In a city like Mumbai, where we've got wheels on our feet to keep up with the fast pace, spending time with family becomes close to impossible. And in case ya'll are a part of a graveyard shift at work, you'll know what we're talking about. If your parents love the idea of khaane pe charcha, then this list might help you. We've curated a few restaurants in different parts of the city according to cuisine preferences, that are perfect for a fun-filled, festive fam-jam. Cheggit Cheggit!
Top Restaurants To Visit With Your Fam This Festive Season!
Ling's Pavilion, Colaba
Chinese (safe to say) is almost everyone's favourite. It's not too heavy on the tummy, and just the process of chowing down those noodles is so much fun (have you ever had noodle-eating competitions with your sibling?) For those Chinese cravings, we'd say your best bet is Ling's Pavilion in SoBoland's Colaba. This 75-year-old icon has retained the same charm throughout these years, and you'll get real Chinese here. So drop the idea of munching on all the Chindian you've been eating, and make your way to Lings.
For A Hearty Meal: Honey Glazed Spare Ribs, Dimsums, Pepper Prawns, Ling's Supreme Rice With Bacon
Goa Portuguesa, Mahim
Goa's more than just beaches and churches. If you've made multiple visits to Goa but haven't tried their local delicacies yet, well, you've got to change that real quick. But if you've never been to the Goan land but want a flavour of it in Mumbai, what's better than heading to the master itself? Goa Portuguesa has multiple outlets in the city with a full bar, a great ambience with traditional Portuguese wall hangings, and on some days you'll have a musician to entertain you. We can already sniff a great fam-bonding happening over all this! How about you?
For A Hearty Meal: Mutton Vindaloo, Chicken Xacutti, Seradurra, Dodol
Everyone bonds over tikkas and biryani. And we bet your whole khaandaan will weave great stories over some Rum-Whisky Te Chicken Kebabs. So if you have a madhouse, get them to Mulk in Andheri and watch the North Indian spices further accentuate the madness! This restaurant runs on the concept of a 'pind', wherein you'll see models of villagers who are handcrafted with mud and look too real. The old-world charm and a special area for family-dining definitely make Mulk fam-worthy!
Cuisine: North Indian
For A Hearty Meal: Maa Ki Daal, Butter Chicken, Biryani, Soya Chaap
Shree Thacker Bhojanalay, Kalbadevi
Gujju fare is pure love. But again, very little is known when it comes to the non-gujjus wanting to devour on this cuisine. To bridge that gap, head straight to the best-Shree Thacker Bhojanalay. Go directly for the famous Thali they serve, and make sure you go empty stomach (don't say we din't warn you) It comprises six curries, six rotis, two papad variants, buttermilk, curd, three kinds of delish desserts, chaat, veg roll, and much more than just these.
For A Hearty Meal: Gujarati Thali, Undhiyo, Khichda
If you fancy a lavish spread of Bengali food on your table, Mustard's a very good option not just for the authenticity of the menu, but also for the Instagram-worthy decor. You'll witness the marriage of Bengali with French cuisine at this fine-dine, so if you're bored of one of them, you have the other to rely on. But seriously, who get's bored of all the mustard and fish curry and rice anyway? The lighting's warm, there's some jazz music, and there are other foodie fams waiting to order the best out of the menu.
For A Hearty Meal: Bengal Mezze Platter, Mangsher Bhaja, Til Telkathi, Croquettes
Ishaara, Lower Parel
Ishaara, just like the name suggests, communicates in gestures. With a single-minded purpose to encourage meaningful connections over comforting food, the restaurant exclusively employs people with speech and hearing impairment as their service staff. Diversity in the food scene is a new and welcome trend, but inclusion is something that stands out everywhere. Even back home. When there, expect lots of greens around, an amazing vibrant ambience and some really really good food! Oh and they've got an artisanal live street food counter. So maybe kickstart with that.
Cuisine: Modern Indian
For A Hearty Meal: Sago Tikki, Malabar Jumbo Prawns, Kalicut king fish curry, Lotus root koftas.
Burma Burma, Fort
A go-to for vegetarians and our SoBo folks, Burma Burma is nestled in the quaint lanes of the Kala Ghoda. And well, Bubble Tea is a thing there, so if you're not yet over bubble tea, sip on some here. Rustic wooden decor, cosy vibe and souvenirs from the region, this restaurant is a must-try if you're looking to try authentic Burmese cuisine.
For A Hearty Meal: Samosa soup, tofu stir fry, iconic Khow Seuy.
The Butler & The Bayleaf, Juhu
If you're looking for authentic North Indian food, without any fusion, Butler And Bayleaf in Juhu is the place for you and your fam. Recipes and dishes here have been drawn from traditional cooking styles passed down from generations.
Cuisine: North Indian
For A Hearty Meal: Kurkuri Bhindi, Chole Bhatura, Katnal Dum Biryani, and their iconic Butler Butter Chicken.
It's here where fusion meets sustainability. A little zen oasis in the busy lanes of Kala Ghoda, Plural serves authentic South-Asian cuisine with dishes inspired from the regions of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. It's pure vegetarian, so it's an ideal place for our shakahari friends.
For A Hearty Meal: Dumpling Soup (must-try), Vietnamese pizza, Mi Kieu Mach and roasted cauliflower.