Craving filter coffee, dosas, and vadas? Head to these restaurants in Mumbai serving authentic South Indian food


The level of simplicity we can find in South Indian cuisine cannot be found in any other food. Its taste, variety, and aroma have won the hearts of people all over the world. Think about crispy hot dosas, warm and soft idlis, fragrant fish curries, and hot sambhar oozing mouth-watering fragrances – there’s something for every taste bud. But not every city manages to serve authentic South Indian delights. Luckily, Mumbai is every food lover’s dream come true and houses a number of restaurants that serve both traditional as well as modern bites of the South Indian cuisine. So, if you are new to the city or plan to visit Mumbai anytime soon, here is a list of places where you can treat yourself with distinctive varieties of South Indian dishes.

Ram Ashraya – Matunga     

Ram Ashraya is considered to be one of the best South Indian restaurants in Mumbai. Owing to its extreme demand, the restaurant opens at 5 am and not surprisingly, people stand in the queue early in the morning to grab their breakfast. This place is mostly famous for its quick service, crispy dosas, and spongy idlis. In fact, the restaurant has managed to bag great recognition and rewards over the years since its inception. Right from locals to celebrities, everyone loves to savour great South Indian food at this restaurant.

Address: 24 Shreeji Sadan Bhandarkar Marg Opposite Matunga Kabutar Khana, Matunga

Approx cost for two: Rs 200

Café Madras – Matunga

This is another great restaurant that gives a tough competition to South Indian eateries in Mumbai. The restaurant has received many awards for its consistent food quality, variety, and quantity. The décor is pleasant and the vibe in the restaurant is usually lively and chaotic, thanks to its endless demand. Café Madras brings the best of South Indian cuisine to Mumbai and is popular for classic dishes like butter idlis, rasam, upma podi, neer dosa, pineapple sheera, and dahi missal. The restaurant opened many years ago and is so preferred by the locals that there’s a waiting line almost every day, at every hour.

Address: 38 B, Circle House, King’s Circle Near Maheshwari Udyan, Matunga East

Approx cost for two: Rs 250

Arya Bhawan – Matunga

Arya Bhawan is nothing less than a blessing to Mumbai when it comes to finding the perfect place serving South Indian food. The owner of this restaurant – Muthuswamy – is a popular name in the catering service industry and has earned a name as the Idli King of Mumbai for more than seven decades. If you are in Mumbai, you must visit this place to try their flavourful onion Mysore masala dosa, mangala pudi, and steamy hot upma. Not only food but the swift service too, has impressed foodies, which brings them back to the same place again and again!

Address: Shop 9 & 10, Bhanujyoti Building, Opposite LBS Market, Matunga East

Approx cost for two: Rs 400

Banana Leaf – Andheri, Thane, Chembur

Banana Leaf is one eatery that dominates Mumbai’s South Indian food scene with its multiple outlets spread across the city. The restaurant has a broad menu that’s moderately priced and serves food from areas of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. And as the name suggests, the food there is served on a banana leaf, which gives it an authentic, traditional touch. Whether it is their fiery Andhra idlis or ragi utappam, potato medu vada, or the regu dosa, everything is worth coming back for!

Address: Shubham CHS, Opposite Vikram Petrol Pump, Juhu Versova Link Road, 7 Bungalows, Andheri West

Approx cost for two: Rs 600

Dakshinayan – Juhu

Dakshinayan is a slightly different restaurant that offers a version of authentic South Indian food, but, with a modern, Mumbai-like twist. However, though the taste varies a bit, it is still loved and preferred by locals. The tiny eatery is best known for its fluffy idlis, golden nai roast dosai, and bisibele bath. Do pay this restaurant a visit and I bet; you’ll not be able to stop yourself from returning again.

Address: Gandhigram Road, Near Hare Krishna Temple, Juhu, Mumbai

Approx cost for two: Rs 600

Kerala House – Vashi

Here you literally as its name suggests, they have authentic Kerala Cuisine. If you are looking for authentic Kerala food which is also very affordable, then this is the right place to be! The flavours in every dish are just a perfect blend and give you Kerala feels, right there. They have a very simple menu in which they have a veg thali and non-veg thalis. For non-veg, you options to choose from like chicken and fish fry. End your meal with delicious payasam or buttermilk.

Address: Plot 8, Sector 30 A, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

Approx cost for two: Rs 400