InOnIt Guides: North Indian Cuisine in Mumbai

A dash of spices, a menu featuring meats, vegetables, grains and of course the tandoors. North Indian cuisine has a delicious combination of breads, curries, rich aromas and traditional spices. As the new year sets in, go back to your roots and give your taste buds a treat to some of the best North Indian cuisine the restaurants in Mumbai have to offer. Our latest edition of InOnIt Guides lists down some recommendations.

Saffron Bay

Tucked away in the hustling roads of Chowpatty, is this twisted Indian restaurant that opened its doors in August 2012. A blend of contemporary and conventional tastes, you’ll spot dishes like tandoori broccoli with cheese, char grilled chicken stuffed in bakar naan and chicken in dry coconut malwani masala. The drinks have a hint of Indian flavour as well with the bartender blending Indian spices with fresh fruits to create Indianised drinks.


If your taste buds crave for rogan gosh and butter chicken, head to Zaffran for a royal meal. While vegetarians can opt for vegetable kebabs, chilli cheese pakoras and nannlets, non-vegetarians can choose from dishes in chicken, lamb and sea food in starters and main course. And while satiating your hunger pangs with authentic Indian cuisine dishes, don’t forget to try their signature Zaffrani lassi. Their recent outpost in Lower Parel features modern twists to regular Indian dishes, as they present gulab jamuns in a martini glass.

Delhi Darbar

A name synonymous with delicious briyanis, Delhi Darbar is probably the safest bet for most Indian cuisine lovers. Apart from the daily specials, their menu features chicken marinated in cashew nut paste and mild spices, spiced mutton mince, cottage cheese marinated in yogurt and cream and a range of main course dishes available in options of chicken, mutton and veggies. The desserts also take you down to the Indian roots with options like phirni, ras malai, gajar halwa and shahi tukda.


An uber chic Indian restaurant, Veda exemplifies everything that is grand, luxurious and majestic. While non-vegetarians have the usual choice of dishes in chicken, meat and sea food, vegetarians are in for a treat as well with tonnes of options in paneer, broccoli, yam, zucchini and more. We suggest you try their assorted seafood platter and don’t give the malai kulfi a miss!

Neel- Tote On The Turf

Tikkas and kebabs, tawa seared lamb ribs, sigdi cooked ground mutton seekh, broiled yogurt covered pomfrets, grilled baby aubergine and Kashmiri apple curry; the menu at Neel- Tote On The Turf probably has something for every taste bud. Beef eaters also have an option of choosing from grounded beef seared on the tawa and pounder tenderloin with spices. With briyani and flat breads to go with delectable dishes, end your meal with jamuns, ras malai, rabdi and jalebis.

Punjab Grill

Lovers of North India cuisine, Punjab Grill is your pit stop to put an end to your cravings. With paneer tikka multani, lahori seekh, dahi ke kebabs and veg platters, the menu also features appetizers with lobsters, crabs, ducks and more. You also have choice of delicious keema kulche, makkai di roti, missi roti along with briyanis and pulao. End your meal with the special Punjab pind di kulfi or opt for a contemporary twist to the desi gulab jamun flambéed with rum.


For a robust flavour of the tandoors and kebabs and the delicious dal Bukhara, head to Peshwari at ITC Maratha. The tender rolls of lamb, jumbo prawns, char grilled chicken, cottage cheese kebabs and bell peppers stuffed with French beans go well with the kulchas and naans on the menu. Keep space for traditional desserts like phirni and rasmalai to end your meal on a sweet note.

Papa Pancho

A restaurant that spells out Punjabi with every dish, Papa Pancho serves tandoori chicken, paneer tikka, stuffed kulchas, makai rotis, chole bhature or rajma chawal. An array of dishes are featured on the menu that boasts traditional North Indian cuisine. And don’t forget to gulp down the lassi and masala chaas before you leave Papa Pancho.

You can also try out other famous restaurants for North Indian cuisine like Urban Tadka, Masala Mantar, Persian Darbar, Khane Khas and Copper Chimney.


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