Eating Out: Top Five Restaurants For Grabbing A Bite In The Suburb Of Malad

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That sunny local suburb, Malad West, famed for its malls and its call centres, also has some great places to eat and drink. Here are 5 of my favourite restaurants and bars to start you exploring.

Uncle's Kitchen via uncleskitchen.com
Uncle’s Kitchen via uncleskitchen.com

Uncle’s Kitchen
Uncles Kitchen is a Malad West establishment that has been around longer then I’ve been alive. So much so, its name is on most of the traffic barriers in the area. It’s been through various locations and various chefs in its time but the kitchen is still serving up tasty Chinese food in cheerful yellow bowls. The place is very busy in the evenings so come early if you don’t want to wait. The crowds do nothing to hold back the fast service and is great for people who like to eat surrounded by Malad-ites. Best for: Speedy Chinese. Where: Uncle’s Kitchen, 02228881752, Sunder lane, Opposite St Annes School, Malad.

Aaron's photo by Jennifer D
Aaron’s photo by Jennifer D

Aaron’s Bake N Brew House
This cute café and bakery beats CCD every time in my humble opinion. It sells the usual pastry based dishes and filter coffee that will give you a good kick for the day ahead. But the real gems in this place are the cakes. Aaron’s is a gold mine for those with a sweet tooth. Gorgeous chocolate cakes that make the rest of Mumbai’s offers pail into insignificance, you can buy either by the slice or a whole cake for a birthday. Get yourself drowned in a chocolate lava cupcake, soak up the boozy rum and raisin cake and, if you can manage it, finish yourself off with a date and carrot cake bar – or maybe take one of those for the road. Best for: Indulging your sweet tooth. Where: Aaron’s Bake and Brew House, 09920579059, Opposite Orlem Church, Malad.

Vertigo
Vertigo via vertigo on twitter

Vertigo
Vertigo stands out in Malad in terms of upscale trendy design and atmosphere. It would quite happily fit in with many of the classy bars in south Mumbai. It’s a cosy place with limited seating inside and out, but that adds to the bar’s charm. It has a rock music theme, with band pictures on the walls and rock/alternative music videos playing on the TV screens.  The drinks are a little expensive but that is more than made up for with the atmosphere. It’s the perfect place for a first date or a late night weekend get together with friends.Best for: Late night atmospheric drinks. Where: Vertigo, 02228816542, Pleasant Park Society, Opposite Movie Time Cinema

Pop Tates
Pop Tates

Pop Tates
A brightly coloured restaurant that resembles an American diner, it has movie posters on the wall and waiters in jeans & checked shirts. They play lively music (usually trance) and have sports screens around the place.  There is a good range of food on the menu, mainly Western style cuisine but some Indian, Chinese, Pizzas. The Pop Tates specialty are it’s sizzlers; so big you could share one depending on your appetite. A bright, happy place that consistently gives good food and service. Best for: Sunday lunch with friends. Where: Pop Tates, 02228890736, Parth Plaza, 7th Floor, New Link Road, Mith Chowki, Malad.

Borivali Biriani Centre
This is my favourite place in getting quality food for a good price. A clean and smartly decorated restaurant with polite and efficient service; it’s quiet and great for a meal with the family. You must eat their chicken tandoori. I also hear they are one of the few places that serve brain curry (whose brain I have not asked but I can only assume it is goats?) but as of yet I have not been brave enough to try it. A lovely place for a meal out that won’t break your bank balance. Best for: value for money family meal. Where: Borivali Birriani Centre, 02228625252, Premier Tower, Orlem Church, Marve Road, Malad.

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A student in India, an outsider looking in on Mumbai. Can be found exploring the city and observing its inhabitants. Loves shopping, dancing and tea.

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Guest Writer, Ellen Lee

Guest Writer, Ellen Lee
A student in India, an outsider looking in on Mumbai. Can be found exploring the city and observing its inhabitants. Loves shopping, dancing and tea.