MAHLZEIT – some German words can’t be translated

I thought I will do something different for this blog post. I will write a BEFORE and AFTER of a restaurant visit.

BEFORE:

If you are following me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/gwendaglocalista/) , you know that I was planning to check out the new German restaurant called Mahlzeit in Bandra last Monday. But unfortunately, I reached and they were closed (like many restaurants in Germany). But the owners promised me they will soon be open on Monday’s, too.

Mahlzeit Berlin Street Food Pali Hill Bandra Mumbai India German Food Restaurant

Luckily there are many alternatives in Bandra and my friend and I went to “Craving Salads” instead. But both being Germans, we can’t wait to try the (hopefully) authentic Berlin Street Food that Mahlzeit promises.

Berlin Street Food is one thing I do miss in India: Currywurst, Bratwurst, Döner Kebabs, Bratkartoffeln and much more. (In fact, every time I am in Germany and eat a Döner, I ask my husband to take a picture of me!)

From Germany via Pune, Mahlzeit came to Bandra a few weeks ago. They are located in Pali Hill near the Bagel Shop. (Address: 1, Sefa House, Next to Gem Medicals, Pali Mala Road, Pali Hill, Bandra West, Phone: 022 30151628.)

Later today I will check them out for lunch and I am super excited. Definitely wanna try the Currywurst, the Döner and maybe some Bratkartoffeln.

The good thing for you reading this blog post right now is that you can just fast-forward and read all about my experience at Mahlzeit below.

AFTER:

Wow. This is definitely the most German food I have had in Mumbai (except the German food I prepare at home). Of course it doesn’t taste 100% the way it does in Berlin or my hometown but it’s pretty authentic.

doener kebab german food berlin street food in mumbai bandra pali hill india

Even before we entered the eatery, we knew we must try the Döner Kebab. Without doubt, Döners are German’s most popular (and most delicious) street food. It’s a Turkish German collaboration as it was invented by the Turkish community in Berlin. It’s basically a pita bread filled with salads, meat and sauces. Yum!!! And the one at Mahlzeit gets really close to the real deal in Germany.

Berlin Street Food from Germany in India Mumbai Bandra Pali Hill

We tried both the Chicken Döner and the Beep Döner (Tenderloin). The chicken version is definitely better. Another German food we tried was the Bauernfrühstück (Farmer’s Breakfast) which essentially is a dish made of leftover potatoes that are pan-fried and served with a sunny side up. (Decided to try the Currywurst some other time because all sausages are Pork sausages and we had a Muslim friend with us.)

Club Mate India

And of course, we had to have Club Mate: such a stylish drink in Berlin’s street cafes.

Verdict: We definitely come back whenever we crave Döner (which is one of the few German foods I really miss in India). See below our favorite Berliner who enjoyed some Döner with us today.

Mahlzeit German Berlin Street Food in Mumbai

Happy Independence Day 2017

Today is India’s Independence Day and though I consider myself to belong to this country and to talk about India as “my country” (I am permanently living here. My husband is Indian. And as you know I am a Mumbaikar by choice.). I still thought it would be appropriate to ask one of our interns to write about the Independence Day. So this is what Deepali from Delhi wants to share with you about the Indian Independence Day:

Independence Day is an annual compliance celebrated each year on 15th of August. For the people of India, Independence Day is a day that has great significance. At this very day, India got liberty. India got it’s freedom from the British rule after long years of slavery. 15th August has been declared as a National as well as Gazetted holiday all across India. This day is an honor to celebrate the independence of our country from British rule on 15th of August 1947.

India Independence Day Mumbai 2017
India Independence Day Mumbai 2017

It was never an easy task for India to get freedom from the Britishers . However, the contribution of great freedom fighters made us achieve this and turn it into truth. Their sacrifices, their contribution, their lives have helped India attain the freedom for us. We are at our comfort living with rest and freedom. This has been only possible because of their sacrifices and contribution. Various violent and nonviolent resistances have been a part of the freedom struggle. Pakistan and India got partitioned. Accompanied by a lot of violent riots, various people faced dislocation from their homes.

On this day, all offices either government or private, national or state or even local, every store remains closed. The only thing that remains unaffected is public transport. People celebrate it with great enthusiasm. This day is also celebrated at schools, colleges and other educational institutions by students and teachers. In offices as well, people celebrate it with great enthusiasm showcasing their feeling of patriotism.

This year, 2017, India will be celebrating its 71th Independence Day.  All Indians pay tribute and reminisce all the freedom fighters who had fought for our Independence. With respect to their contribution, India has been able to enjoy and celebrating 71 years of Independence.

The Indian independence movement embraced activities and ideas which had the aim to end the East India Company rule (1757–1858) and the British Indian Empire (1858–1947) in the Indian subcontinent. The movement spanned for a total of 190 years (1757–1947).

In an “Address to the Nation”, the President of India gives speech every year. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm and a lot of passion in the Capital of the country where the Prime Minister of India raises the Indian flag on the Red Fort, Delhi. After which, National Anthem is sung and twenty-one gun shots are ablaze to salute and honor the Indian flag.

Things to do this week in Mumbai (14 to 20 August 2017)

Monday, 14 August

Start the week with a Five Star experience and head over to Grand Hyatt to enjoy a delicious Indian Thali dinner. The Thali festival is on only until the 15th. So don’t postpone if you wanna try out some authentic Indian food. For more information about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

Tuesday, 15 August

Today is Independence Day. And even though, you may not relate much to this national holiday, here is something fun to do with the whole family: A cycling tour through South Bombay with Reality Tours. During this special edition, you will catch the flag hoisting ceremony, then proceed to explore the quiet, winding lanes of South Mumbai and finally enjoy a yummy South Indian breakfast.

80% of the profits from this tour go to their sister NGO Reality GIves. For more information about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

Wednesday, 16 August

Are you ready for a magical musical night? Just get ready and dive in. Because this week’s edition of Live and Dive is all set to rock the night with Loons, the band performing live at BKC DIVE. You can use GGC at the event to avail special discounts on food. For latest information, please visit their official Facebook event page.

Thursday,17 August

For Thursday, I invite you for our very first Gwenda Glocalista event: Gwenda Glocalista presents Farali Lunch at Shital’s- Expats only (Farali food is the typical fasting food for Hindus during this month.)

Shital is a fellow food blogger and she will host us at her home and prepare a typical Farali Lunch for us. She will also be able to answer your questions about this Hindu fasting month and the upcoming festivals. This is a very unique food experience at the home of one of our fellow Mumbaikars who will prepare a fantastic homemade Farali spread for us. And it’s a great opportunity to meet other expats in Bombay.

I am super excited to meet you all in real life 🙂 We have only a few tickets left for this event. For details about the event and to buy the ticket, check out our official Facebook event page.

Friday, 18 August

Friday night is party night. And even if you don’t live in Powai, you should check out the fun Bar Nights that Mia Cucina hosts every Friday. Super fun!

Saturday, 19 August

Today, you can support the clay and ceramic artists of Bombay at Cafe Zoe in Lower Parel. Enjoy some delicious salads served in specially designed and hand-made bowls. And then, purchase those beautiful bowls and take them home with you. For more updates about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

Sunday, 20 August

Sundays are meant for Brunches. NRI in BKC presents an amazing Brunch Fiesta that serves wonderful flavors from the Indian Diaspora and Latin America. I was there for a blogger’s event last Sunday and trust me when I say I was wowed how delicious and beautiful the food was. The brunch is from 12.30pm to 4pm and can order anything from their special brunch menu (I especially liked the starters and cocktails). For more details: Brunch Fiesta.

When Men build God – The Making of Ganpati in Parel

Last week, the Gwenda Glocalista team walked through the making of those humongous idols of Lord Ganesha at various workshops in Mumbai. The biggest festival in the city starting from 25th August is celebrated for 10 days and sees more than 200,000 idols worshipped. These idols come in all sizes. From standing as tall as 40 feet to adorning them with gold, each mandal has its own unique theme.

We walked through the Parel Central Railway Loco workshop to see some of the biggest idols being carved. The Railway ground is rented for 3 months every year turning it in to an Idols workshop for the past 20 years.

The workshop has more than 100 idols which are expected to be ready in a few days.
The workshop has more than 100 idols which are expected to be ready in a few days.
A worker applies last coat of paint before the final color.
A worker applies last coat of paint before the final color.
Another artist adds details to an idol. Eyes are said to be done with the minutest details, as they connect to the devotees.
Another artist adds details to an idol. Eyes are said to be done with the minutest details, as they connect to the devotees.
Height of Ganeshas here varies from 8 feet to 22 feet. The procession of taking them from the workshop to the pandal is other grand event.
Height of Ganeshas here varies from 8 feet to 22 feet. The procession of taking them from the workshop to the pandal is other grand event.
An artist carving the details on a clay idol.
An artist carving the details on a clay idol.
The Papier-mâché idols are definitely what we would take home. They are light and eco-friendly as well!
The papier-mâché idols are definitely what we would take home. They are light and eco-friendly as well!

Mumbai’s most famous temple to visit during the Ganpati festival:

Siddhivinayak temple

Location:  Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Shree Siddhivinayak Ganpati Mandir is a Hindu temple which is solely dedicated to worship of Lord Ganesh. One of the richest temples in India celebrates everything at a huge and grand level.  From normal citizens to Bollywood stars to CEO of Apple, every individual visits this temple to seek the blessings from the God. At the time of Ganesh Chaturthi, it is a glory to visit and view the amazing décor they have created.

Other must visit Mandals:

  1. Lalbaugcha Raja
    Location: Lalbaug market, GD Goenka Road, Lalbaug
    Lalbaugcha Raja is said to be Mumbai’s most popular idol. Every year, they have something new and come up with different themes. Known to fulfill your wishes, this mandal attracts millions of devotees every year.
  1. Mumbaicha Raja, in Ganesh Galli

Location: Ganesh Galli, Lalbaug
Few lanes away from Lalbaugcha Raja, it is famous as Mumbaicha Raja. The mandal is now 89 years old and has been one of the favorite among the devotees.

  1. Andhericha Raja
    Location: Veera Desai Road, Azad Nagar, Andheri (West)

Andhericha Raja is must-visit for the people residing in the suburbs of the city. Established in 1966, this is again famous for its spectacular range of themes and often visited by celebrities.

  1. GSB Seva Mandal
    Location: GSB Sports Club Ground, King’s Circle.
    GSB Seva mandal is the richest mandal in the whole town and it is bound to leave you in awe. Known as Mumbai Gold Ganesh, it was founded by the Gowd Saraswat Brahmin community from Karnataka in 1954.
  2. Chinchpoklicha Chintamani
    Location: Outside Chichpokli station.

Chinchpokli Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal has been one of the oldest mandals in the city founded in 1920. Chinchpoklicha Chintamani is not only famous for its theme, but also its idol. The tall idols adorned with gold have been attracting visitors from all over the city.

And in case, you plan to go away from the city, we have an extra tip for you: Ganapatipule

  1. Ganpatipule
    Location: Ratnagiri district on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra

The 400-year-old Ganpati idol at Ganpatipule is said to have sprung up from the soil. For 5 days celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi, the temple of Ganpatipule is a center for grand activities with celebrations in huge amount. This becomes a must visit if you want to attend one of the best pilgrimage places during the festival.

Gwenda Glocalista presents: Farali Lunch at Shital’s- Expats only

Farali Lunch Expat Event in Mumbai

Gwenda Glocalista presents Farali Lunch at Shital’s- Expats only

I am super excited to share with you that I partnered up with my food blogger friend and home chef Shital Kakad from Shital’s Food Cottage for a very unique and authentic Farali experience for you all: Shraavan: Vrat Ka Khana”

Shital will host us at her home and prepare a typical Farali Lunch for us. She will also be able to answer your questions about this Hindu fasting month and the upcoming festivals. This is a very unique food experience at the home of one of our fellow Mumbaikars who will prepare a fantastic homemade Farali spread for us. And it’s a great opportunity to meet other expats in Bombay.

The Farali Lunch Event will be held on Thursday, 17 August 2017, 1-3pm at the Home of Shital in Santacruz West. For details and to buy tickets: http://go.eventshigh.com/nww7

Farali Lunch Expat Event in Mumbai

What do Hindus eat during the Fasting Month of Shraavan?

Farali Lunch Expat Event in Mumbai

Shraavan (Sanskrit: श्रावण) is the fifth lunar month in the Hindu calendar which falls in the period of July-Aug in the Gregorian calendar. The month is also dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. It is the month of fasting for the Hindus.

The Hindu Community in the regions of Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka practice strict Vegetarian Diet. Being the Monsoon season it is difficult to get seafood at this time of the year and it is thought that most fish spawn during this period and abstaining from fishing in Shraavan will lead to increased fish throughout the year.

The holy month is celebrated throughout with many Hindu festivals during the time. One of them being- Janmashtami, a Hindu festival celebrating birth of Lord Krishna. Janmashtami  falls on the Ashtami (meaning the 8th day) after the full moon. In Maharashtra it is celebrated in a unique way by hanging a Dahi Handi which is the earthen pot filled with yoghurt, milk, water and fruits high above the ground. People form a human pyramid to break the pot.

On the preceding day which is called Satam or the seventh day, devotees keep fast and most of them eat thanda (cold) food, meaning food that is not cooked on gas or heated on that day. There is a special food that people have on this day which is known as Farali. Farali food is basically food that is permissible on fasting days. These are energy dense foods made with ingredients like potatoes, peanuts, Sago or Sabudana as we call it, sweet potatoes, kand or yam and only certain millet flour.

What do we have for you?

I am super excited to share with you that I partnered up with my food blogger friend and home chef Shital Kakad from Shital’s Food Cottage for a very unique and authentic Farali experience for you all: Shraavan: Vrat Ka Khana”

Shital will host us at her home and prepare a typical Farali Lunch for us. She will also be able to answer your questions about this Hindu fasting month and the upcoming festivals. This is a very unique food experience at the home of one of our fellow Mumbaikars who will prepare a fantastic homemade Farali spread for us. And it’s a great opportunity to meet other expats in Bombay.

The Farali Lunch Event will be held on Thursday, 17 August 2017, 1-3pm at the Home of Shital in Santacruz West.

Farali Lunch Expat Event in Mumbai

The official Gwenda Glocalista Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/149887555593703/

To buy tickets: http://go.eventshigh.com/nww7

About Shital:

Shital Kakad, a Food Blogger and Recipe Developer is known for her love for food & travel and her passion for cooking and baking. Known for her authentic food with a twist, she has been hosting homemade dinner pop-ups at her home which gives a global taste to any Indian food.

What is Ganesh Chaturthi all about?

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the biggest celebrations in India. This almighty festival honors the birth of the beloved Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha, who is popularly worshiped all over the world for his ability to take out obstacles and bring good wealth and prosperity.

‘Ganesha’ is derived from Sanskrit, joining the words Gana meaning Group and Isha meaning Lord. Ganesha is therefore “Lord of the Gaņas” to mean “Lord of Group”

In case you are looking for the mythology, we have it here for you.

Shiva and Parvati’s son Ganesha has an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk and big ears, and a huge pot-bellied body of a human being.

Lord Ganesha is worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. Not just this, Ganesha is one of the five prime Hindu deities (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga being the other four).

Ganesh Chaturthi Ganpati Mumbai

Some Facts on the elephant-head God

  • According to Brahmavavart Puran, Goddess Parvati kept Punyak fast for a baby boy. As a result of this fast only, Lord came in mask of a baby boy to Parvati. Goddess Parvati invited all Gods to come and shower their blessings. When Shani Dev came and had a look at the baby, the baby’s head was burnt because Shani was cursed with the gaze of destruction. Lord Vishnu mounted on Garuda and traveled throughout the world and brought back a head of an elephant which was fixed to the baby. All Gods present there blessed the baby, that unless he is worshipped first, they would not accept any worship.
  • Another legend has it that Ganesha was created by Parvati while she was going for her bath, she rubbed off the dust and oil from her body and out of it created the figure of a young boy. She infused life into the figure and told him he was her son and should guard the entrance when she went down to bathe. Soon after, Shiva came to see Parvati but the young boy blocked his way on his mother’s orders. Aware of his own son, Shiva beheaded the boy in anger. When Parvati saw this, she became furious and decided to destroy the entire heavens and the earth. The Gods pleaded her to reconsider her sorrow. Shiva sent Brahma out and bring back the head of the first creature he crosses that is laying with its head facing North. As said so and the first living creature found sleeping with its head to the north was an elephant. Shiva fixed it onto Ganesha’s body and breathing new life into, Shiva declared him to be his eldest son and also foremost among all the gods.

Though it is unclear when the festival started, it might have South Indian origins, but historical evidence suggests it became a major festival celebrated only during the 1890s after the Mughal-Maratha wars, and later when the Indian freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak championed it as a means to circumvent the colonial British government ban on Hindu gatherings through its anti-public assembly legislation in 1892.

In Tilak’s estimate, Ganesha worship was already very popular in rural and urban Hindu populations, across social castes and classes in Baroda, Gwalior, Pune and most of the Maratha region in the 18th century. Lokmanya Tilak then expanded the Ganesh Chaturthi festival into a mass community event and was considered as a hidden means for political activism, intellectual discourse, poetry recitals, plays, concerts, and folk dances.

Over the years, the celebration has become grander and unites the masses in Mumbai. It is considered the most favorite celebration across the city.

Festival this year:

Depending on the cycle of the moon, Ganesh Chaturthi takes place in August or September. On the fourth day after new moon in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada, the birth of Lord Ganpati is celebrated. This year, Ganesh Chaturthi is on August 25. The celebrations will end on 5th of September lasting for 11 days, taking place on the last day called Anant Chaturdasi day.

Things to Do this Week in Mumbai (07 to 13 August 2017)

Monday, 7 August

Monday is the time to experience some of the real drama which begins with the meeting of young female playwright with a successful director for the script reading of her play. The play within the play begins and one can experience some of the best version of drama. For more information about the event, click here.

Tuesday, 8 August

Today is time for #TusdayFun. You can utilize your time watching this drama and tragic Marathi play: Ek Shoonya Teen organized by NCPA. The story will take you to travel time and let you discover and unveil the truth. Click here to get more information about the event.

Wednesday,9 August

Do you need a refreshing break from the daily work routine? Are you ready to have a funny evening? Perfect then, it’s time to rejuvenate your mind at Café Zoe. There, you can enjoy ‘Stand- Up, an English Play and enjoy the humor and funniest jokes they crack. For more information about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

Thursday,10 August

Today, you can enjoy live moment by watching Parekh and Singh, pop duo from Kolkata. They are on a Monsoon tour and all set to rock the night at antiSOCIAL.  Hurry up. Don’t miss this. It’s first come first serve basis. For more updates about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

Friday, 11 August

To celebrate 70 years of Indian Independence, Con Brio has come up again with a unique concert program of works with an Indian connection. This will also have piano competition along with western music festival. Beginning today, it will be held for 3 days. For more updates about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

Saturday, 12 August

Do you want to enjoy some Footwork music? Do you want to get lost in the music? Want to set yourself free? Then, this one is perfect for you. Krunk Presents RP Boo at Bonobo – Bar.Love.Food. Rp is known for the oddness of his music and is primarily the GodFather of Footwork music. For more information about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

Sunday, 13 August

Tomorrow is Janamashtami. Let’s enjoy the twist of the play and watch this amazing comedy play that revolves around the lives of three principal characters – handsome Kishan and his two wives – Meera and Maria. I Love you too, is going to leave your heart fun filled. For more updates about the event, click here.

Indian Festivals in August 2017

RAKSHA BANDHAN, 7TH AUGUST

If you’ve seen those colorful Rakhi (An ornamental wristband) being sold on the roads, you should know it’s time for Raksha Bandhan! Raksha Bandhan also called as Rakhi in short, is a joyful Hindu festival which is celebrated all over India. Raksha bandhan means “bond of protection”. The festival is a unique way of strengthening the bond of brother and sister.

Raksha Bandhan Rakhi in Mumbai

The sister ties a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother’s wrist with a prayer for his prosperity and happiness. This symbolizes the sister’s love. The brother gives her a token gift and a promise to protect her. This tradition is also celebrated between sister-brother like relationships between men and women who may not be biologically related. 

JANMASHTAMI, 14TH AUGUST

Janmashtami Dahi Handi Mumbai

The festival of Janmashtami memorializes the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Though celebrated all over India, Mumbai is considered one of the best places to experience this festival. It is celebrated at different locations across the city and Maharashtra Tourism runs special buses for foreign tourists. The huge ISKCON temple complex, in the suburb of Juhu, conducts a special festive program. Mumbai celebrates this with Dahi Handi all over the city. Dahi Handi is the tradition of forming a human pyramid to break the earthen pot hanging high up, as per to the legend of baby Krishna. Dadar has the most famous Dahi Handi groups but you can watch this spectacle all over the city.

INDEPENDENCE DAY, 15TH AUGUST

Celebrating India’s Independence from the British on 15th August 1947, this day is observed as a national holiday in the country. Flag hoisting ceremonies, parades and cultural programs take place all over the country and your building society may have a special program that is worth to participate in. You can also head to various events across the city and see everyone adorning the replica of the tricolor. There’s also a special Independence Day Bicycle Tour that you should check out (for details click here).

India Independence Day Mumbai 2017

GANESH CHATURTHI, 25TH AUGUST – 5TH SEPTEMBER

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the biggest celebrations in the country. Ganesh, the Elephant God, is one of the favorite Gods of Mumbaikars. Not just a street party, but this festival has a special spiritual meaning. There has been growing competition among local communities to put on the biggest and the best display of Lord Ganesh. You can visit famous Mandals and see how this festival is celebrated at a grand level. The Lalbaugcha Raja, is undoubtedly the most famous Ganesh statue in Mumbai. You can consider visiting Mumbaicha Raja located a few lanes away from Lalbaugcha Raja. GSB Seva Ganesh at King’s Circle and Andhericha Raja in Andheri are some other famous mandals to visit. These mandals are well known for their lavish themes and the love, devotion each devotee offers.

Ganesh Chaturthi Ganpati Mumbai

Stay tuned for our upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi blog series which will take you behind the scenes of the making of Ganpati idols in Parel, explains you the tradition of the festival, gives you tips of how to bring Ganpati home if you want to participate in this festival with your family and tells you the best places to visit for experiencing the immersion.

Where to eat Traditional Indian Thali in Mumbai

Thali is a typical Indian style meal serving you a combination of spicy, creamy, savory and sweet dishes along with hot and pungent flavor. Thali literally means a plate and some small bowls called ‘Katori’ in Hindi.

A typical Thali comprises of a variety of veggies (dry and gravy), Dal (i.e Indian dish made from pulses such as chick peas), papad, curd, chutney and pickles. The Thali is served by filing all your katoris along with Roti, Naan or Bhakri as your assorted bread. Rice is served once you are done with your breads. Your sweet dish will be served with the savory dishes in the beginning itself.

Indian Thali Restaurants in Mumbai

Almost every Indian state has a unique version of Thali, made according to local tastes and cooking styles. That makes it the perfect meal to enjoy when you are travelling and discovery the variety of Indian cuisine.

Are you brand new in Mumbai and you have no idea what to order in an Indian restaurant? Try the Thalis! Mumbai has tons of options for amazing Thali restaurants. And the best part is you get a delicious home style cooked meal with unlimited servings (yes, if you want more, just tell them to fill your katori again)!

Here are our favorite Thali Restaurants across Mumbai:

  • Chaitanya: Here you can get an amazing glimpse of Thali in Mumbai at a very affordable price. It serves three types of cuisines, i.e., Malwani, Seafood and Maharashtrian. They have amazing fish and prawn Thalis.
    Address: 3, SK Bole Road, Near Siddhivinayak Temple, Dadar West
    Price: Starting from 200 INR / Thali
  • Chetana: This is a strict pure vegetarian restaurant that offers a delicious range of Rajasthani, Maharashtrian, and Gujarati Thalis. It’s the perfect place to go with visiting friends and family to enjoy some traditional Indian food.
    Address: 34, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort.
    Price: Starting from 420 INR / Thali
  • Maharaja Bhog – Premium Veg Thali: This place treats you like a Maharaja (Indian King)! Again a vegetarian only restaurant – but wow. Delicious food and a lot of variety. Also, the staff is extremely friendly and happy to explain you the individual dishes and what to eat with what. It’s a great place to enjoy Indian food with family and friends – including new Indian friends or colleagues.
    Address: Multiple Locations – Lower Parel, Powai, Juhu, Malad West, Goregaon East
    Price: Starting from 500 INR / Thali

Where to Eat Indian Thali in Mumbai

  • Diva Maharashtracha: They are not just offering good food but have live sports screening and music as well. Offering Seafood, Maharashtrian, North Indian and Goan Food. Oh… and they have a bar. So no ‘dry dinner’ when you enjoy a Thali here.
    Address: Diva Maharashtracha Restobar, Near Hinduja Hospital, Shivaji Park, Matunga West, Mahim
    Price: 445 INR for Vegetarian Thali and 495 INR for Non-Vegetarian Thali
  • Gonguura: Being the only restaurant serving Andhra Cuisine in the Suburbs, the Thali here is worth trying. Their special Thali ‘Good Old Andhra Meal’ is a traditional meal from Andhra Pradesh, a South Indian state. It includes: Dal, Rasam, Sambhar, 3 veggies (dry and gravy), chutney, rice as well as flavoured rice (both the lemon rice and tamarind rice), roti/ poori,sweets, chutney, some creamy curd which melts in your mouth.
    Address: 5/6, Juhu Ekta Co-operative Housing Society, Juhu Versova Link Road, Juhu
    Price: Starting from 275 INR / Thali
  • Jai Hind Lunch Home: This place is one of the favorite among Mumbaikars when it comes to seafood. This is an iconic place for lunch and dinner for authentic Malwani/Maharashtrian cuisine. The Chicken Thali, Fish Thali, Pomfret Thali and Surmi Thali are among the best.
    Address: Multiple Locations in Mumbai – Bandra West, Lower Parel, Dadar West.
    Price: Starting at 250 INR for Fish Thali

And if you are looking for a 5* Thali experience, head over to Grand Hyatt Mumbai. Our Gwenda Glocalista partners have a Thali Festival going on “A tryst with Thali“.

Grand Hyatt Indian Thali Festival