Mid-day, Mumbai, Updated: October 20, 2012 13:18 IST
What is a festival without food? Mumbai, with its cosmopolitan vibe celebrates its culinary flavors with fervor, much to a food lovers delight. Depending on the kind of foodie you are, Dhara Vora has put together a food trail to the best, yummiest and most authentic Bengali and Gujarati fare, as you swap from dandiya raas venues to Pujo pandals.
Starting this Monday, one of the first Bengali restaurants to open in the city, Oh! Calcutta will serve their Pet Puja Buffet that will offer over 20 Bengali delicacies including Mochar Chop, Chingri Malai Curry, Kancha Lonka Murgi, Phoolkopi Shorshey, Aloor Dum, Bhaja Moonger Dal, Kheer Kodom, Chaler Payesh and more.
From: October 22
For: Rs 695 (Lokhandwala) Rs 725 (Tardeo) plus taxes
At: Oh! Calcutta Tulsi wadi Lane, opposite Mahindra Heights, Tardeo and Melbourne Society, Shastri Nagar, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri (W).
Call: 23533115, 26364975
Feast on a different meal everyday as Bhojohori Manna will have a different menu with vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals for five days. The meals include several traditional dishes such as Bhaja Moon Dal, Alu Bhaja, Chholar Dal and Mishti and Paan to end every meal.
For: Rs 450 for vegetarian adn Rs 600 for non-vegetarian thali.
At: Bhojohori Manna, Reliable Business Centre, off Link Road, Oshiwara.
Go back in time at Bijoli Grill where food will be served the way it was at traditional weddings in Kolkata several years back. Bijoli Grill will have unlimited portions served of several Bengali specialities such as Aam Porar Sarbot, Fish Fry, Sorshey Narkol Phoolkopi, Mutton Chop and Patol Kasha as a part of it's Sharad Utsav celebrations.
For: Rs 649 plus taxes
At: Bijoli Grill, Hakone Bumpers & Rides, opposite Nirvana Park, Powai.
Navratri Vegetarian Special
Golden Star Thali's Navratri Rasoi Utsav includes a blend of Gujarati and Rajasthani specials such as Tindola Sambharia, Jodhpuri Gutta, Mevadi Pulao, Dry Fruit Batata, Dal Bati Churma and mouth-watering sweets such as Angoor Rabdi, Kesar Puran Polis, Desi Ghee Jalebis, Dry Fruit Sheera and Gulab Jamun.
For: Rs 340 inclusive of taxes
At: Golden Star Thali, opposite Charni Road Station, Neptune Magnet Mall, Bhandup (W).
Call: 23631983 and 67581835
Get a mix of sweet and spice, which forms the essence of Gujarati cuisine with varied dishes such as Gujarati Kachori, Farali Patice, Bhindi ni Kathi, Dudhi Chana Dal, Gujarati dal, Tarkari Na Pattice for starters, and Sev Tameta nu Shak, Vatana ni daal, Methi patla and Masala Puri for the main course.
At: Peninsula Grand, Saki Naka Junction, Andheri (E).
Going vegetarian this Navratri? Head to Neel for their special vegetarian menu that will make you forget your chicken with dishes such as Kumbh Makai Sheek Kabab, Til Doodiya Paneer Tikka, Gucchi Taal Makhana Korma, Soya Aur Peshawari Mattar Ka Pulao, Bhindi Panchforam, Baghara Mirchi Ka Baingan and Doodiya Channa Dal Masala.
At: Neel at Tote on Turf, Mahalaxmi Race Course, opposite Gate No 5 and 6, Keshav Rao Khadye Marg, Mahalaxmi.
Food stalls from Kolkata at Durga Pujo Mandals
Get a dose of Kolkata, with home-cooked flavours multiplying the juiciness of the fish, and the sweetness of Rosgullas at these Pujo Mandals.
Ramkrishna Math Puja
At: 12th Road, Khar (W). Bengal Club Puja, Shivaji Park, Dadar (W).
Durga Bari Samiti's Durga Puja
At: Tejpal Hall, Gowalia Tank, Kemps Corner.