoi. The warm and cosy ambience only adds to making the experience all the more home-like.

Cost: ₹1,000 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Konkan, Goan, Seafood

Standout dishes: Crabmeat soup, Squid masala, Bombil Parsi style, Bebinca

Timings and location: 12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM; Lt Kotnis Marg, Near Fire Brigade, Off L J Road, Mahim West, Mahim, Mumbai

Contact: 022-24448942

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Located in a chic market, amongst some of the best cafes in town, Jai Hind is a typical hole-in-the-wall restaurant that gives the biggest names a run for their money. This small joint in the plush Pali Hill market is recognised as the best seafood joint in the area. Every evening, hordes of youngsters flock to Jai Hind for some old-school fresh-off-the-tandoor food. The seating capacity is less here so be prepared to wait for some time while the impatient ones can just opt for a takeaway!

Cost: ₹700 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Malwani, Goan, Seafood

Standout dishes: Fish tikka, Tandoori surmai, Neer dosa, Prawns puli munchi

Timings and location: 11:30 AM to 3 PM, 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM; Dr Ambedkar Road, Pali Naka, Pali Hill, Bandra West

Contact: 022-26483381

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