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Idli sambar, Medu vada, Puliyogare rice, Bisibele baath, Dosas, Mysore pak, Mysore masala do these food items make your mouth water? Are you drooling already and planning a visit to one of the South Indian restaurants in your city, as soon as you can? Not sure where to go? In Mumbai, it isn’t difficult to find the food and restaurant that perfectly pampers your palette. Here’s a list of the best South Indian restaurants in Mumbai. We must tell you that most of these are located at Matunga, owing to the fact that it’s populated by South Indians. Also Read - Spicy South Indian Recipe: Chettinad Crab Masala
1. Ram Ashraya
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Ramashray is one of the most popular South Indian restaurants in Mumbai, located at Matunga East. Its a foodie’s heaven. While one may face an hour-long wait on weekends before getting a place to sit, its certainly worth the wait. Kadi Idli, Upma Podi and the Fruit Sheera here are a must-try.
Address: Bhandarkar Road, Matunga East, Mumbai
2. Cafe Madras
This is another great place serving South Indian cuisine in Matunga. Its quite popular among college students. Raagi Dosa, Pineapple Sheera, Mysore Pak and Filter Coffee (of course) are the best items on the menu. We must add that the Bisibele baath here is mouth-wateringly good!
Address: 38 B, Circle House, King’s Circle, Matunga East, Mumbai
3. Mani’s Lunch Home
This is one of the most pocket-friendly South Indian restaurants in Mumbai. Located near Ruia college, it’s generally flocked by the young crowd. It has even won food awards. One can devour multiple dishes here and yet be happy after checking the bill. The Mysore Masala and Upma are delectable.
Address: 153 C, Mahskar Building, Near Ruia College, Matunga East, Mumbai
4. Café Mysore
Café Mysore is a stone’s throw away from Café Madras in Matunga. Mysore Sada Dosa, Khotto, Neer Dosa, Rasam Wada, Idli Gadbad are the food items that you should try here. The Medu Wada too is yummier than that served at other places in Mumbai. If you visit this place during lunch hours, it’s super crowded. So it’s advisable to set forth before your stomach starts growling, else you will lose patience waiting for a table to be vacated!
Address: Shop No. 1461-C, Durlabh Niwas, Bhandaji Road, Matunga East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400019
Dakshinayan is located at Juhu, Mumbai. While it’s more expensive than the eateries listed above, we assure you that no matter what you order here, it’s inexplicably good. The Raagi Masala Dosa and Rava Masala Dosa at Dakshinayan are food items to die for!
Address: Hotel Anand, Gandhigram Road, Near Hare Krishna Temple, Juhu, Mumbai
6. Narayan’s Dosa
Narayan’s Dosa, located at Grant Road, Mumbai is another easy on pocket South Indian joint. It’s a small place, not a visual delight, honestly! But the food totally makes up for it. And anyways, foodies don’t really care about ambiance, do they? The Palak Masala Dosa served here is absolutely scrumptious!
Address: Parmand Building, French Bridge, Opera House, Grant Road, Mumbai
7. Simbly South
Located in Vile Parle East, Simbly South serves ‘simbly’ delicious food. The Gun powder Idli, Rasam Rice, Garlic Masala dosa are so good that you crave for more even after your tummy has reached the uppermost limit of FULL!
Address: Pitale Wadi, Hanuman Road, Vile Parle East, Mumbai
8. Cafe Bharat
Located near Churchgate station, Cafe Bharat is a lovely place that offers food at really low rates. Despite low prices, there’s no compromise on food quality and it is palatable. While it has only the most basic South Indian food like Dosas, Utappam and Idli, it’s exceptionally good!
Address: Indian Merchant Chambers, AMC Road, Churchgate, Mumbai
9. Juhu Hindu Restaurant House
This joint serves extremely appetizing South Indian food. While they also serve North Indian cuisine, the idlis and dosas here are finger-licking good.
Address: Opposite Tulip Star Hotel, Juhu West, Mumbai
10. Udipi Idli House
Located at Matunga, Udipi Idli House serves the yummiest Idlis in Mumbai. Kanchipuram Idli, Oondi Sambhar, Khotto Sambhar are a must-try. However, if you like experimenting with food, this eatery has varied types of Idlis on the menu and each of them with a unique flavor.
Address: 462, Ram Bhavan, Opposite Jain temple, Dr B Ambedkar Road, King Circle, Matunga East, Mumbai
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