Top 5 Dhabas In And Around Mumbai
Mumbai’s kaleidoscopic food spectrum has everything — glitzy fine-dining restaurants, posh sea-view restaurants, and tiny chaat corners for street food lovers. In all its diversity, it embraces international cuisines as well as gives a flavor of each region of the country. While there are umpteen number of restaurants serving North Indian food, if you want the most authentic experience à la a glass of thick lassi with piping hot aloo parathas, head to a dhaba.
Desi Meals, Dhaba-style!
Whether you’re craving for a wholesome meal on a Sunday afternoon or are looking for quick stopovers on your way to nearby weekend getaways, we’ve got it all covered for you. We’ve heard Mumbaikars complain over and over again about the lack of authentic street-side North Indian food in the city, but there are a few dhabas in this list that might change the overall perception.
1. Papa Pencho Da Dhaba
Papa Pancho Da Dhaba prides itself in combining the best of both worlds: its traditional ambiance with vibrant walls and artifacts are all typical of a cozy Punjabi dhaba, yet the place exudes a very fine-dine vibe.
While the setting draws you in, the food is the real hero at this dhaba. Full of flavor and zest, a plate of their Rajma Chawal, Amritsari Kulcha or even Punjabi Chaat is enough to make you question if you’ve driven a bit too far, directly to Punjab! The food is very homely, so you don’t have to worry about it being too oily.
Where: Gasper Enclave, St John’s Road, Near Rupee Bank, Pali Hill, Bandra West
2. Mitran Da Dhaba
Mitran Da Dhaba’s limited seating and immense popularity translate to experiencing a rush on weekends, but the huge crowd is only a testament to how good the food there is! It doesn’t have much to talk in terms of ambiance; it’s like your average road-side dhaba. So if you want to avoid all the hassle, but still want the lip-smacking food, just order it to your home.
Their Chicken Lollipop, Paneer Paratha, and Butter Chicken Tandoori have that extra spice that leaves your taste buds tingling, and your tongue craving for more. The prices are quite reasonable, so even if you’re going in a large group, your bill won’t suck up all the money from your wallet.
Where: SPS Industrial Estate, Opposite Pannalal Compound, LBS Marg, Bhandup
3. Dara’s Dhaba
The Dhaba-experience is complete at Dara’s Dhaba with cozy huts, comfortable cots, round pillows and truly authentic North Indian food. Their Mira Road branch is located on Western Express Highway; it’s actually a convenient stopover if you are taking a road trip on that side. The staff is always on their feet, so you won’t lose much time on your lunch if you are looking to take a quick halt.
Their Bhindi Kurmuri, Chicken Biryani, and Paneer Butter Masala are some of the best dishes on the menu. Team it all up with their refreshing alcoholic beverages, but only if you don’t have to sit in the driver’s seat next.
Where: Mira Road, Kalyan
4. Pritam Da Dhaba
Pritam Da Dhaba is one of the oldest North Indian restaurants in town, and there is a lot of hype around its decor as well as food. To add more peppiness to its colorful interiors, they also play Punjabi music round the clock!
Foodies swear by its Kalmi Kebab and Paneer Tikka, but if you’re in the mood for some street-style chaat, don’t miss out on their Chowkwali Aloo Tikki. It’s a great place for the times when you want to gorge on tasty food, but don’t want to go too far from the main city area.
Where: Hotel Midtown Pritam, Pritam Estates, Dadar East
5. Jimmyy’s Dhaba
Jimmyy’s Dhaba’s rooftop ambiance is an absolute plus on a cool, windy evening, but avoid opting for it on scorching summer evenings. This place gives out a lively vibe with its colorful chairs and lights, so it is a great place to hang out with friends and family.
While the usual main course Paneer dishes pack a punch, their innovative Aglio Olio Paneer and Paneer Methi Malai Tikka are surprisingly good too. The food and the ambiance are absolutely stunning, but the only drawback for this dhaba is that it is slightly overpriced.
Where: Rooftop, Dimple Arcade, Thakur Complex, Kandivali East
Is that all for the list of dhabas in Mumbai? We’re sure there are more. If you know of any other dhabas that serve amazing food in and around Mumbai, do let us know in the comments section below. We’ll be happy to try out more lip-smacking food and spread out the word about all the good restaurants in town!
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