Mumbai’s meat lovers are undoubtedly facing tough times, with a recent and highly controversial ban on cow slaughter affecting Maharashtra and several other Indian states. However, that doesn’t really stop foodies from digging into other meaty delights available in the city. Here is a list of the top ten restaurants any meat lover in Mumbai must visit.
Butcher, Restaurant, German, BBQ, American, $$$
IMBISS has been the prime haunt of carnivores in this city for a while. Boasting not just a menu rich with choices, but also of being extremely pocket friendly, IMBISS has bustling, rarely empty outlets in Bandra, Santa Cruz and Colaba. Try the hearty burgers, the juicy ribs, the traditional sausages, the schnitzels or the steaks – you are guaranteed to leave stuffed and satisfied. The Meating Joint Burger – a massive beef burger with bacon strips and bits, fried egg and extra cheese – is a must-have.
IMBISS, 14 Waroda Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, India, +91 84 5494 6413
Bademiya is a pleasing sight for hungry eyes with its rows of skewers threaded with rich, juicy meat grilling in the open air on a quiet by-lane of Colaba, as numerous patrons eagerly await their orders. The city’s favorite kebab joint, this is definitely where you should be if you’re looking to dig into a mutton seekh or boti kebab.
Bademiya, Behind Hotel Taj Mahal, Tullock Road, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, India, +91 22 2202 1447
For massive, juicy steaks, hearty stews and meaty pastas with a unique home cooked taste, there’s no better place to visit than this old, landmark café in Colaba. Try the rich and creamy Hungarian goulash, the chicken cordon bleu or one of their hearty steaks, top it off with a dessert of caramel custard and you will be smiling for the rest of the day.
Café Churchill, East West Court Building, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Colaba, Mumbai, India, +91 22 2204 2604
Restaurant, Japanese, Korean, $$$
From pork to crab, this Japanese restaurant on Linking Road has got your meat cravings covered. Try the grilled shrimp, pork or chicken offerings, the fish varieties ranging from Chilean sea bass to black cod, or the delicately spiced curries to have your mind truly blown. The stylish décor and friendly service are an added bonus.
Kofuku, Suburbia Mall, Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, India, +91 22 6695 5105
If you are waiting to dig into a hearty burger but are a little concerned about finding a healthy one in the city, then this cozy little café in Bandra West is every bit your savior. Offering delicious, juicy, meaty burgers that come with healthy bread options, a satisfactory quota of healthy greens and vegetables, and an option to add even hummus to your burgers, Gostana is definitely among the city’s best burger joints. The lamb burger is juicy, massive and hearty enough to make any meat lover drool endlessly.
Gostana, Parbhat Kunj, 25th Road, Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, India, +91 22 6453 3359
The Fatty Bao
This Asian gastro-bar with cozy interiors has some of the most delicious pork offerings in the city. Dig into the signature Fatty Bao PB & J (pork belly & jam) with twice-cooked pork belly, or the gochujang lamb chops to be truly mind-blown.
The Fatty Bao, Summerville, Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, India, +91 22 2600 5220
All Stir Fry
This stylish restaurant at Colaba’s boutique Gordon House Hotel is a must-visit for lovers of fusion Asian cuisine. Their delicious menu includes fantastic seafood, pork and poultry offerings. Create your own meal with the live wok buffet, or stick to the fabulous à la carte menu – you are likely to be pleased either way.
All Stir Fry, 5 Battery Street, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai, India
This restaurant is almost a hundred years old, and yet it is always packed. The restaurant has an unusual old world charm with its modest décor, simple furniture and no-frills service. You can dig into a classic chicken or mutton kebab, a rich Mughlai-style preparation, or test just how much of a meat lover you are by ordering yourself a plate of tongue masala fry or brain plain fry.
Sarvi Restaurant, Dimtikar Road, Kazipura, Kamathipura, Mumbai, India
This Bandra restaurant has been around for decades, and for good reason – they do meat like few others in the city manage to. With an elaborate menu offering a range of seafood, poultry, pork and beef (buffalo), you’re left a little overwhelmed. But fear not, as your chances of being disappointed are low. However, the spare pork ribs is one of their most well-done dishes and your best bet at having a meal that’s no less than perfect.
Jim-Me’s Kitchen, St Peters Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, India, +91 22 6504 8864
Smoke House Deli
This eatery is fully equipped to make all your steak and burger dreams come true. The house special tenderloin steak has an almost cult-like following in the city, with the roast tenderloin with creamed mushrooms and pepper sauce not lagging too far behind in popularity. Go for meat overload with one of their massive burgers – the Baconater with a tenderloin patty wrapped with smoked bacon, baconnaise and mustard, or the Benedictor with a tenderloin patty, turkey pastrami, peppered egg and hollandaise.
Smoke House Deli, 33rd Road, Pali Village, Bandra West, Mumbai, India, +91 22 6528 7800