Monsoon Special: Where to grab chai & pakoras in Mumbai
Mumbaikars have a love and hate relationship with monsoon. While the rain provides respite to the city, it often throws normal life out of gear. Amidst all the chaos, it is the balmy weather that keeps us going. And to make the most of the season, we suggest you to go food hopping with monsoon special menus across the city.
These restaurants are all set to serve all things warm and nice, along with Mumbai's favourite cutting chai!
There was a time when Gujaratis would refrain from eating anything that was raw especially leafy vegetables. Some of them continue substituting greens with lentils and fried items, as they are cooked and hygienic.
Preserving this belief, Soam at Chowpatty, introduces a monsoon menu every year. It features bhajiyas and hot ginger tea along with other seasonal favourites. The restaurant is frequented by not just Gujaratis, but people from other communities too.
Every monsoon, Soam makes sure to pamper your taste-buds with a variety of pakoras such as spinach, cabbage, raw mango and many more. If you are not a pakora fan, then you can also order dabeli and misal pav here.
Address: Ground Floor, Sadguru Sadan, Opposite Babulnath Temple, Chowpatty
TiffinBoxETC, Bandra Kurla Complex
TiffinBoxETC introduces an exclusive monsoon menu called Chai Malhar every year. Mumbaikars love their chai and bhajia in this season, and what better way to celebrate the same with TiffinBoxETC's monsoon menu.
The menu features combos of pakoras and different types of teas. The most-loved dishes are Vada Pav Sliders and Karol Bagh ke Samose and Chole. Apart from these, the restaurant also dishes out moong dal bhajia, khasta kachori and bread cutlet.
Address: C-31, G Block, Ground Floor, Naman Center, Next to Yauatcha
The Bombay Canteen, Lower Parel
In the race of serving crispy pakoras and chai, The Bombay canteen also has a standout ‘Baarish ka Menu’. The same comprises pakoras that seem to be just perfect while it’s drizzling outside.
Known for giving their dishes a twist, the city's newest restaurant manages to offer a different touch to the normal pakoras as well making it both tasty and unique. So, order for any of the pakoras and wait for your complimentary tea! Begun Bhaja served with a spiced mustard dahi dip is something that you just cannot miss.
The menu also features sandwich pakora, rava onion bhaji and cheese stuffed Bhavnagiri chilli pakoda, all served with interesting dips.
Address: Unit-1, Process House, Kamala Mills, Near Radio Mirchi Office, S.B. Road, Lower Parel
Seven Kitchens, Lower Parel
Are you looking to savour some warm, fried dishes at a fine dining restaurant? Then head to Seven Kitchens at Palladium Hotel as it has introduced an enticing menu curated by Chef Rahul Kaushik. It includes classic delicacies ranging from subz pakoda, Punjabi samosa chole to the city’s favourite Bombay vada pav. There's something for your sweet tooth too such as Gulkand Kulfi and Elaichi Gulab Jamun with Rabdi.
Address: Palladium Hotel, Floor 9M,, Palladium Hotel, Senapti Bapat Marg, Lower Parel