Monday, February 28, 2011

Bombay is electric- here's why

Dood, the food is totally grrreat in Mumbai, yaar!

* Trishna (in Kala Ghoda)- the crab is something else
* Santoor (by Taj President)- high-end roadside style Indian food. Don't let the drab interior influence your decision to sit down and give it a try
* Natural (by Intercontinental Hotel on Marine Drive)- Guava icecream! Wow!
* Mahesh Lunch Home- the seafood "moo 9a7y"!

We didn't get to the non-Indian cuisine, maybe next time:

* India Jones - multi-Asian @ Oberoi
* Wasabi- Japanese @ the Taj Palace
* 212- Italian
* Indigo- Italia @ Colaba
* Thai Pavilion @ the Taj President

You'll need to walk this all off: Sightseeing!

* The Dhobi Ghat (world's largest public laundry) is a unique sight.
* Gandhi's home is pretty interesting and gets you in the zone.
* Take an auto-rickshaw ride through Bandra.
* The Gateway of India you'll inevitably walk past at some point.
* Be sure to make your way to Victoria Terminus for some impressive architecture.
* Avoid Sasson Dock (fish market), unless you want to test your tolerance for powerful odors.
* One sight you won't want to miss, although we unfortunately did, is the dabbawallahs delivering lunch to millions of people at around 11:30am at Churchgate railway station.
* If you've read Shantaram and feel that you *must* go to Leopold's cafe, a simple photo of the sign and maybe a t-shirt purchase will suffice.

You can always squeeze in some time for shopping:
* Bombay Electric - boutique in Colaba
* Bungalow 81
* Shopping arcades at the Oberoi and Taj Palace hotels

You're going to need to sleep after a day of walking along Marine Drive or chilling at Chowpatty Beach:

* The Taj President Hotel (now called Vivanta and located in Cuff Parade) is charming and hospital for business trips, but...
* the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is simply unmatched in its grandeur. If you do stay there, let me know how the tea lounge is- it was restricted to guests only.

IT began as a field diary for my summer in Jizan (2006) under the title "Watch Out Bubba Gump." Now I'm not sure what it is... but I do know it's time for me to start writing again.