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Mother-In-Law’s First Trip to India: Eating in Bombay

Mother-In-Law’s First Trip to India: Eating in Bombay

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Emily:  I love eating in India!  There are so many different types of foods and the service is excellent in the restaurants.  And the prices are cheap.

Eating in Bombay
Eating in Bombay

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One of our first meals was at Gaylord which is near Churchgate railway station.

Eating in Bombay
Gaylord

Gaylord serves “Western” food as well as Indian food.  Daraius’ family wanted to go out to eat “Western” food since they eat Indian food at home.

We were so hungry that we ate our food without taking any picture, but I did take a picture of the fingerbowl which is a very nice way to wash your hands after a meal!  The fingerbowl is customary in many Indian restaurants.

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Fingerbowl

Another day we had lunch with Daraius’ family in the same building where his parents, grand-parents and great-grand parents lived!  It is an old art-deco building and full of character.

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Judi & Emily

I loved hearing the story  of how his grandfather met his grandmother standing on the balconies of their separate flats and talking!

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Lunch

We had a sumptuous feast for lunch.

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Dhansak, Curry, & Saas

There was saas ni macchi, which is traditionally made with fish, but they made it with chicken because of my fish allergy.

Eating in Bombay
Saas

There was baked chicken, mashed potatoes & fried egg with white sauce.

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Fried Eggs With White Sauce

There was Daraius’ favorite Dhansak.

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Dhansak

And the all important kachumber.

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Kachumber

We also had rice and chapatis with our meal, and we were stuffed by the end. However, there was also dessert which included blueberry cheesecake, chocolate cake, regular cheesecake, chocolate and coffee mousse, and chocolate candy.  They sure stuff us when we visit India!

Another evening we went for a Parsi Navjote, which is kind of like a bar mitzvah for Parsis.

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Connie & Emily

We had a few drinks when we arrived, and then we danced a little before our friend arrived and we had dinner.

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At the Navjote
Eating in Bombay
At the Navjote

 

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At the Navjote

Dinner was very interesting.  There was a  “seating”, and you sit down and face in one direction. On the other side, the waiters each have a different specialty and will give you a banana leaf first as a plate.

The banana leaf is the plate for your food.  With your leaf, you also get a glass, silverware, and a cloth napkin.

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Emily’s Food

Then you are served various sauces and small bites, and then the main course which consists of different curries, fried chicken, and fish.

I avoided the non vegetarian options because of my fish allergy, but heard the food was excellent.  For dessert, we were also served custard and kulfi, which is Indian ice cream.  I really enjoyed the custard….the kulfi was a little too frozen and therefore hard to eat!

After dinner, we posed for pictures and then went for more dancing. It was such a fun night!

Another favorite restaurant of mine is Tea Centre, which is again near Churchgate railway station.

Eating in Bombay
Eating in Bombay

We love the iced tea here, and this time it was the only thing we ordered.  We got peach tea, mango tea, strawberry tea, melon-watermelon tea, and black currant tea.

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The Teas

They have other flavors as well, such as lemon and mojito, which we didn’t try.  My favorite was the strawberry tea, followed by the peach, and then the melon-watermelon or the mango.

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Emily at Tea Center

I had a jalebi which I had bought from Asiatic across the street.

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Jalebi

Their teas are especially nice because they are made with fresh fruits.  Each tea costs 85 rupees, or around $1.50.  They are a little expensive since they are served in small glasses but it is worth the taste.  Yum!

The next day we went to a traditional Indian restaurant, Samrat and ordered thali.

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Samrat

A thali is a large round tray, and in the tray are several small bowls.

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Thali

The waiters then come around and serve you different foods in the small bowls: potato curry, dal, and so on.

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Emily’s Thali

My mom and aunt Judi liked the potato the best.  Thali also comes with naan and a buttermilk drink of chaas.

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Dahi Puri

They also served you gulab jamun for dessert.

Another evening we went to Ayub’s for Kathi rolls.

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Ayub’s

Kathi rolls are grilled chicken wrapped in a roti, which is like a tortilla.  It was delicious, cheap food.  The chicken was so fresh and juicy, like it just came off the grill.  Ayub’s is different too because it’s just a drive up (or walk-up) restaurant.

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Eating at Ayub’s

On our way home, we stopped at Bachelor’s and got some ice cream & juice.

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Bachelor’s

My mom got almond ice cream, while I got a sweet custard apple milkshake.

Eating in Bombay
Eating in Bombay

Another day we went to Delhi Darbar on Colaba Causeway for lunch.   The food is delicious but it’s very oily. For starters, we had several different types of kebabs.

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Kebabs
Eating in Bombay
More Kebabs

To drink, we had mango lassi, strawberry lassi, and a falooda, which is adapted from a Persian drink, usually made with essence of rose, raspberry syrup, tapioca pearls, and rice flakes.

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Emily at Delhi Darbar

We had butter chicken, mutton, cheese naan, garlic naan, and buttered naan.

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Happy Daraius

It was a wonderful Indian meal we shared together!

For dinner, we went to China Garden which is my favorite restaurant in Bombay.

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China Garden
Eating in Bombay
China Garden

China Garden serves Indian Chinese, which is a lot like Chinese but has more spices and sauces.

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China Garden Appetizer Prices

It was really delicious!

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Spicy Sauces

We ordered corn curd, which is like fried creamy cornbread.

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Corn Curd

gin chicken, noodles with vegetables.

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Indian Chinese Food

…spicy beef…

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Spare Ribs and More

and orange chicken.  I loved it!

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Orange Chicken

 

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I enjoyed reading about different restaurants and food trends. I live in Mumbai. Dropped in to say that I loved this post!

I ate at Samrat & loved it. The waiters come round with huge bowls of warm ghee (clarified butter) & offer to ladle more on your thali plate if you wish. As a Westerner, I found this decadent (really, bowls of melted butter?) & of course asked for more. My Sikh friend who took me there tells me the owner is Sikh but has done very well serving Gujarati food.

Hi everyone!

Glad to hear you all are enjoying the trip reports and the details on the food and shopping. India is a wonderful place to visit! There’s no other place on earth quite like it, and after 6 trips there, I still never tire of it. It’s a safe place and I’ve ventured out alone when I have visited in the past. I have never been harassed or pickpocketed. I do keep an awareness of my surroundings and use common sense.

People from India have always shown warmth and kindness to me, whether it has been in restaurants, shops, etc. I think they are used to American tourists and try to make them feel welcome.

Also, I have only gotten Delhi belly once in my 6 separate visits. When your stomach begins grumbling, it’s best to immediately take some anti-diarrhea medicine to prevent any further symptoms. I only drink bottled water when I visit, and do not eat street food. If I move to India, I would be more adventurous, but I always want to play it safe on my 1-week holiday there.

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@Vijay – We did the Vada Pav and Frankie too, just no pictures. The sali was on the side just in case no one liked it!

@bluecat
– Possibly Emily and family received less attention because I was with them. There will be stimulus and people everywhere you go, which often isn’t the case elsewhere, so it depends on your level of comfort when your “personal bubble” is violated. You should always be “on guard” everywhere you go – from outside the Eiffel Tower to outside the Taj Mahal! I wouldn’t use the word aggressive, because it isn’t aggression as much as a desire to either interact or sell you something. It is just that it takes 4 or 5 times of saying “No” before you’re left alone.

@Kent C – That’s a very good point since the unfamiliar spices could also play a role.

@Jonathan – Sorry to hear about that!

Love reading your trip report! The picture ‘Emily at Delhi Darbar’ was beautiful with all the colors!

I had Delhi Belly when I was in India. I suffered for a few days. What surprised me was the source of my Delhi Belly. I remember eating at a buffet at the 5-star Trident hotel in Gurgaon. The next day I felt awful.

I was very careful what I ate for the rest of my trip. It was a real shame because the food looked very good. Most of my meals were in restaurants at hotels. I did not had a chance to try street food or local food as all the hotels catered to non-Indians.

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