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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.