While you may associate the southern part of the city with old architecture, art venues, and exclusive gymkhanas, South Mumbai also has plenty of value-for-money seafood restaurants tucked along its winding lanes. Be prepared to wait in queues, but our pick of the restaurants are definitely worth the wait.
New Martin, Colaba
Restaurant, Bar, Seafood, Indian
New Martin Hotel, Colaba. | Image courtesy : Zomato
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 is a favorite with local lawyers in Fort who come here for lunch and after work. Try any of the meat items, and if you’re a vegetarian, there’s a superb, traditional-style thali for you. Prices are seriously low, though you may have to wait to be seated.
Thali at Taste of Kerala, Fort. Image Courtesy Zomato
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.
Fish thali at Sandip, Fort. Image Courtesy : Zomato
Gomantak offers incredible service and the freshest Malvani-style food in the area, as well as the shortest wait time for food once you’re seated. Order the fish thali, crispy prawns, and mussels to really understand the hype.
Fish thaali, Gomantak, Dadar. Image Courtesy : Zomato
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.
Table of food at Fountain Plaza, Fort. Image Courtesy: Zomato
Shri Datta Boarding, Parel
Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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.
Satkar has amassed quite a cult following for itself. The restaurant is very basic, with no frills but superlative seafood. Try the fish thali and the legendary Solkadi. Another super budget option for seafood fanatics,