One of India’s largest cities is Mumbai, which was formerly called Bombay. Today it is a favorite destination of many locals as well as international travelers who visit the city because of its cosmopolitan and eclectic format. Additionally, Mumbai is the commercial capital of the country as well as being one of its predominant port cities.
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The dining experience at one of Mumbai’s more upscale restaurants is fairly similar to that of any other upscale restaurant in the world. You will find cuisine from all parts of the world when visiting Mumbai but more importantly, there are some excellent seafood restaurants that are well worth trying should you be visiting the city in the near future. Though Indian seafood may seem rich to western palates, most of the places can adjust the spices according to individual tastes, if needed. The following is a listing of our top picks.
Konkan Café – rated as one of the top seafood dining venues in Mumbai if not most of India. The restaurant is situated on the Malabar Coast and is located within the Vivanta by Taj Hotel. It’s all about seasonal flavors and freshness here. Even the dishes are prepared in earthenware vessels.
Trishna – although it’s interior is a bit cramped and crowded most of the time, Trishna is one of the primary dining draws for the international traveler looking to escape the busy streets of the city for a more “hole-in-the-wall” location. Despite its location and the usually crowded atmosphere, it is a great dining choice for fish and crustacean entrée lovers.
Highway Gomantak – the catch phrase says it all – “Goan Food Certified by Goans.” The kitchen was originally supervised by the owner’s wife and still is with the help of their children. The evening crowd is more relaxed as the restaurant is frequented by families with their children during this time of the day. From staple fish delicacies to squids and other shellfishes cooked tender, don’t miss it.
Fresh Catch – supposedly this is the best place in Mumbai to experience true Indian home cooking according to the locals, although many prior visitors have attested to this as well. It’s a smaller restaurant (only 7 tables) but the catch is always fresh and the food is always big on taste.
Chaitanya – rated as the best home style Malvani food in the city, Chaitanya is a relatively new 10-seat restaurant and is located in the heart of Mumbai. Clams, crab, and fish are the specialty here. The entrées have oftentimes been described as hot to scorching (spicy) yet rich and tender. With excellent customer service and personalized ambience, the menu has a variety of delicacies to suit all tastes.
Hotels in Mumbai
Hotel Royal Castle
Average Price: €29
Average Rating: 6
Residency Hotel – Fort – Mumbai
Average Price: €58
Average Rating: 8.3
Hotel Bawa Continental
Average Price: €42
Average Rating: 9