The sounds of dhol tasha and engaging chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ ring in Ganeshotsav with much enthusiasm across Mumbai. But amid all the hullabaloo that surrounds this eleven day event, a true devotee of Bappa needs some scrumptious delights to soothe those hunger pangs and stay refreshed.
If you have marked your pandal hopping schedule this season, here’s our curation of seventeen food stops that will surely energise you to keep up with the festive spirit.
GSB SEVA MANDAL
G.S.B. Sports Club Ground, Near S.N.D.T. Women’s College, R.A. Kidwai Road, King’s Circle, Matunga
Where: 11, Aditya Heritage, VN Purav Marg, Chuna Bhatti, Sion, Mumbai
Must Try: Chole Samosa, Chole Bhature, Chaat, Dahi Vada, Panipuri, Lassi, Thali
Sion Lunch Home
Where: 11, Harakh Niwas, Near Sion Railway Station, Sion, Mumbai
Must Try: Sea Food, Neer Dosa, Fish Thali, Biryani, Fry Prawns, Sol Kadhi, Rawas Fry
Mawali Bhai Dosa
Where: Plot 362, Broadway Building, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Kings Circle, Matunga East, Mumbai
Must Try: Jini Dosa, Chocolate Dosa, Mysore Masala Dosa, Manchurian Dosa
ANDHERI CHA RAJA
Veera Desai Road, Azad Nagar, Andheri West.
Where: De Mall, 1st Floor, Veera Desai Road, Veera Desai Area, Mumbai
Must Try: Biryani, Jalebi Rabri, Dal Makhani, Butter Chicken, Tandoori Chicken, Naan, Chaat
Where: Ground Floor, Fun Republic Mall, New Link Road, Shah Industrial Estate, Opposite Laxmi Industrial Estate, Near Andheri Lokhandwala, Andheri West
Must Try: Pizza, Brownie, Mocktails, Veg Nachos, Panipuri Shots, Loaded Nachos, Vegetable Biryani
Lalbaug market, GD Ambedkar Road, Lalbaug.
Where: 1 & 2 Habib Terrace, Dr BA Road, Lalbaug, Parel, Mumbai
Must Try: Misal Pav, Vada Pav, Batata Vada, Farali Misal, Tea, Kothimbir Vadi, Sabudana Vada
Shree Datta Boarding
Where: 7, Narayan Ashram, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Lalbaug, Parel, Mumbai
Must Try: Malwani Food, Sea Food, Surmai Fry, Sol Kadhi, Chicken Thali, Masala Prawn, Chicken Masala
Where: Shop 5, Kondaji Chawl, Near Ganesh Gully, Parel, Mumbai
Must Try: Misal Pav, Vada Pav, Sabudana Vada
Where: 63, BA Road, Lalbaug, Kalachowki Naka, Parel, Mumbai
Must Try: Pav Bhaji, Chinese Sizzlers, Brownie, Noodles, Cheese Croquettes, Roti
Other Pandals in this area include- Parel cha Raja, Ganesh Galli cha Raja, Tejukaya cha Raja, and Chinchpokli cha Raja
KHETWADI CHA RAJA
2th Lane Kehetwadi, Girgaum.
Special Tea House
Where: SVP Road, Prathna Samaj, Grant Road, Mumbai
Must Try: Misal Pav, Dahi Misal, Tea, Poori Bhaji, Vegetable Biryani, Vada
New Popular Restaurant Pure Veg.
Where: Shop 4, 5 & 6 Bhabha Chawl, 234-40/199, Khemraj Srikrishna Das Marg, Khetwadi, Opposite Milan Guest House, Girgaum, Mumbai
Must Try: Dal Khichdi, paneer chingaree, veg kinara
KESHAVJI NAIK CHAWL SARVAJANIK GANESHOTSAV MANDAL
Keshavji Naik ChawlKhadilkar Rd, Kandawadi, Urankawadi, Mangal Wadi, Girgaum.
Shree Thaker Bhojanalay
Where: 31, Dadisheth Agyari Lane, Off Kalbadevi Road, Kalbadevi, Mumbai
Must Try: Gujarati Thali, Gujarati Food, Aamras, Veg Thali, Undhiyu, Gujrati Thali, Khichda
Where: Peerbhai Terrace No. 106, Jagannath Shankar Sheth Road, Girgaon
Must Try: Paneer Bhurji, Butter Pav Bhaji, Manohar Pav Bhaji, Masala Pav, Butter Paratha, Tawa Pulav
Sujata Uphar Griha
Where: 277, Mapla House, J.S.S. Road, Thakurdwar, Girgaum
Must Try: Thali, Misal Pav, Farali Misal, Poori Bhaji, Kokum Sharbat
DONGRI CHA RAJA
Alight at Sandhurst Road station. The pandal is at a 15-20 minutes walking distance from the railway station.
Jaffer Bhai's Delhi Darbar
Where: 151/153, Abdullah Mansion, SVP Road, Chaar Null, Dongri, Mumbai
Must Try: Butter Chicken, Mutton Dum Biryani, Beda Roti, Tandoori Chicken, Rumali Roti, Tandoori Naan, Dabba Gosht
New Bharat Restaurant
Where: 3, Baugheali Building, Masjid Bunder, Keshavji Naik Road, Mohammad Ali Road, Mumbai
Must Try: Pulav, Masala Rice, Tawa Parotha
Noor Mohammadi Hotel
Where: 179, Wazir Building, Abdul Hakim Chowk, Bhendi Bazar, Near, Mohammad Ali Road, Mumbai
Must Try: Chicken Sanju Baba, Chicken Hakimi, Nalli Nihari, Biryani, Matka Rabdi, Rabri, Roti