In the second and concluding part of our eating around the terminals guide, Krutika Behrawala combs the area lining T2 to see where the hungry traveller can drop anchor
One Mochaccino, please
Where: Baker Street
Distance: Multiple outposts within the premises
Travellers enjoy a snack at the temporary Baker Street outpost outside Departure area. Pics/Nimesh Dave
Awaiting your kin’s arrival and have time to kill? Hang out at one of the cutesy, temporary rack-like outposts located outside the Departures and Arrivals gates. If you can’t spot these, buy a pass (Rs 60, valid for four hours, according to CSIA website) to get access to the one inside the terminal. Try their Mochaccino (Rs 170), Iced Americano (Rs 150) along with freshly baked croissants, muffins or a Vegetable Toastizza (Rs 210).
Time Open 24 hours
At Level 2, near Arrival Gate, inside the terminal, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), Andheri (E).
Note: Visitors need to buy a pass from Meeters & Greeters (Level 2, Arrivals) for the outpost inside the terminal.
Goan pomfret and gin tonic
Where: Saptagiri Restaurant and Bar
Distance: At Arrivals, near the food court
Saptagiri’s well-stocked bar offers international and Indian liquor
Get your seafood fix as soon as you touch down. Relish prawns and pomfret in Goan or Malwani curries (Rs 645 onwards) or taste other regional flavours in the Murgh Chetinad (Rs 445) and Mutton Rogan Josh Kashmiri (Rs 495). The spacious restaurant includes a well-stocked bar, and offers Chinese and Continental cuisine too. Though a tad pricey, it’s perfect for those who wish to enjoy a quiet meal far from the city’s madding crowd.
Time Open 24 hours (alcohol served till 1 am)
At Arrivals (P6), Terminal 2, CSIA, Andheri (E).
Dine like a king
Where: Persian Darbar
Distance: 8 minutes from T2, via Airport Road
Special Mutton Mix Kebab
It’s easy to spot the two-storey restaurant, located at the intersection of Airport Road and the Andheri-Kurla one. With velvet upholstery and crystal chandeliers adorning the ceiling, the 180-seater restaurant, established in 1978, offers an extensive eats menu featuring tandoori platters, Dostan Thaal (for Rs 2,300), varieties cooked in the clay oven, Raan specialties and equal options for veggies too.
Time 10 am to 2 am
At Shop no 101-102, Noori Baug, Andheri-Kurla Road, Marol Naka, Andheri (E).
Dhaba-style binge and booze
Where: Apna Dhaba
Distance: 10 minutes from T2, via Marol Pipeline Road
Veg Patiala with Paratha
Craving Sarson da Saag-Makke ki Roti or need an Old Monk at 3 am? Then, plonk yourself on one of the kitschy mattress-covered cots in the terrace section or the cushy sofas on the first level of the restaurant. Along with a dekko of old-time Bollywood and Hollywood posters (from Dev Anand’s Johny Mera Naam to Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid), the menu offers varieties like Baigan Bharta (Rs 260), Veg Patiala (Rs 260) and Dhaba-style Desi Chicken (Rs 900).
Time 12 noon to 6 am (terrace section opens post 9 pm)
At Marol Pipe Line, Andheri Kurla Road, Andheri (E).
For a bagel-happy breakfast
Where: Samvene, The Bagel Cafè
Distance: 13 minutes from T2, via Airport Road
The café kitchen
Step into the pocket-friendly café, nestled under the bustling Marol Naka metro junction, and you might feel a sense of déjà vu of the European trip you’ve just returned from. From Nutella (Rs 89) and Peanut Butter (Rs 79) to Salami, Sausage and Egg (Rs 99), Tuna (Rs 149) or Veg Conti (Rs 79), relish a range of fillings in fresh bagels along with Hot Chocolate (Rs 85) or Hazelnut flavoured Cold Coffee (Rs 85). It’s perfect for a quick dash prior to check-in too.
Time 9 am to 10 pm
At Shantaram House, Marol, Andheri (E).
Masala omelette on-the-go
Where: The Beer Café
Distance: At Departures
Flying out of the country in the wee hours? First, check into the cheery café for a hearty breakfast, served 24 hours. Enjoy scrumptious Masala Omelette (Rs 195), an Indian breakfast (Rs 195) featuring aloo parathas or sandwiches, wraps and burgers from a menu that says 'Bon appétit first, bon voyage later’. If you’re travelling at any time of the day, wash down the food with a pint of beer, fruity granitas or flavoured lassis.
Time Open 24 hours (alcohol served from 11 am to 12 midnight)
At MLCP P10, Landside (eastside), opposite Gate No 1, Departures, Terminal 2, CSIA, Andheri (E).
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