Calling the vegetarian helpline for Mumbai eats

"Kalyan - I randomly read your blog at times - Finely chopped. I enjoy the reads. I needed your help with some recommendations. My family friends will be visiting town and wanted to give them a taste of Mumbai restaurants...

If you find time, can you please send me your top 10 picks - the only caveat is that they should serve good veg food.

Thanks so much for your time! Keep up the amazing posts.."

For once I was stumped by a query on food. This came to me through Facebook. There's obviously a reason why the gentleman reads Finely Chopped 'randomly'. The only greens here are on the blog page design. Still he did say nice things and there is no motivator like flattery so I will try to give this a shot.

I am not sure if I can reach '10' picks. I have heard of the Soams and Swati Snacks of the world of course. Vegetarians are not a silent breed after all. I only like to write about places I have been to and can vouch for. Still I will give it a try. Most of these would not be pure vegetarian places though
  1. Oh Calcutta, Tardeo - luchi, chholar daal, alur dom
  2. Calcutta Club, Oshiwara - ditto plus alu bhaja, mochar ghonto
  3. Swagat, Fort - Mysore Sada dosa, ulundu dosa
  4. Out of the Blue, Bandra - Penne pesto, Mezze platter
  5. Yellow Tree, Bandra - Spaghetti aglio olio, hummus and pita bread
  6. Punjab Sweets, Bandra Mezzanine floor, Kulche chhole
  7. Sardar, Lalbagh, Missal Pao, garlic dosa. aamraas
  8. Maroosh: Hummus and pita bread
  9. Not been there in a long time- Crystal for basic North Indian home cooked food,  ITC Grand Maratha - black daal, Golden Star Thaali - Gujarati thaali
 I give up. Nothing more comes to mind right now. So let's call a truce. If there are any vegetarians out there then could you please write in with your top ten picks at Mumbai?


Sassy Fork said…
Soam,Swati Snacks,Prakash,Aaswad,Golden Star Thali Restaurant are the ones I have tried
Bombay Foodie said…
Hey! Here's a vegetarian. My top 10:

1. Swati Snacks, Tardeo
2. Little Italy, Juhu
3. Punjab Grill, Lower Parel
4. Moshe's, Cuffe Parade
5. Cafe Mondegar, Colaba
6. Saffron at JW Marriott
7. Cafe Mysore, Matunga
8. Global Fusion, Bandra
9. Indigo Deli, Colaba
10. Aurus, Juhu
S said…
(i) chetana at kalaghoda for lovely gujarati, rajasthani and maharashtrian thalis. imo, their thalis are better than the thalis at rajdhani.

(ii) in andheri there is panchwati gaurav at infiniti mall

(iii) fountain sizzlers in fort has fairly decent continental and chinese fare for vegetarians

(iv) yellow tree is my recommendation too :) they have a gnocchi which was not bad, when i went.

(v) cafe basilico is not bad, they have a decent spread for vegetarians. the only caveat being the basilico service is VERY unpredictable...they're good sometimes and terrible a lot of times. and even in their multiple outlets, i prefer the one in colaba.

(vi) cafe mysore/ cafe madras at matunga

(vii) swati snacks at tardeo. their panki is a must try

(viii) second the suggestion of little italy - it's an all veg restaurant anyways.

(ix) joss at kalaghoda has a fairly decent range of pan asian stuff with vegatarian options.

(x)cafe royal has options for vegetarians too...

sorry, most of my veg options turned out to be in and around fort. hope that's the area you're looking at...
Scarlett said…
You've mentioned Sardar in the same breath as Out of the Blue & Yellow Tree! That's sacrilege!!!!
Kalyan Karmakar said…
Come on Scarlett, I thought he was really fond of you :)
d said…
having been out of bombay forever now, none come to my mind, but you've mentioned crystal and ITC in the same breath? i should not have an opinion, because i have not eaten at ITC, but I would imagine it would not compare to crystal. i had hostelite friends, and we would go there for hot off the flame phulkas and the most simple but flavourful, almost better than home cooked meals, with the arabian sea and chowpatty beach across the road, the daab paani wala just outside those large windows and those old hindi film songs. thats as authentic as you can get for mood.
d said…
ps - i know you were not comparing the two, i just got carried away with memories of food in bombay :-)

i also just LOVE the sev puri and mysore masala at chandralok, napean sea road, and breach candy. i wonder if they are there still...
Kalyan Karmakar said…
@D: guess I wasn't sure what the writer's guests would like. Some people might feel squeamish at a Crystal sort of place. I have fond memeories of Crystal too as it was a big part of my initial years at Mumbai. I have been based at an office at Fort for a few months and have been tripping on the small joints here :)
Pooja sarkar said…
i just chanced upon ur blog, quite a nice one,being a bong i never took any liking towards veg food, but
Crystal wins handsdown,
my other two fav are Soam at Babulnath, it serves very good gujrati food top pick is their nachni dosa
also Under The Banyan Tree (UTBT) on peddar road on the way to Sophia college, their ceaser salad s d best in Mumbai, so are their sizzlers.
Bombay blue serves better veg sizzlers than non veg
Also Koyla serves very good north indian stuff...quite loved all these places.