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Where to Eat In Matheran - Spicy Seafood, Rich Curries, and Vegetarian Food

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There's an impressive variety of places to eat in Matheran given its small size, with Maharashtrian cuisine the most readily available. But you'll also be able to enjoy Chinese, Punjabi, Gujarati, and Mughlai dishes, each with their own flavorful twist. Vegetarian food features prominently, but meat dishes are offered at some restaurants, too.

Typical dishes

 

Chikki is a popular local treat typically made with cashews or peanuts in crunchy, caramelized jaggery (Indian cane sugar). Vada pav, India's vegetarian version of the burger, is quintessentially Maharashtrian and widely available.

Matheran

 

Thali (a selection of dishes served on a platter), pav bhaji (vegetable curry served with a soft buttery bread roll), and vada pav characterize Matheran's local cuisine and can be sampled at its eateries. Seafood fans should book a table at family-owned Kokan Katta, opposite the railway station, which offers fried fish, chicken, or mutton thali, as well as spicy, fried prawns. Shabbir's Biryani House, a few minutes walk from Juma Masjid, serves a variety of biryani dishes. There's indoor and outdoor seating at this modest restaurant, where the food takes centre stage.

 

  • Kokan Katta, Bazar Peth, Opposite Matheran Railway Station, Matheran 410102, Maharashtra
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  • Shabbir's Biryani House, 2 minutes walk from Juma Masjid, Matheran 410102, Maharashtra; Tel: +91 837 8034199; Website: Shabbir's Biryani House

 

Karjat

 

Lucky's Korner, 22 km from Matheran in Karjat, is renowned locally for its warm service and mouthwatering dishes. You can choose from Chinese, Mughlai, and Indian options to suit vegetarians and meat eaters. Their authentic bombil rawa masala (fried fish in a special blend of spices), is a popular choice. Dada's Grill offers something a little different, with a menu of pizza and pasta served in relaxed surroundings. They also offer traditional Indian dishes, so you can choose between garlic-cheese bread with vegetable pasta, or butter chicken in a rich tomato and cream sauce, depending on your mood.

 

  • Lucky's Korner, Halivali, Karjat 410201, Maharashtra ; Tel: +91 982 2941414
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  • Dada's Grill, Murbad Road, Chowk-Karjat, Raigad 410201, Maharashtra; Tel: +91 982 3429987; Website: Dada's Grill

 

Navi Mumbai

 

You'll be spoiled for choice in Navi Mumbai, 60 km from Matheran, which is used as a base by some travellers visiting the hill station. There are delicious dining options to suit any budget, from street food to casual and upscale eateries. For India's take on barbecue, including vegetarian options and make-your-own kulfi (Indian ice cream), you can try Barbeque Nation just off Palm Beach Road. They also offer a lunch buffet for big appetites. Craving Italian? Head to Macchiato, which is a 10-minute drive from Rock Garden. It has a pleasant ambience and serves classic dishes like vegetable lasagne.

 

  • Barbeque Nation, First Floor, Plot 20, Beverley Park, Sector 6, Palm Beach Road, Nerul, Navi Mumbai 400706, Maharashtra; Tel: +91 932 1201040; Website: Barbeque Nation
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  • Macchiato, Shop 8, Lords Building, Sector 15, Palm Beach Road CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai 400614, Maharashtra; Tel: +91 22 27591144; Website: Macchiato

 

Panvel

 

Panvel, 50 km from Matheran, is known as the gateway of the Konkan region. Its cuisine reflects its proximity to the coast and seafood, including delicately spiced fish dishes, features heavily in local menus. Hotel Ekvira serves Agri-style fish curry, a dish from Western Maharashtra, and chicken handi, which has a sauce of ginger, coconut, tomatoes, and yogurt. You can also try refreshing drinks, like sweet lime soda and mango lassi. At Hotel Sai Krupa, they serve rich paneer curry dishes made with a tomato sauce and special blend of spices.

 

  • Hotel Ekvira, Mumbai Goa Expressway, Panvel 410206, Maharashtra; Tel: +91 993 0098444
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  • Hotel Sai Krupa, Mumbai - Goa Highway, Near Balaji Lodge, Panvel 410206, Maharashtra ; Tel: +91 983 3941333; Website: Hotel Sai Krupa