We’re kicking off our ‘Aamchi Mumbai’ series with our pick of the 5 best restaurants in Mumbai. When it comes to food and dining, the city offers a diverse palate of tastes that you just can’t miss. Take a look at our curated list right here!
There’s something quite unique about the maximum city, Mumbai. A city bursting at its seams with the influx of thousands who are looking to turn their dreams into reality and where the lines between art and the real world often get blurred.
Known as the financial capital of India, fortunes are made and destroyed every day on the famed Dalal Street. Why we chose this city for our new series therefore, doesn’t need much explaining.
So, get your wallets and your Credit Cards ready. We’re kicking off our ‘Aamchi Mumbai’ series with our carefully curated list of the 5 best restaurants in Mumbai. The list is diverse and comprises a mix of popular, easy-on-the-pocket, and fine dining restaurants.
Take a look and see if your favourite features on this list or make a mental note so you can drop by and check them out on your next Mumbai visit.
Peshawri at ITC Maratha
Located inside the ITC Maratha, this hotel restaurant is one of the most elegant, fine-dining restaurants in Mumbai that boasts of a delectable menu of dishes from the Bukhara region of the Northwest Frontier. Renowned food critic Rashmi Uday Singh describes it as “a carnivore’s mecca” and recommends trying the Dal Peshawari, Tandoori Tiger Prawns, Peshawari Kababs and Raan.
Interestingly, at the Peshawri, you’re expected to eat with your fingers to do justice to the efforts of the chef. Vegetarians need not lose heart as the menu includes vegetarian dishes like Paneer Tikka, Tandoori Salad, Bharwan Aloo and Subzi Seekh also. Dinner for two costs approximately Rs. 5,000 and the restaurant offers wifi, valet parking and a full bar. The dining experience at the Peshawri can be a breeze on your pocket with the HDFC Bank Diners Rewardz Card that offers up to 15% discount at premium restaurants across India.
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Celini at Grand Hyatt
Tucked inside the Grand Hyatt, the Celini offers one of the finest Italian fine-dining experiences in Mumbai. Known for its warm and impeccable service as much as its wafer-thin-crust pizzas, the restaurant’s Genovese Minestrone soup served with Pesto Sauce, Pizza Primavera, Tomato Ravioli and Tuna Pasta are some of the signature dishes that draw gourmet lovers in from all over.
If you have a sweet tooth, the Amaretto Crème Brulee and chocolate cake dessert offerings feature among the critic’s favourites. Dinner for two costs around Rs. 6,000, while the restaurant also has a full bar and offers brunch options as well. Eating out experiences can become more rewarding if you have the perfect plastic mate in tow-the HDFC Bank Diners Premium Card that offers up to 15% discount at premium restaurants across India at a reasonable joining fee of Rs. 2,500.
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Sea Lounge at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
Dubbed as “a great Bombay institution”, the Sea Lounge is a cafe nestled inside the Taj Mahal Hotel. It offers a breath-taking view of the sea that you can enjoy while helping yourselves to freshly made sandwiches. Don’t forget to wash it all down with their signature cold coffee and yummy pastries that leave a sweet aftertaste.
The most coveted tables in the restaurant are the two-seaters by the window overlooking the sea. Of course, they can’t be pre-booked, so you’ll have to get there early if you want them.
The Sea Lounge’s signature coffee ice-cream, the Viennoise, is not served in any other Taj restaurant and is only available here. A meal for two here would cost approximately Rs. 3,500. The restaurant also serves breakfast, but no alcohol. With one swipe of the HDFC Bank Regalia First Card, you can be sure to double the joy of your dining experience-not only does it offer up to 15% discount at premium restaurants across India but a host of other hard-to-ignore rewards.
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Indigo showcases an eclectic European-Asian cuisine menu and is situated in Colaba, right behind the Taj Mahal Hotel. Recommended dishes like the Cauliflower Veloute, Scallops Lamb Confit, and Beef Carpaccio with Fried Mayo etc are a gourmet lover’s delight.
Considered the first stand-alone restaurant in Mumbai to serve international cuisine, it featured in Conde Nast Traveller’s list of “60 Best Restaurants”. It’s a celebrity-frequented restaurant that’s seen the likes of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pay a visit in the past. A meal for two costs approximately Rs. 4,500 approximately with brunch options available as well. Eating out can actually lead to better savings with the high on cashback SimplySAVE SBI Card which will earn you 10x rewards on all your dining, movies, grocery and departmental store spends.
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Sree Thaker Bhojanalay
Situated in the heart of Girgaon, this famous Gujarati thali place is a huge draw for the masses. It serves authentic, pure vegetarian, Gujarati food round the clock except on Sunday evenings.
In addition to the thali, it’s known for dishes like dhoklas, kadhi, buttery biscuits (called Bhakri) and more. In fact, the menu changes on a daily basis. Easy on the pocket and lip-smackingly good, a meal for two costs approximately Rs. 1,200. Enjoy pleasing your wallets as well as your taste buds with the ICICI Bank Rubyx Credit Cards that earn you minimum 15% savings on your dining bill at over 2,500 restaurants across India.
However, there’s one dish that Mumbai is best known for, which can be best sampled on the streets of Mumbai and not in the comfort of air-conditioned restaurants. That’s right! We’re talking about the humble vada pav. Extremely light on the pocket and full of mouth-watering flavour, the vada pav is a local favourite that manages to convey the true essence of Mumbai in one pint-sized dish.
If this list of must-try restaurants in Mumbai managed to send your taste buds into overdrive, it’s time to take a look at our fantastic range of Credit Cards that offer great dining rewards.