Where to eat international cuisine in Mumbai


Eager to try out the unique cuisines available in Mumbai city? Living to eat or eating to live is a personal choice. Cooking is a creative and rejuvenating process & one can explore this interest by learning about different types of cuisine and trying out new recipes. This article takes you on an exploration of eating out in Mumbai.

Food is also a yardstick to know one's city and culture especially in a country like India with so much of cultural and economic diversity across states, cities, and towns.

Basically I am from Ahmedabad but while I was in Mumbai I learnt about important aspects of food culture here. Vada pav, pani puri, sev puri, dahi puri, sandwiches, ragda pattice, pav bhaji, chinese bhel, misal pav, idlis and dosas—the variety in street food is marvellous. The most popular and prominent is of course, the vada pav which has found mention even in popular Bollywood movie songs. The focus on fast food is perhaps due to the fast-paced nature of the city where everyone is on the move and wants to have a quick bite on the go. Being a coastal city, I got acclimatised to having sea fish. Another notable feature of the cuisine here is the use of tomatoes, peanuts, tamarind and coconut. Today, our kitchen cannot do without the use of tomatoes in anything we make. This year, however, my aim was to find out the international cuisine available in the city.

The following is a rundown on a few new cuisines that tickled my taste buds this year.

Nonvegetarian food in Colaba and Bandra

The small eatery 'Meating Joint - Imbiss' tucked in, non-descript in two prominent areas of the city—Colaba and Bandra—is a real jewel for die-hard lovers of nonvegetarian food. I will call it my first dining jackpot in non-vegetarian food as the menu features exotic meats like turkey, emu, quail, and guinea fowl amongst others. German cuisine is high on pork, beef, and poultry and potatoes. Potatoes entered German cuisine in the 18th century and make a popular side dish. The potatoes are boiled and mashed and at times pan-roasted. Some of my personal favourites in German food that I tasted are hunter chicken, grilled chicken with mashed potatoes, and pork ribs. In drinks, beer is extremely popular in German culture and the country boasts of a vast collection of beer drinking songs. The pints of beer at the restaurant surely gave us a feel of German food in Mumbai at an affordable price.

Spanish food taste in Arola in JW Marriott, Juhu

My second interesting dining experience was at Arola in JW Marriott, Juhu, a specialised Spanish high-end restaurant. Spanish cuisine is cooked in a lot of garlic and has a smoky taste. It is believed that each year a Spaniard consumes over three pounds, or one and a half kilos of garlic; garlic being very crucial to the economy of Spain. At Arola, it was interesting to see raw garlic pieces served, to be rubbed on the bread slices, instead of the ready-made garlic bread in the side dish.

French food taste in Dcrepes Café, Thane and Bandra

The next discovery was Dcrepes Café, a tiny informal eatery-cum-cafe located in Thane and Bandra. Here I tasted French crepes stuffed variedly along with burgers, pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, etc. The crepes, their speciality, have their origin in France and are known as pancakes in most other parts of the world. France in fact celebrates February 2 as 'jour des crêpes', a festival where crepes are offered. Having tasted only home-made pancakes, I relished the crepes laden with cheese, meat, vegetables, and sauce. Alas! If not for calorie consciousness, BBQ crepes, and the Mexican crepes would have been regular takeaway meals for me.

Lebanese cuisine finds its place in Mumbai restaurant menus in bits and pieces. I had a full-fledged experience of flavours of Lebanon and Mediterranean region at Souk, Taj Mahal hotel, Colaba. The brunch buffet has a generous variety of both non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes befitting the plush restaurant. Souk has a wide menu ranging from entrees, grills, mains and desserts. The special dish that the chef recommended was the nicely seasoned Lebanese shawarma, an Arabic fast food with origins in Turkey. So popular is the dish now worldwide that it has been added to the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate dictionary. The common shawarmas are made of chicken, meat or fish. The soft pita bread with hummus, the rose-petal ice-cream wherein the ice-cream was flavoured in rose petals and the lovely Moroccan tea to wind up the scrumptious meal were also part of my delightful brunch outing.

Conclusion

All in all, the year was a good one in discovering the unique flavours churned by Mumbai restaurants. There are still many more cuisines and unique flavours to be tried and tasted, Japanese, Korean and Greek to name a few. The good news is that there are outlets within Mumbai catering to these taste buds. With every new cuisine I taste, there are always some titbits I gather about the specific culture and region it originated in. It is good times indeed for Mumbai food lovers!


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Author: Kailash Kumar25 Feb 2016 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 0

One can find authentic Parsi cuisine in Mumbai only. Dhansak, saas ni macchi, kheema pao, sali marghi, tareli macchi etc. are some of the famous and popular Parsi dishes. Some of the more famous restaurants offering Parsi cuisine at Mumbai are - 1. Cafe Military, near GPO 2. Paradise, Colaba 3. Britannia, Ballard Estate 4. Ratan Tata Institute, Hughes Road and 5. Ideal Corner, Fort etc.



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