Mumbai is a diverse city and the same is reflected in its food. Offering a plethora of flavours from fine dining to street food, Mumbai offers some lip-smacking yet budget-friendly dishes. We have curated a list of five ultimate must-try Mumbai street foods.
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Started in 1982, Anand Stall is an old-legendary establishment located in Vile Parle, Mumbai. Anand Stall is a takeaway only and is said to be the first one to initiate the Vada Pav trend in Mumbai. The bestseller at Anand Stall is their Vada Pav, a spiced potato patty coated with chickpea is placed between two buns spiced with pickles, green chillies and chutney. Other famous dishes at this must-try Mumbai street food joint are grilled sandwiches and fusion dosas. Anand Stall also offers customisation in Vada Pav with cheese and mayonnaise.
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A fifty-year-old establishment in Tardeo, Sardar is a fast food joint that is tiny but caters to a wide audience and is famous for their Pav Bhaji. Made out of mashed green peas, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, capsicum and beans, Pav Bhaji is spiced with chillies and other Indian flavours served with hot buns. The Pav Bhaji at Sardar is generously butter and it offers many variations in their Pav Bhaji such as cheese Pav Bhaji. They cater to the Jain diet too.
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Famous for their Bombil also known as Bombay Duck, Gomantak Boarding House Restaurant is located in Dadar West. Bombay Duck is not a duck but lizardfish coated in a layer of semolina and is deep fried until it is crispy on the outside and oily on the inside. Gomantak’s Bombil is best eaten with their standard thali comprising of rice, chapati and curries. Gomantak specialises in coastal Maharashtrian food and their other famous dishes at this must-try Mumbai street food joint are their pomfret fry and spiced prawns.
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Aaswad rose to fame when their Misal Pav was declared as the “Best Vegetarian Dish in 2015” by Foodie Hub Global Awards in London. Misal is a curry made out of pulses, potatoes, onions, peas, lemon, spices and tomatoes topped with a salty Indian snack, Farsan, served with hot buns. Aaswad is located in Dadar West and is a basic canteen style establishment. Other bestsellers at this must-try Mumbai street food joint are their spicy brinjal curry called Bharli Vangi and Thali Peeth, a chapati made out of flour of mixed grains and pulses which is roasted later to give it more robust flavour with butter.
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Located in East Vile Parle, Mumbai Sharma Bhelpuri House is famous for street food. Bhelpuri is an Indian homegrown snack made with puffed rice and small pieces of crunchy noodles called “Sev” mixed with onions, tomatoes, coriander topped with sweet and spicy chutneys. It is crunchy and has a tangy taste. Apart from bhelpuri, other popular dishes at this must-try Mumbai street food joint are Pani Puri, Chaat and Dahi Puri.