Mumbai, the city of dreams, is located in Maharashtra, so it is dominated by Maharashtrian Food. The city is known for distinctive street food. The street food is famous all over India, but in Mumbai, even the elite and rich eat on the street and few even feel that the roadside food is better than the food in a restaurant. One can find a Pani Puri wala in every corner of the street and the Vada Pav vendors with a cane basket on top of their heads are found almost everywhere. One must visit this place to try different food items.
In this article, I am going to enlist the Top 10 Street food to taste in Mumbai.
1. Vada Pav
The famous Maharashtrian food, which can be found on almost every corner of the street. It is one of the most popular and the most basic food consumed by a common man in their day to day lives. It is known as the Mumbai vegetarian burger which consists of a spicy mashed potato mixture that is deeply fried into a patty and is placed between a white and brown fluffy bun which is popularly known as Pav, it is garnished with different chutneys like garlic and green chutney.
The most famous Vada Pav is found in the Ashoka Vada Pav, which is located in Dadar and is open from 11:00 am to 9:30 pm. The stall is one of the oldest and the most popular stall from the city and it remains close on weekdays.
2. Sev Puri
The chaat hub of India is found to be in Mumbai. Different types of chaat are found in different places of India but Sev Puri is one of the items that is loved by almost all. It is the premium and best version of Pani Puri with different vegetables as a topping. The base of the chaat is a flat puri which is topped by boiled potatoes, tomatoes, and onion. To add the flavor the trio chutney is used which is the garlic, coriander, and jaggery which just makes the dish more tasty and spicy. After which Sev is sprinkled on top of the base and to make it look better, finely chopped coriander leaves are sprinkled with raw mango.
Sev Puri is a common food that can be found in every chaat corner and the best place to try this dish is near St. Maris School, Byculla. The stall is one of the famous stalls in South Mumbai and is usually crowded in the evenings. The finger-licking dish is a must-try for all.
3. Pav Bhaji
Pav Bhaji commonly known as PB in Mumbai is another famous dish that is a complete dish preferred by all in India. It comes with two buns which are known as Pav and tangy mixed vegetable gravy known as Bhaji. Standing on the streets and eating this spicy Pav Bhaji with onions as siders and extra butter and cheese is something one should experience.
To have the best Pav Bhaji of Mumbai one should visit Shri Krishna Fast food which is near Juhu Beach Food Centre. The restaurant is open from 10:00 am to 1:00 am on all days of the week.
4. Pani Puri
Who would have thought that a crispy puri if dipped in water would make wonders? Pani Puri, a dish that is irresistible by all and is craving to many. A fluffed puri is poked and is filled with hot dry peas and is then dipped into cold pudina water and jaggery water and is then served to the customers. This must be eaten on the spot so that the puri doesn’t get soggy. The combination of spicy and sweet water will satisfy your stomach like nothing else.
Badshah Pani Puri at Chowpatty serves the best Pani Puri, they use filtered water and is a very hygienic place. It is very important to choose the best place and very well-known place to eat Pani Puri as this dish has to be made in a very hygienic way.
5. Bombay Sandwich
The sandwich wouldn’t be that one dish that would come up to your mind when we are talking about Indian food, but when it comes to Mumbai’s street food, it is one of the dishes which is preferred by localities. The vendors are busy throughout the day flipping their grill toaster and serving their customers. The Bombay Sandwich is special for the kind of mint chutney and vegetables that are put in. The bread is sliced and buttered, after which mint chutney is spread on both the pieces of bread. An arrangement of vegetables is done starting from tomato, cucumber, potato, onion, and then finally beetroot. A sandwich masala is sprinkled on the arrangement of vegetables and the other bread is placed on top of it. The sandwich is evenly cut into six pieces and is topped by sev.
Pumiya is one of the places that serve the best Bombay Sandwich and is located in Lovelane. It is one of the oldest chaat houses in South Bombay. The chaat shop is open from 10:00 am to 12:00 am on all days of the week.
6. Butter Idli
People visit the South to have the best Idlies but Mumbai has got its own café from the South where mouth-watering idly and chutneys are served. Hot fluffed Idly is served with lots of ghee and malgapodi topping on it with coconut chutney and sambar. People here come from different areas just to have the amazing South Food.
Madras Café is located in Matunga East, the best time to go to this place is during afternoons as in the evening a huge queue is formed to get a place inside.
7. Bhel Puri
Like Pani Puri and Sev Puri this is one dish that is special and popular among all. It is also known as healthy food as it has puffed rice and different vegetables. Bhel Puri lovers, Mumbai is one place where you shouldn’t miss eating this dish. The common vegetables that are added to the puffed rice are same as sev puri, which are onions, tomatoes and potatoes. The trio chutney that is mint, jaggery and garlic chutney it used to add taste to the mixture. It is then mixed well and is served in a plate after which it is topped with sev, finely chopped coriander leaves and raw mango.
Om Sai Sagar chaat centre serves the best Bhel Puri, it is located in Juhu Beach Food centre and is open from 11:00 am to 1:00 am on all days of the week.
8. Royal Faluda
Are you a dessert lover? Then you must try the Royal Faluda which is the most popular faluda in Mumbai. The street shoppers drop in the restaurant just to have this Faluda. The rose milk and the jelly with vanilla ice cream is a deadly combination to soothe the throat.
Royal Faluda will be available at Badshah Hotel, Crawford Market. It is one of the most famous place of South Bombay and is located in a commercial area. The place is open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm on all days of the week except Sunday.
9. Kothimbir Wadi
The famous Maharashtrian dish which is served with Maharashtrian meal is locally sold in the snack shops of the Maharashtra state. Usually these are found in winter season but in today’s generation we get everything at all time of the year. This dish can also be prepared at home and made as snacks for a get-together. The easiest recipe can be found on YouTube.
The best Kothimbir Wadi is found at Prakash Shakahari Upahar Kendra which is located in Dadar and is open from 8:00 am to 10: pm on all days of the week. If you are someone who like crunchy food this dish is a must try for all.
10. Misal Pav
In Mumbai, Pav is like daily bread for the localities. It goes with almost everything and is consumed by all. Misal Pav is a famous dish from Thane, Mumbai. It usually consists of Misal, which is a spicy curry made from moth beans and pav. The dish is topped with onion, lemon and cilantro and farsan or sev. It is a very healthy food which is eaten by almost for any meal be it breakfast, lunch or dinner.
To have the tastiest Misal one should visit Vinay which is in Charni Road and is open on all days of the week from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. This small restaurant is a very old, and is loved by many. The owner started from selling the dish on a cart and now he has successfully opened his shop and it’s been years since he has done so.
So, this was a list of some of the best street foods in Mumbai which you need to taste at least once. Hope you find this helpful.