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10 Restaurants In Mumbai Serving Malayali Food That Is Pure Bliss

Nascimento Pinto July 12, 2016

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Kerala Food That You Must Try In Mumbai

Kerala Food That You Must Try In Mumbai

India has the privilege of being a land of many cuisines, some almost like chalk and cheese. While all of them have their own flavours, food from Kerala is often romanticized to an extent that is hard to match in a city like Mumbai. Yet, there are some restaurants that make the cut and the food which our in-house Mallu has approved as home-like food.
Lalit Refreshment - Taste Of Kerala, Fort
You cannot come to Mumbai and not go to Taste Of Kerala for some authentic Kerala food. Recently renovated, you can now eat Kerala food with the perfect ambiance. The menu has a variety of specialities including the Unlimited Thali on a traditional banana leaf, Appams, Malabar Chicken Biryani, Avial, Rasam and others that will keep you busy and definitely stuffed by the end. Unfortunately, they do not serve the famed beef curry but they got the Malabar parothas alright.
Meal For Two: Rs 500 (inclusive of taxes)
Spice Of KeralaAndheri East
A favourite among many in Andheri, Spice of Kerala boasts of its delicious non-vegetarian fare. Try the mutton stew with Kerala parothas or try the classic Fish Pollichathu with your choice of fish. You can also try the traditional Chicken Biryani cooked in the spicy Malabar style.
Meal For Two: Rs 400 (inclusive of taxes)
Sneha, Mahim West
If you’re in Mahim and need to eat delicious south Indian food, Sneha makes for a good stop. One of Mumbai’s older restaurants opposite Paradise Cinema, the restaurant serves some of the best Kerala food around Mahim. Though non-air conditioned, it is thriving all the time because of its famous Surmai Fry, Chicken Sukha and Malabar Paratha, patrons also like the Chicken Biryani served there
Meal For Two: Rs 300 (inclusive of taxes)
Surmai Fry at Sneha, Mahim West

Surmai Fry at Sneha, Mahim West

Hotel Deluxe, Fort
It’s not easy for geographically handicapped people to find Hotel Deluxe, a favourite among Mallus in Mumbai but if you ask around you’ll find it in the lane opposite Citi Bank and a few paces away from Taste Of Kerala. The small dingy restaurant may seem uninviting to many who are used to a better ambiance it fool you. Apart from the sadya meal (eaten on the leaf), this place is popular for people who like to taste the non-vegetarian food of Kerala. The Chicken Sukha and Malabar paratha is a favourite and hard to miss.
Meal For Two: Rs 300 (inclusive of taxes)
Udaya Lunch Home, Chembur East
Udaya is another favourite of many Mallus in Chembur. Patrons check in to the restaurant to get their fix of delicious food like Appams with Sukka Mutton, Fish or Chicken curry. Nel Chor - ghee and rice preparation is very famous at the restaurant and definitely a must try when you are there.
Meal For Two: Rs 500 (inclusive of taxes)
Sukka Mutton at Udaya

Sukka Mutton at Udaya Family Restaurant, Chembur East (Picture for representational purpose only)

Cardamom, Andheri East
If you’re in Andheri and craving Kerala food, head over to Cardamom to try some unique dishes that that aren’t available at many places. The small restaurant is air-conditioned and cheap too. They serve delicious Ghee Dosa, Ayala Shappu – a roadside toddy shop preparation. The duck roast is also a favourite among locals there.
Meal For Two: Rs 300 (inclusive of taxes)
Onam Family Restaurant, Vasai West
If you’re in Vasai, drop by for a quick lunch or dinner at Onam. A few minutes away from the station, it is situated next to Catholic Bank and serves authentic food. The Beef Chilly is a rage here along with the Malabar paratha, the spicy beef curry has a rich flavour of garam masala that is hard to miss. If you don’t want to experiment too much, the Rasam is perfect with fat rice, like it is served in houses in Kerala.
Meal For Two: Rs 300 (inclusive of taxes)
Just Kerala, Hotel SamrajAndheri East 
Just Kerala boasts of authentic vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian Kerala food. The restaurant in one of the fewer options in Chakala for a good Kerala meal. Their specialities are the Sadhya (typically served on the leaf) meal. They are serve a delicious vegetable and chicken stew that anybody would love with the first bite.
Meal For Two: Rs 600 + taxes
Sadya

Sadhya at Just Kerala, Hotel Samraj, Chakala (Picture for representational purpose only)  

Hotel Madina, Mahim West
If you’re yearning for Kerala food, start your meal at Sneha and end it at Madina. You cannot miss the delicious non-vegetarian fare that is also cheap and pocket-friendly, a luxury you don’t find in Mumbai these days. Try the Chicken Biryani – a mound of falvoured rice with chicken gravy at the bottom that has to be mixed to get a complete experience; Chicken Masala and parathas are also a favourite there. The restaurant boasts of Muslim food from Kerala which is also a rarity in the city.
Meal For Two: Rs 400 (inclusive of taxes)
Hotel Sunny, Chembur East
While western Mumbai has a variety of options, central Mumbai has Hotel Sunny that boasts of a variety of vegetarian Kerala specialities that will delight a Mallu and impress any Mumbaikar with the food. Try soft Appams with fish curry, the restaurant also Aviyal and Puttu at this cozy little restaurant that borders Shell Colony.
Meal For Two: Rs 400 (inclusive of taxes)
Photo Credits: Cryselle D'souza

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Soccer fan. Journalist. Aspiring food and travel writer. Has gastronomical desires of astronomical proportions. Follow Nascimento on @honestscribbler


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