If you know me personally or have been following the blog, you’ll know of my love for seafood. I can choose seafood over anything!
Mumbai is really blessed. Given its awesome location, the Bay is inundated with a variety of seafood restaurants catering to any budget. Head to these five of my favorite picks for some fresh and yummy fish-y dishes. Each of these are different in all aspects – food, ambiance, budget etc.
Some of these eating places in Mumbai are so small, that they can be comfortably called the hidden gems of Mumbai. I strongly recommend that you eat your way through all and decide for yourself 🙂
I think the first name that will come to any fish aficionado’s mind when asked for good seafood joint in Mumbai would be Gajalee. While the restaurant has opened up many outlets in Mumbai (and even International) off late, I would recommend that every fish lover to go their very first outlet in Vile Parle (East) – Hanuman Nagar. I also love the view of Juhu Lake that you get from the Vile Parle (West) outlet. One shouldn’t leave Gazalee without having their famous Bombil (Bombay Duck) fry with onion chutney and the Seafood/Prawns Biryani. Gush these down with a glass full of their refreshing Solkadhi.
- Jai Hind Lunch Home
Jai Hind Lunch Home is said to be one of the oldest seafood restaurants in Mumbai and serves seafood with a Manglorean touch. They currently have three outlets – Lower Parel, Dadar and Bandra. You must try their special Bharlela Bombil (Bombay Ducks stuffed with Prawns) and experience the magic. Also, some Fish (I prefer Surmai) Gassi with Neer Dosa. Uff what a meal!
P.S. If you want to go the meaty way, try their Mutton Chops with Neer Dosa
- Grant House
Not many people know about Grant House a.k.a Police Canteen, and hence I proudly call this as the ‘rare fined of Mumbai’. Located in the ever so busy Crawford Market (near Haj House), Grant House is said to be more than 50 years old and is known for their succulent Kheema Pao. Ask your server about the fresh catch and they’ll show you a platter containing different fishes in different sizes, priced accordingly. The Chutney Surmai Fry and Seafood Pulao is a must have.
- Goa Bhawan
I first heard of Goa Bhavan Canteen from a fellow foodie who was ranting about this seafood place in Juhu, on a social networking site. Goa Bhavan is a small local joint in the posh Juhu locality. Once you enter this place, you’ll see seafood lovers from all walks of life. This 5-tabled joint serves authentic Goan cuisine- cuisine that will take you straight to the beaches of Goa. Start your meal with some Surmai and Prwans Rawa (semolina) fry, followed by their homely Fish Thali. Be ready to wait for a table, or plan your visit accordingly.
- Jai Jawan
Located exactly opposite National College – Bandra (West), Jai Jawan is a small place known for their Punjabi Prawns Fry and Rawas Fry. This is served with a super spicy mint chutney, onion salad and Pao. The place has no place to sit, and hence gives you the perfect street food feeling. They’ve expanded to many more outlets (Khar, Andheri-Lokhandwala etc.), but the vibe at this Bandra outlet, between the bustling Linking Road, is really different.
Once you’re done with the above list, you should head to some of my other favorites like Trishna (A firang’s favorite), Highway Gomantak (Bandra East – End your meal with fresh Kharwas), Saddhicha (Bandra East – The yummy Crab curry is a must) and the famous Mahesh Lunch Home.
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