A hundred-year-old locality, Gujarati people and their lip-smacking food, we have found our way to Kandivali in Mumbai to eat breakfast like a king. Hoarding drool-worthy dishes like Dhokla, Jalebi, Fafda and a lot more, we have prepared the best breakfast trail for all of you here in Kandivali for these piping hot dishes are the best companion in the crazy monsoons of Mumbai. As a Delhiite, it was double the more fun for me to go exploring on this food trail and getting the best of authentic Gujarati food! So join me as I discover these flavoursome bites.
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1. Start With The Dhoklas At The Legendary Rajubhai Dhoklawala
Located in MG Road, this wildly popular spot serves more than 20 different varieties of Dhokla since 20 years. Of course, the classic Dhokla is uber delicious but when you find yourself at Rajubhai Dhoklawala, be sure to try the quirky combinations here like Pizza Dhokla and the Mayonnaise Dhokla just the way I did. Who knew the simple Dhokla could incorporate so many different flavours inside! The soft Dhoklas with the tangy pizza sauces were a gastronomical adventure in itself.
Address: Rajubhai Dhoklawala, Shop No. 7,8,9, Om Sai Ratna Rajul, Opposite Kamla Nagar, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400067
Contact: 098213 56977
Avg Cost for 2: Rs 150
2. Move On To Piping Hot Jalebis And Gathiyas At Mumbadevi Jalebiwala
This place has been around since 1897, still up and running, serving people with some hot jalebis and Gathiyas along with an innovative and tasty pumpkin chutney and green chillis. And I was even more excited to try the jalebis as I found out how all the Jalebis are made in PURE Ghee. This is the perfect Gujarati snack I am told and I couldn’t argue anymore. We Delhiites love them jalebis just as much.
Address: Mumbadevi Jalebiwala, 68, Raj Arcade Building, Next To Kailash Parbat Hotel, Sukhsagar Hotel, Mahavir Nagar, Kandivali West, Mumbai
Contact: 022 64209559, +91 9820524465
Avg Cost for 2: Rs 200
3. Time For Locho At Gopal Locho
Made with chickpea paste and then steamed, adding a host of toppings, this quintessential Gujarati dish has won many hearts and I was bowled over too what with Lochos at Gopal Locho being even more special. Try the Lasanya Locho which is loaded with Garlic chutney, cheese, sev and is served with a spicy green chutney. This is for all those who are not a fan of the sweet Gujarati dishes but like some spice in their food instead.
Address: Gopal Locho, Shop Number 42, Raj Arcade, Opposite D -Mart, Boraspada Rd, Mahavir Nagar, Kandivali, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400067
Contact: 022 4013 0542
Avg cost for 2: Rs 350
4. Get Patra And Fafda At Shree Ram Sweets and Farsan
Another old favourite since 1994, you will get everything here from sweets to Farsan. And I am a fan of both! The tangy and also sweet Patra dish is what blew me away, this is made with smearing a delicious besan paste onto colocasia leaves and then steaming them until they are ready to eat. And with the rains in the background, everything tasted even better.
Address: Shree Ram, 43, 44, Raj Arcade, 90 Feet Road, Mahavir Nagar, Kandivali West, Mumbai
Avg cost for 2: Rs 230
5. Try Kandivali’s Famous Kachori At Mahavir Murlidhar Farsan
I just could not wait to get my hands on some delicious kachoris and so rushed to Mahavir Murlidhar Farsan, a 19-year-old place in Kandivali famous for churning out hot and yummy Kachoris. These are served with a sweet chutney as well as a dried garlic chutney that pair up with the kachoris. What’s more, I have to praise Gujrati peoples hospitality, I came here specifically to try the Kachori but the owner insisted that we must try the Samosa Farsan and the Sweet Boondi too.
Address: Murlidhar Farsan, Shop No: Ruby Classic, Opp.Jain Mandir, 1, Mahavir Nagar, Dahanukar Wadi, Kandivali, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400067
Contact: 022 2861 9957
6. End With Flavoursome Bhajiye At Tibo Dalwada
Famous for its Ahmedabadi dal vadas, Tibo Dalawada is my last spot on this amazing breakfast trail and I just could not do without Bhajiye in this gorgeous monsoon season. You get super delicious bhajiye here that are just bang on when it comes to flavours. They aren’t super spicy but still garner that punch necessary to uplift any bhajiya from an average one to the best!
Address: Tibo Dalwada, 61, Damu Anna Date Marg, Mahavir Nagar, Panchsheel Garden, Mahavir Nagar, Kandivali, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400067
Contact: 022 6529 6001
Avg cost for 2: Rs 150
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