Mumbai might disappoint you with its traffic but the one thing that it won’t disappoint you with, its the food. If you are in Mumbai then you should eat at these joints where literally generations of families have eaten. Here are a few iconic places in Mumbai that go back in time.
1. Amar Juice Centre, Juhu
Amar juice Centre, a tiny joint tucked behind a huge tree on the streets of Vile Parle, is the place to be to satiate your midnight hunger pangs. It’s not the juice but the undeniably delicious pav bhaji that will blow your mind away. While you’re at it, don’t forget to devour their tawa pulav. We also have only good things to say about their kulfi falooda. The lack of chairs hasn’t stopped Amar from doing business, they lay mattresses for you to indulge your butterly pav bhaji on.
Address: Opp Sukhmani Society, Sainath Nagar Road Number 10, Sainath Nagar, MHADA Colony, JVPD Scheme, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049
Approx Cost: ₹120 for the Pav Bhaji
2. Sardar Refreshments/Sardar Pav Bhaji, Tardeo
A restaurant definitely deserves to be in the iconic list if its owner, Sardar Ahmed, is the founder of pav bhaji. About 52 years back, Sardar Ahmed blessed us with a food item called ‘Pav Bhaji’. Sardar’s piping-hot butter pav bhaji is a treat to the taste buds, and when we say butter we mean abundance of it. The pav bhaji here, generously garnished with dollops of creamy Amul butter, is quite pocket friendly.
Address: Tardeo Road Junction, Opposite Bus Depot, Tardeo, Mumbai
Approx Cost: ₹110 for the Amul Pav Bhaji
3. Ram Ashray, Matunga
Can we call a 80 year old restaurant iconic? Definitely! Ram Ashray, located in Matunga, is reputed for its high quality food at cheap rates. What else do you need when a restaurant like this serves authentic South Indian food at 5 in the morning? From the spongy idlis to those authentic chatnis, everything about this simple food joint is perfect; no wonder its a household name amongst the southern families out here.
Address: 24, Shreeji Sadan Building, Bhandarkar Marg, Opposite Matunga Kabutar Khana, Matunga East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400019
Phone: 022 2410 2369
Approx cost: ₹200 for two people
4. K. Rustom, Marine Lines
Just a few yards away from Marine Drive, stands the oldest little ice cream shop in Mumbai. K Rustom was initially a departmental store started by Khodabux Rustom Irani. However after World War 2, it was converted into an ice cream shop. And since then, it has been our favorite spot to chill at in the summers. The ice cream sandwich served here consists of a delicious flavored ice cream bar with paper thin wafer slices on both sides of it. The flavors here are endless, so better be prepared to try out paan to kharbuza to guava.
Address: K Rustom, 86, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020
Phone: 022 2282 1768
Approx cost: ₹150 for two people
5. Guru Kripa, Sion
This iconic 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.
Address: 40, Guru Kripa Building, Road 24, Near SIES College, Sion, Mumbai
Timings: 8 AM to 11 PM
Average Cost: ₹300 for two people