#MumbaiList: Top Six Places To Feast On Authentic Maharashtrian Cuisine

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Basundi at Diva Maharashtracha

A few days ago, a Facebook friend from Bhopal called me to inform that he will be visiting Mumbai next week and also texted me his wishlist of things-to-do in the city. Apart from popular requests, it included dining in The Moving Cart and taste authentic Maharashtrian cuisine (when I mentioned that Gudhi Padwa aka ‘Marathi new year’ is round the corner). The former was easy -thanks to Raul, but latter, not so much because while I have my favourite Maharashtrian food joint he wanted to visit a few during his stay, and I did not know of any. So off I went on a search and and found that strangely, there are not many restaurants serving Marathi food in our city.
Enter my townie relatives to the rescue!
They suggested some of these restaurants which serve delicious Maharashtrian food. And I would love to hear from you of others too.

Panshikar Aahar
This eatery in near Charni Road has been a childhood favourite with my grandpa, my dad and me too! It was founded in 1922 and is been serving healthy Maharashtrian food with the same quality and taste; though quantity is less now. They offer awesome snacks, mini meals and sweets. Their specialty includes Farali missal, which can be eaten on fasting days also. Apart from this pioneering dish, they have Masale bhat, Pulao, Puneri Missal, Puri Bhaji. You must taste Kharwas, a special milk preparation. Also, they have special sweets packages for festivals like Gudi Padwa and they have a facility to send these hampers to the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand or UAE too!
Where: Govardhandas building, JSS Road, Girgaon.

Aswad, image by finelychopped.net
Aswad, image by finelychopped.net

Aaswad
Aaswad in Dadar is a humble, no fuss eatery popular for its Maharashtrian fare. Because of the affordable price and awesome taste, most of the times its packed and you may find it hard to get a seat if you go there during meal hours. Along with regular snacks options like Batata Wada, Kothimbir Wadi and Thalipeeth (with a dollop of fresh white butter), their main course includes Pithla-bhakri, Bharli Vangi (stuffed brinjals not Baingan Bharta) Dalimbi Ussal which is an exclusively Maharashtrian dish and Masale bhat. Desserts include Kharwas made from fat rich milk, Dudhi Halwa-preparation of bottle gourd and Modak which doesn’t need description. Because summer is here and Mango season has begun, try Panha, a drink mad from raw mangoes and Amba dal, a special Brahmini drink.
Where: LJ Road, Shivaji Park, Gadkari Chowk, Dadar West

Basundi at Diva Maharashtracha
Basundi at Diva Maharashtracha

Diva Maharashtracha
If you want to try a contemporary, chic Maharashtrian restaurant, Diva Maharashtracha is a best (and probably the only) option in Mumbai. Started by Dipa and Suhas Awchat of Goa Portuguesa and Culture Curry, it is the only restobar approved by MTDC serving authentic Royal Marathi cuisine. Interior is skillfully done with have rich Paithanee sarees, Mashals (traditional torches) and chandeliers creating a Peshwa ambiance. They cover dishes from all regions and communities of Maharashtra thus having exhaustive range of dishes which surprised me even being Marathi. Must try Green peas caju modak, traditional drinks and varieties of fish and chicken preparations.
Where: Near Hinduja Hospital, Matunga Road West and Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri West.

Vinay Health Home. Girgaon
Vinay Health Home. Girgaon

Vinay Health Home
Vinay Health Home serves simple Maharashtrian snacks and meals. It was started in 1940 and you may find most Girgaon residents (like my uncles) complaining that the taste of their food has changed now. (Isn’t that obvious?) Nonetheless, you must try Missal pao, Kothimbir wadi and Batata wada. Of course, also Piyush, a special Maharashtrian drink which might remind you of Falooda.
Where: Jawar Mansion, Advocate B.A. Jaykar Marg, Girgaon

Mama Kane, image by mumbai.cityseekr.com
Mama Kane, image by mumbai.cityseekr.com

Mama Kane
Most of you might avoid going to this eatery once I mention the location. Mama Kane is right outside Dadar West station and is always packed with customers. It was started around 1910 by a the Kane family with Kane’s mother and sister as chefs. Even today they don’t serve fancy dishes, just homely, delicious Maharashtrian food. Folks come here to gulp something in a break from a shopping spree or for a quick lunch. You must try Batata wada, Sabudana wada/khichdi, Kothimbir wadi and Piyush. Missal tends to be very bland and can b avoided. They also have a stall outside the restaurant selling Maharashtrian snacks like Chakli, Ladoos and Shankarpale.
Where: Near Dadar West Station.

Purepur Kolhapur, image by finelychopped.net
Purepur Kolhapur, image by finelychopped.net

Purepur Kolhapur
After tasting the urbane Maharashtrian food at these joints, you might want to try Purepur Kolhapur (purepur meaning fully, 100%) for a rustic Kolhapuri cuisine. Kolhapur has its own fiery flavours which make you want more in spite of teary eyes as you dig into the delicacies. Purepur Kolhapur offers delish Tambda/ pandhra rassa, red and white chicken gravy, Dhangar mutton, a special dish of shepherd community in Maharashtra which is specialty of the district and also Bhakri and vangyachi bhaji (brinjal). If you are a fan of spices that set your taste buds on fire, you must try this place. Being a coconut-eating Konkani, I usually stay away from places like this!
Where:  Shop No 1 & 2, Aditya Apt, Parleshwar Road, Vile Parle East.

Know of other restaurants serving authentic Maharashtrian food? Share with us at story@mumbaimag.com or comment below.

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  • NearFox

    I have been to Diva Maharashtra once, it provides one of the finest cuisine I have ever tasted, nice post, and Happy Gudipadwa