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.
Just seconds from Churchgate Station on the Veer Nariman Road dining strip, this calm and contemporary restaurant serves the best of Indian vegetarian and 'non-veg' cuisine. The kebabs and Indian breads (naan, roti and the like) are particularly good. Finish off your meal with kulfi (Indian ice-cream), then buy a sweet paan (Betel nut wrap) from the vendor in front of the restaurant.
Underneath the sloping terrace leading up to the Nehru Centre, Jewel of India is much loved by North Mumbai families. Explore the Discovery of India show or take in a show at the Planetarium, then enjoy huge portions of North Indian favourites like Lahori chicken and Malai kofta (cheese balls with spicy tomato sauce). The bar is well-stocked and the atmosphere on the casual side of formal.
It might look like a tiny hole in the wall, but this simple takeaway has been serving Mumbai's best kulfi (Indian-style ice cream) for decades. The desert comes in a tantalising variety of flavours, including chocolate, banana, pistachio and dried fruit, and there is always a line of contented patrons out front. It's just across Marine Drive from Chowpatty Beach.
No prizes for guessing who owns this restaurant near the seafront at Colaba. Sachin Tendulkar allegedly drew on his mother's recipes when he founded the restaurant; the menu takes old-fashioned Indian, Chinese and continental favourites and updates them for the 21st century. The food is good, the dining room is stylish, and cricket fans can browse for Sachin memorabilia in the attached shop.
The modest-looking restaurant at the Jehangir Art Gallery has hidden depths. Beneath whirring fans, the elderly owner serves up delicious homestyle cooking – fish and meat curries, spicy vegetable sauces and all sorts of fried and roasted snacks. It's a great place to recharge your batteries while exploring the museums and galleries around Kala Ghoda.