Mumbai - Post Report Question and Answers

What typical restaurants, food delivery services, and/or takeout options are popular among expatriates?

Ton of options. Lots of continental, Chinese (though it's Desi Chinese), Indian, some sushi, Lebanese. Mumbai has a lot of international food, though a lot of it is not authentic, and is basically mediocre. If you want to eat Indian everyday, you'll save a lot of money. - Jul 2023

So many good restaurants, it is hard to give a list without focusing on a specific area of this city. Near the US Consulate, Origami, Cin Cin, Nara Thai, Nho Saigon, O'Pedro's, and restaurants in the two main hotels (Trident and Sofitel) are frequented by expats. Lots of good restaurants in South Mumbai and Bandra West. If you're willing to brave the traffic, there are also lots of good options in other parts of the city. Zomato and Swiggy are the two most common food delivery apps. - May 2023

Zomato and Swiggy can get anything delivered. I have found donuts and baguettes, cheese and local fruits and veggies are all online. - Feb 2023

Zomato app to order food. Can find what Mumbai has to offer there. Indian food is authentic. Don't expect other international foods to be up to par. - Aug 2021

Tons of restaurants around Bandra, it is actually known as the nightlife and restaurant area. We mainly use Zomato app for food delivery. Other people also use Swiggy. - Nov 2020

EVERYTHING can be delivered here from prescriptions to take-out and groceries…you name it, someone will bring it to your house. It helps a lot to have a local credit card, as some services don’t take international cards, but cash always works too. It’s just that no one will ever have change. The go-to food apps are Swiggy, Zomato and Scootsy. Urbanclap is great for in-home pedicures, facials, massages and all sorts of other random things. - Aug 2019

Mumbai is a food paradise. Thousands of restaurants, and most are inexpensive. You can dine out, or the vast majority will deliver for free via Zomato or Scootsy. They include every type of Indian, plus Chinese, Italian, continental, Thai, Burmese, German, Spanish, and on and on. You will never get tired of the variety of food here. Although there is plenty of meat available, there is no beef allowed in most of India. Occasionally you will see 'beef' on a menu, which usually means water buffalo. Even at the most hard-core meat restaurants in town, at least half the menu will be vegetarian. There are Indian street food vendors dotting nearly every road. They are tasty and inexpensive, but not always hygienic. With time you will get a sense for how to judge their cleanliness. The five-star hotels have have incredible weekend buffets for around $30. Some of them have 100+ dishes from around the world, including some of the most beautiful and most varied buffet food you will have anywhere. Fast food: There exist a few standard chains (McDonald's, KFC, Dominos, etc). They're interesting because the menu is nothing like the US version. But the food from most local places is better and cheaper. Most informal restaurants don't serve alcohol. At the ones that do, you might pay $30 for a cheap bottle of Indian wine. The bar scene here is not very big. - Mar 2019

There are two levels only, the very high-ended places for expats priced like NYC prices or the basic local Indian places, cheap but with risks of falling sick. - Jan 2019

Higher end restaurants are very glitzy, hygienic, but so-so and pricey. Very few mid-level options for expats, as most food is indianized and extremely spicy. Street food is cheap, but spicy and easy to get sick on, actually.... plan on getting sick from it. - May 2018

Pizza and Asian. Gotta be careful, though - some restaurants have serious sanitation problems. - Jun 2017

All foods, at all cost ranges. KFC, McD all the way to US$200 a person restaurants. - Aug 2015

Lots of fast food, tons of restaurants. Mostly cheap. Just don't expect beef. Even McDonald's doesn't serve anything except vegetables & chicken (say good-bye to the Big Mac), and places that do have "beef" actually have water buffalo. Which is pretty tasty, except nobody here seems to know how to make a burger. Everything can be delivered -- including McDonald's, KFC, Haagen Dazs, most sit-down restaurants. There are a few types of cuisines you can't get (or at least I haven't found) but most things are here, even if they're not exactly what you're used to. - Nov 2014

Fast food: McDonald's, KFC, Baskin Robbins, Sbarro, Taco Bell, Dunkin Doughnuts, TGI Fridays, and many, many more. If it's your thing, you can order all of these to your door. Do I just want some McDonald's fries tonight? I can order just fries to my door in 15 minutes for a dollar. Decent restaurants are all over the place and they are good. Food is the best part of living here and you can find just about anything you want. The quality of "western" food is usually not top notch but it is all around and easy to find. - Mar 2014

All the cuisines of the world but fairly expensive. - Feb 2014

Lots of fast food, but who comes here to eat fast food? Lots of street food that I am too scared to try now. I have been pretty happy with the restaurants. Indian food can cost around US$2-4 . Western food, around US$8-15 for dinner. - Aug 2013

McDonald's, KFC, Subway, Pizza Hut, and other chains abound. I don't eat fast food, but I've heard it's not quite up to standard...always something that's a little off or poorly made. I enjoy California Pizza Kitchen, Sancho's Mexican restaurant, Pali Village Cafe, Indigo Deli, and Ray's pizza. Most decent restaurants, in my opinion, are way over priced for what you get. Again, this could be because I used to live in Thailand, where awesome, cheap food is ubiquitous. You can't really eat on the street here, and 6 teachers got typhoid and were out for weeks after eating at a cheap restaurant, so no thanks! There's TGI Fridays, Chili's, other big restaurant chains---some good experiences---but service is always slow, it's over-crowded, and it's often hard to get your order across and actually receive a decent meal (drinks will often arrive 20 minutes after you've already started your main course). I find it easier to just order in ( or most restaurants, like Ray's Pizza, deliver) or cook at home. - May 2013

There are endless options. Both Indian and Western fast food joints are all over and are cheap. Some of the best restaurants may cost $60 to $80 per meal. - Feb 2013

American options include Cinnabon, McDonald's, Dominoes, KFC, Hard Rock Cafe, and TGI Fridays but we haven't been able to find a decent burger anywhere in the city. McDonalds has chicken but no beef sandwiches. Good local options include Trishna's (seafood), Khanekas (Indian), Indigo Deli, Mahesh Lunch Home, Shiro, Barbecue Nation, Mosate, Ray's Pizzeria (our favorite), Lemongrass, Tasty Tangles (Asian), the Bagel Shop, and Taco Fresca. Alcohol is expensive but we usually pay less for food than we would in D.C. - Dec 2010

Not sure about fast food except I have seen McDonald"s, never been though. Subway is OK.There are some good restaurants. - Nov 2008

Lots of good food. But far, far too often, it will make you sick. Better restaurants are safer, but not totally safe. - Aug 2008

Fast Food- KFC, McDonalds - no beef, chicken, fish, and soy only, Pizza Hut, Dominos, and Baskin Robins. Restuarants are everywhere, lots of italian, chinese. No shortage of restaurants. - Jul 2008


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