5 Mughlai restaurants for when you want your taste buds to feel like royalty, even if your wallet doesn't

Savour the best of kebabs, biryanis and kormas at these 5 Mumbai-based Mughlai restaurants

5 Mughlai restaurants for when you want your taste buds to feel like royalty, even if your wallet doesnt

In the vibrant tapestry of culinary delights that Mumbai has to offer, few cuisines stand out as boldly and richly as Mughlai. For enthusiasts of non-vegetarian indulgence like myself, this cuisine holds a special place in our hearts. Whether you're craving the succulent char of perfectly grilled kebabs or the fragrant allure of biryanis cooked to perfection, Mughlai cuisine promises an unparalleled culinary journey with each dish.

Now, if you're anything like me—a die-hard fan of Mughlai cuisine—allow me to be your guide through the bustling streets of Mumbai for only the best restaurants to satiate your cravings for royalty!

Lucky Restaurant
Lucky Restaurant has mastered the art of biryani like no other. Tender pieces of meat, lovingly cooked to perfection, it's a symphony of tastes that ignites the senses—a true delight for the palate. But what truly sets Lucky apart is its storied history of patronage. Beyond the local diners who frequent its tables, Lucky boasts a legion of loyal fans, including Bollywood luminaries like Salman Khan. For these stars, a visit to Lucky isn't just about the food—it's a journey back to cherished memories and the comforting flavours of home.

Persian Darbar
For decades, Persian Darbar has upheld its culinary excellence, with its roots tracing back to its inception in 1978. Since then, it has earned a well-deserved reputation as a culinary institution, renowned for its tantalising array of dishes. At Persian Darbar, indulgence takes centre stage, with specialties like the iconic Mutton Biryani and the flavourful Kabsa Rice. For those with a penchant for decadence, dishes like the Mutton Raan Tandoor beckon, promising a feast fit for royalty.

At Zaffran—whose name itself is derived from the Persian word ’zafarán’, meaning ‘yellow'—their culinary offerings evoke a sense of opulence and richness, a promise fulfilled in every aspect of the dining experience. Step into Zaffran, and you're greeted with more than just delicious food; it's an ambiance crafted to enchant the senses. The air is alive with the aroma of spices and every corner exudes an aura of elegance and sophistication. But it's the culinary offerings that truly shine at Zaffran. Each dish is a masterpiece, carefully curated to entice the taste buds and leave a lasting impression. Whether you opt for the rich and flavourful curries or explore their diverse menu, every bite is a symphony of flavours that delights the palate.

Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar
Jaffer Bhai's Delhi Darbar is a haven for hardcore non-vegetarians. With a legacy spanning decades, this iconic eatery has earned its rightful place as the haven for Mughlai cuisine. From tender seekh kebabs to succulent tandoori delights, Jaffer Bhai’s menu is rife with offerings that sport robust flavours that begin with a play on your senses and end with you in a food coma. The warm hospitality, the vibrant ambiance and the sense of camaraderie shared among diners all contribute to the magic of this beloved establishment.

Sahib Room & Kipling Bar
The Sahib Room & Kipling Bar is a treasure trove of flavours with the exquisite selection of kebabs, tikkas and appetisers that are just waiting to be devoured and savoured. Make a reservation here to unravel the mysteries of Mughlai cuisine as you delve into the alluring menu, specially curated to take you through a time that was adorned with opulence and royalty. Pair your mouth-watering dishes with a refreshing cocktail or a poison of your choice and just kick back and relax in the affluence of Mughlai flavours.

From the timeless elegance of Persian Darbar to the richness of Jaffer Bhai’s luscious gravies, each establishment holds a piece of the city's culinary heritage. If you find yourself yearning for the best of Mughal food in Mumbai, look no further than these cherished gems.

Simran Dsouza

Simran Dsouza

Simran's free time is often spent in a sanctuary of literature, losing herself in the solace and excitement of each story. But her culinary cravings add a layer of spontaneity to her life, as she indulges in the satisfaction of fried chicken strips and the irresistible allure of crisp fries. With her random food cravings striking at any hour, her food adventures are as diverse as her literary pursuits.

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