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Santosh Rawat, executive pastry chef, The St Regis Mumbai
My Pick: Mahim halwa at Joshi Budhakaka, Mahim
Ukadiche modak — simple, and delicious — is a delicacy that I associate with the city, along with the occasional sitaphal ice cream at Haji Ali Juice Centre. The Mahim halwa, though, is one that demands the title legendary for its reputation as a dessert.
Yashasvi Modi, founder and chef, The Burrow
My Pick: Motichoor laddoos from Punjab Sweet House, Bandra
My early memories of growing up in Bandra are with visits to Punjab Sweet House. I would love their assortment of North Indian delicacies. My pick would be the motichoor laddoos, which have evolved into so many forms and influenced my own creations.
Chef Gresham Fernandes
My Pick: Falooda at Badshah, Crawford Market
While Mumbai is not renowned for a distinct traditional dessert like other cities, one dessert meriting recognition as legendary is the falooda. Originating from Persian culinary traditions, it has been transformed into a distinctive and whimsical creation. It’s a great example of how Mumbai’s culinary scene combines various influences to create something truly special and delicious.
Husna Jumani, pastry chef, Crust and Crumble
My Pick: Black mawa jalebis on Mohammed Ali Road
My usual dessert choices are sitaphal ice cream at Haji Ali Juice Centre or kulfis at Chowpatty. But as a special, I would go for the black mawa jalebis at Mohammed Ali Road. They are unique to the city. While the malpuas are an Eid specialty, the mawa jalebis are a year-round delicacy.
Chef Irfan Pabaney, country head, SodaBottleOpenerWala
My Pick: Caramel custard at Britannia & Co.
A dessert that deserves a mention according to me, especially because you do not come across it very often and for the people who make it so fantastically, is the caramel custard at Britannia & Co. It is a classic and just superb. This would go on my list, alongside the falooda and the malpuas from Bhendi bazaar.
Shahbaz Shaikh, head chef, Lil Gamby
My Pick: Phirni at Madanpura
It is a myth that phirni is made only during Eid festivities. My childhood memories are built around treats of phirni after weekend shopping with my mother or relatives. The dessert is refreshing, diverse and comes in so many delicious flavours that you cannot miss it.