8 Lesser-Known Places For A Delicious Fish Thali In Mumbai
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When it comes to thoughtfully curating a meal, the generational knowledge that seeped into a city’s culture comes into play. How well one can host is directly proportional to how great a meal has been, thus making the experience of dining surpass just the food on your plate. As far as the coastal city of Mumbai knows, seafood is an integral part of those who grew up with fond memories of picking apart crabs drenched in garlic butter, or biting into juicy-crisp prawns Koliwada as they waited for their meal to arrive. Although there is no doubt that the wave of sushi, grilled fish and the likes taste equally delicious, there’s something about getting your hands dirty while powering through a solid thali meal.

Pangat

Perfectly fried pomfret, soulful sol kadhi and a flavoursome jaavla is what eating at Pangat is like, in a nutshell. Choose between a pomfret thali, surmai thali or prawn thali for lunch or dinner, while you also order an extra portion of rava-fried prawns on the side; because one can never have too much fish!

Phone Number: 9321696978

USP Dishes: Pomfret Thali, Surmai Thali

Timings: 11.30am – 3.30pm, 7.30pm – 11.30pm

Address: Radhe Govind Apartment, Nancy Colony, Near ST Depot, Dahisar East, Mumbai

How to reach: via Western Express Highway

Cost for two: ₹1,100 (Mid Range)

Available Cuisines: North Indian, Malwani

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner

Fresh Catch

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If you happen to be wandering the tree-lined by-lanes of Bandra, make sure to pit stop at this seafood treasure trove of a restaurant. Order their delicious and perfectly seasoned garlic butter crab, light-as-air bombil fry and prawns ambotik for the perfect make-your-own thali experience. Wash it all down with a glass of fresh sol kadhi!

Phone Number: 9821121876

USP Dishes: Garlic Butter Crab, Prawns Ambotik

Timings: 12noon – 3.15pm, 7pm – 11pm

Address: Unit-201, Plot-71, Khan House, Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai

How to reach: via Bandra Station/Hill Road

Cost for two: ₹1,800 (Mid Range)

Available Cuisines: Goan, Konkan

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner

Nav Chaitanya

While you munch on the restaurant’s perfectly crisp and seasoned crab lollipops, browse through their limited but home-style menu to order from a variety of Maharashtrian and Malwani-inspired dishes. While their delicately-spiced prawn pulao comes highly recommended, their combo meals of pithi, bhaat, kismoor and chicken vade is sure to induce a nap right after!

Phone Number: 9324482100

USP Dishes: Crab Lollipop, Prawns Pulao

Timings: 11:30am – 11pm

Address: Survey 106 A, DN Nagar, Opposite Cosmopolitian School, 4 Bungalows, Mumbai

How to reach: via Juhu-Versova Link Road

Cost for two: ₹1,600 (Mid Range)

Available Cuisines: Maharashtrian, Malwani

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner

Highway Gomantak

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This non-descript establishment boasts of a legendary seafood fare, with celebrity clients like Deepika Padukone stopping by for a meal once in a while. From crab cooked in a masala loaded with coconut and chillies, to prawns cooked in every style imaginable, this place has something for all kinds of seafood lovers.

Phone Number: 022-26409692

USP Dishes: Bombil Fry, Bangda Udid Methi

Timings: 11.30am – 3pm, 7pm – 10.30pm

Address: 44/2179, Gandhi Nagar, Service Road, Bandra East, Mumbai

How to reach: via Kherwadi Junction/Bandra-Kurla Complex

Cost for two: ₹500 (Budget-Friendly)

Available Cuisines: Maharashtrian, Malwani

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner

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The Konkan Café

Located inside the old-worldly President Hotel in Cuffe Parade, Konkan Café is the perfect seafood dining experience for when you’re seeking something special. Order their seafood thali and enjoy all the accompaniments with fluffy and lacy egg appams or flaky parottas. Don’t forget to celebrate your special occasion with one of their cashew feni cocktails, while you’re at it.

Phone Number: 022-66650808

USP Dishes: Fish Thali, Meen Pollichathu

Timings: 12.30pm – 2.45pm, 7pm – 11.45pm

Address: President, 90, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai

How to reach: via Churchgate Station/Bandra-Worli Sea Link

Cost for two: ₹5,000 (Fine Dining)

Available Cuisines: South Indian, Malwani, Konkan

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner

Satkar Rice Plate House

If there is a restaurant worthy of mentioning on this list, it is this establishment stuck in time, serving up some of the most amazing seafood in the suburbs of Mumbai. Prawn thali accompanied by a spicy tarri, bombil fry and crab cooked in a green masala are a knock out of the park in this iconic eatery.

Phone Number: 7506373883

USP Dishes: Bombil Fry, Prawn Thali

Timings: 11am – 3.30pm, 7pm – 11.30pm

Address: 15, 1st Floor, Dreamland Building, Near Railway Station, Goregaon East, Mumbai

How to reach: via Western Express Highway

Cost for two: ₹600 (Budget-Friendly)

Available Cuisines: Maharashtrian, Malwani

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner

Just Kerala

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Looking for a fish thali with a South Indian twist? Pay a visit to this authentic Malayali eatery to enjoy a sumptuous meal of matta rice, thoran, avial, pappadam, fish mulakithathu and payasam. If you’re not in the mood to down a full feast, enjoy a portion of their kappa – or steamed tapioca – with a fiery tangy fish curry, to get a taste of a quintessential Keralan staple.

Phone Number: 7506373883

USP Dishes: Fish Thali, Kappa-Meen Curry

Timings: 11am – 11:45pm

Address: Floor 2, Hotel Samraj Building, Parshiwada, Chakala Road, Chakala, Mumbai

How to reach: via Western Express Highway

Cost for two: ₹1,100 (Mid Range)

Available Cuisines: Kerala, Chettinad

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner

Sion Lunch Home

This excellent but underrated eatery located in central Mumbai offers a jaw-dropping variety of thalis – besides the usual pomfret and surmai, there’s also a mandeli thali, crab and shimpli thali for anyone who is a die-hard fan. Don’t forget to order other Mangalorean delicacies like chicken sukka or kori rotti on the side, for a meal you’re surely going to remember!

Phone Number: 022-24083265

USP Dishes: Chicken Sukka, Mandeli Thali

Timings: 11am – 4pm, 7pm – 12.30am

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

How to reach: via Sion Railway Station

Cost for two: ₹1,200 (Mid Range)

Available Cuisines: Mangalorean, North Indian

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner