Best late night eats in Mumbai
Though most restaurants in the city shut by 1:30 a.m. -- with last orders taken around 11 p.m. -- some great eateries stay open well into the morning.
It’s perfectly normal to see patrons stumble out of Gokul bar across the street, looking for a snack at this open-air roll-and-kebab shack behind The Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Colaba.
Waiters run about taking orders. Tables and chairs line both sides of the road, and are perpetually full. Everything smells like fresh kebabs.
Open: Till 4 a.m. Separate vegetarian menu and home delivery available.
Behind The Taj Mahal Palace, Tulloch Road, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, +91 (0)22 2284 8038
A quieter version of Bademiya, though somewhat cooler, with a roof overhead.
The North Indian food (chicken and mutton tava, kebabs and rolls) goes for about Rs 100 a dish.
Open: Till 4 a.m.
Next to the Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Kala Ghoda, Fort; +91 98211 99147
A two-tiered Mughlai restaurant in Crawford Market, the lower section resembles a fine-dining establishment and an upper deck represents what at first looks like a love nest.
A chicken biryani goes for Rs 300. Zaffran also serves pizzas, burgers and other snacks in the same price range.
The chenna payesh (Rs 65) is an excellent Indian dessert.
Open: 7 p.m.-4 a.m., daily
First floor, Sitaram Building, B Block, Dr DN Road, opposite CID Office, Crawford Market, near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus; +91 (0)22 2344 2690
Open-air restaurants on Ebrahim Merchant Road
The best time to go to Ebrahim Merchant Road, off Mohammed Ali Road, is during Ramzan, when a variety of meats and internal organs -- chicken, mutton, beef, quail -- are cooked openly alongside the street at a series of open-air restaurants.
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A plate of fried quail (butar) lightens your wallet by Rs 150 and isn’t more than a snack, so for your main course go to Sarvi, next to the nearby Nagpada Police Station.
Sarvi closes around midnight, but you don’t want to miss the best beef kebabs in Mumbai.
Open: Till 3 a.m.
Ebrahim Merchant Road, next to Minara Masjid, off Mohammed Ali Road, Masjid Bunder.
Sarvi, 184/196 Dimtimkar Road, opposite Nagpada Police Station, Byculla (W); +91 (0)22 6608 6347.
This is the definitive, late-night, roadside ice cream parlor in Mumbai.
Situated on seafront Marine Drive, less than a five-minute walk from Charni Road station, you can spot this little stall by the hatchbacks lined up outside all night.
With hatches open, happy customers sit in or on top of their cars feasting on ice cream, fresh juice and snacks.
Bachelorr's range of ice creams is mind boggling, and includes a famous spicy green chili flavor. The chocolate shakes are superlative.
Open: Till 4 a.m.
45 Sattar Sea View extension, Chowpatty Sea Face; +91 (0)22 2368 2211
At Mugal Serai near Bandra Station, a wall separates a smoky hookah room from a dimly lit dining area serving Mughlai cuisine.
The restaurant also has a goodly selection of milkshakes. The delicious chocolate version is called Lage Raho.
Also worth sampling are the seekh rolls. But avoid the falooda. It’s served in a bowl, which is not pleasing.
Open: Officially till 1:30 a.m., but if you squeeze in before that you can often sit around till 4 a.m.
Next to the Citibank ATM, Bandra (W) bus depot, next to Bandra railway station; +91 (0)22 2640 3305
This three-story restaurant near Linking Road in Bandra serves Indian, Mughlai and Chinese food and has a hookah parlor on the second floor.
The hookah room is more humid than the street outside, but it's filled with old furniture and has dinosaur and crocodile statues aggressively posturing at a fish tank that covers the length of one wall.
Spice lightweights should away from the extra spicy chicken tikka rolls -- the chicken reshmi rolls for Rs 95 each are recommended.
Open: Sigdi winds down operations by 1:30 a.m., but offers take-out food till 7 a.m.
160/B Abbas Compound, 29th Road, off Waterfield Road, Bandra (W); +91 (0)22 6507 6121
Ice N Rolls
This snack shack opposite Mithibhai College tends to shut shop at 2 a.m.
Its specialties include sandwiches, juices and rolls. Expect the very basics in terms of service.
A low-key college hangout by day, Ice N Rolls buzzes well into the late night.
Open: Till 2 a.m.
Opposite Mithibai College, Juhu; +91 (0)22 2617 5528
Amar Juice Centre
This one is a great refuge for the suburban after-party crowd, especially those looking for vegetarian food.
Apart from the famous pav bhaji, Amar juice Centre also serve pizza, rolls, burgers, sandwiches, dosas and shakes.
They tend to close by 2 a.m., even for take-aways, so try to get your orders in before that -- if you can grab a waiter’s attention.
Open: Till 2 a.m.
Shop No 3, R.N. Cooper Hospital Compound, Gulmohar Road, Vile Parle (W); +91 (0)22 2624 7917
Near the Bachchan bungalow (home of Bollywood's first family) in Juhu, sits Sagar Chinese, an inconspicuous street shack that takes orders outside.
For lack of tables and chairs, be prepared to eat standing up.
The signature dish is chopper rice, a triple-chicken Schezwan rice dish with a sauce that's more sweet than spicy.
Open: Till 3 a.m.
On the main road, one lane behind Jalsa building, Juhu.
(Jalsa is the name of the Bachchan bungalow, which every ant in Mumbai knows.)
Comfort Family Restaurant
This little restaurant on S.V. Road remains open throughout the night during Ramzan, a far cry from its usual 12:30 a.m. closing time.
With an emphasis on vegetarian food, snacks such as cutlets and rolls are sold at cheap rates ranging from Rs 18 to Rs 65.
You can’t leave Comfort without trying the firni, a sweet rice pudding.
Open: Till 12:30 a.m. (and later during Ramzan)
Lilly Tower, Building No. 5, Shop No. 7, next to Dewan Center, S.V. Road, Jogeshwari (W); +91 (0)22 6742 6650
Munna’s Fruit Merchant
Open till 3 a.m. on most days, and 4:30 a.m. during Ramzan, this humble joint serves up some tasty bheja (brain) fry.
The tandoori reserves are usually exhausted by 1 a.m., but there’s enough bheja masala and tava chicken to go around till near dawn.
Open: Till between 3 and 4:30 a.m.
Opposite Ayesha Tower, near 24 Karat Theatre, S.V. Road, Jogeshwari (W); +91 (0)22 2678 8894
Food stalls near stations
A whole host of food stalls surrounds Mumbai's main train and bus stations catering specifically to the night crowd.
For a late-night burji pav (masala scrambled egg and buttery bread bun), try Shiv Caterers behind the Juhu bus depot, or the carts around Andheri and Santa Cruz stations,
Or drop in and mingle with the call-center crowd at Ideal Restaurant, outside Andheri Station (W), opposite McDonalds.
Ideal opens at 5 a.m. for breakfast. Try their bun maska bread and butter, or the keema (minced meat) with pav bread.
Open: Till 5 a.m.
Five-star hotel coffee shops
In Mumbai there's always the 24/7 air-conditioned hotel coffee shop as an expensive but reliable option.
Some of these restaurants, such as Shamiana and Trattoria, are justly popular hangouts.
Keep it simple and order a pizza or a chicken burger, fries and a cold coffee.
Open: 24 hours
Shamiana, Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Colaba; + 91 (0)22 6665 3366
Trattoria, Vivanta by Taj, Cuffe Parade; +91 (0)22 6665 0808
Verandah, The Trident, Nariman Point; +91 (0)22 6632 4343
Vista, Taj Lands End, Bandra (W); +91 (0)22 6668 1234
Lotus Café, JW Marriot, Juhu; +91 (0)22 6693 3277
China House Lounge, Grand Hyatt, Kalina; +91 (0)22 6676 1149
The Brasserie, Hilton Hotels, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri (E); +91 (0)22 2838 0000
The Glasshouse, Hyatt Regency, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri (E); +91 (0)22 6696 1624
The Peshwa Pavilion, ITC Maratha, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri (E );+91 (0)22 2830 3030
Citrus, The Leela, Andheri Kurla Road, Andheri (E); +91 (0)22 6691 1359
Cirkus Cirkus, Lotus Suites, Andheri Kurla Road, Andheri (E); +91 (0)22 2827 0707
Make Waves, The Retreat, Erangal beach, Madh Island, Marve Road, Malad (W); +91 (0)22 2881 3500