New Martin, Colaba
New Martin is the home of homestyle Goan food in a bar setting. It lacks all pretence and is the kind of place where décor takes a backseat. New Martin also has different menus for each day, so call in advance if there’s something you particularly want to eat. You might be sharing tables with complete strangers, but you’ll come back with a story and a seriously pleased stomach.
Taste of Kerala, Fort
Sandeep Gomantak, Fort
Sandeep is a favorite with the office-going crowd and with college students who queue here for the easy-on-the-wallet lunch. It’s the kind of place that refills your curry continually, where eating is taken seriously and you cannot linger for a minute once you’re done; there are throngs outside, particularly at lunch hour. Try the fish thali and perhaps something else on the side, and don’t leave without trying the signature garlic chutney.
Fountain Plaza, Fort
Fountain Plaza is seriously easy on the pocket while still offering great food. Start with a fish-based thali or a fish fry and ask for the specials. Don’t leave without trying the parotta with your meal.
Shri Datta Boarding, Parel
Sri Datta can be found in the crowded lanes of Lalbaug. This hidden jewel of a restaurant will knock your socks off with its rock-bottom prices and solid Malvani food. Try the tisrya and the fish curry, for sure.