Asian Food Around You | MF Guide
If you ask me what cuisine I could eat day in and day out, without ever getting tired, I’d cheat and say Asian cuisine. Covering such a vast breadth and range of countries and cuisines, I find that I can never get tired of going out for a Chinese, Japanese, Thai or Pan-Asian meal. One of the great things about living in Mumbai is that we have all types of restaurants available to us, from fine dining to cheap eats, we’ve got it all.
For all you Asian lovers out there, I have curated this list of my favorite Asian restaurants around the city serving the best dimsum, sushi, fusion food, and more. So let’s get started!
BEST DIM SUM
Dashanzi serves progressive Asian and Japanese food with an extensive bar menu serving Asian inspired cocktails. The menu boasts of a variety of dumplings with fillings that are a mix of Chinese and Japanese flavours. I always get the velvety Edamame and Truffle Dumplings and the flavoursome Chicken and Truffle Suimai With Shaved Hajikame when here. Being located at the plus JW Marriott, this is a great date night destination or for when you have to impress those important clients!
MF Recommends: If you are visiting for the first time order a veg or non-veg dimsum basket to try a wide array of flavours before committing to any one type.
Bandra Kurla Complex
Head here for the city’s best Yum Cha experience, delectable dim sum served with fragrant,Chinese tea in one of Mumbai’s swankiest venues. With a menu that covers steamed, baked and fried dumplings; everyone I know has their own favorite here. For me, it has to be the decadent, deep fried, crunchy Prawn Cheung Fun and the less indulgent Shiitake Mushroom Dumplings. As much as I love the food, I love the modern, sleek décor and convenient location making this the perfect place to take out of town guests.
MF Recommends: They have curated a Yum Cha lunch menu available till the 31st of October.
From Monday to Thursday (12 noon to 7 PM) you can get a pot of tea, 3 baskets of dim sum and a dessert priced at ₹588++ for vegetarians and ₹688++ for non-vegetarians.
BEST THAI FOOD
NCPA, Nariman Point
Thai food is exploding in Mumbai and we are definitely not complaining. Izaya by Farrokh Khambata is Mumbai’s first robata Thai dining experience. Some of my favourites from the menu are the Frilly Eggs, the light and airy Sa Khoo, Pork Tenderloin Skewers with a Peanut Sauce and the Som Tam Salad.
MF Recommends: Do not leave without having the Asian Inspired Petit Four(I’d recommend taking some home as well)!
Bandra Kurla Complex
Nara Thai already has outposts in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Sri Lanka and I am glad it’s made its way to Mumbai. Imported by the team behind Yauatcha and Hakkasan, Nara Thai is a place to savour authentic Thai flavours in an extremely pretty setting.
Start your meal with the spicy and flavoursome Tom Yum Hed soup with lemongrass which is like a comforting hug in a bowl. Next, I suggest moving on to the Gai Hor Bai Toel, which is tender chicken in pandan leaf. For the mains, I would suggest you get the Khao Phad Samunprai, butterfly pea flower rice with Thai herbs and Kan Kiew Wan Gai more popularly known as Thai curry with chicken. Wrap up your meal with the Berry Crepe Cake which has a soft texture and is absolutely divine!
Linking Road, Bandra
Get your sushi mode on and be ready to explore authentic Japanese food at this cosy Bandra eatery. They serve a wide selection of nigiri and maki sushi for vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians. Try the maki style Super Crunchy Roll which is 8 pieces of sweet shiitake mushroom, avocado and cucumber along with the Shrimp Tempura Roll which has crispy shrimp tempura topped with tenkatsu and drizzled with chef’s special sauce.
Dine in style at this Asian gastro-pub and savour the taste of great pan-Asian fare in a trendy, high energy setting. If like me, you are a sushi-holic then this is the place to be! You’ll be pampered with a huge list to choose from and I’d suggest you try the California Rolls and the Avocado Truffle Sushi with Caviar. However, my favourite has to be the Koko Special Roll. I’m not sure what they put in it but both vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions are absolutely decadent.
Lower Parel, Colaba, Bandra Kurla Complex
Offering a bit of everything from Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, China, Korea and Singapore, the menu here is pan-Asian at its best! The quickly expanding Pa Pa Ya serves up yummy Pan-Asian food in unique and innovative ways while offering terrific gastronomical experiences.
You should definitely try the Sushi Matrix, Mapo Tofu, Som Tam and Penang Curry here.
Watch out for their new outlet, opening soon in Juhu’s Horizon Hotel.
Hill Road, Bandra & Fort
Mamagoto if translated literally means ‘to play with food’. This Pan-Asian restaurant is all about fun Asian eating in a quirky setting and has been around long enough to have solidified its space in Mumbai’s culinary scene. The menu is massive with quite a few sections that might take some time to wade through. I’d suggest you try the wok-tossed Classic Chicken Wings which have a flavoursome marinade, are crispy and crunchy, and taste as good as they sound. For a full meal in a bowl, try one of their signature bowls like their Smoky BBQ Pork Belly that comprises of robata treated skewers of pork belly, sticky fried rice, bak choy, baby corn stir fry and is finished with fried egg served in red chilli and BBQ sauce.
BEST ALL ROUND DINING
The name says it all, this place will give you a royal dining experience! Their decor is simple and classy, and the soft lighting sets the mood for your meal. This 14-year-oldstand-alone Oriental restaurant has become a Bombay legend and is where you’ll find me and my family every Sunday for lunch! I keep going back to this place! Why? Because it remains my best bet for great food, excellent service and enough variety for the whole family.
My personal favourites from their menu are the Crispy Duck Spring Roll, perfectly crisp, basking in the glory of extraordinary flavours and the Sautéed Greens with Black Mushrooms served with the Hong Kong Noodle! This place is an oriental palace of goodies dishing up some impeccable Cantonese style Chinese grub and is a definite go-to option for those looking for excellent food and superlative service!
BEST CASUAL ASIAN
Gordon House, Colaba & Marol
Having a very trendy and contemporary setting, the long-wooden tables with bench-style seating set the tone for the unfussed, simple menu. This do-it-yourself wok restaurant allows you to choose your ingredients from a wide variety of options of rice, noodles, meats, vegetarian produce and condiments too! You can then ask the chef to stir fry your selections in one of their 10 delicious sauces serving up a healthy, wholesome meal.
BEST ASIAN BUFFET
Marol, Andheri, Bandra
The best part about buffets is that you don’t have to choose just one cuisine or dish! Global Fusion is my best bet when I want to have a bit of everything Asian at one place for a price that won’t burn a hole in my pocket.
Their buffet menu has a huge variety of appetizers, dim sum, sushi rolls, soups, mains and desserts
Their buffet will cost you ₹781++ (lunch- Monday to Thursday), ₹867++ (lunch- Friday to Saturday), ₹1314++ (lunch-Sunday), ₹1200++ (dinner- Monday to Thursday and Sunday) and ₹1314++ (dinner- Friday to Saturday).
BEST DESI CHINESE
Serving some of my favourite Desi Chinese food, Lings Pavilion in Colaba is a forever favourite when it comes to spicy, tangy and delicious Chinese food. Though it may not be super authentic, that is exactly what gives Lings its charm. I love the Steamed Fish and Slice Fish with Ginger Chilli and Garlic Fry while their Honey Glazed Spare Ribs are pretty legendary as well.
The next time you step out to relish Asian food keep this list in mind. Do tag us in your Instagram food photos if you visit any of these places.