With its history of 7 fishing villages as well as large communities of Goans and Mangaloreans settled here, Bombay’s seafood is as diverse as you could hope for. It might even be considered the seafood capital of India. Goa may have the freshest seafood and Mangalorean seafood recipes may be delicious, but Bombay has it all. From the fiery Fish Recheado and Prawn Gassi to the very local crisp Bombil Fry, seafood in Bombay covers the entire spectrum of Indian seafood, from the rustic to the refined.
Here are our Top 5 Coastal Food Spots in Bombay, in no particular order, grouped by cuisine.
Sadichha: A small nondescript place opposite the MIG club in Bandra East, it has the best Malvan seafood. Crisp Bombay Duck and Tisraya (clam) Masala are favorites.
Malvani Katta: A hole in wall very close to the Western Express highway near Goregaon is a crowded and popular little joint with wait times that can deter the uninitiated. The Crab Masala is absolutely worth the daunting wait for a table.
Fresh catch: More Karwar than Goa, Fresh Catch for a long time was all about the fact that Sachin Tendulkar had eaten there. But with their Crabs and Bombil done just right and divine Ambotik, they certainly dont need the validation. Tendulkar or no Tendulkar, Fresh Catch is worth a visit.
Mahesh Lunch Home: The Juhu outpost has a yearly Crab and Wine festival that is their attempt to categorize themselves as a fine dining spot. And their prices are certainly fine-dining prices but the restaurant serves up a mean Prawn Gassi with fabulous Neer Dosas that tell you that the place has lost none of its heritage. While their Mangalorean food is most notable, their menu is divided by region and style of cooking, with good
Trishna: Nestled in the crowded lanes of Kala Ghoda and a favorite with office goers and tourists, the crowd favourite here are the Crabs.
Jai Hind: Started by advertising executives, Jai Hind has branches in Bandra as well as Lower Parel. While the Bandra location has still retained its old feel that encourages patrons to eat quietly and leave, the Lower Parel branch is trying its hand at swank. Either way, both serve good food with great portions.