Sample quintessential street food in Mumbai, from our famous pav bhaji to the Bombay burger and ice-cream sandwiches…
If you love street food, this tour of Mumbai’s Khau Gully, which translates to food lane, is a must. We devised this trip to give travellers an understanding of what quintessential street food is like in Mumbai. You’ll visit the city’s various communities and hear the stories behind their dishes and ingredients. It’s one of the best ways to learn about our culture and history because there’s so much woven into food, from migration to politics, you name it.
Foodies rave about this experience; you get to taste around eight different dishes over three and a half hours. Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson even came on the tour and declared the vada pav, our deep-fried potato dumpling in a bread bun, her favourite dish of the year. You’ll try more of our signature snacks like the Bombay burger and bhel puri, which is made of puffed rice, veg and tamarind sauce. People enjoy the pav bhaji, a vegetable curry with bread that was loved by workers from Mumbai’s cotton mills.
You’ll also get to visit some of the oldest restaurants in Mumbai, including Pancham Puriwala, famous for its puri thali– unbelievably, people used to come here to eat after watching hangings in the city. Then there’s the 100-year-old Iranian cafés that sprung up in the early 19th century, when bakers migrated here from Iran. I like taking guests to these cafés for tea and to meet the old guys who’ve been running them for what feels like eternity.
We finish up in Girgaon Chowpatty, a beach where you’ll witness real street food culture. On a Sunday, when families want to escape the kitchen, they get dressed up and go down to eat at the beach. You can sample treats like dosas from southern India, that have been adapted Bombay style, and snow cones. My favourite is ice cream sandwiches – big slugs of ice cream set between two thin wafers – delicious!
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Malcolm, who's travelled extensively in India. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember.
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