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Bademiya Review: Mouthwatering Kebabs in Mumbai

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Bademiya Review: Mouthwatering Kebabs in Mumbai
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The Bottom Line

A visit to Mumbai simply isn't complete without trying the succulent kebabs and grilled chicken from this legendary road-side restaurant. It's some of the best street food you'll ever have.


  • Open throughout the night.
  • Food is fresh and hygenically prepared.
  • Has a separate section serving vegetarian food.
  • Inexpensive.


  • Slow service when it's busy.
  • There's often a wait for a table.


  • Located on Tulloch Road (a side street between Colaba Causeway and the Taj Mahal Hotel), in south Mumbai's Colaba area.
  • Open from early evening until the sun comes up.
  • Sidewalk seating for 50 people.
  • Take away service is offered.
  • Food also served on the hood of your car.
  • Alcohol not available.
  • Cash only.
  • Expect to pay 40-80 rupees ($1.00 - $2.00) for a meal.

Guide Review - Bademiya Review: Mouthwatering Kebabs in Mumbai

This open air, road-side "restaurant" has been serving up mouthwatering street food since the 1940's. It's now run by the founder's son and has become one of Mumbai's favorite eateries. This is not just because it's one of the few places to stay open all night -- the food here really stands out.

People from all levels of society seek out Bademiya for its delicious barbecue specialties. The seekh and boti kebabs (made out of minced lamb), and grilled chicken tikka are firm favorites. However, there's no need for vegetarians to feel left out as Bademiya has a separate stand serving up yummy vegetarian alternatives as well.

The restaurant, which is really just an elaborate food stall, has a row of tables and chairs seating around 50 people on its side walk. However, many people prefer to have their food served on the hood of their car, in a scene reminiscent of an American diner way back in the rock and roll era.

The pleasing thing about this street restaurant is that it's surprisingly hygienic. You'll find workers wearing rubber gloves and chefs hats, tantalizingly cooking your food over flames right in front of you.

The crowd begins building at Bademiya after midnight, and peaks around 3 a.m. as clubbers start pouring out of nearby Poly Esther's.

So many people can't be wrong. You really must try it for yourself. You won't get a better kebab anywhere else for less than $2.00!

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