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A little bit about Mumbai, India… Part 2

We took the next couple of days easy, as we really both needed to get better for Sri Lanka. I was slowly getting over my cold, and Hubby was still trying to recover from this ‘Delhi Belly’. Our hotel in Mumbai was near Juhu beach, which is located in the central suburb of Mumbai, so we hung out a fair bit there.

On one of the days, we started by going to Prithvi Theater, which organizes annual drama festival that features the best plays from India. It also has numerous theater workshops and outside the theater, there is a garden café which serves delicious food on lamp lit tables. It is famous for its North Indian food and Irish coffee. Hubby ordered the Irish coffee, and I ordered some vegetables samosa. The vegetable samosa were so so but the Irish coffee was just to die for!

We then had a late lunch at Mahesh lunch home, Hubby ordered the baked pomfret gassi, which is baked fish which was a little dry but extremely tasty  and I ordered the chicken tikka, which was absolutely delicious, and a side of garlic naan. Both the baked fish and chicken tikka had similar flavours. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take a photo of each dish, as the waiter splits the dish in half and serves it to you.

The garlic naan were huge, it was thin and absolutely garlicky and delicious. I needed some curry to dip the garlic naan, however, we didn’t order any! Damn!

In the afternoon, we went for a drink at Vie Lounge and Deck. It apparently has the best location and view in Mumbai, right on Juhu beach. We spent the afternoon drinking and people watching.

Unfortunately there were a horrendous amount of rubbish on the beach, it’s not exactly the ‘beach’ you go sun baking , but it was indeed gorgeous, sitting there, watching the sun set.

Despite all the rubbish, there were people playing volleyball, football and cricket. There were even people running on the beach.

As the sun goes down, Juhu Beach turns into a fun-fair, where local food stalls and ferry riders horde the area. Like Chowpatty Beach (which is a relatively cleaner than Juhu Beach), it is a popular place to spend time in the evenings and enjoy the appetizing local snacks of Mumbai.

Here is a man who made our dinner that evening. We wanted to try the Pav Bhaji.

Pav means bread, Bhaji is a term for a curry and vegetable dish. Pav Bhaji consists of the bhaji (a potato-based curry) and the pav, garnished with coriander and chopped onions. This was absolutely divine! The curry was full of flavour with a hint of chili and the bread which was garlicky was a great compliment.

Hubby ordered a side of Bhel Puri, which is a puffed rice dish with potatoes and a tangy tamarind sauce. It was good but the Pav Bhaji was a winner!

We probably shouldn’t have ordered another icy dessert drink, but Hubby and I couldn’t resist. Check out all the different colours, I suggested any colour except for blue!

So Hubby ordered the green icy dessert, which consisted of coconut, nougat and cendol – oh my my.. it was divine! It was deliciously sweet! We pretended not to see the shaved ice that the man put into it, it was just too good to pass!

The Pav Bhaji was so good that we actually had it again the next night. Hubby really loved it, however, it really didn’t help with the ‘Delhi Belly’ which is a shame. We were meeting one of Hubby’s friends, S, for dinner one evening. S wanted to take us somewhere at Colaba, but Hubby was afraid of going too far, so we went back to Mahesh lunch home and I have to say, S, ordered extremely well! My my – what we had that night were amazingly good.

We started with the baked fish stuffed with shrimps and this was scrumptiously good. The fish was tender and cooked to perfection, the prawns were curry base with a hint of chili. It was SO scrumptious that I ate Hubby’s share. In my defense, Hubby was not really feeling too well and this didn’t sit well in his stomach! MORE for me!!! My my my…..

S and I then shared the crab, cooked in butter, pepper and garlic and again… this was so delicious, there were times where I just had to stop and pause! The crab was cooked to perfection, it was meaty and full of flavour! I came out of there smelling of garlic but I was deliciously happy!

I felt sorry for Hubby as he couldn’t eat anything. Everything he tried was either too heavy or too sickening. We ordered a light naan and a curry, which I didn’t take a photo off as I was too engrossed in my crab, however, Hubby could not even eat that!

I can’t remember the name of this, but S ordered one for me to try. It was different to say the least, it was mixed of spices and herbs wrapped in a leaf and you eat the whole thing together. It was ‘interesting’.

It was a great meal with S, and it was definitely great catching up with him. We will definitely come and visit you in Delhi next year or the year after!

Thought I would share just some of the highlights from our India trip. We had some pretty mediocre meal also, we had lunch at the Leopold Café and that was so so. Unfortunately we didn’t get to eat as much as I have liked due to our illness, but I am glad to say that we (well, I certainly did) recovered a lot quicker than Hubby.

Prithvi Theatre

20 Janki Kutir , Juhu Church Road

Mumbai 400049, India

Ph : +91 22 2614 9546

Mahesh lunch home

Kings Apartment, Juhu Tara Road,

Next to Juhu Centaur,

Mumbai 400049, India.

Ph: +91 22 5695554

Vie Deck and Lounge

102 Juhu Tara Road

Santa Cruz, Mumbai, 40054, India

Ph: +91 22 2660 3003

  1. Anjeeta
    July 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Glad you are enjoying Mumbai’s street food.. you are a brave girl to have tried the real street eats. The icy drink that you described as Cendol is Falooda and the betel leaf wrapped concoction is called Paan. It’s great to see you enjoy my home city while I am just beginning to explore your’s.

    • July 27, 2010 at 2:22 pm

      hey there! thanks for dropping by. Ya we both enjoyed Mumbai – it was a shame we got a bit sick… but otherwise it was pretty good! that’s it – Falooda and Paan! thanks for reminding me 🙂 We would definitely go back to Mumbai! HK is a great city – lots of great food and places 🙂

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