Located on the tip of Mumbai’s peninsula, jutting out into the Arabian Sea, Colaba is a beautiful and bustling area of Mumbai. It is filled with exciting markets, unmissable architecture and numerous restaurants and cafes for the hungry traveller. Here we explore the 10 best places to eat in the area.
Situated amidst the colorfully busy streets of Colaba market, Food Inn is a restaurant that welcomes visitors in after a tiring walk and hard won bargains. Food Inn is well known for its appetizing starters and non-vegetarian dishes, with guests enjoying generously portioned meals which are pretty easy on the pocket. The simple decor creates a pleasing atmosphere, a perfect background for indulging in the enormous variety of Indian cuisine.
Piccadilly is a gaudy little restaurant that is tucked away in the cramped street between tiny shops. With bright red boards and checkered yellow table cloth, Piccadilly is a small restaurant and one of the most legendary restaurants of the area. A quick bite and prompt service are guaranteed here, as well as a delicious variety of traditional dishes served in a cosy environment.
Delhi Darbar understands the significance of the cultural diversity that India is very well known for, and therefore strives to maintain the essential spirit and process that goes into the preparation of wide variety of local dishes. With a Mughal style interior the restaurant does indeed look like a darbar – or a royal court – the restaurant excels in both its atmosphere and cuisine.
One of the most beautiful features of Koyla in Colaba is its wonderful seating arrangements, cleverly utilizing the spacious zone of the restaurant. With diwans, a type of floor seating, wooden canopy-style chambers and balcony seating decorated with an elegant combination of white and tawny colours, the charming ambiance of Koyla is brought to life. Koyla is the first rooftop restaurant in Mumbai, and engages its guests in a fine dining experience as they explore traditional northwestern cuisine.
Awarded the prize for Best Korean Food twice by the Times Food Guide, and the most romantic destination by Burrp!, Busaba strives to create the best of Asian cuisine, satiating the never ending love of the Mumbai people for Asian dishes. Well established, it was India’s first South East Asian restaurant and Mumbai’s first Pan Asian restaurant. Elegant yet upbeat, the ambiance of Busaba is always bubbling with energy, especially in the evening when the restaurant turns into a lounge bar.
With a time-honored sculpture of the cosmic dancer Natraja, a manifestation of the Hindu God Shiva, the Golden Dragon looks like a classical dancer’s paradise. An elegant combination of white and yellow hues creates an attractive, soothing atmosphere. Simple and classy with a twist of Indian aesthetic, the Golden Dragon is a beautiful location for a fine dining experience, with a decor matched perfectly by its equally wonderful Chinese-inspired menu.
Copper Chimney has been serving diners in Mumbai since the 1970s, and now has its third generation of owners. The secret spices, fresh ingredients and flavorful herbs are the essence of their Indian cuisine, from classic dishes to inventive new combinations. The restaurant is known for its numerous food festivals: the annual Legacy Day harks back to the inception of Copper Chimney, with dishes costing exactly what they originally did in the 1970s. Kabab Festival, Punjab Food Festival and Royal Curries of India are just some of the other festivals the restaurant hosts.
Serving world cuisine, Fenix has something for everyone. The restaurant particularly focuses on Asian dishes, with a wide variety of sake and Japanese spirits available to accompany the meal. Fenix also serves a range of gourmet twists in Indian street food, bringing the culture of the city into a fine dining atmosphere. With minimalist yet luxurious interiors, this makes a charming, sophisticated choice for a night out.
Ellipsis is a modern American dining concept fashioned by the Rohan Talwar restaurant group, who endeavor to create memorable and unique experiences for their patrons. With a grand entrance, Ellipsis has one of the most beautiful interiors in Mumbai, with quirky gallery walls displaying a variety of art, industrial-inspired lighting and sofas scattered throughout. The menu is equally appealing, with a variety of pasta and grill dishes, as well as creative cocktails.
Spesso Gourmet Kitchen delights its visitors not only with the superior quality and flavors, but also its visually appealing style and presentation. The dishes offered hail from Europe and North Africa, with specialties from Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Lebanon, Cyprus and Morocco filling the menu. Spesso Gourmet Kitchen is the perfect place to go for a variety of delicious, exotic flavours.