Life for the vegetarian foodie is tough. While you enjoy eating much more than anything else, your carnivore friends always have a wider ranger of options. You on the other hand are stuck up with paneer and potato, or so people think. While this is arbitrarily true, it’s not the whole story. Paneer is a love affair all by itself and when you utter these two magic words ‘paneer’ and ‘tikka’ together, you bring to life some of the best food memories of both the vegetarians and the non-vegetarians. We’ve picked 5 of the best Paneer Tikka spots in town as a mode of reverence to this gorgeous dish of food.
1. Ayub’s, Kala Ghoda
This place is known for the some of the best rolls in town. Especially their Paneer Achari roll which we recommend you savor with a one liter bottle of water besides you. Ayub’s has perfected the art of the tandoor and serves finger-licking Aloo Tikka. But what a lot of folks don’t know is this: they serve smacking Paneer Tikka with a side of onions and green chutney. The paneer is soft and crumbly and the char of the tandoor adds a layer of flavor to the hand mixed spices.
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Address: Ayub’s 43, VB Gandhi Marg, Near Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400023
Time: 5:30 pm – 1:30 am
Cost: Rs 400 for 2 (approx)
Contact: 086556 18535, +91 9821199147
2. Khyber, Fort
Originally one of the very few rooftop restaurants in Mumbai specializing in Indian cuisine, Khyber went by the name ‘Koyla’. It’s best known for its quintessential curries and naans. However, we suggest you look up their Paneer Tikka because not only are the portions huge, but the paneer is extremely fresh and soft, almost melting in your mouth from the very first bite.
Address: Khyber, 145, MG Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai
Time: 12:30pm – 3:30pm, 7:30pm – 11:30pm
Cost: Rs 2,600 for 2 (approx)
Contact: 022 40396666
3. Mini Punjab, Bandra West
Ask anyone in and around Bandra for their favorite Indian restaurant and they’ll name Mini Punjab within a heartbeat. This place has a strong history of whipping up delicious Punjabi cuisine and their Paneer Tikka is one of our favorite features. The marinade is lighter and tends to be a bit on the sweeter end but then there’s the heat of black pepper which cuts through it.
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4. Peninsula Restaurant Next, Sion
Tucked in the lane adjacent to Sion PVR, Peninsula Next has been a popular family restaurants for decades among Sion and Matungaites. Their Makai Pakoda is an absolute winner, especially with their in-house green chutney. But the star of the show is definitely their Paneer Tikka that comes snugly covered with green bell peppers and a marinade that’s of a pasty consistency. You’ll be spooning the remains of it right off the platter.
Address: Mini Punjab, 3, Kailash Shopping Center, Junction Of 16th & 33rd TPS Road, Pali Hill, Bandra West
Time: 12noon – 4pm, 7pm – 12midnight
Cost: Rs 900 for 2 (approx)
Contact: 022 26006164, 022 26004395
5. Suhail’s China Blue, Bandra West
Another hidden gem that lies on Perry Cross Road in Bandra West, people flog to China Blue for their Chicken Biryani. For the vegetarians, the Paneer Chilli Dry is a favorite but we couldn’t stop eating their Paneer Tikka as well. Laced with a thick coating of charred marinade, the side salad they serve pairs with the paneer beautifully. Fine strings of cabbage along with onion and capsicum is spiced with red chili powder, lime and salt making the Paneer Tikka shine even brighter.
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Address: Suhail’s China Blue, Ray’s CHS, New Kantwadi, Off Perry Cross Road, Carter Road, Bandra West
Time: 12 pm – 12:30 am
Cost: Rs 800 for 2 (approx)
Contact: 022 26451786, 022 26452786