A grand old dame of the Mumbai dining scene, Gaylord is as popular today as it was when it first opened in the 1950s. The menu covers a huge range of Indian and continental dishes, all competently prepared and served in double quick time. Regulars make a beeline for the creamy murg Makhani (butter chicken). You can eat indoors or sit out amongst the potted plants and topiary in the front courtyard.
Forget Starbucks Ââ€“ Barista is the leading coffee-shop chain in Mumbai. Locals and travellers come here in droves to sip on convincing cappuccino, espresso, European-style tea, sinful smoothies and coffee shakes. There are dozens of branches around Mumbai and some have high-speed wireless internet access, so you can browse while you sip.
A spin-off from the Barista coffee chain, Barista Créme takes the concept of the coffee-shop and adds in deli sandwiches, salads, cheese melts and sweet hot and cold desserts. People still come here to enjoy full-flavoured espresso and cappuccino, but the cafĂ©-like atmosphere ensures that people take their time. It's a popular place for breakfast with friends or a working lunch.
One of India's leading coffee-chains, CafĂ© Coffee Day serves up real espresso, cappuccino and other Italian favourites, made with real Arabica beans. Locals flock here for coffee, smoothies and sweet cakes, plus the modern, international atmosphere. There are branches all over town, including near the New Capital Cinema in Fort and at Juhu and Chowpatty Beach.
Probably Mumbai's trendiest coffeeshop, Mocha serves a full range of teas, herbal infusions and espresso-based coffees, plus beers, wines, spirits and Ââ€“ the main attraction Ââ€“ an intoxicating selection of herbal tobaccos in tall shisha pipes. An evening of relaxing puffing will set you back around INR 200. The food menu runs to waffles, panini, tapas and omlettes.
Run by the Tea Board of India, this quaint teashop and restaurant offers traditional English afternoon tea, served in polished silver teapots. Topping the list is the tippy orange pekoe from Darjeeling. The dining room has display boards describing the history of tea production in India, and the food menu includes Indian curries and raitas (yoghurt dips), and European snacks like sandwiches, scones and French fries.
Locals and expats gather at Theobroma each morning for fabulous, freshly-baked bread, biscuits and brownies. Sweet tooths can take their pick from pastries, cakes, unusual breads, gourmet chocolates and good Italian coffee. Many people buy food to take away but there are a few tables inside where you can enjoy a sweet breakfast or afternoon snack.