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Five lively food streets in Mumbai

Variety is the spice of life. We agree. sunday mid-day identifies five lively food streets in the city, filled with eateries that serve cuisines from the world over

In a metropolis like Mumbai, where every road is punctuated with a busy, giant junction, cosy streets and the shops nestled within them have an otherworldly aura around them.

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And if these shops happen to be restaurants and innocuous-looking eateries, then these streets become so much more than a mere walkway — they transform into a lively meeting ground for people, ideas and stories.

Be it a midnight craving for Chinese food or pizza, you don’t have to look too far.

So, Sunday mid-day trawled through the city to come up with a list of bustling food streets in Bandra, Andheri, Juhu, Powai and Kala Ghoda. Bon appetit!

Kala Ghoda
Name of street: Kala Ghoda stretch
Landmark: Rhythm house


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It’s lunchtime and you have explored most eateries at Colaba. Where do you go to try something different? Walk down to Kala Ghoda and you will find that the large variety of cuisines is sure to keep your interest going for a long time.
With two lanes of plush restaurants at your service, you will never run out of options. Try a few of these.   

Trishna:  
Cuisine: Seafood, Mangalorian and Chinese
Top draw: Tandoori Prawns, Fish Hyderabadi Tikka, Crab in Butter Pepper Garlic Sauce, Dal Hyderabadi, Dry, Crispy Aloo Bhindi Fry
Meal for two: Rs 2,000 without alcohol and R3,000 with alcohol

Paratha Mantra:
Cuisine: Fusion Parathas (pure vegetarian)
Top draw: Pizza Paratha, Chocolate Paratha, Dal Makhani, Lasooni Palak
Meal for two: Rs 500
 
Pantry:
Cuisine: Continental
Top draw: Thyme Roasted Chicken, Marguerite’s Mix, Silvio’s Mix Sandwich
Meal for two: Rs 1,200
 
Mamagoto:
Cuisine: Asian
Top draw: Mamagoto Asian Summer Salad, Coal Fired Eggplant, Prawns wrapped in Bacon, Street Vendor’s Panang Curry Bowl, Veg/Lamb in Masaman Curry
Meal for two: Rs 1,800
 
Kala Ghoda cafe:
Cuisine: Italian, Chinese and  Continental
Top draw: ABC Cooler, Carrot Cake, Waffle, Cheddar and Pickle Sandwich, Rasta Sandwich, Meditteranean Salad
Meal for two: Rs 700
 
La Folie patisserie:
Cuisine: French
Top draw: L’envie Violet, The Candy Cake and Reve Praline
Meal for two: Rs 600

Andheri
Name of street: New Link Road
Landmark: Infinity Mall
If you’re in Andheri West and want to grab a bite, chances are you will not have to walk too far to satisfy those hunger pangs. Each nook and corner is jam-packed with a variety of restaurants and cuisines. On New Link Road, you will find a variety of options. Red Box has a good mix of Italian and fast food. If you want Chinese, then China Gate is right next to Red Box. And if it’s a plate of Chhole Bhature that you’re after, then Kailash Parbat is right there too.


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The Chocolate Room
Cuisine: Desserts
Top draw: The Chocolate Room Brownie Sundae and Chocolate Avalanche
Meal for two: Rs 500
Call: 67253377

Chocolateria San Churro
Cuisine: Desserts
Top draw: Churros and fondue Meal for two: Rs 750
Call: 7303076658

Alfredo’s
Cuisine: Italian, continental
Top draw: Grilled Basa in Chilly Cilantro and Bombay Rouge Pizza
Meal for two: Rs 2,500
Call: 65614468

Carter’s Blue
Cuisine: North Indian, Lebanese, Top draw: Chicken baida roti and Chicken shawarma
Meal for two: Rs 400
Call: 40055777

Debonair’s Pizza
Cuisine: South African
Top draw: BBQ Chicken Pizza and 3 Cheese Pizza
Meal for two: Rs 500
Call: 33487667

Juhu
Name of street: Juhu Tara Road
Landmark: Juhu Beach
Your eating out experience in Juhu starts at the beach. Parallel to the stretch of water and sand are scattered dots of restaurants and pubs. Start walking from the JW Marriott Mumbai, cross the main junction towards the north and you can find Alfredo’s, Temple Flower, Baisakhi and The Spare Kitchen — all in the premise of Hotel Kings International on the Juhu Church Road. Get out, and at the corner is Jantar Mantar. Minor detours will also take you to Facing East, Copa and Costa Coffee.

Hai Bao
Cuisine: Authentic Oriental
Top draw: Shabu Shabu and Stewed Chicken in Claypot Meal Meal for two: R2,000
Call: 26121800

Home Town Cafe
Cuisine: Thai, Chinese, European, Malaysian, Continental
Top draw: Satay Chicken in Peanut Sauce and Nasi Lemak
Meal for two: Rs 1,400
Call: 42631000

Buddha Belly
Cuisine: South East Asian
Top draw: Spinach and
Parmesan Dim sums and Chicken Black Bean Roll
Meal for two: R1,000
Call: 33487838

Starbucks
Cuisine: World cuisine
Top draw: Flavoured coffees and Signature Hot Chocolate
Meal for two: Rs 1,000
Call: 9619934647

Melting Pot
Cuisine: Indian, Chinese and seafood
Top draw: Ghee Roast Chicken and Prawns
Meal for two: Rs 2,500
Call: 26134949

JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai
Cuisine: Italian (Mezzo Mezzo), Indian (Saffron) Spanish (Arola)
Top draw: Buffet at Lotus Café, which serves all cuisines
Meal for two: Rs 3,500
Call: 26134949

Powai
Name of street: City Park, Central Avenue
Landmark: D Mart supermarket
After a long day of crunching numbers and board meetings, all roads at the business hub of Powai lead to City Park at Central Avenue. Here, an array of multi-cuisine restaurants and café’s are sure to spoil the most discerning diner — you could choose from the cosy Aroma’s to the rather upbeat Starbucks, Harry’s for some good music and great beer or head to any of the following restaurants:


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Haagen-Dazs
Food: Ice cream
Top draw: Macadamia Nut, Cuppuccino Truffle, Choco Mocha Shake
Meal for two: Rs 800 (approx)
Call: 40222096

Theobroma  
Cuisine: Dessert, sandwiches
Top draw: Millionaire Brownie, Orange Juice Cake, Butty-Chicken with Egg and Bacon
Meal for two: Rs 900 (approx)
Call: 9820510089
Mainland China
Cuisine: Chinese
Top draw: Siu Mai dimsums, Jumbo Prawns, Shredded Chicken with Green and Red Pepper, Exotic Vegetables in Chilli Basil Sauce
Meal for two: Rs 1,800 (approx)
Call: 33488034

The Yellow Chilli
Cuisine: Indian
Top draw: Saag Mirch Murg, Shaam Savera
Meal for two: Rs 1,200 (approx)
Call: 42666300

Papa John’s Pizza
Cuisine: Pizza
Top draw: Garden Special, Papa’s Italian Chicken Sausage, Super Papa’s
Meal for two: Rs 800 (approx)
Call: 25707373

Bandra
Name of the street: ONGC Colony lane
Landmark: Opposite Lilavati Hospital, lane behind EMDI College
If you find yourself in the Bandra Reclamation area, waiting to meet a friend or visiting someone at the nearby Lilavati Hospital, you could end up with some free time on your hands, and therefore go hungry. Of course you could go have coffee at Starbucks or pick up a burger, but what if you want more? Walk down the quiet ONGC lane, opposite the hospital  and suddenly, out of the blue emerges a series of restaurants — Masala Zone, Desiree, Candies, Chez Moi, IBAR, Del Fesco, Quest, Jumjoji and more — each one offering a different cuisine and dining experience.

Masala Zone
Cuisine: Indian
Top Draw: Jalali Jhinga, Banjara Sabzi, Tawa Pomfret
Meal for two: Rs 1,200
Call: 33130843

Candies
Cuisine: Continental, Indian;
Top draw: All you can eat salad bowl, Chicken Roast, Angry bird cakes
Meal for two: Rs  600
Call: 26423512

Desiree Cakes
Cuisine: Desserts/Cakes
Top draw: Chocolate Football Shoe, Marzipan box (Rs 1,600)
Desserts for two: Rs 600
Call: 26454962

Chez Moi
Cuisine: French
Top draw: Chicken-stuffed Zucchini, Assorted Mushrooms on a bed of Cottage Cheese
Meal for two: Rs 1,400
Call: 33487953

Quench
Cuisine: Continental, Asian
Top Draw: Prawn Paprika, Jalapeno Cheese Fluggets
Meal for two: Rs 1,500
Call: 26400510

IBAR
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Top draw: Devilish Stuffed Mushrooms, Champagne Risotto, Moroccan Lamb
Meal for two:  Rs 1,500
Call: 33488103

Del Fresco

Cuisine: Mexican
Top Draw: Mexican Pancakes,  Chimichanga (golden fried pastry stuffed with savories)
Meal for two: Rs 1,200
Call: 33130747

Jumjoji
Cuisine: Parsi
Top draw: Patra ni Machi, Lagan Nu Custard
Meal for two: Rs 1,000
Call: 26516156

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