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Mumbai is India’s foodie capital, and you can find almost anything on the menu, from American burgers and Japanese sushi to Goan curries, Gujarati thalis and Mangalorean seafood. Appropriately for India’s capital of finance, fashion and film, Mumbai is also home to some of India's most exclusive top end restaurants, although prices are seldom easy on the wallet.

Mumbai’s upmarket eateries have comprehensive lists of wine, beer, cocktails and other alcoholic beverages, but as with the rest of India, imported alcohol comes at a price. Locally produced beer, wine and spirits are widely available and very drinkable, as well as being cheaper than imported brands. Cheaper restaurants generally don't serve alcohol owing to expensive liquor licences.

The restaurants below have been grouped into three different pricing categories:
Expensive (over Rs3,000)
Moderate (Rs1,000 to Rs3,000)
Cheap (up to Rs1,000)

These prices are for a three-course meal for one, including half a bottle of house wine or equivalent, tax and service. If service is not included, a 10% tip is welcomed.

Expensive

Indigo

Cuisine: Modern European

Housed in a striking colonial bungalow, this is South Mumbai's most fashionable restaurant. Indigo's innovative menu blends modern European innovation with a dose of local flavour, and the wine list is extensive and impressive. The décor is slick (the Black Lounge is particularly chic) and the split-level roof-terrace is the place to eat in cooler months. Booking essential.

Address: Colaba, 4 Mandlik Road, Mumbai, 400001
Telephone: +91 22 6636 8981.
Website: http://www.foodindigo.com

Olive Bar & Kitchen

Cuisine: Mediterranean

This swanky restaurant serves excellent Italian food in a magical setting. Dine at teak tables in a garden that's peppered with lazy daybeds and white wicker chairs. Come evening, the whitewashed villa flickers in candlelight. The extensive menu includes dishes such as lobster ceviche, rosemary roast lamb and homemade pastas.

Address: Union Park, Khar West, 14 Nargis Dutt Road, Mumbai, 400052
Telephone: +91 22 4340 8229.
Website: http://www.olivebarandkitchen.com

Wasabi

Cuisine: Japanese

Presided over by Chef Masaharu Morimoto from New York's Nobu restaurant, Wasabi serves up world-class Japanese food in sleek surroundings at the Taj Mahal Hotel. With top ingredients such as Chilean sea bass, oyster foie gras and superb tuna on the menu, dining at this swish restaurant doesn't come cheap.

Address: Apollo Bunder, Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, 400001
Telephone: +91 22 6665 3202.
Website: http://www.tajhotels.com

Moderate

Khyber

Cuisine: North Indian

Situated near the High Court, Khyber swims with the rich flavours of the Northwest Frontier. Styled like an Afghan palace, the food is some of the best in town. Most dishes are cooked on the tava or in the tandoor oven and Khyber is famous for its house speciality, raan, a whole leg of slow-cooked lamb. Vegetarians should look elsewhere.

Address: Fort, 145 M.G. Road, Mumbai, 400001
Telephone: +91 22 4039 6666.
Website: http://www.khyberrestaurant.com

Koh

Cuisine: Thai

India has always had something of a love affair with Thai food, and chef Ian Kittichai has upped the game with his signature restaurant at the InterContinental Hotel. Half of the dishes at this award-winning restaurant are vegetarian, to the great satisfaction of the many Indian vegetarians who dine here.

Address: Marine Drive, InterContinental Hotel, 135 Marine Drive, Mumbai, 400020
Telephone: +91 22 3987 9999.
Website: http://www.ihg.com

Trishna

Cuisine: South Indian Seafood

Tucked away on a back street, Trishna serves what many regard as the best seafood in town - and this in a city brimming with seafood restaurants. Trishna specialises in Mangalorean delicacies and its signature dish, butter pepper garlic king crab, is every bit as delicious as it sounds. Other popular mains include Hyderabad-style pomfret and spicy kolhapuri prawns.

Address: Fort, Birla Mansion, Sai Baba Marg, Mumbai, 400001
Telephone: +91 22 2270 3214.

Cheap

Bademiya

Cuisine: North Indian

This may just be the most popular street food stand in South India. Every night, an army of staff prepare fresh and delicious grilled seekh kebabs and other grilled treats to a horde of drive-by and walk-in diners. It's only open for dinner and you can either grab your food to go or sit at one of the packed street-side tables.

Address: Colaba, Tulloch Road, Mumbai, 400004
Telephone: +91 22 2265 5657.

Mahesh Lunch Home

Cuisine: South Indian Seafood

Rivalling the famous Trishna, Mahesh Lunch Home is the place to come for excellent Mangalorean seafood on a budget. The appetite-inducing menu is packed with seafood staples such as tandoori pomfret, fish roe masala and rawas tikka (marinated white salmon), as well as delicious local mud crabs.

Address: Fort, 8B Cowasji Patel Street, Mumbai, 400001
Telephone: +91 22 2287 0938.
Website: http://www.maheshlunchhome.com

Revival

Cuisine: Indian Vegetarian

A handy retreat from the chaos of the Mangaldas and Crawford markets, Revival is a popular lunch stop for frazzled shoppers, with huge vegetarian thalis that come with bottomless top-ups of curry, rice and rotis. The menu also has lighter plates for smaller appetites.

Address: Crawford Market, Sheik Memon Street, Mumbai, 400002
Telephone: +91 22 2342 6919.
Website: http://revivalindianthali.com

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Gordon House Hotel

Each floor has its own theme at this boutique hotel located just behind Apollo Bunder. Decorated in Mediterranean, Scandinavian or country cottage styles, the rooms are charming without being twee, with plenty of modern gadgets and positively 5-star bathrooms. There's also a bar and the popular Poly Esther's nightclub onsite. Light sleepers should avoid rooms adjoining the club.

Taj Mahal Palace & Tower

A Mumbai institution since 1903 the Taj has played host to Maharajas and monarchs movie stars and media moguls. Built in striking Indo-Saracenic style this grand hotel was extensively damaged during the 2008 terrorist attacks but an artful renovation has removed all traces of the disaster. For more than a century this has been the epitome of luxury in Mumbai with graceful vaulted ceilings tall archways fine carpets and crystal chandeliers. The Taj also houses some of Mumbai's best restaurants plus luxury shops a nightclub and outdoor pool gym and even its very own fortune teller.

Traveller's Inn

Set on a leafy road in Fort, Traveller's Inn has just 21 rooms, which are small but clean and excellent value. There are inexpensive dorms and better private rooms, and the staff are friendly and accommodating. There's also free wireless internet access in the lobby. Located close to many good value restaurants.

Hotel Oasis

Rooms are compact but tastefully decorated at this inexpensive 30-room hotel in a handy location in Fort, just a short hop from Victoria Terminus and Horniman Circle. For a reasonable price, you'll get a TV, air-conditioning and an en suite bathroom. There are numerous dining options on the neighbouring streets.

Residency Hotel

The atmosphere in Fort is a bit less frantic and a bit more business-like than in Colaba, and the Residency makes a perfect base from which to explore. Rooms are modern and comfortable and decorated in calming colours, with pictures of historic Mumbai on the walls. There's also a cute little café, where breakfast is served.

Hotel Bawa Continental

A comfortable resort-style hotel along lively Juhu beach, the Bawa Continental offers neat rooms, some with grandstand views over the beach and Arabian Sea. Although a hike from the historic centre, Juhu is much calmer than Fort or Colaba, with plenty of upscale restaurants and bars within walking distance. Rooms have TVs, air-con and Wi-Fi (for a charge), and there's a Starbucks on site.