South Indian breakfasts are one of the best ways to start your day. With a large variety of delicious options to choose from, south Indian breakfast items are mostly vegetarian. These are made using fermented Urad Dal and Rice batter. This makes them easy to digest and light on the tummy.
Hot Crispy Dosas, the softest idlis, heartwarming Sambar, colourful chutneys that are delightful for your tastebuds and much more. Who hasn't indulged in the South Indian Breakfast fair and loved every bit of it! A true form of simplicity and elegance, South Indian breakfast is absolutely magnificent.
South Indians have taken their breakfast items to the global level and have shown the world the diversity of the Indian culinary scene.
Well talking about Mumbai, Matunga has the highest population of South Indians in all of the city. This makes it very obvious that if one has to experience the essence of the Southern states of the country in Mumbai, they have to visit Matunga once. When it comes to the south Indian breakfast scene, Matunga is undoubtedly the place to go. Although south Indian delicacies are not a rare name in the city and you will find a good number of places serving good South Indian breakfast dishes, the authenticity can only be expected from a place that is densely populated by experts. This is why we insist you visit Matunga!
Here's our list of the top 9 places serving some of the most authentic and delicious South Indian breakfasts!
1. Café Madras, King's Circle
A legendary restaurant serving some of the most delicious vegetarian south Indian food in Mumbai, Café Madras has to be on the top for the best breakfast places in the city. This place has won numerous accolades for the quality and taste of its food. With a very simple and old-school ambience, Café Madras will take you back to the '80s.
The ambience is very much like an old-day south Indian breakfast spot where there is no private table culture. You got to find a space for yourself and sit with strangers of all ages and have your meal! What a setup! don’t be surprised if you get to have a good conversation or two and maybe even find a friend over there! We recommend you to visit Cafe Madras early in the morning, at around 8. That’s the best time to belt some softest of Idlis and Wadas.
The food is simple, humble and soulful and the staff members are very friendly and are always ready to suggest to you what to eat. Their menu mostly consists of regular favourite south Indian breakfast items but you will be blown away by the flavours and simplicity of the food. Our recommendations from the menu are Idli Ghee Podi, Rawa Masala Dosa, Bisi Bele Baath, their delicious Pineapple Sheera and of course some mandatory Filter Kaapi.
2. Hotel Ram Ashraya, Bhandarkar Road
Another 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.
3. Arya Bhavan, Lakhamsi Napoo Road
This restaurant can be your quick fix for all the south Indian food cravings because it is actually known for its quick service! Don't believe us? Ask anyone at Matunga! Even when the restaurant gets packed with people, the staff at Arya Bhavan will not take much time and you will get your food really fast!
Their menu has a separate section called "Muthuswamy Special" which has a set of desserts and staple south Indian dishes that are the chef's special. You can't miss out on their super delicious Thatte Idli, Kanchipuram Idli, Idiyappam with coconut stew and Paniyaram. With typical south Indian items, they also have a good variety of Pav Bhaji, Sandwiches, Pizzas and milkshakes on their menu. However, the South Indian food that they make is on another level since they specialize in it.
4. Café Mysore, King's Circle
Located near Café Madras on the King's Circle, Café Mysore is another iconic name that is synonymous with simplicity and delicious food. This place serves authentic south Indian breakfast dishes in a slightly modernised setup and menu. With good service and proper hygiene, they also have an interesting menu which makes Café Mysore special.
Dishes such as Dilkhush Dosa, Ulundu Dosa, Idli Gadbad, Cheese Dosa, Cheese Uttappam, Paneer Uttappam and Palak Dosa are some of the favourites of the customers. With these, they also serve a handful of Punjabi dishes and North Indian thalis on the menu.
5. Mani's Lunch Home, Lakshmi Narayan Road
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!
6. A. Rama Nayak & Sons Udipi Restaurant, King's Circle
One of the leading names in the Udipi restaurant scene in Mumbai, A Rama Nayak & Sons Udipi restaurant serves some of the best South Indian breakfast that you will ever have in Mumbai. they have an elaborate Udipi style menu featuring some of the crowd favourite dishes. The dishes are served in a very humble way and there's nothing fancy here. Just heartwarming food.
Their Rasam Wada is probably one of the best ones in the city. Pro tip: Order a small bowl of extra Muluga Podi from the menu and sprinkle it over the Rasam Wada. If this does not make you weak on the knees, we wonder what will?
7. Sharda Bhavan, Lakhamsi Napoo Road
Very close to Hotel Ramashraya, Sharda Bhavan is another small and humble place that serves delicious south Indian food. With a very home-like vibe and ambience that is full of simplicity, Sharda Bhavan is the epitome of modesty. The simple seating and good south Indian food make you feel like you are sitting in a South Indian military hotel. With a very small menu and a small setup, they are experts in making delicious Dosas, Idli and Medu Wada. Kadi Wada, Potato Bonda, Upma and Kela Bhajji are other speciality dishes that are loved by the locals.
8. Anand Bhavan Restaurant, King's Circle Flyover
We really believe that King's Circle is a piece of South Indian culture in Mumbai. Look at the number of good restaurants that are located in this area! The third name that glorifies the flavours of South India at Kings Circle is Anand Bhavan Restaurant. With a humble ambience and simple wooden seating, Anand Bhavan is the best to visit during weekend mornings for a hearty breakfast. You don’t even need to shell out a lot of money for such good food! Just 300 for 2 and you’re going to have your tummies full.
With the authentic south Indian dishes, this place also serves some of the lesser-known south Indian staples such as Pesarattu which is a lentil dosa, Adai which is another dosa made with mixed lentils, Ragi Dosa and Tuppa Pola. These sound unusual but you are surely going to be amazed by the brilliant flavours of these dishes! Also, don't forget to have their Filter Kaapi and Mohan Halwa which are absolutely delightful.
9. Ayyappan Idli Stall, Bhaudaji Road
When it's about Idli, one place that comes among the very firsts is Ayyappan Idli Stall at Bhaudaji Road, Matunga East. Their pillowy and soft idlis are a local favourite and it is a hub for all the Idli lovers of the city. Their Idli batter recipe is a big secret. Once you have their Idli, there's no going back, for real. We are not even exaggerating! You need to experience it to know what we are talking about.