Bombay: Food Guide

bombay street foodAs you may know if you follow me on Instagram, I have just come back from Bombay/Mumbai, where I spent a couple of weeks shopping, riding Rickshaws, eating all the food, oh and trying to cross the road without getting run over!

As I spent about 70% of my time eating, I thought I’d compile a post of my recommendations if you’re heading to India any time soon, or if you decide to book a trip to India after reading this post about all the great food (trust me it’s worth it just for the food) and for myself in the future, so I don’t forget all the best places to go.bombay street foodStreet Food

Quick tip – be careful with eating street food. To avoid getting the “Delhi Belly” ask other tourists whether it’s safe to eat and ask the owner if they use purified/bottled water.

bombay food guideRam & Shyam

Ram & Shyam isn’t a restaurant, but a little cart in the street that the owner wheels from his house to street every day. It’s hugely popular with locals and tourists and completely safe to eat. A must try is their pani puri, which is the reason for their fame. I’ve honestly never had such amazing pani puri in my life. We headed to Ram & Shyam in between shops almost every other day.

Shu-mazing factor – 9/10

sandwizzaSandwizza

We often got the shopkeepers to order these sandwiches for us whilst we shopped for saris. If only you could do that in Topshop eh? This place has the yummiest Bombay sandwiches in town. You can even buy the masala so you can attempt to recreate it at home. Goodbye boring cheese and lettuce sandwiches, hello spicy vegetable sandwiches.

Shu-mazing factor – 7/10

McDonalds

You might think I’m crazy for including good old Maccy D’s in this food post, but don’t shoot it down just yet, the Indian menu is slightly different. Try the veg masala grill burger. Yum.

Shu-mazing factor – 7/10

bombay food guide Indian authentic

When it came to Indian cuisine, we wanted to stick to the places where the locals go, instead of heading to fancy Indian places, which we have here in London.sabree mumbai Sabree

We had this on the first day we landed and I’m not going to lie, I was slightly put off by the aesthetic of the place but I’m so happy my tired jet-lagged self didn’t care enough to find another restaurant. This place has amazing pav bhaji and I would even recommend just ordering a few dishes of that and nothing else, it’s that good!

Shu-mazing factor – 8/10

bombay food guideShiv Sagar

Another place where the locals go and it’s packed every day of the week.

Shu-mazing factor – 7/10

sanchos mumbaiNon Indian Restaurants

bombay food guideSanchos

A great Mexican restaurant which is a little more up market. Great atmosphere and food.

Shu-mazing factor – 8/10

bombay food guideChina House, at The Grand Hyatt Hotel

Great atmosphere, service, food and cocktails. It’s a restaurant for special occasions and definitely one to try if you like Chinese cuisine. I’m not the biggest fan of Chinese food and I didn’t mind the starters, (which is big for me!) but my family loved this place.

Shu-mazing – 7/10

Mezzo Mezzo, at JW Marriott

An amazing Italian restaurant, which serves yummy wood-fire pizzas and is one of the only restaurants that imports Prosecco (result!). Great atmosphere but the pricing is similar to that of a restaurant in London.

Shu-mazing factor – 8/10

bombay food guideLittle Italy

Another Italian restaurant, which is quite popular with the locals. The choices for pizza toppings are endless, with even an Indian spice topping available. That’s something you don’t see at Prezzo!

Shu-mazing factor – 7/10

This Week I’m Baking – Easter Oreo Truffles

oreo truffles oreo trufflesEaster (amongst Christmas) is one of my favourite times of the year. The weather gets warmer (we hope!), days get longer, pastels are everywhere and it is totally acceptable to indulge in egg shaped treats, even though you’re way past the age of 5. I jumped on the egg-cellent bandwagon and make these pastel coloured oreo truffles. They’re super easy to make and a very egg-citing (last one I promise!) gift for anyone if you pop them in a basket lined with coloured tissue paper.oreosYou will need:

1 pack Oreos
8 oz. cream cheese
Coloured candy melts (including white)

  • Add the Oreos to a food processor and pulse until even crumbs.
  • Add the cream cheese and pulse until well mixed.
  • Divide the mixture into small balls and then roll the egg shapes by hand.oreo trufflesPlace these babies in the freezer to harden for 15-20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile melt your candy melts either in the microwave or on the stove, but remember to mix white with the colour you’re using to get that soft, pastel colour.
  • Dip the eggs into the chocolate and leave them to dry on some parchment paper.
  • Once completely dry, drizzle or pipe some of the left over chocolate onto the eggs.

pastel oreo truffles

I Heart Carbs

carbs jumper asos carbs jumper asos carbs jumper asos carbs jumper asos carbs jumper asos carbs jumper asosIt’s not a secret that I heart carbs. A bowl full of pasta can irradicate all fears, problems and troubles. Fact. Therefore it was only necessary that I added this cropped jumper to the (ever growing) wardrobe collection. After all, they say to wear your heart on your sleeve, I’m just wearing mine on a jumper from ASOS!

I paired my new fave jumper with my new fave skirt. I found this little number hiding in the back of the Oxford Street branch, between the jumpsuits (a short people’s no-go zone) and the bikinis. Without sounding like a L’Oreal ad, I love that it’s full of volume and very twirlable and yes I did spend about 30 minutes twirling it around in the changing room!

P.S. I’m currently writing this post from my hotel lobby in India! I give myself 5 blogger dedication points for typing this up whilst everyone else is sipping cocktails at the hotel bar! Don’t worry I’m off to join them, but if you want to follow my Indian adventures for the next few days, check out my Instragram account, here.

P.P.S. Excuse the cheeky self plug above!carbs jumper asos DSC_0374 carbs jumper asos DSC_0272 carbs jumper asos DSC_0394 carbs jumper asosjumper – ASOS \ skirt – H&M \ boots – Topshop \ clutch – Whistles

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