Fancy restaurants and fancy food are a thing but when our social battery goes down to zero and all we seek is comfort, we always go back to our roots- home-cooked food that feels like mother's lap. A good hot plate of homestyle food embodies balance- nutritious and even taste-wise. It signifies solace, peace and ultimate comfort that we all need when we're low and dull. So here we are bringing you our list of restaurants serving some of the best homestyle food in Mumbai. Let's get into it!
The Best Vegetarian Homestyle Food In Mumbai
1. Pancham Puriwala, CST
Imagine a restaurant at CST which is even older than the CST itself! Yes, you read that right. Pancham Puriwala is known to be one of the oldest family-run restaurants in the city which is a legacy in itself.
Starting in the year 1848, this restaurant has seen times changing and Mumbai developing from the Victorian era to the modern-day! Started by Pancham Das Sharma, this place was a humble eatery that served Puris and Sabzis for the middle-class crowd of the city. What started as a plain Puri stall, is now a full-fledged restaurant serving various types of Puris and a variety of Sabzis with an unmatched taste. You can taste the old-world charm in everything over here! From the small area to simple seating and fast service, this place carries a simplicity with itself which is worth a visit.
Talking about the comfort food- Puris and Sabzis, our favourites were Palak Puri, Masala Puri, Aloo Sabzi and Pumpkin Sabzi. With home-like food that tastes nothing but soulful, this iconic place is an experience that you just can't miss!
Price for 2: ₹300 | Open in Google Maps
2. Aaswad, Dadar West
The king of the Maharashtrian restaurant scene in Mumbai, Aaswad is a name that doesn't need an introduction. Located on the LJ road, this celebrated restaurant has won several accolades over the years to be the best Maharashtrian restaurant in all of Mumbai.
The décor and ambience have evolved over the years. From an air-conditioned dining space to fancy décor and comfortable seating, this restaurant has got everything that a typical family restaurant generally has, but a little better. The moment you step inside the restaurant, you'll be welcomed with a strong floral fragrance which is very typical of them. the staff members and their hospitality is just another level that makes your experience top-notch!
The food at Aaswad is all simple and home style. Pithala Bhakari, Kande Pohe, Matki Usal, Dalimbi Usal, Thali Peeth, Kothambir Vadi and Puran Poli are some of the bestsellers and no wonder they're the best. Even the simplest Poori Bhaji at Aaswad is a trip to the flavour town. Best part? Everything is pocket friendly. Don't try to miss their Puran Poli ice cream which is a signature dessert at Aaswad.
Price for 2: ₹500 | Open in Google Maps
3. Ram Ashraya, Matunga
A leading name in the south Indian Breakfast scene of the city, Hotel Ram Ashraya is known to serve some of the most simple breakfast delicacies. The ambience of the restaurant is very simple and it reminds me of the traditional lunch homes of south India.
Our top picks from the menu are Ghee Masala Dosa, Pineapple Sheera, Tamarind Rice, Lassi in a Bottle and their Idli-Wada that is served with the most delicious Sambar.
Pro tip: if you are planning to visit Hotel Ram Ashraya on weekend, go at around 8 am. This is because this place gets packed with people too fast and you might have to wait in a long queue for your turn.
Price for 2: ₹500 | Open in Google Maps
4. Mama Kane's Swacch Uphar Gruha, Dadar West
Largely populated by Marathis, Dadar west has many restaurants that have been serving pure vegetarian Maharashtrian food for years. One such name is Mama Kane's. Serving delicious and inexpensive vegetarian food to the locals for over a century, this legendary place takes you back to the old simple days. Humble, delicious and hearty- that's how the food a Mama Kane's can be best described. The ambience is not at all fancy and has home-like vibes which make this place even more special.
Their menu is humble as the restaurant looks with traditional Maharashtrian speciality dishes. The veg Thali that they serve is an absolute experience and each bite into it feels like a warm hug from grandma. This is one of the oldest establishments in Dadar and their veg Thali is a must-have! Also try their Puran Poli, Vada Pav, Pav Bhaji and Misal Pav which are loved by everyone.
Price for 2: ₹200 | Open in Google Maps
5. Mani's Lunch Home, Matunga
One place that serves some of the best dosas south Indian meals at highly reasonable prices near the Ruia College, is Mani's Lunch Home. This place is known to serve over 30 varieties of Dosa with other breakfast varieties as well. Ghee Dosa, Neer Dosa, Rawa Dosa, Cheese Dosa, Onion Masala Dosa - you name it and they'll serve it to you.
A very popular name among the students of Ruia College, Manis Lunch Home also serves some of the best south Indian meals. Their Adai Dosa with coconut chutney and Avial are our favourite items from the menu and you have to try them!
Price for 2: ₹250 | Open in Google Maps
6. Panchavati Gaurav, Thane West
Panchvati Gaurav's popularity shows in the fact that all its branches across Mumbai stay packed on all weekends. Panchvati Gaurav indulges its guests with a generous platter consisting of Batata Wadas, Dhoklas, Dal Baati, Dal and Kadhi, rice, plain Dal, Khichdi, Puri, Roti, and so much more - all served with a spoonful of ghee. While you have a hearty meal, their thali won't be very heavy on your pocket either.
The ambience is as simple and homely as it gets. With elegant lighting and cleanliness all around, this place has amazing staff members who are friendly and very patient. They will leave no chance for you to have any complaints.
Price for 2: ₹650 | Open in Google Maps
7. Shree Thaker Bhojnalay, Kalbadevi
Another legendary name in the Vegetarian eateries of the city, Shree Thaker Bhojnalay is famous for serving delicious Gujarati delicacies at highly affordable prices. Located in the Fanaswadi area on Kalbadevi road, this heritage restaurant has been serving Mumbai since 1945.
Their Gujarati Thali is a must-have with super yummy dishes like Patra, Undhiyu, Rotla, Puranpoli and Farsan which are the main highlights. This restaurant has its fans all across the city and has been visited regularly by well-known personalities of the country.
Price for 2: ₹800 | Open in Google Maps
8. Prakash Uphar Gruha, Dadar West
Been to Dadar West and didn't try the amazing Misal and Sabudana Wada from Prakash? Then you did miss out on a lot. Prakash Shakahari Uphar Gruha, Located on Ranade Road is one of the oldest restaurants in Dadar west.
This eatery is known for serving generations and generations of families in all these years but it's hardly changed. The moment you step inside the restaurant, you're welcomed by this whiff of classic ol' school vibe which is unmatched. Simple walls and age-old wooden furniture, which is still in use, are some of the oldest exhibits at the place.
You will find typical Maharashtrian food items at this place. this quaint little eatery serves some of the most delicious Amrakhand, Dalimbi Usal, Dahi Misal, Peanut Chutney, Kothambir Wadi and Thali Peet that will make you go crazy with its simplicity and taste!
Price for two: ₹150 | Open with Google Maps
The Best Non- Vegetarian Homestyle Food In Mumbai
9. Sindhful, Khar
Imagine relishing some of the most delicious Sindhi and North Indian food amidst black and white graffiti and a hint of Indianness? This is exactly how Sindhful feels like. Comforting, energetic yet traditional- this is how Sindhful is and it all makes the place one of its kind.
Talking about the food, Sindhful is all about homely meals with a hint of contemporary presentation and amazing service. The complete menu is a celebration of Sindhi and North Indian food and especially for everyone who is missing their Ma Ke Haath Ka Sindhi Khana, Sindhful must be on the top of their go-to list. Bestselling Sindhi Dishes from the menu include Sindhi Khichdi, Dal Pakwaan, Aloo Tuk, Say Bhaji and Gheeyar, which is made seasonally.
Price for two: ₹900 | Open with Google Maps
10. Satkar Rice Plate House, Goregaon East
When Mumbaikars think about home food, the food from Satkar Rice Plate House is one of the first places that they crave. With a low-key setup and food that's presented in a rustic manner just how the Marathis would do, Satkar has been feeding Mumbaikars for years.
Their menu is big with numerous delicious items but what caught our eyes was the Thali section. They serve more than 15 varieties of Thali from Crab Thali, Fish Koshimbir Thali, Mutton Kheema Thali, Egg Curry Thali, Prawn Masala Thali, Kalwa(Oysters) Masala Thali and more. Every Thali is packed with spices and flavours and there's no chance that you won't fall in love with their food.
Price for 2: ₹600 | Open in Google Maps
11. Highway Gomantak, Bandra East
One of the best places serving delectable seafood in Mumbai, Highway Gomantak is known for its mouthwatering Konkan delicacies. Located in a small corner in Bandra, this place has a very rustic setup which has a homely and old-school vibe to it.
Highway Gomantak serves food that is synonymous with authenticity and you are going to love it, especially if you are a seafood lover. Order their Paplet (Pomfret) Thali which comes with a whole Pomfret fried with a Rawa coating, Rassa, Sol Kadhi, Rice and Chapati.
Price for 2: ₹500 | Open in Google Maps
12. Bhogdoi, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
An elegant place serving the most authentic Assamese and Bengali food at Assam Bhavan in Navi Mumbai, Bhogdoi is the perfect spot if you want to try some good food from Assam. The ambience is classic with Assamese artefacts and paintings. It makes you feel like you are sitting in a traditional Assamese house.
They have a wide range of fish dishes on their menu. But if you want to taste the real essence of Assamese cuisine, try out their Assamese Thali. This Thali comes with over 10 iconic Assamese dishes cooked and served most traditionally.
Price for 2: ₹400 | Open in Google Maps