Churchgate, the ever-bustling locality in south Mumbai is frequented by people from all parts of the city and its suburbs. For a food enthusiast, there's plenty on offer along the Churchgate-Marine Drive lane, ranging from classic street food to new-age world cuisine eateries. Here's our pick of the top 5 restaurants in Churchgate:
1. K. Rustom Ice Cream: This iconic Iranian ice-cream parlour has been offering fresh, unique and yummy ice-cream sandwiches since its inception in 1953. A thick slab of ice cream sandwiched between two colourful wafer biscuits, at Rustom is worth the visit. From classic to unconventional ones, the chilled sandwiches are offered in flavours that will leave you in twists.
What to order: Coffee Crunch, Choco Crunch, Kesar Pista and Paan flavoured ice cream sandwiches
Where: 87 Stadium House, Opposite Ambassador Hotel, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai
2. Gaylord Cafe: This cafe is a perfect option for those looking for a continental meal option in the city. The vintage look of this Mumbai eatery will take you back to the city's bygone era. The long menu comprising classic and innovative Indian and continental dishes will leave you spoilt for choices. The well-stocked bar also offers a wide variety of classic and signature drinks. Be it a romantic dinner or a post-work hangout with friends, this iconic Mumbai cafe is a must visit for food lovers.
What to order: Lobster Thermidor, Chicken Kiev, Paneer Makhanwala, Lamb steak, Pineapple Sizzler.
Where: Mayfair Building, VN Road, Churchgate, Mumbai
3. Shiv Sagar: If you think Mumbai is a coastal city with fewer options for vegetarians, then it is time to think again. Shiv Sagar is one of those vegetarian restaurants in Mumbai that leave you content with a surfeit of vegetarian delicacies. Though known for south Indian fare, the Chinese and north Indian dishes available at this budget restaurant are worth tasting. It has both indoor and outdoor seating facilities. Also, this restaurant is hard to miss if you are walking from Churchgate towards Marine Drive.
What to order: Nachos, Panner tikka, Spring Mysore masala cheese paper dosa, Cheese pav bhaji and cheese onion uttapam.
Where: 82, Nagin Mahal, VN Road, Churchgate, Mumbai
4. Kamling: This is an iconic Chinese restaurant tucked in the bustling locality of Churchgate. In fact, Kamling is one of the oldest eateries in Mumbai that was witness to the ‘Bombay era’. Food is authentic and quantity is sufficient to fulfil your hunger. The staff is humble and welcoming, but service is a bit slow. So, you need to wait a bit for the food to arrive on the table. If you are looking for authentic Chinese food in Mumbai, then Kamling can surely come to your rescue. The ambience of the restaurant beholds the old-world charm.
What to try: Dumplings, Steamed wonton with burnt garlic, chicken fried rice, Roast Pork, Crabmeat Soup
Where: 82, Nagin Mahal, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai
5. Salt Water Cafe: This modern-day cafe offers a menu loaded with European-influenced dishes. The menu is limited, but your cravings for some yummy food will definitely be satiated. Apart from the delectable food, the classy ambience with soothing background music also cheers you up. It has outdoor seating and a two-level indoor seating. Delicious dishes, classic and fancy cocktails, quick service, and peaceful ambience turn Salt Water Cafe into a perfect place to spend quality time over good food with your friends and loved ones.
What to order: Watermelon Martini, Caprioska, Bowl of lamb sausage, Mix Sauce Pasta, Chocolate Croissant, Apple Pie
Where: 82, Nagin Mahal, Veer Nariman Road, Opposite Gaylords, Churchgate, Mumbai