Mumbai’s had a lot of iconic restaurants. If we’re talking about soaking in the Bombay vibes or indulging in iconic foods, here’s a list of a few restaurants in Mumbai that will give you perfectly nostalgic vibes –
1. Prithvi Cafe, Juhu
Prithvi Cafe opened in the late 1970s and became famous after the Prithvi Theatre performances. Initially a cafe for theatre enthusiasts and drama students, but in today’s time, you’ll find college students, youngsters and literally everyone hanging out there! The menu was pretty basic back in the day, but the cafe has had major upgrades to their food and serves a bunch of varieties in cuisine too.
But nonetheless, if you’re at Prithvi Cafe, you have to try their Cutting Chai. Among beverages, go for their Sulemani Chai if you’d like something different or go newage with Beer Bottle Chaas as well. It will probably give the oldies a heart attack, but it’s regular butter milk served in a beer bottle!
Address: Prithvi Cafe, 20, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049
Phone: 022 2617 4118
2. Bademiyaa, Colaba
If you’re a Mumbaikar, you would have heard about Bademiya in Colaba and that it’s a perfect spot for after party hunger pangs. Bademiya in Colaba serves the best rolls & kebabs in the city. Currently, Bademiya is not just a food joint for the public, but also a tourist attraction. Bademiya is famous for its seekh kebabs. Open until 3 am, their most relished delicacies are the chicken kebab, mutton boti kebab and chicken reshmi kebab. Everyone loves their rumali roti too! Hop in here for some great food with your meat-loving friends after a long night of partying!
Address: Bademiya, Tulloch Road, Behind Hotel Taj Mahal, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400039
Phone: 022 22021447
Approx cost: ₹900 for two people
3. 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
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. Ram Ashraya, Matunga
Enjoy the taste of piping hot dosas, vadas, idlis and the iconic filter kaapi at one of Mumbai’s oldest South Indian eateries. Perfect for its breakfast scenes, Ram Ashraya has been serving delights since 1944. You can eat an entire meal out here in under ₹200. Another awesome thing? There’s no menu but you can check out the specials each day or listen to the server while they’re announcing!
We loved the Andhra Poli, a light dosa with pudina filing and served with coconut shavings. Another yummy dish was the Medu Vada. It is crispy on the outside and pillowy-soft on the inside. If you’re visiting this restaurant, you have to try the Filter Kaapi, which is the best in Mumbai.
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