Trying food from different cuisines every other day is fun. But we all need a good dose of soulful desi food now and then. We all agree to this, don't we? And what makes the better cut than a thali? All thali lovers in the town, reunite!
Thali- an absolute gem of a meal that consists of a bunch of dishes that are served together on a large plate. This large plate is commonly referred to as a "thali" in India. This has numerous variations across different regions of the country.
A thali represents the colours, flavours and culture of the respective region. Thali in itself is a nutritionally balanced meal. So basically, you get nourishment, taste and eye appeal, all in one plate! What can get better than this!
Want to know which are restaurants serve some of the best Maharashtrian thali in Mumbai? Let's see!
Best Vegetarian Restaurants Serving Maharashtrian Thali
1. Chetana Veg Restaurant, Kala Ghoda
Looking for a lip-smacking veg Maharashtrian Thali in south Mumbai? Then this is your place. Chetana is a legendary name when it comes to Indian food in the Fort area. Their veg Thali is an ultimate delight for all the vegetarians of the city. A full meal with an array of beautiful Maharashtrian delicacies from Sabzis to Koshimbir and Kothimbir Vadi, this Thali is packed with flavours. Don't forget to end your meal with Kharvas, a local favourite.
2. 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.
3. Mi Marathi, Vile Parle East
Located in a small corner of Vile Parle East, Mi Marathi serves one of the best Maharashtrian Thali in Mumbai. With a very friendly staff, a small vegetarian menu with mostly Maharashtrian snack items and food presented in a very home-style manner, Mi Marathi has been a local favourite for a very long time. The slightly underwhelming ambience is all out shadowed by their outstanding food. Our recommendation is the Veg Thali which is one of the most loved Thalis. So you have to try this one for sure.
4. Sujata Uphar Gruha, Girgaum
Serving delicious Maharashtrian food for decades, Sujata Uphar Gruha at Girgaum is well-known for its pocket-friendly offerings. Their special Veg Thali consists of an array of authentic Maharashtrian dishes that taste amazing and are worth a try. The Thali has Aamti, a Maharashtrian lentil preparation, Bhaji which is a dry potato preparation, Koshimbir which is a Maharashtrian salad with carrots, coconut, cucumber and peanuts, Farsan, Batata Vada, Usal which is a sprouts curry and Sheera which is a sweetened Semolina Pudding. These are accompanied by Rice, Roti and Taak which is a Maharashtrian version of spiced buttermilk drink.
Best Non-Vegetarian Restaurants Serving Maharashtrian Thali
1. Diva Maharashtracha, Mahim
One name that is very popular among the top places serving Maharashtrian food in Mumbai, Diva Maharashtracha serves beautiful thalis in their menu too. Located in Mahim, 5 min walk from Shivaji Park in Dadar West, this place offers authentic Maharashtrian food in a classy setup. Go for their non-veg Iftar thali and you'll get to taste the most amazing Chicken Hirva, Nagpuri Mutton Saoji, Rice, Dal, Chapati served with Dates and Kokum Sarbat.
2. Highway Gomantak, Bandra east
One of the best places serving Maharashtrian Thali in Mumbai, Highway Gomantak is known for its mouthwatering Konkan delicacies. Located in a small corner in Bandra east, this place 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.
3. Chaitanya, Dadar West
Located right behind Siddhivinayak Temple, Chaitanya is a small establishment that has its fans all across the city. Known for its delicious seafood, Chaitanya has been a legendary name for years. In a traditional Maharashtrian setup, this restaurant serves food that is super delicious and hygienic. Our recommendation is the Kolambi (Prawns) Thali and we bet you'll be in Maharashtrian culinary heaven.
4. Satkar Rice Plate House, Goregaon East
When Mumbaikars think about Thali, 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.
5. Jai Hind Lunch Home, multiple locations
With branches that are spread across the city, every Mumbaikar would have experienced the charm of Jai Hind at least once in their life. Known for serving amazing seafood delicacies from the coastal regions of the state, Jai Hind serves the most delicious seafood thalis in Mumbai. Their Bombil (Bombay Duck) Thali is one of the bestselling Thalis of the restaurant and every seafood connoisseur must add this one to their Mumbai checklist!
6. Purepur Kolhapur, Dadar West
Known to serve Assal Kolhapuri food in Mumbai, Purepur Kolhapur serves one of the best Maharashtrian Thali in Mumbai. If you love spicy Indian food then you gotta pay a visit to Purepur Kolhapur to relish some of the best dishes from the Kolhapur region of Maharashtra. Their Mutton Rassa Thali and Chicken Rassa Thali are absolute spice fair. They are some of the bestsellers of the restaurant.