Our country being the largest peninsula in the world must have its own advantages. Mumbai, a coastal city known for its vada pav, pav bhaji, and nightlife, is also known for its incredible seafood offerings across the city. In fact, visit any coastal region in the country and you’ll discover local seafood specialties you might even kill for. There is no shortage of many types of fish that are commonly eaten in the city and hence there is no dearth of great seafood restaurants that you can start adding to your list.
Mahesh Lunch Home, through Mumbai
You can’t start a better seafood story without mentioning Mahesh Lunch Home. Launched by SC Karkera was the very first place in Mumbai to serve authentic Mangalore cuisine. One of the most famous and trusted seafood restaurants, is known for using traditional ingredients and maintaining the authenticity of Mangalorean seafood. Crabs, sukka clams, koliwada squid, tandoori pomfret are some of the dishes that you must try from this place. In meals, you have the choice of a variety of dishes from shrimp, fish and even chicken. In fact, they even have a lot of seafood festivals on a regular basis for you to experience the entirety of seafood consumption.
Second in the holy trinity of the city’s seafood hotspots, Gajalee is also known for its delicious fish thali. This place serves slightly North Indian seafood. Their Tandoori and Bombil Fry Crabs or the Bombay Duck served stuffed with seasoned shrimp are a delight. You can also go for their healthy fish thali with repeats of their ground kadhi, which would be one of the best you will taste in Mumbai.
A die-hard seafood lover and you turn on with just the mention of lobster, tiger shrimp, sea bass, red snapper? Then the city’s new restaurant, Ammata, is for you. For those who prefer a punch full of flavor, can choose the special Kerala-style Polichattu from their chef from the neighboring coastal region. For the health conscious, there’s a sesame-infused Cantonese-style steamed fish. For people looking for the simpler joys of life, we have old school classics like Lemon Butter Sauce, Burnt Pepper Garlic Sauce, French Mustard Cream.
Nestled in the quiet lanes of Mahim, Fresh Catch serves authentic and traditional seafood from northern Karnataka. All dishes are prepared with the recipes of the owner’s mother Fernandes with coastal dishes dominated mainly by fish and
Led by former Nobu Chef Thomas Pongsak Catley, Tori offers a mix of Asian and Latin American flavors. However, if you want to limit the number to seafood, you can try their Snapper’s ceviche, which consists of thin slices of snapper marinated in their homemade tiger milk. Tossed in mango juice and aji amarillo. And, the salmon tataki which is thin slices of salmon served with a homemade jalapeÃ±o salsa topped with a crispy salmon skin.
Located in two prime locations in Mumbai – BKC and Colaba – Nara Thai, known for its Thai specialties, is another place you can add to your list of must-see seafood restaurants. From stir-fry to grilled, they serve the freshest peach marinated with aromatic herbs and spices. We recommend opting for a bowl of Tom Kha, a spicy coconut soup with galangal, vermicelli noodles and shrimp before dipping into crispy squid rings enhanced with flavors of lemongrass, garlic, Thai red peppers and Kaffir lime leaves and stir-fry Thai Green Pepper Shrimp made from locally sourced shrimp that is tossed in the wok with Thai green peppercorns, dried chili peppers and kaffir lime leaves for a punchy kick. They are also having a coastal celebration on December 31st.