Mumbai – one city, multiple cultures. With different cultures comes delectable cuisine. However, nailing these local delicacies can be tough. Especially when their real tastes lie in the authenticity and not some modernistic fusion version. Chole Bhature is one such item that needs be had in its truest, most delicious form. Here are 10 places where you can take a bite and instantly get transported Dilli!
1. Chawla’s: Sion
Some small and some hole in the wall Punjabi eateries line up the by lanes of Sion-Koliwada, giving it all the mini Punjab feels. Here, food is all that matters and ambience can take a back seat. One such eatery is ‘Chawla’s Dhaba’. Owned by Gurjeet Singh, this pure-veg (yes, Punjabis can make delicious veg food too!) dhaba serves the best Chole Bhature that you can find in the city. Amritsari spiced chole with piping hot, fluffy, bhatura served with pickles, coriander chutney, and onions, add to that a big glass of lassi – a typical dhaba meal in a typical dhaba. To top it all, they make the bhatures and rotis right in front of you in their big tandoor. All that it needs to qualify as a roadside dhaba of Punjab is a highway. That’s how authentic it is! Few tables, a live kitchen, dim lights and possibly a newspaper to soak up all that oil – Chawla’s in Sion checks all the boxes.
Average Cost: ₹150 for two (exclusive of taxes)
Timing: 7:30 AM to 11 PM
Address: Chawla Pure Veg, Bldg No.20, Shop No. UAC- 421, Punjabi Colony, G.T.B (Guru Tegh Bahadur) Nagar, Sion Koliwada, Mumbai -400037.
2. Manjeet Chole Puri: Sion
Yet another gem at Sion-Koliwada is Manjeet Chole Puri Wala. You’ll need a little patience to gorge on the deliciousness because this one is a small eatery, with just four tables and long queues. You can expect longer queues in the morning around 8 AM as it is a popular breakfast joint. No guesses on what the star dish here could be. The chole bhature at Manjeet’s are not only scrumptious but come with a generous serving too. Expect soft bhatures with some Dilli-style chole with pickles and onions. If you’re in for some experimentation, do get a taste of their varieties of kulcha. When you’re up for a budgeted but tasty meal, Manjeet is your answer!
Average Cost: ₹100 for two (exclusive of taxes)
Timing: 8.30 AM to 2.30 PM
Address: J. K. Bhasin Marg, SionKoliwada, Sion, Mumbai
3. Guru Kripa: Sion
You cannot list down places with the best chole in town without mentioning the iconic Guru Kripa in Sion. This 41-year old restaurant is renowned for its signature Chole-Samosa and is pretty tight-lipped about its recipe too. But Guru Kripa also serves a mouthwatering plate of chole bhature. The long queues, however, are worth the wait. The other must tries at this Sindhi joint is the gulab jamun, lassi and Tikki chhole.
Average Cost: ₹300 for two people
Timings: 8 AM to 11 PM
Address: 40, Guru Kripa Building, Road 24, Near SIES College, Sion, Mumbai
4. VIG: Chembur
Simple and sumptuous are two words that describe this place best. Chembur’s VIG is a local favourite. You don’t need google maps to reach this place. Everyone, yes, everyone there will guide you to it! That’s how well known it is. Why? Well, the chole bhatura, dal pakkwan and lassi here are exceptional. Savory, filling, affordable and more like a transportation device to the paddy fields of Punjab, VIG satiates all your desires. They open their doors at 6.30 AM making it a preferable breakfast spot. Leave your toasted bread and smoothie for a day and head to Chembur for some really really heavy breakfast!
Average Cost: ₹250 for two people
Timing: 6:30 AM to 10 PM|
Address: CG Road, Chembur Camp, Chembur East, Chembur, Mumbai
5. Gulati’s Sweets: Andheri East
Believe it or not, there are a few gems in Andheri East too. One of the many is Gulati Sweets. A sweet and snacks shop, Gulati’s is all things Punjab. The shop has lived up to its fame for about more than two decades now. When looking for a quick delicious grub, the locals head to Gulatis. Sure, their sweets menu is longer than their snacks menu, but you just cannot leave the place without having tried their sizzling hot bhatures and tasty chole. Add to it ‘garma-garam’ jalebi and you’re in food heaven.
Average Cost: ₹200 for two people
Timing: 8:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Address: 35, Sher E Punjab Society, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri East, Mahakali, Mumbai.
6. Oye Kake: Fort
The name should give you enough hints on their best-served items. A complete Punjabi, Amritsari and North-Indian package, Oye Kake will take your taste-buds on a delightful journey. In the dull and busy streets of Fort, this pure-vegetarian joint is breath of fresh air with vibrant colours and striking aroma. The menu has almost every north-Indian food there is. With plenty of options, you’ll be spoilt for choice. However, Chole Bhature tops their list. Crispy bhatures with Amritsari-styled chole with pickles and onions – Oye Kake’s food is cooked with original masalas from Punjab. Adding to their must try(s) are Mirch Malai Sabzi, Mirchi Lasooni Paneer Tikka and Peda Lassi. Comfortable seating, ethnic décor and yummy food!
Average Cost: ₹600 for two people (approx.)
Timing: 11 AM to 4 PM, 7 PM to 11:30 PM
Address: 13C, Cawasji Patel Street, Fort, Mumbai
7. Cream Centre: Multiple Locations
The multiple outlets of Cream Centre spewed all over the city reels you in for its loaded nachos. But this Indo-Italian-Mexican restaurant has its very own signature Chole Bhature made from a recipe that has been passed down for over 50 years. The recipe for ‘The Original Chana Bhatura’ has been a family secret all these years and they don’t kiss and tell. That’s proof enough, that this one is a one-of-a-kind and you’re not going to find it anywhere else. Crispy, yet airy golden brown bhature with a perfectly balanced chana, a dash of lime, onions and pickle on the side – Chole Bhature at Cream Centre can become your all-time go-to food.
Average Cost: ₹1200 for two people
Timings: 12 AM to 12 PM
Address: Fulchand Niwas, ChowpattySea Face, Chowpatty, Mumbai (9 more locations)
8. Kailash Parbat: Multiple Locations
Known for its chatpata chaats, Kailash Parbat is every Mumbaikar’s ideal choice when it comes to enjoying savoury street-side food in a closed space with proper seating and hygiene. Out of the many zesty flavours that this legendary restaurant has been dishing out for the past 60 years, Chole Bhature rules them all. Dip the soft bhatures in masaledar chana at Kailash Parbat and get all the Punjabi vibes! Finish with a thick lassi.
Average Cost: ₹500 for two people
Timing: 11 AM to 11 PM
Address: Shop 5 – 8, Narayan Building, 1st Pasta Lane, Colaba, Mumbai (18 More Locations)
9. Lucky Singh Da Dhaba: Kandivali
Burbies, too can rejoice with some select few eateries that cook up some authentic Punjabi flavours. Lucky Singh Da Dhaba in Kandivali sticks to its roots, serving only typically Punjabi dishes. They also boast of three types of Chole Bhature! Munch on the simple bhature and chole or twist it up with some paneer or cheese – Lucky Singh does an awesome job on all three! Satiate your dessert cravings with Gulab Jamun.
Average Cost: ₹350 for two people (approx.)
Timing: 2:30 PM to 3 PM, 5 PM to 11:30 PM
Address: Sea Mist Apartment, Shri Gajanan CHS, Sector 8, Tarzan Point, Charkop, Kandivali West, Mumbai
10. Shree Chole Bhature: Mira Road
Unlike the name suggests, Shree Chole Bhature does not only serve luscious chole and bhaturas but since it is their best offering, they’ve named the place after their signature dish. Nothing too fancy, this one is another eatery tucked in the lanes of Mira Road. ‘Do not judge a book by its cover’ is totally applicable here. A casual dining space and not too fancy ambience, Shree Chole Bhatura is small, simple and makes flavoursome food.
Average Cost: ₹350 for two people (approx.)
Timing: 11 AM to 11 PM
Average Cost: 12, Iraisa, Beverly Park, Kanakia Road, Mira Road East, Mira Road, Mumbai