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Mumbai vs. Delhi: The Battle for Food Capital

Mumbai and Delhi are the two much-hyped metropolis cities of India; one is the financial capital and the other is national capital of the country. These two places demonstrate how much difference can crop up within a few hundred kilometers in terms of culture, food, living, trends, and lifestyle. If you have been traveling via flights from Delhi to Mumbai, you would immediately recognise the stark difference between the dining options at both the places.

Assessing the foodies’ haven in India

When it comes to cricket, food or Bollywood, we find it difficult to be neutral, as these topics are so close to our heart. So, we had to call out all those foodies across the country to know which among these two cities deserves the title of Food capital of India, and the answers came in freely.

What went in favor of Mumbai?

Mumbai is a strong contender, the city that never sleeps, as said. But wake up you’ve got to have your breakfast yet? Try the taste that localities like Thane boast of – such as ‘Misal Pav’ with kokum sarbat to cool you at Mamledar Misal. You can also have the iconic Bombay sandwich that is stuffed with vegetables and then toasted, served with green chutney slathered on it; this is available at any street corner.

And the mouth-watering dish of ‘Aamchi Mumbai’ is undoubtedly our all-time favorite – the ‘Pav Bhaji’, which is topped with butter cubes on it. For lunch, you get the finest seafood experience since 40 years at Trishna (Fort). You must try their signature dish- crab prepared in butter pepper garlic sauce. Another not-to-miss is the Mangalorean fare at Mahesh lunch home that is so popular in Mumbai.

For your evening snack you have to have the street taste. The Indian burger that is ‘Vada Pav’ found on every street of the city. Also comes the competitive snack between the two of the cities- ‘Panipuri’, the ragda panipuri with the hot and cold combination plays with your taste palates. The hot ragda in the puri with cold pani will make your day. And if you’re looking for a shot of java, then you can straight away head to Candies in Pali Hill and Bistro 1 in Lokhandwala. They are all-time favorites of café lovers.

How did Delhi fare?

A food lover has to start the day with a sumptuous breakfast, and when it comes to Delhi, you get plenty of options. One of them is Chache Di Hatti, their menu is limited, but their ‘aloo wale chole, chole kulche and sada chole bhatura are enough to give you true dilli-style breakfast. Like if you prefer western breakfast, then try All American Diner for waffles and pancakes.

For lunch, you can have some carbs, paranthas and they say no one makes better butter chicken than Delhi does. There are some fancy restaurants like Lavaash and Q’la overlooking Qutub Minar, they are built on the terrace and provide a stunning view at a great dining budget.

Being in Delhi and not tasting the chaats is unfair to the city. Some of the famous places are Natraj Dahi Bhalle Wale and Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala. Delhi’s ‘Gol-Gappe’ is must have, the north Indian style panipuri. And yes, don’t forget to visit the Old Famous Jalebi Wala. All the café lovers, you can get your customized palate at Big Chill Café.

Well if you are a Mumbaikar or a Delhiite, the two things really stand out about the city is rich history and delicious food. It will be tough to answer which is the best city for food among the two. But we will surely agree that both are spectacular in their range and taste. Why don’t you take an Air India flight, try out a slice from both the mega cities and let us know your opinion? We will be waiting!