i have never been a big fan of indian food, but slowly i have been encouraged to try out several places in london, the best being Trishna and namaaste , which is actually our local restaurant. so when we visited Mumbai recently, i was pretty cautious with what i ate, especially as we were only there for 4 days and xmas looming up – we were warned not to have ice, salad, prawns etc.. but we did and in fact, it was much more modern and the food a higher quality that i ever imagined – fortunately neither of us suffered.
we went to the original trishna restaurant, which was a 20 min walk from the hotel – the concierge was a bit perturbed that we were attempting to walk to the restaurant and little did we realise that mumbai is a bit of a maze and maps are not so easy to navigate, together with crossing mad roundabouts… anyhow, we did make it and the food was pretty amazing. this trishna is completely different to the london branch, the decor is more cafe and although very touristy in the evenings, is quite different on a saturday lunchtime – much more locals. we were taken to a traditional Parsi restaurant by a local, britannia and co – an atmospheric fading grand room full of colour and a variety of clients – it was well priced and definitely worth the visit. in the evening we were taken downtown to the financial district to one of the many young and modern restaurants – it really felt like you could be in barcelona or new york – just like london, this restaurant, the bombay canteen, didnt take bookings, but the food was interesting and you could have just a snack or a full big meal. by the way, going downtown from the Taj Palace hotel was a good 50 mins drive in the evenings with the traffic! we tried the 2 restaurants in the hotel, the souk restaurant which was on the top floor of the newly added tower, great views over mumbai, very modern, but very tasty middle eastern/indian fusion style food and masala kraft, the more traditional indian restaurant with its tiffin style menu. it was intriguing learning about the tiffin boxes and how the wives cooked the daily meals for their husbands and get them delivered by delivery men travelling by train – sadly we didnt see this at victoria station, but saw lots of boxes carried in the streets, on bicycles, on top of heads … i now want to see the film lunchbox.– apparently its a very entertaining film and depicts clearly the daily life of the thousands of tiffin boxes.