Mumbai is India’s ethnic melting pot, and you’ll find ethnic restaurants from all parts of India here. Loads of people from every part of the country land up in Mumbai every single day, and the Mahanagri then manage to feed all of them to their satisfaction.
The Udipi hotels all over Matunga and the rest of Mumbai offer idli, dosa, masala dosa, wada-sambar and other popular South Indian breakfast dishes. The Maharashtrian hotels (hotels in local conversation refers to restaurants) offer batata vadas for snacks and dal-rice plates called thalis for afternoon meals, and this is what you’ll find if you end up in the homes of your new Marathi friends. North Indian restaurants will offer spicy vegetarian dishes, dal fry, chicken curry, biryani, kababs and other famed tandoori and Punjabi dishes.
The Udipi, North Indian and Maharashtrian hotels are all quite common and you’ll bump into one of them if you take a walk around most any commercial neighborhood. Another Mumbai special are the old Irani cafes where people hang out all day for tea, khari biscuits and bun musca (buttered buns sliced in half). You’ll see these historic cafes on street corners in the western suburbs.
But what really sustains Mumbai’s teeming millions is the street food and large canteens that serve a mix of local and ethnic foods from across the country which the city has acquired a taste for. You’ll find a gazillion street vendors making and selling huge quantities of vada-pav, pav bhaji, puri bhaji, misal pav and other such fast foods that are affordable and yet filling enough to serve as a full meal. These are the foods that Mumbai lives on, and every self-respecting foodie who wants to get a taste of Mumbai must try out a spicy vada pav and wipe the bhaji off a plate of pav-bhaji with the last remaining bites of the pav.
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