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Mumbai for the solo traveller

Whether it’s relishing street food in the city’s most loved beaches or grooving to live music at its hottest clubs, places to visit alone in Mumbai are endless, especially for those travelling alone to the city of dreams. India’s busiest and most populous city is a melting pot of the old and new, with streets built of centuries-old buildings and sprawling modern complexes touching the skies. From plush nightclubs and luxurious spas to flea markets and sprawling museums, Mumbai is a perfect companion for solo travellers. Here is your guide to all the places that can keep a solo traveller entertained in the maximum city. 

A solo trip is everyone’s fantasy, from the jilted lover, to the stressed out IT executive, and this is why it is important to understand which places can be visited solo. Among the places to visit alone, Mumbai definitely stands high up there. Solo trip in Mumbai is great fun, as the city has an urban character, with a natural knack for glamour. 

GETTING AROUND IN MUMBAI

Getting around in Mumbai

Mumbai’s most iconic street eats and where to have them

10 Mumbai hotspots where you can shop till you drop

Your guide to Mumbai’s heritage sites


Mumbai’s most loved beaches

10 places to read a book in Mumbai

The heart of art in Mumbai

5 nightspots to party hard in Mumbai

Known as the Commercial Capital of IndiaMumbai is a city of glamour and glitz. It is only safe to assume that Mumbai nightlife would be eclectic and exciting. Mumbai nightlife places are of many types, from your regular local bar to the exclusive clubs visited by the who’s who of tinsel-town. When in Mumbai, you are in safe hands as far as entertainment is concerned, and hence there are numerous night hangout places in Mumbai. From one end of the city to the other there are loads of places for you to have a great night with friends and close ones. 

6 places to get live and loud in Mumbai

Mumbai’s most relaxing spas

Breakfast in Mumbai

In search of Bombay in Mumbai

The change in the way that this city’s name was spelled could not change the love we have for it. Yes, calling Bombay as Mumbai really did not change much. Still Bombay to all the old souls out there, it stays as the city maximum, as the city that never sleeps and the city that is welcoming and brutal at the same time. 

It had its brush with the Portuguese and the British as well, and reminders of those eras now stand tall and mute as the landscape keeps changing. If you are in Mumbai and are eager for a Bombay experience, go off the famous lanes. 

Explore Mumbai like a lover of Bombday would, here is some help. 

Chor Bazaar

In search of Bombay in Mumbai

Credit: ThinkStock PhotosIf there is one place in South Mumbai that will blow your mind away, I would name it Chor Bazaar. Famous as the underbelly of the city, this is more of a flea market than a thieves’ market as its name suggests. It is a place to haggle to the best of your ability and dig souvenirs that include stuff as random and mismatched as typewriters, vinyl records, antique clocks, radios, and automobile parts that might be coming from a down and out Bentley! 

You will find this market stretched on Mutton Street, and the shops are open from 11 AM to 7:30 PM. 

Kala Ghoda

In search of Bombay in Mumbai

Photo by:  Nichalp, Creative Commons Attribution LicenceFebruary is, unquestionably, the best time to make this cultural nosedive. Yet, if you are in Mumbai and do not visit Kala Ghoda, it is almost a sin of sorts. An art district, Kala Ghoda is where you will find city’s most coveted heritage buildings, art galleries, museums and more. Some of the must-visits here are the Esplanade Mansion, Jehangir Art Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Great Western Building. Do remember to carry your camera along, for Kala Ghoda is a photographer’s’ delight. 

Marine Drive

In search of Bombay in Mumbai

Photo by:  SevenSoft, Creative Commons Attribution LicenceThere simply is no getting over this one. If Marine Drive is not on your list of essential Mumbai experience, it really does not make a list. A very laid-back vibe even as the crowd keeps surging till well past midnight, Marine Drive is where you will find the local kids strumming guitar and calling it a day. Bandra Bandstand might just be a great match with it. 

Mumbai local trainsCredit: ThinkStock PhotosTake out a few hours of your time in Mumbai and hop over for a ride on one of the Mumbai locals. It might not be plush or even close to luxurious but this is where the city’s heart is. Always on time, except when the rail tracks go under water during annual monsoon bursts, most of the Mumbai locals run every day from 5 AM to 2 AM. Some of the coaches are reserved for women, making it a more comfortable experience if you wish to have one. 

Elephanta Caves

In search of Bombay in Mumbai

Credit: ThinkStock PhotosImagine going on a ferry ride to one of India’s most prized UNESCO heritage sites; if you fancy the idea, get a ticket for the ferry ride to the Elephanta Caves. The island that houses the caves is about 2 km off the shore, and has some of the world’s best rock-cut sculptures. Most of the carvings here depict stories from Hindu mythology and a visit is more than just a break from Mumbai’s traffic if you are craving for one. 

A day can also be very well-spent exploring the Parsi culture of the city, including some hours at the Parsi Dadar Colony and some famous Irani cafes. An evening at Leopold Cafe is another must if you wish to experience Mumbai in its Bombay days. 

Do not forget to drop in your suggestions in the comment section below if you know of more Bombay delights. We are reading. 

Attend This: Embark On A Picturesque Vasota Jungle Trek In Satara Region

To the point: Imagine this — you are walking (more like trekking) amidst a dense jungle, are surrounded by nothing but nature, are headed to a site which will offer a panoramic view of Satara. Wouldn’t you like to just soak in the natural beauty and just stay there? Well, we don’t know about staying back but we surely know about how you can experience this.

vasota 1

Arranged by Karma Events & Holidays, attend a two-day long Vasota Jungle trek this month.  It is comparatively an easy, medium endurance level trek that will start from the Warje Flyover on the Katraj-Dehu Road bypass. 

vasota 2

It includes camping and trekking (of 5 km, each side) with the organisers taking care of your camping stay and food. All you have to carry is one extra pair of clothes, water, warm clothes, blankets, and medicines if required.

vasota 3

The trip begins on January 19, 2 pm and ends on January 20 at 11 pm. Not only will it involve camping and trekking, but there’s also boating and exploration of the Vasota fort, also known as Vyaghragad. How cool will that be? Go ahead and unwind on a camping trip like no other!

Where: Vasota, Satara, Maharashtra
When: Jan 19-20
Cost: Rs 1800 per head.
Contact: +91 9970787493; +91 9657473595; +91 9764442120

Experience A Slice Of Mediterranean Architecture In Ganpatipule!

To the point: Cool tones of blue, white and teal, earthy oranges and airy spaces, no we aren’t talking about taking a trip to Greece, Italy or Morocco to experience Mediterranean architecture at its best. All you gotta do is hop into a car, bump across the winding Sahyadris and pitstop at The One, an abode so beautiful located in the heart of GanpatiPule and we promise you, your eyes are in for a treat.

the one, ganpatiphule

Hosted by Niyoti, a production designer by profession, she’s a woman with a passion for decorating spaces and making them come to life. With a love for nature, outdoors, books and experiences true to locals, her home exudes her personality to the T. 

the one, ganpatiphule

Two bedrooms, one as blue as the bright daylit sky and the other as green as a rainforest the home is perfect to accommodate four guests looking for a serene getaway. Eclectic in style, and furniture as white as snow, The One, surely calms the eye. With a  beautiful big sea green butterfly chair to sink in and enjoy the company of loved ones as well as a bookshelf in the house, relaxation at this property is inevitable. If you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy eating out too much and want to just buy all the yummy fresh catch of seafood and whip up a home cooked meal, there’s a fully equipped kitchen in store for you.

the one, ganpatiphule

Workaholics or social media lovers, fear not you can take your work along with you and update your gram’ every second cos the home has WiFi too! Mosaic tiles, glass lanterns, a ton of plants and your loved ones, need we say more? This getaway is sure to be perfect. An amalgamation of unique items, each one so different from the other and quirky knick-knacks handpicked by the host, the house is nothing short of paradise. Quit booking a trip abroad to experience the Mediterranean culture, just book your stay at the one and you’re sure to become one with the Mediterranean.

the one, ganpatiphule


Not just that, if you’re an outdoorsy kinda person looking to explore the pristine village of Malgund, no stress there’s a lot to do! Set out and pay a visit to the Jaigad fort not too far away from the property or pay your respects at the Ganesh Temples in Ganpatipule and Kachare. Not just that, experience fresh produce at its best at the local market that’s a stone’s throw away. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed. Happy travels!

Price: Rs 6,500
Contact: 9820134242
To book, click here

Instead Of A DJ, Opt For These Live Music Bands For Your Next Event

To the point: Tired of begging your musically gifted friends to come perform at your parties or events? We’ve curated a list of Mumbai based bands and artists who will liven up your special occasions. You’re welcome.

1. Shanay Shah

Shanay Shah

A singer, songwriter and guitarist, Shanay Shah is sure to make you remember your first crush with his soulful singing. A mix of Hindi and English, you can check out his work on  YouTube.

2. Tanuj Vats 

 Tanuj Vats

A vocalist, lyricist, composer, and a producer, Tanuj is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the guitar, and piano. Once you listen to his covers, there’s no going back, we bet. You can follow him on YouTube.

3. Vernon Noronha

Vernon Noronha

Singing since he was 8, singer and songwriter Vernon’s songs will move you because of the aw emotion in them. Follow him here.

4. Simetri

Simetri

The singer-songwriter duo – Riya and Simran Duggal will stun you with Western Rock, Indie, Pop Music, and also Indian classical music. You can check out their work here.

5. Shivangi Bhayana

Shivangi Bhayana

We’re glad this desi girl moved from Canada to India to pursue a full-time career in music. Beside Hindi numbers, her Sufi music will transport you to the world of poetry. You have to follow her on YouTube.

6. Anket Dhoundiyal

Anket Dhoundiyal

Ankit Dhoundiyal is sure to turn your gathering into a party! Sing-along music teamed up with a lively high-energy band will turn you all on the dance floor. Follow his work on YouTube.

Cover Image Source:  UTV Spotboy

Have You Tried The Best Baos In Mumbai Yet?

To the point: A warm, fluffy cloud packed with a filling of your choice and steamed to perfection. What’s not to like? We have listed down 6 restaurants in Mumbai serving the best baos we’ve tried.

1: The Fatty Bao

The Fatty Bao

From a crispy tofu and a mock meat version, to a roast duck one, to a fried eggplant one, to a chilli crab and prawn version, The Fatty Bao serves over 10 varieties of this Asian delicacy. And mind you, all great interpretations of the classic!

Where: The Fatty Bao, Bandra, Andheri, Lower Parel and Powai
Cost: Rs 250++ onwards

2: Plum by Bent Chair

India’s first experiential dining retail restaurant, Plum by Bent Chair offers some mean baos – wild mushroom (for the vegetarians), and spicy barbecued chicken and tenderloin and black pepper baos (for the meat-eaters). 

Where: Plum by Bent Chair, Third Floor, Trade View Building, Kamala Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
Cost: Rs 485++ onwards

3: Keiba

Keiba

Beside being one of the most romantic spots in Mumbai, Keiba is also known for their delicious Asian food. They serve unbelievably fluffy buns – baos but closed – with 3 different fillings – mushroom, chicken and pork.

Where: Keiba, Royal Western India Turf Club, Mahalakshmi
Cost: Rs 395++ onwards

4: Umame

Umame

When Chef Farrokh Khambatta is behind the kitchen, you know he’s about to create magic. Apart from serving world-class sushi and khao suey, they also master in making baos. Pick the honey garlic chicken bao or the one with mixed vegetables and water chestnuts, and trust us, you won’t regret it!

Where: Umame, 1st Floor, East Wing, Cambata Building, Near Eros Theatre, Churchgate
Cost: Rs 385++ onwards

5: China Bistro

China Bistro

A restaurant townies swear by for authentic Chinese food, it would be a sin to not mention China Bistro for their baos. Serving baos and bao pockets, they serve 3 vegetarian and 3 meat options catering to everyone’s palette.

Where: China Bistro, Worli, Shivaji Park, Thane and Chembur
Cost: Rs 405++ onwards

6: Foo – Asian Tapas

This new Asian restaurant has been the talk of the town and for all the right reasons. Gorgeous interiors, delicious tapas and pocket-friendly prices. Though they only have 2 baos on their menu, both are must tries. 

Where: Foo, Phoenix Mill Compound, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
Cost: Rs 290++ onwards

Eat This Filling Surmai Thali Just For Rs. 140

To the point: We have all had those days when we are just fed up of the usual dal-roti and crave something yummy for lunch. We have found the perfect lunch home where all you office-goers can gorge on yummy food.

Surmai Thali.

While one loves the thrill of the Maximum city, one can hardly afford to eat lunch at one of the many fancy cafes or restaurants on a daily basis. But if you are a foodie like us and love trying out different types of food then head to Shubha Bhojnalaya for a lunch fix. Located in Lower Parel, this is the perfect place to catch a quick yet affordable meal. They offer a variety of thalis in vegetarian and non-vegetarian options but what caught our eye was the Surmai Thali.

Chicken Thali

The thali, costing just Rs. 140, comprises curry, sabji, rice, two pieces of fish fry and even two rotis. Now, what else could a hungry tummy ask for? If fish is not your meal of choice, then try their chicken and mutton options instead.One word of warning, the tiny restaurant is usually packed during lunch hour so be prepared to wait for a bit before being seated. However, their service is super fast so you won’t be kept hungry for too long.

Where: Shubha Bhojnalaya, Tulsi Building, 446/A2, Ground, Tulsi Pipe Rd, Lower Parel
Cost: Rs 50 onwards 

6 Hot Beverages That’ll Make Your Winter More Wonderful And Where To Have Them In The City

To the point: Mumbai ki sardi is famous for its blink and miss role in our lives. But this year we’ve been lucky to have a winter where sweatshirts are needed and hot beverages really give out the much-needed warmth. And since we are such aficionados of hot beverages, we decided to compile a list of some mouth-watering beverages that can be the perfect companions this season. So we say, sip on!

1. Home-made Dark Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate

If you love all things home-made then you’ll love Suzette’s rich, dark and unadulterated Hot Chocolate. A big cuppa to satisfy your heart, this chocolaty indulgence is a must in the winter, chill or no chill. Team it with a crepe or simply gorge on a salad for that good food feeling to sink in.  

Where: Suzette Creperie & Café
Price: Rs. 220++

2. Pink Latte 

Pink Latte

Your regular latte gets a makeover with an pink hue that’s soothing to the soul. The Pink Latte comes with a frothy layer on top and biscuits on the side that can give you company while you enjoy the weather and the views. We suggest you take the window seat but if you can’t the café is also eye-pleasing enough to enjoy a pleasant evening. Plus, a round of Pooja Dhingra’s famous macaroons to end the evening would be like icing on the cake.

Where: Le15 Café
Price: Rs. 180 ++ 

3. Matcha Vanilla

Matcha Latte

Matcha’s become quite a fad these days with people using in various ways. Well, here’s a matcha-infused beverage you won’t regret ordering. With rich matcha and vanilla paired with creamy steamed milk, this makes for a palate-pleasing beverage.

Where: Tassa De The
Price: Rs. 197++ 

4. Strawberries and Cream Tea 

Strawberry tea

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A mesmerising combination of black tea, white chocolate, strawberries, and Roman chamomile served along with some flavouring this beverage is a truly unique concoction. Sip on it along with the tea cake of the day for a more wholesome experience. If this is too experimental for you, try their Madagascar Hot Chocolate with 70 percent cocoa and you’ll be floored. Another hit on their menu is the Signature Belgian Chocolate Freakshake. 

Where: The Rolling Pin
Price: Rs. 230 ++

5.  White Chocolate 

 Chocolateria San Churro

This whimsical and warm concoction is made with pure white chocolate. Melted chocolate is served with creamy milk that gives it the silky, caramelly texture you are bound to love. Order one of their signature desserts or churros along with this and you’ll be on a chocolate overload that’s all worth it.

Where: Chocolateria San Churro
Price: Rs. 215++

6. Charcoal Latte 

Charcoal Latte

Your regular latte gets a makeover with the addition of activated charcoal that not only lends it a rich, black hue but also the benefits. While you are sipping this enjoyable beverage order a Wild Mushroom Crepe or a Banana Split Waffle and make it an indulgent evening.  

Where: Poetry by Love and Cheesecake
Price: Rs. 170++

Enjoy Pocket Friendly Mughlai At These Joints In Mumbai

To the point: Packed with street food stalls and fine dining restaurants, it’s difficult to find small-scale restaurants that serve delicious food at pocket friendly rates in Mumbai. After multiple culinary trips, we found out the best places in the city that serve delicious mughlai cuisine on a budget!

Rajasthan

Don’t let the name confuse you. This outlet in Khar has been serving hungry mughlai food lovers for years now. From their biryani to the lighter-than-cotton caramel custard, everything is lip-smacking good. It’s a fast moving restaurant so don’t expect a fine dining experience. 
Where: Rajasthan, S.V road, Khar west
When: 8 am to 1 am, all days
Cost for two: Rs 500

Kareem’s

An oldie but a goodie on this list! Kareem’s has been ruling the mughlai restaurant scene in Mumbai for years with its delish kebabs, rolls and even biryanis. What is amazing about this place is that it’s quick, tasty and absolutely consistent in its taste, whichever outlet you go to. 
Where: Kareem’s, Shop 53, 53A, 54, Ground Floor, Jai Hind Market, Dr. C. G. Road, Behind Gandhi Market Bus Stop, Chembur
When: 11.30 am to 4 pm, 6.30 pm to 11.30 pm, all days
Cost for two: Rs 700

Oye Pappe

This deliver-only mughlai joint offers a great variety of mughlai starters and main course dishes on its menu. Along with non-vegetarian food, they have been known to make the most delicious vegetarian food too. They have also tackled one common complaint with most mughlai take-away or delivery joints which is the chewiness of the roti or naan. Their breads are soft and light to eat even after delivery! 
Where: Oye Pappe, Kalina Road, Santacruz East
When: 11 am to 3 pm, 7 pm to 11 pm, all days
Cost for two: Rs 450 

Noor Mohammadi Hotel

The restaurant that made the ‘Sanju Baba Chicken’ famous- a recipe that Sanjay Dutt enjoys at this place. Noor Mohammadi is also known for its Nalli Nihari, a dish that only a few get right in this city. Don’t forget to pick up their readymade meat masala which they retail at the restaurant itself! 
Where: Noor Mohammadi Hotel, 179, Wazir Building, Abdul Hakim Chowk, Bhendi Bazar, Near, Mohammad Ali Road
When: 6 am to 1.30 am, all days
Cost for two: Rs 350 

Gulshan-e-Iran

An authentic mughlai dining experience in the city at an affordable rate is possible at Gulshan-e-Iran. Their tandoori items are a crowd favourite along with its biryani. Wrap up your meal with their yummy kulfi falooda, which is must have here. 
Where: Gulshan-e-Iran, 15, Corner Of MRA Marg, Musafir Khana Road, Crawford Market, Mumbai CST Area
When: 7 am to 1.30 am, all days 
Cost for two: Rs 500

Goila Butter Chicken

While the chef-cum-owner of this restaurant has represented India on Masterchef Australia, their prices are still pocket-friendly. Known for its butter chicken, Goila’s butter chicken has a smokey flavour to the gravy, something that even hard core Delhi fiod-lovers rave about. So don’t forget to try that! 
Where: Goila Butter Chicken, Shop 26, 4 Bungalows, Sai Kanwal Complex, Indira Nagar, Near DN Nagar Metro Station, 4 Bungalows
When: 12 noon to 1 am, all days
Cost for two: Rs 700

12 Places That Serve The Best Biryani In Mumbai

To the point: Let’s be honest – do you ever need an actual reason to savour some delicious biryani? After all, biryani is possibly that one thing that unifies all of us – regardless of who we are, which region we belong to, or what our likes/dislikes may be. In fact, a biryani is possibly that one dish that even the most ardent haters of food (yes, people like that do exist!) cannot resist. And so on that note, for all Mumbaikars out there who were looking for the best biryani in Mumbai, we at Whatshot have compiled a list of the best places that serve biryani in Mumbai.

1. Persian Darbar

Established in 1976, the Persian Darbar is, without question, where you ought to be headed to if you are looking for the best biryani in Mumbai. And while they have many outlets across the city, it’s the one in Byculla that has gradually become our one-stop-shop for a lip-smacking plate of biryani. In fact, the variety of biryani you’ll get to savour here is pretty much unrivaled. After all, where else can you find chicken biryani, reshmi tikka biryani, mutton biryani, mutton pulao, pomfret biryani, egg biryani, mushroom pulao, and even prawns biryani on the same menu? We also urge you to try out their Mutton Raan Reshmi Masala, Chicken Patiyala, Chicken Nawabi, Mutton Seekh Kebabs, Masala King Prawns, and Pomfret Fry.  Where: Persian Darbar,  Alexondar Terrace, 5, Dr. Babasahed Ambedkar Road, Byculla East Cost for two: Rs. 800  Operating hours: 9 am to 1:30 am  Contact: 022-23791112

2. Kakori House

While Kakori House is mostly known for its delectable kebabs, it’s actually their biryani that ends up being the most treasured offering on their menu. And with an impressive variety of biryani from around the country being served here, Kakori House ends up being an absolute treasure trove for biryani lovers in the city. We suggest you go for their Dum Gosht Lucknowi Biryani or Dum Gosht Noormahal Biryani to keep things filling and royal, and if you’re a vegetarian, their Dum Subz Masala Biryani is an absolute must-have. While you’re at it, you should also order their Murgh Musallam, Paneer Makhani, Nihari Gosht, Kakori Kebabs, Mutton Shami Kebabs, Dal-E-Khas, and Mahi Kaliya (fish curry in mustard sauce). And finally, if you’re planning on visiting here with a large group, you’d be pleased to know that their menu lets you order some select dishes (including all of their biryanis) by the kilo! Happy eating!  Where: Kakori House, 10 A, Shiv Sagar Society, Opposite Paradise Cinema, Lady Jamshedji Road, Mahim West Cost for two: Rs. 1,300  Operating hours: 11:30 am to 11:30 pm  Contact: 8655259211

3: Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar

Delhi Darbar in Marine Lines has possibly been serving the most famous biryani in Mumbai for a while now, and so our list would simply be incomplete without mentioning it. Their biryani is iconic and not too loaded with spices; with a subdued-yet-recognizable flavour that sets it apart from other places on our list. Just keep it simple and order their Mutton Biryani if good biryani is all you’re after, or you can order their delectable Mutton Kheema Biryani, or their special Prawns Biryani to savour an appetising meal. You should also take a dig at the rest of their menu, especially their Murgh-e-Nargis, Raan Sikandari, and Chicken Korma, if you’re in an adventurous mood. That fact that you’ll be getting such delectable food for a reasonable price only ends up being an added bonus.   Where: Delhi Darbar, 94, 1st Marine Street, Big Three Building, Metro Gol Masjid, Dhobi Talao, Marine Lines Cost for two: Rs. 800  Operating hours: 11 am to 12:30 am Contact: 022-22016363

4: Lucky Restaurant

Another name synonymous with delectable biryani, Lucky restaurant in Bandra now has  multiple branches across the city, though it still manages to keep the authentic flavour it’s known for. The absolutely delicious variety of biryani you can savour here is enough to warrant a visit, especially since their Arabi chicken biryani, fish tikka biryani, egg biryani, and mutton biryani are simply too good for you to pass over. And for the vegans out there looking for the best veg biryani in Mumbai, Lucky Restaurant’s vegetable biryani and paneer tikka biryani are just what you were looking for. So whenever you are craving some biryani, just head to their Hill Road outlet to relive some college memories, or in case of a first-time visit, just order everything there is on their menu.    Where: Lucky Restaurant, Junction Of SV Road & Hill Road, Hill Road, Bandra West Cost for two: Rs. 750  Operating hours: 9 am to 1 am  Contact: 022-26516019

5: Behrouz biryani

Having started out as a delivery-only biryani joint in Gurgaon, Behrouz Biryani has come a long, illustrious way. While still delivery-only, their biryani is now also available across Mumbai (as well as multiple other cities) through their multiple outlets. We love the authentic handis their biryanis come in, as well as the sheer size of their portions. So don’t hesitate before ordering their Murgh Makhani Biryani, Lazeez Bhuna Murgh Biryani, Dum Gosht Biryani, and Murgh Queema Kefta Biryani. Those looking for more vegan friendly options, you can order their Subz-E-Biryani, Zaikedaar Paneer Biryani, Paneer Subz Biryani, and their Kathail Biryani,all of which make for absolutely delicious options.  Where: Delivery only!  Cost for two: Rs. 650  Operating hours: 10 am  to 12 am  Contact: 18002700928

6: Borivali Biryani Centre

By far one of the oldest and most well-recognized places for biryani in the city, Borivali Biryani Centre in (obviously) Borivali is one for the road trips, especially the ones you take to reach this place. By no means a restaurant with fancy decor or cutlery, Biryani Centre makes up for it by delivering on the quality of the food. If you’re finding it difficult to choose one off the menu, just go for their Chicken Dum Biryani, Chicken Tikka Biryani, Mutton Dum Biryani, Fish Biryani,  or their Mutton Tava Rice, and be assured that you won’t come back disappointed. Apart from the rich variety of biryani, their menu also offers other delectable dishes including, Noorani Kebabs, Prawns Fry, Chicken Masala, Chicken Lahori, and Mutton Rogan Josh.  Where: Borivali Biryani Centre, 25-28, Aditya Apartment, Shimpoli, Chikuwadi, Borivali West Cost for two: Rs. 750  Operating hours: 12 pm to 3:30 pm, 7 pm to 12 am Contact: 022-28332722

7: Dum Pukht

Dum Pukht is one of the most recognized names in fine-dining Awadhi (and general Mughlai) cuisine, and the biryani is one of the main attractions on their menu. Dum Pukht literally means ‘slow cooking’, which is the cooking technique that gives the delectable biryanis here a unique and authentic flavour. While a bit on the higher side, the sheer explosion of flavours you’ll get to experience by feasting on the food – especially the biryanis – here makes it well worth it. After all, their signature Dum Pukht Biryani (basmati rice and lamb, simmered with mace, ittar and kewra), Murgh Yakhni Pulao (a delectable concoction of spring chicken, long grain basmati, and aromatic spices), and Subz Biryani (seasonal vegetables and basmati rice cooked on dum) are a sheer treat for your tastebuds.  Where: Dum Pukht, ITC Maratha, Sahar Road, Chakala, Mumbai Cost for two: Rs. 5000 Operating hours: 12 pm to 2:30 am, 7 pm to 11:30 pm Contact: 022-40341878

8: Cafe Noorani

Image Courtesy: Pexels It won’t be wrong to state that Cafe Noorani, located on Tardeo Road, serves the best biryani in Mumbai.  After all, the sheer variety of biryani at offer here pretty much makes the best case possible for you to head to Tardeo Road and dine at Cafe Noorani. Their flavourful biryanis, especially their fish tikka biryani, mutton biryani, reshmi tikka biryani, and prawns biryani, will make you keep coming back for more. But that’s not all!  While the biryanis here make for a delicious yet affordable dishes (half a portion of the chicken biryani will cost you just Rs. 180), you should also savour some other options from their menu. In fact, we recommend their butter chicken, palak paneer, chicken Kashmiri, chicken liver masala fry, dal gosht, and kadhai prawns as well.     Where: Cafe Noorani, 5 D, Tardeo Road, Haji Ali Circle, Tardeo, Mumbai Cost for two: Rs. 750  Operating hours: 8 am  to 12 am  Contact: 022-23534753

9: Shalimar Restaurant

The fact that Shalimar is situated on Mohammad Ali Road should pretty much clue you in vis-a-vis the quality of food you’ll get to experience at this eating joint. You don’t even have to take our word for it, all you need to do is order their delicious chicken tikka biryani, fish biryani, chicken kabsa rice, or prawns pulao, and you’ll understand just what we are trying to say. For the vegans amongst you, you can order their veg biryani instead. But apart from their biryanis, you should also try out their kadai gosht, Afghani mutton, fish masala, chicken chilly wings, lamb in hot bean sauce, and chilli prawns gravy to truly experience an irresistible explosion of flavours in your mouth. And here’s the best thing about Shalimar, if you’re getting a sudden late night craving for biryani, or Mughlai food in general, at 12:00 AM, then the fact that it’s open till 2:00 AM is certain to bring a smile to your face.  Where: Shalimar, Vazir Building, Shalimar Corner, Bhendi Bazaar, Sandhurst Road, Mohammad Ali Road Cost for two: Rs. 700  Operating hours: 8 am  to 2 am  Contact: 022-23456631

10: Dum Matka

Dum Matka, as the name suggests, is the perfect place to go to if you’re a fan of dum style biryani. Their are specially known for their authentic Hyderabadi Dum Biryani that will make you feel like you’ve magically been teleported to the bylanes of Hyderabad city. Of the Hyderabadi Dum Biryani being served here, we recommend the chicken dum, mutton dum, fish tikka, chicken tikka, and veg dum variants, all of which are certain to elevate your love for biryani to new heights. In addition to the collection of biryani at offer her, you’ll also love their fish tikka kebabs, kadai chicken, butter chicken, murgh banjara leg, and fish tikka masala. Where: Dum Matka, Shop No-154, Galleria Mall Shopping Center, Hirandani, Powai, Mumbai Cost for two: Rs. 750  Operating hours: 12 pm to 4 pm, 6:45 pm to 11:50 am Contact: 7045934855

11: The Calcutta Club

Image Courtesy: Flickr If you were looking for authentic Kolkata style biryani, then it’s time you reserved a table at the Calcutta Club. The Chicken Dum and Mutton Dum Biryanis being served here will treat your tastebuds to the authentic taste of Kolkata cuisine like no other eatery in the city. In fact, the special Kolkata style biryanis at offer here can also be ordered by the kilo – making this the perfect place to go to with a group of like-minded biryani lovers. Their Mangshore Jhole, Aloo Posto, Chicken Kausha, and Bhetki Fish Patori are worthy of your consideration as well. Where: The Calcutta Club,  22, Link Plaza, Near Police Station, Oshiwara, Andheri West  Cost for two: Rs. 600  Operating hours: 12 pm to 4 pm, 7 pm to 12 am Contact: 9870424395

12: Zaffran

Lastly, how can any list compiling all of the places serving the best biryani in Mumbai be complete without a mention of Zaffran? Their signature Gosht Biryani is simply too good for any foodie in Mumbai, let alone biryani lovers, to miss out on. The perfect concoction of aroma and spicy flavours, Zaffran’s Gosht Biryani will make you keep coming back for more, time after time.  Where: Zaffran, Todi & Company, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel, Mumbai Cost for two: Rs. 1,400   Operating hours:  12 pm to 11 pm Contact: 9595063063 Inputs from Himanshu Sharma