The Best Canteens In Mumbai

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27 September 2016

Cheap yet delicious and wholesome food, plenty of seating, quick service – Mumbai’s many canteens and dining halls are a boon for the hard working, constantly busy Mumbaikar or traveller alike. Whether you’re on a budget, seeking the communal dining experience or just a die-hard foodie looking for authentic tastes, these six canteens in the city should be on your must-visit list.

Goa Bhavan Canteen

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Authentic Goan delicacies served in a no-frills setting, Goa Bhavan in Juhu is the ideal canteen for anyone seeking seafood in Mumbai’s Northern suburbs. Their fish or prawn thalis are not any different from what you would get in a typical, small restaurant in Goa. The Bombli Rawa Fry is another dish worth a try.


For delicious yet cheap food, pav bhaji, ragda patties or other vegetarian treats, look no further than Swagat near Dadar TT circle. This is one of the most affordable places in the area to grab a bite with your co-workers or to sit down and chat over a cup of chai. The menu extends beyond snacks to include main courses in Indo-Chinese as well as North Indian cuisine, from fried rice, sechzwan rice and manchurian gravy to palak paneer and dal khichdi.

Shop No 15, Empress Mahal, Khodadad Circle, Dadar

A Rama Nayak’s Udipi Shri Krishna Boarding

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The unlimited vegetarian thali features a variety of vegetable dishes changing by the day, served with fresh roti and rice on a banana leaf. This is comfort food unlike any other for anyone who has grown up with South Indian cuisine. With outstanding rasam, sambar, dal, bhaajisand papads, to scrumptious dessert choices ranging from the traditional payasam to gulabjamun, rasgulla and shrikhand, this food joint is every bit capable to make lunch hour the highlight of your day.


If you’re craving a Kerala sadhya or Kerala-style mutton fry in South Mumbai, then Deluxe in Fort is where you should be headed. From mutton and chicken stews and vegetarian curries rich in coconut milk, to spectacular fried fish, squid and shrimp fry, these Kerala delicacies served on a traditional banana leaf is the pick me up we all need. Their thalis are particularly worth trying, so is the Malabar paratha.

No.10-A Pitha Street, PM Road, Colaba Causeway, Kala Ghoda, Fort

Ladoo Samrat

With freshly cooked delicious Maharashtrian food, super fast service and low prices, Ladoo Samrat is a boon to the busy Mumbaikar. From delicious vada pav, batata wads and misal pav, to tangy kokum sharbat – they’re equipped to fulfill all your Konkan food cravings. Service is super quick with your food reaching you in less than five minutes if you’re ordering one of their most popular dishes.

Shop No.: 1-2, Habib Terrace, Lalbaug, Dr Ambedkar Road, Parel

Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics

Among the city’s many fabulously cheap college canteens, the Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics has one that particularly deserves a try. From delicious pav bhaji to grilled sandwiches, the snacks on offering here are mouthwatering, comforting and extremely affordable. With enough seating and friendly service, you can grab tea and linger around for all you want.

Bhakti Vidanth Marg, Juhu Scheme, Ville Parle West

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