20 Best South Indian Restaurants In Mumbai You Have To Try Once!

    I love South Indian food. There’s nothing that a plate of idli can’t solve. Plus have guys heard of the infamous avail? If you haven’t tried it yet, you’ve missed out on your divine calling. No worries though. Curly Tales is here to save the day because we’ve got a list of the ten best South Indian restaurants in Mumbai.

    1. Cafe Madras, Matunga

    Pleasing people for 77 years straight! Cafe Madras is home to the panpoli – a dessert made with jaggery and banana and it’s absolutely delicious. The Rasam Vada was introduced to the menu in 1960 and it’s still served today – delicious and with a hint of nostalgia.

    Also read: An Ode To Udipi Restaurants – A. Ramanayak in Matunga

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    Address: 38 B, Circle House, King’s Circle Near Maheshwari Udyan, Matunga East
    Approx cost for two: ₹250

    2. Banana Leaf, Thane

    Banana Leaf is a vegetarian amalgamation of South India. The restaurant proudly serves dishes from Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu on its menu. Sure they have the regulars like dosas and uttapams but what makes this place better is their quirky dishes like the oatmeal uttapam, potato medu vada and the ragi dosa. Delicious!

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    Also read: The 10 Best Places To Have Chicken Lollipop In Mumbai

    Address: 3rd Floor, Korum Mall, Near Cadbury Compound, Khopat, Thane West
    Approx cost for two: ₹600

    3. Arya Bhavan, Matunga

    If you want to get in here on the weekend, you better wake up early because this place is always packed and with good reason. Arya Bhavan has simple seating where you squeeze in to fit. All you need is a large appetite because everything is good here. The service, the food and the place – all soul-warming.

    Also read: Experience The Best Of Kerala In Just 7 Days!


    Address: Opposite Matunga Railway Station, Matunga East
    Approx cost for two: ₹400

    4. Hotel Ramashray, Matunga

    This one is my personal favourite. I love this joint. From the pineapple sheera to the lassi in a bottle, there is nothing here that can disappoint you. A special ode should be written about the masala dosa and the tamarind rice. The service is absolutely phenomenal with the servers working there since over a decade.


    Address: Bhandarkar Road, Matunga East, Mumbai
    Approx cost for two: ₹200

    5. Dakshinayan, Malabar Hill

    Ever heard of a Mulagapudi Idli? You get it here. Another thing to try is the pepper dosa. If you’re looking for a relaxed meal, then Dakshinayan is not the place for you. This place is eternally crowded and the waiters don’t give you a chance to dilly-dally around your very tasty meal.

    Also read: 10 Different Types Of Biryani From Across India You Have To Try


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    Address: Bhandarkar Road, Matunga East, Mumbai
    Approx cost for two: ₹600

    6. Simbly South, Andheri East

    There’s nothing like a plate of gunpowder idli and filter coffee and you get it here. Simbly South may not have the legacy of its competition, but it is just as good.


    Address: 1, Rosewood Park Society, Sher-e-Punjab Andheri East
    Approx cost for two: ₹300

    7. Cafe Mysore, Matunga

    If you’re looking to eat a home-cooked South Indian meal, Cafe Mysore is the place to be. Simplicity is the name of the game at this no frills restaurant. The neer dosa and the idli gadbad are highly recommended.

    Also read: South High Restaurant & Bar Opens At Lower Parel

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    Address: 461, Nishant Building (Formerly Durlabh Nivas), Bhaudaji Road, Opposite King’s Circle Garden, Matunga East
    Approx cost for two: ₹250

    8. Mani’s Lunch Home, Matunga

    If you’re a student or an ex-student of Ruia’s College then you don’t need to read any further. Mani’s Lunch Home is just what it says it is – a home. Head to this place for the lunch thaali. Remember that avial I was talking about? Try some of it here!


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    Address: 153 C, Mahskar Building, Near Ruia College, Matunga East
    Approx cost for two: ₹200

    9. South Of Vindhyas – The Orchid, Vile Parle East

    If you like a bit of spice in your meal, then you’ll adore this restaurant. They have a set menu which is absolutely delicious. Plus, it’s great to not worry about the ordering and have the restaurant serve one delicious preperation after another! The music and the food perfectly compliment each other and you’ll leave the restaurant with a satiated heart and a full tummy.


    Address: The Orchid Hotel, 70C, Nehru Road, Vile Parle East
    Approx cost for two: ₹2500

    10. A. Ramanayak, Matunga

    We admit it. We’ve left the legend for the end. You didn’t think we’d leave A, Ramanayak out, do you?A Ramanayak is steeped in history and serves the most delicious South-Indian meals you will ever eat. You can read all about the patron saint of Udipi restaurants here – An Ode To Udipi Restaurants – A. Ramanayak in Matunga


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    Address: 2/461 A, Ram Niwas, King Circle, Matunga East
    Approx cost for two: ₹350

    11. Vrindavan Cafe

    Vrindavan serves three different cuisines – South Indian, North Indian and Chinese. But I must tell you that their South Indian breakfast dishes are spot on! You must try their Masala Dosa, Idli Sambar, Idli Vada and Paneer 65. Some of the popular dishes here are Pav Bhaji and Id you like Maharashtrian Food Shrikhand Puri is also one of the options you should try. Filter Coffee will always be on my list favourites.

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    Address: Vrindavan Cafe, Cosmos Commerical Centre, 3rd Road, Near Railway Station, KharWest, Khar, Mumbai

    12. Sharda Bhavan

    By now, you must have noticed that all the amazing South Indian restaurants are in Matunga. I like to call in the smaller version of Pondicherry. Don’t be amazed if you find two or three South Indian restaurants in one small lane. Sharada Bhavan is also one of those little Udippi restaurants. It serves delicious idli and vada which are a perfect way to start your day!

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    13. Dakshinayan

    This place in Malabar Hills is the place in town to eat some amazing and crispy dosas and Idlis. They have Mulagapudi Idli which is served alongside dry chutney and the combination just fits right. Their range of Pepper Dosa, Rava Sada Dosa and Pond Masala Dosai are a must-try! I personally recommend you tasting their filter coffee and Falooda.

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    Address: 183, Teen Batti Road, Walkeshwar, Malabar Hill, Mumbai


    14. Poornima Restaurant

    Poornima is located in two places in Mumbai one of it is Lower Parel and another one is Fort. This place serves some amaze South Indian and North Indian dishes. You can try their range of Dosas and Uttapams which are just spot on. And the best part here is that you can call for extra ghee and butter on your dishes that will surely make them even more delicious.

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    Address (Lower Parel): 29, Tamarind Lane, Fort, Mumbai

    15. Kerala House

    Here you literally as its name suggests, they have authentic Kerala Cuisine. If you are looking for authentic Kerala food which is also very affordable, then this restaurant in Vashi is the right place! The flavours in every dish are just a perfect blend and give you Kerala feels, right there. They have a very simple menu in which they have a veg thali and non-veg thalis. For veg gravy, you have non-veg options to choose from like chicken and fish fry. End your meal with delicious Payasam or Buttermilk. This one is definitely in your budget with the authentic taste of Kerala.

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    Address: Plot 8, Sector 30 A, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

    16. Anand Bhavan 

    Some of the popular dishes are their dosa, Neer dosa, Rava Dosa, Rava Masala are some amazing options. Their special’s board has Ulundu, Set Dosa, Tuppa Pola and among other things. Even if it is a simple south Indian breakfast place, they also have Misa which is a Maharashtrian Misa Pav which is very delicious. You must try their filter coffee and Pineapple Sheera when you are around.

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    Address: Anand Bhavan, 461/A, Ram Niwas, Maheshwari Udyan, Ambedkar Road, Matunga East, Mumbai

    17. Vanakkam Cafe 

    This cafe in Juhu specializes in South Indian cuisine. Some of the popular dishes to have at Vanakkam Cafe are their dosas especially Benne Dosa and Masala Dosa. You must also try their Medu Vada, Upma and Idli. Some of their amazing sweet dishes are Pineapple Sheera and Moong Dal Payasam. Their lunch menu also has a lot of variety.

    Address: Shop 7, Nilgiri Apartments, Opposite Ridhivinayak Mandir, S.V. Road, Malad West, Mumbai

    18. Dakshin Culture Curry

    You will be amazed at the variety of cuisines like South Indian, Chettinad, Hyderabad, Andhra and Kerala. It is like a mini- India in here. Flavours from all over the nation are just being served right here.  Some of their popular dishes are Chicken Chettinad, Portuguese Chicken, Sorpotel, Appam, Sea Food especially their prawn dishes, Neer Dosa. The Malabari Paratha that they serve here, it just melts right in your mouth. In dessert, you must try their Rabdi and Shahi Tukda.

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    Address: Dakshin Culture Curry, Near Hinduja Hospital, Mahim, Mumbai

    Nambiar’s Kerala Kitchen serves some delicious food for your lunchtime cravings. They serve authentic South Indian thali and Kerala cuisine. Some of their popular dishes are Fish Thai, Fish Curry, Prawn Masala, Chicken Curry and their Biryani options. They serve it on a banana leaf which makes it even more fresh and authentic.

    Address: Shop 1, Shiv Sagar Building, Near A.B.Nair Road, Juhu, Mumbai

    20. Vinay Health Home 

    Vinay Health Home in Charni Road is one of a kind casual restaurant that serves Maharashtrian as well as South Indian breakfast dishes. They serve almost all kinds of breakfast dishes and they are also at cheaper rates. This affordable little place has a small section dedicated to South Indian breakfast like their steamed Idlis, fried, butter Idli and Dahi Vadas. Their filter coffee is just delicious.

    Apart from their South Indian menu, they also have delicious Maharashtrian breakfast. They specialize in different types of Misal Pav. They give you so many options and it is just an amazing thing at cheap prices. ₹250- 300 for two people.

    Address: Jawahar Mansion, 71/83, Thakurdwar, Dr Babasaheb Jaykar Marg, Fanas Wadi, Naka, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400002

    These are our top 20 favourites. If you’d like to add to the list, we’d be delighted to know your suggestions in the comments section.

    Natasha Monteiro
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