Eating Out In Chembur | Hood Guide

By Yamini Walia October 3, 2018
The Famous Sion Lunch Home. Image Source: Zomato

In my first neighbourhood guide, I helped you discover restaurants around Dadar (at least, I hope I did). Next on my list: my favourites around Chembur i.e. Sion, Ghatkopar and Kurla.

I lived in Chembur for two years and absolutely loved the area because it was blessed with unique food joints. Also, two years gave me ample time to explore the restaurants in its neighbouring areas. Here are my recommendations…

SION

Guru Kripa

Guru Kripa is a Mumbai institution. Most are already familiar with this name because it has become a tourist attraction in Mumbai. People from different parts of the city come to eat samosa chole at this all-vegetarian joint. You should also try their samosa pattice, their range of thalis and basically, everything on the menu!

Where: 40, Guru Kripa Building, Near Sies College, Sion West

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Guru Kripa. Image Source

Hazara

Prawn koliwada. Tandoori chicken. Fish koliwada. Why am I listing down these dishes for you? Because all this and many more koliwada dishes are Hazara’s speciality. My mouth is watering just at the thought of these perfectly spiced, fried delicacies.

Where: Hukumchand C Julka Chowk, GTB Nagar, Sion Koliwada, Sion, Mumbai

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Hazara. Image Source

Sion Lunch Home

Let’s agree on the fact that Sion is also a kind of seafood heaven. Sion Lunch Home is the answer to all your seafood cravings while also including a few Mangalorean and Punjabi dishes. Don’t leave the restaurant without trying their neer dosa, fish fry, prawn fry and biryani.

Where: 11, Harakh Niwas, Near Sion Railway Station, Sion, Mumbai

GHATKOPAR

Pure Milk Centre

When it comes to innovating, Pure Milk Centre nails the brief. Think: waffle cheese uttapam, dosa waffles and cheese burst dosa. All these are PMC’s specialities and trust me, they are palate pleasers. Apart from this, the restaurant has an extensive menu that includes pav bhaji, idli and rolls.

Where: 19/20, Vikrant, RB Mehta Marg, Tilak Road, Ghatkopar East, Mumbai

 Pure Milk Centre. Image Source

Pure Milk Centre. Image Source

Achija

When you live in Mumbai, it’s only natural that you want to dig into a plate of pav bhaji every now and then. Next time that craving takes over, head to Achija in Ghatkopar. Once you taste their version, you’ll never feel like having pav bhaji from any other restaurant. In other recommendations, you should also try their faluda and vegetarian pizza.

Where: 13, Vasant Nivas, Tilak Road Naka, Ghatkopar East, Mumbai

Khau Galli

Mumbai is known for a Khau Galli in every nook and corner and one of the most popular gallis is in Ghatkopar. These are my favourite dishes that you should definitely try when you’re there: ice cold pani puri from Jai Durga Centre, pink pasta from WTC Pasta, gini dosa from Sai Swad Dosa, dahi puri from Chaat Centre and vegetarian grilled sandwich from Sandwich Corner.

Where: Near Ghatkopar east station, from 4.30pm onwards

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Khau Galli. Image SourceKhau Galli. Image Source

KURLA

Lucknow Zaika

On one sunny afternoon, my friends came over with a plate of chicken khapsa from Lucknow Zaika. It was the first time that I had tried khapsa (which initially I thought was biryani) and I was bowled over. Next time, when you’re in Kurla, head here and get binging on the chicken khapsa and also, try their crispy chicken lollipop.

Where: Near Peninsula Park, LBS Marg, Kurla West, Kurla, Mumbai

Lucknow Zaika. Image Source

Lucknow Zaika. Image Source

Delhi Zaika

Zaika seems to be the flavour of Kurla… literally! Another favourite is Delhi Zaika that specialises in Lucknowi and Mughlai cuisine. If you head there, try their biryani, malai tikka, murgh peshawari and nalli nihari.

Where: 5/6, Next To Kamran Kalpana Theater, LBS Marg, Kurla West, Kurla, Mumbai

Delhi Zaika. Image Source

Delhi Zaika. Image Source

Naaz Hotel

The name gives it away, doesn’t it? Naaz Hotel specialises in authentic Mughlai cuisine and it also serves exceptional North Indian and Chinese food. Dig into their crispy chicken, chicken dum biryani, kebabs, butter chicken and tandoori chicken.

Where: 5, Shamsuddin Nagar, Andheri-Kurla Road, Jarimari, Kurla, Mumbai

Naaz Hotel. Image Source

Naaz Hotel. Image Source

Now you have more than a few good reasons to visit Sion, Ghatkopar and Kurla. I am definitely heading to one these places tonight.