#MumbaiList: Great Lunch Deals Part 1 – Lunching On A Budget In The Suburbs

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It’s nice to skip the dubba or office canteen once in a while and head out for lunch in the middle of the week. If you don’t have more than an hour to spare and are looking for a hassle-free lunch, then set menus are the way to go. Here are my favourite lunch deals, available in Mumbai suburbs, only on weekdays.

Chicken Caesar Salad at TGIF, image courtesy The Big Bhookad
Chicken Caesar Salad at TGIF, image courtesy The Big Bhookad

T.G.I.F. – Infinity Mall (Andheri West)
This American institution isn’t exactly associated with budget meals; you’ll end up spending a good Rs.1000/head if your order à la carte. Their lunch time specials however offer complete VFM. You can choose between a 2 course meal (priced at Rs.249 + taxes) or a 3 course meal (priced at 349 + taxes). You can choose any 2 or 3 courses from a choice of soups, salads, appetizers, mains and desserts. The desserts are pretty average, but the Cajun chicken wings and Stuffed Chicken in Red Wine sauce come highly recommended. You get a glass of lemonade or an aerated beverage with your meal. Definitely a great working lunch, filling but not too heavy and smack in the middle of Andheri’s busiest block of offices.

Some of the food at 5 the Restaurant, image courtesy Bombayfoodies
Some of the food at 5 the Restaurant, image courtesy Bombayfoodies

5 the Restaurant – S.V.Road (Santacruz West)
I don’t know why this place has stayed out of the lime light. I’ve been a regular customer for about 7 years now, and quite like this quaint little Italian restaurant nestled in a corner near Yoko’s Sizzlers on S.V.Road. This place is also perfect for a date, the décor is elegant – all peach and pastels and the restaurant is always quiet.

Their weekday set lunch costs just Rs.495, taxes included, which for the quality of food is an absolute steal. The three course meal begins with a soup or appetizer, followed by a filling main course and a dessert, with a soft drink to go with it.

Suzette lunch special
Suzette lunch special

Suzette – Pali Naka (Bandra West)
Suzette is one of the few places in the city which promises a healthy meal and actually delivers. What makes this tiny crêperie even more lovable is the fact that they food is extremely well priced. Their lunch special for example, costs just Rs.330 + taxes. Now where else can you can a crepe, a salad and a hot beverage in just that much? The ingredients used are fresh and light, and won’t leave you feeling sleep or groggy through the afternoon. If you have a boring meeting post lunch, then opt for a nice strong espresso as your last course. The place is quite small and you tend to hear everyone’s conversations, so I would avoid trying to have a private conversation here, unless you want everyone knowing who in your office is having an affair with whom.

*This same lunch special is also available at their Nariman Point branch. 

Aoi – John Baptist Road (Bandra West)
Aoi seems to have won favour among Mumbai foodies, and they certainly deserve all the praise that comes their way. The Bento boxes, (priced around Rs.500 + taxes) make for a great balanced meal, complete with a couple of pieces of sushi, a small salad, miso soup and meat or vegetable curry served with rice.

Slurp it up, bowls of soup at Aoi, image courtesy Lucid Illusions
Slurp it up, bowls of soup at Aoi, image courtesy Lucid Illusions

However, if you want a more elaborate working lunch, you must try their four course lunch tasting menu. Begin your meal with a choice between the Aoi special Soba Salad (which is one of my absolute favourites), or mushroom or chicken yakitori. Course two comprises of a small sushi platter, which is followed mains (choice between Donburi or a stir fry). The meal ends with their delectable chocolate sushi, with a maple and coconut glaze. All this costs just Rs.600 (including taxes). You won’t need any more excuses to plan your next lunch meeting here!

Soup at Kombava, image courtesy Burrp!
Soup at Kombava, image courtesy Burrp!

Kombava – Waroda Road (Bandra West)
Now this is a great place not just for a quick lunch, but it’s also a great place to work and lounge around. There’s ample space for you to lay out your laptop, stationary and other paraphernalia. The décor is extremely peaceful and no one really bothers you, unless of course you meet someone interesting to talk to, and chances are you will. Their set lunch which includes a chilled beverage, a soup or appetizer, a main dish of the day and a small dessert is priced at Rs.450 for the vegetarian meal and Rs.550 for the non-vegetarian meal. If you haven’t already, Kombava is definitely a worth a visit.

Weekday Brunch Buffet at Otto Infinito
Weekday Brunch Buffet at Otto Infinito

Otto Infinito – B.K.C (Bandra East)
This chic Mediterranean restaurant is located right in the middle of Mumbai’s poshest business district. The food at Otto Infinito is priced for corporate accounts, which is a nice way of saying it’s quite expensive. Certainly not a place you can just swing by without a thought, unless of course you go between 12 and 3 on weekdays and have the Weekday Brunch. Which is a soup, salad and dessert buffet priced at a very affordable Rs.299 + taxes. It’s ideal for a work day, even more so for many of the well-fed businessmen who work in the area. Unless of course, you gorge on the delectable dessert selection, which pretty much makes up for the lack of an entrée and main course.

 

There you have it, budget lunches in Mumbai suburbs! Coming up next, a new equally exciting options for you townies, so stay tuned. You might also want to check out these tiffin options in Mumbai.

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