Bandra, Mumbai’s hippest suburb, boasts of some really exciting family restaurants that promise to satiate your hunger and tickle your taste buds. It is a cosmopolitan area, busy and buzzing with a perfect melting pot of tastes. Bandra is like a playground where experimental foodies from across Mumbai flock to experience the latest gourmet trends. Such iconic restaurants have stood the test of time, and successfully lived up to the expectations. This suburbia exudes a certain charm quite closely linked to its fascinating history and its warmth has its own manner of attracting diners easily.
When you explore the lanes and nooks of Bandra, you will come across eateries selling tangy paani puris, steaming hot grilled prawns, freshly prepared pan rolls and juicy chunks of meat on tall skewers. From the myriad seafood starters to the authentic Catholic home-style dishes, to pure vegan delights to the amazing bakeries in the city, the culinary diversity of Bandra will entice you for sure. So get ready to indulge as we’ve picked the choicest veg and non veg restaurants for you, and find out what dishes are they famed for.
Top 10 Restaurants To Visit In Bandra
- Taj Mahal Tea House
- Birdsong Organic Cafe
- Pali Village Cafe
- Hakkasan Mumbai
- Pali Bhavan
- Ferry Wharf
- The AB Celestial
1. Taj Mahal Tea House
Referred to as India’s premium tea brand, Brooke Bond Taj Mahal launched its own tea house in Bandra recently, and it is pretty quaint and inviting. It occupies an old revived heritage bungalow, offering an ideal setting for romance over a cup of tea. You can find as many as 40 varieties of refreshing teas on offer, ranging from trendy chai latte to black coffee for those who would rather prefer to sip on something a little more exotic. The teas are accompanied by food specially designed to complement them – sandwiches, burgers or even pasta.
You can simply grab one of the books that are strewn around and enjoy a relaxing session of reading. Being elegant and classy, this love theme restaurant is perfect for enjoying the finer things is life or popping the question to your partner!
2. Birdsong Organic Cafe
Birdsong Organic Cafe, located in a lane off Hill Road near Ranwar Village, is an ideal place to stop for a bite when exploring the street art in the neighbourhood. This bohemian theme restaurant has high false ceilings that create an illusion of space and its huge windows let in an abundance of natural light. The interiors portray a rustic charm that is unique.
The owners of this laidback café are renowned for their immaculate baking skills. Although all the ingredients are absolutely organic, it’s still possible to devour some comfort foods such as pasta, pizza or lasagne. There are plenty of gluten-free and vegan options on the menu too, and jaggery is used instead of sugar, as a sweetener. Order the fabulous hot chocolate here if you wish to feel cosy. Also ask for the specials of the day and you may be in for a treat.
3. Pali Village Cafe
This brunch restaurant in Bandra was conceptualized by the same team as Pali Bhavan. It has a similar feel to Pali Bhavan, with vintage interiors that give you the feeling of being in a real ancient bungalow.
What’s different is the menu –it’s European! With a variety of pasta, pizzas, grills, salads and sandwiches on offer, you will be spoilt for choices. Herein, breakfast is served until 7 PM! Those who are looking for something more substantial, they can choose from dishes such as the herb chicken, pan seared duck breast and peri peri lamb stew. And, not to forget, there is wine, to begin with.
4. Hakkasan Mumbai
Craving for some Cantonese cuisines? Fret no more. Highly-acclaimed Hakkasan Mumbai serves up some outstanding Cantonese dishes and is one of the twelve in the world from its chain of restaurants. Established in 2011, it is one of the top family restaurants to visit with your loved ones for a Sunday lunch.
Some of the signature dishes that are only available in here are three-way mushroom Guangzhou bun, braised lamb, and aubergine clay pot. Nonetheless, its prawn dumplings with tobiko and crab meat are simply irresistible too.
5. Pali Bhavan
Replacing the Pali Naka of olden times, Pali bhawan is the perfect family restaurant for you. Featuring a rustic yet elegant look, its carved wooden furniture, chandeliers and vintage photographs complement each other quite well. The restaurant came into existence in late 2012 and promises to offer an eclectic menu to its diners.
Daal Vada is one of its signature dishes which is a must try. It is basically a local south Indian street food consisting of lentils and chickpeas, served with pine nuts and wild rice pulao and green pea hummus dip as a side-dish. This is something to die for, apt for a perfect lunch. Definitely binge on the paan flavoured kulfi and the mouth-watering Baileys rasgulla for dessert. Your meal is incomplete without either of these. Earthy and sophisticated, Pali Bhavan paves way for nice meals and easy conversations. The coconut fish curry is absolutely delicious and the music sets the mood right. As it is a family restaurant, drop by with your family to enjoy the heritage feel of times gone by, even if you are not a great foodie.
While the interiors reflect nuances of Portuguese culture, Candies is a special retreat specialising in comfort food. It is a great spot to visit for sumptuous brunches or simply to hang out with your friends on a Saturday night. Candies is best known for offering soft chicken sandwiches, complemented with old-school wafers and it is known to get sold out by 11am!
Candies is that hub that entices hungry foodies from all across the city, sometimes even becoming the focal point of a weekend plan for those staying far off. If you haven’t yet explored this little cosy place, we recommend you to try any of their rolls, dragon chicken or noodle roll served with pink panther lemonade.
7. Ferry Wharf
Ferry Wharf is one non veg restaurant in Bandra West that specializes in the traditional style of Indian delicacies, particularly Mangalorean seafood from Karnataka. It strives to provide simple quality home-style seafood without the expensive prices. Although the restaurant’s menu may be tagged as old-school, however, its interiors aren’t.
It is a nautical theme restaurant, which has been designed to recreate the feeling of sailing away in a boat. What’s really endearing is that each table is equipped with a small sample tray of dishes, wherein guests can familiarize themselves with the delicacies and order what they feel like.
If you have a soft corner for seafood and are willing to try new flavours, Bastian is a must-visit in Bandra West. Named after the Disney character, Sebastian from ‘The Little Mermaid’, one can find many replicas of crocodiles and faux crabs engraved on its walls. The restaurant boasts of a modern Asian spin in the cuisines, giving a quirky and intimate vibe to its diners.
You can also challenge yourself to eat the Killer Sambal Crab Platter – stuffed with real spicy chillies and loaded with at least a kilogram of crab cooked in fiery Malaysian sambal sauce. If you are able to finish it all by yourself, you get your photo on ‘The Wall of Fame.’
9. The AB Celestial
Named after its owner, Aishwarya Bhende, the AB Celestial is where you must swing by if you are celebrating a special occasion. This family restaurant in Bandra West enjoys a location from where you can get a magnificent view of the Bandra-Worli Sealink Bridge.
This place is endowed with a luxury yacht as well that has three levels of entertainment space including a spacious sky lounge bar on the top deck and a veg restaurant that presents lip-smacking cuisines from around the globe. Weekends have special events wherein you can party hard till 3 am with unlimited booze for the ladies in the house.
Looking for a spiced up evening that would steal you away from your monotonous life? Well then head to JLWA. Known to be a classy restaurant among its customers, it turns into a disco bar by the end of the day, and you can drop in here if you are party lover. Situated by the Linking Road, in Bandra West, this expansive restaurant looks forward to revolutionizing the very concept of nightlife. Being a party theme restaurant, one can unwind and soak in the energy of the place in just a few seconds. The choice of music, the refreshing starters and the lighting here will surely reenergize you.
The menu offers nicely prepared Indian dishes and delicacies, retaining their authenticity and originality. Some of the signature dishes include the East India Company, which is, nothing like it sounds, but a beautiful combination of thyme and lime scented chicken coupled with sautéed vegetables and garlic scented upma. The cocktails served here are great too.
Feeling hungry now? What are you waiting for? Get ready to explore these amazing cafes and restaurants in Bandra and dig into the best of cuisines from different parts of India and abroad. There are ample non veg and beg restaurants here to cater to distinct tastes and diets.