Mumbai may be a paradise for restaurants and food outlets, but some of the best food can be found on the street. Whether it’s an office break or chilling time during tuition, no matter what age group, we Indians just can’t resist the urge of digging into these not-so-healthy, yet so-scrumptious roadside delights. If you are a food lover, which we are sure you are, then we have the list of the best street food in Mumbai right here for you.
Also known as the “Indian burger”, Vada Pav can be found when you take a walk on the streets of Mumbai. Mumbai and Vada Pav are like synonyms as Vada Pav was invented in Mumbai itself. It is deep fried battered gram flour stuffed with spiced mashed potato mixture,covered with bread. You may find this delicious dish everywhere in Mumbai. Don’t forget to ask for chutneys and fried chillies as a seasoning.
You may try famous Vadas Pav spots at various places in Mumbai. Subhash Vadapav Stall at Bandra and Ashok Vada Pav Stall near Kirti College Dadar are some of the places that serves best Vada Pav in Mumbai.
Well Well!!! When we talk about street food, the second thing that occurs in mind is Pani Puri. It is one of the most loved street food not only in Mumbai but all over India. It has different names in different cities, Pani Puri in Mumbai, Gol Gappa in Delhi and Pakodi in Gujarat and so on. Puri is a crispy shell like structure made from wheat dough. These little Puris are poked with a hole making a well like structure, stuffed with mashed potatoes and chickpea along with chutney flavoured water, and sweet as well as spicy chutneys (or sauces). As the vendor hands you one, eat the pani puri in one go before the puri gets soggy. Though Pani Puri is a wonderful street food to eat, be cautious where you eat as it contains water. The Elco Restaurant at Bandra is famous for its Pani Puri because of its unique and amazing taste.
Did you know that Pav Bhaji was originally the late night food made for the workers from leftover food? But now Pav Bhaji is the all time favourite food of Mumbaikars. It is a combination of vegetables (Potato, tomato, cauliflower, green peas etc) and other Indian spices finely mashed and topped with butter and is served with bread. Today it is even served in many restaurants across the city in addition to the numerous street stall locations. There are a few restaurants that serve lip smacking Pav Bhaji in Mumbai, two of them are Shiv Sagar at Santacruz and Amar Juice Centre at Vile Parle.
Similar to Pani Puri, Sev Puri is also one of the most loved street foods in Mumbai. The explosion of flavors in your mouth is just overwhelming when you take a full bite of Sev Puri. Sev Puri is flattened round shaped puri topped with mashed potatoes, onions, cilantro, sev, and a trio of garlic, tamarind, and chili sauces and handful of sev. It is a perfect snack if you are not hungry but would like to try some. Lalco Cafe at Lalco Residency serves one of the best Sev Puris in Mumbai.
Though it cannot be considered as a street food as such, Samosa is the best snack one can have any time of the day. Samosa is a fried or baked pastry with a savoury filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, meat, or lentils. Mutton Samosa is a variation made by J. Hearsch & Co. at Bandra. It is a unique and amazing experiment accepted by Mumbaikars. Do try Samosa at J. Hearsch & Co. when you are in Mumbai.
While you take a walk through Mumbai, you will find a limitless amount of options when it comes to delicious foods to try. It’s neither sophisticated nor gourmet, but it’s the quintessential Mumbai street food experience.