The Hidden Food of Lower Parel | MF Guide
Behind the glitz of its shopping malls, Lower Parel has a lot of undiscovered food. Here are some of our favourite neighbourhood secrets. All of them are pocket-friendly places, serving a wide spectrum of food. Whether you’re craving authentic Kolkata Kathi Rolls or NY pizzas by the slice, we have you covered.
Kathi Kabab Roll
This small shop is a short walk from Lower Parel station, or under the flyover a little north from Phoenix Mills. Owner Satish Shevale is usually around, taking orders and keeping tab of how much you enjoyed your roll. My picks are the Kolkata style Kathi Kabab Roll, the Barbeque Chicken Roll (the sauce is made using Old Monk), and the Chicken Olive Herb Roll.
Quick tip: Stick to the rolls. We dare you to run up a bill more than 350 bucks for 2.
1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen
This cosy place needs to read our piece on restaurant decor cliches, but apart from that, it’s one of the nicer slices we’ve had in the city. They’re also one of the few who do justice to NY style pizza, served by the slice. As the music pours over the small space, we’re usually found ordering between the Chorizo, Bianca (with onion sauce), and the BBQ Pollo slices.
Quick tip: Carry sanitizer, they don’t believe in basins. A meal for 2 is barely 600 bucks.
Aagri Culture Express
If spicy cuisine is something you crave, go here. The Aagris are a tribe outside Mumbai, usually found near Thane and Raigad. A lot of the community’s popular plates are spicier than most people can handle. Although the ambience leaves something to be desired, their Chicken Sukka, thalis (Mutton, Chicken, Veg, Seafood), and Sol Kadi make up for it. You could go non-spicy too, but where’s the fun in that?
Quick tip: Carry something to sooth your tongue after. Seafood and mutton thalis, at under 600 bucks for 2.
Punjabi Tadka by Crystal
It’s the sister concern of Chowpatty-based Crystal, but with a good selection of meat thrown in. The Chicken Lahori, Reshmi Tikka, a spicy Butter Chicken, Chicken Kali Mirch, Lasooni Fish Tikka and their non-veg Thali come highly recommended. The menu for the thali rotates every day, and the prices are on par with neighbouring restaurants.
Quick tip: Don’t worry, this place doesn’t ignore vegetarians, lunch here under 700 bucks for 2.
Located inside a furniture store, Zen Cafe is a great casual date spot. Elegant and simple in decor, the many couches are comfortable enough to nap on. The hummus is remarkable, and you’ll also be surprised by the quality of their coffee. Service is paced smoothly, as the peaceful space is barely ever packed. It’s a relaxed, discreet cafe, just as we like them to be.
Quick tip: Order the affogato and impress people at under 800 bucks for 2.
Cafe Meal Box
Bang opposite Peninsula Corporate Park is Lower Parel’s best kept Continental secret. Generous portions of food are sauced to French perfection in their kitchen. The ambience is a bit strange, and it feels like a chain of cafes with a strange, funky black wall. We forgive that for making some of the best non-Indian food (they also serve Asian) you’ll eat at this price point.
Quick tip: Order the Pollo Alla Indiana, a meal costs barely 800 bucks for 2.
The Curry Brothers
They serve a mix of Goan and Bengali food, all of it happy for the stomach and the pocket. Order the homely and authentic Aloo’r Dom, the boldly meaty Goan Choriz, the refreshingly tangy DIY Jhaal-Muri with balanced notes of mustard, and the simple coastal Prawn Moilee with Coconut Rice.
The desserts are excellent too, with a Salted Caramael Maska-Pav Pudding that combines a pillow-like flavour with a subtle, wholesome flavour. Mrs D’s Chocolate Marzipan Cake is about as close as you can get into eating in a Bandra Catholic aunty’s house.
Quick tip: The Aloo’r Dom is comfort food unparalleled. An order for 2 is from 400 to 700 bucks.
Our city’s most buzzing midtown neighbourhood has some great places left for you to try. Have we missed any spots in Lower Parel that you love? Tell us in the comments below!