Mumbai Chaat

Mumbai Chaat

I was keen to try this new vegetarian Indian restaurant that I discovered in my recent excursions to the Sandringham shops. I love the food of Southern India and in particular the snacks or “chaat” – the restaurant is owned by the Ambani family who immigrated from there. The Sandringham outlet  is their second. Their first location is in Blockhouse Bay at 71 Taylor Street. Mumbai Chaat has only been open in Sandringham for one month, and has that brand-new appearance.

On a Tuesday lunchtime the restaurant was quiet, which meant that Gaurang Ambani had time to explain the menu offerings to us. We wanted to try a couple of dishes and just had to order the Dahi Puri when Gaurang commented that their chaat are the best in town. We also ordered masala soda ($3.50) to drink – a tall glass of lemon syrup topped up with club soda and masala spice mixed through the drink. Different but okay – probably more of an acquired taste.

When the Dahi Puri arrived we were totally impressed – six pieces of small crunchy pastry shells filled with vegetables and topped with tamarind sauce. These were some of the best I have ever tasted. If the other chaat on the menu are of similar standard then Gaurang’s claim is correct. My friend and I dived into the Dahi Puri and could have easily made a meal of them. Another time I would order the Maharaja Chaat Platter ($15) so that I could taste a variety of  street food.

Next came our lunch-time meals – the Mini Lunch of two roti, vegetable curry, rice, and on this day, a yoghurt and chickpea flour soup ($8.50) and the Vegetable Pulao (rice pilaf) with Kadhi/Raita ($8.50).


The Vegetable Pulao was probably our favourite. It came as a large serving of pulao on a platter with the same soup as the Mini Lunch which we spooned on the rice as we ate it. The eggplant curry in the Mini Lunch was good but a little over our personal spice limits.

The Maharaja Thali ($18) with its variety of dishes would also make a good meal to share for lunch – or a feast for one!

I was tempted by the carrot halva in the display cabinet, but Gaurang gave us a complimentary wrapped homemade sweet at the end of our meal.

Mumbai Chaat is the perfect place to come for an Indian meal with a difference in a pleasant but simple environment. It is also the perfect place for vegetarians and vegans.  Even those with a more conservative palate are catered for – vegetarian pizzas and vegetarian burgers are also on the menu!

www.mumbaichaat.co.nz

Location: 1A Kitchener Road, Sandringham
Also 71 Taylor Road, Blockhouse Bay
Phone: (09) 846-9393
Hours:  Tuesday to Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday-Sunday 10am-10pm; closed Monday
Prices:  Chaat  $4.50-$15 (platter); Meals and food items $5.50-$18; Bread sides $.60-$4; Vegetarian Pizza and Burgers $4.50-$11; Sweets from $1.20/piece or by weight
Credit Cards: No, Eftpos only
Licensed: No
Suitable for Vegetarians: Totally!
Takeaways: Yes
Bathrooms: Good
Wheelchair Accessible: No
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6 Responses

  1. Catherine Lee says:

    We were going to try the new Sri Lankan you’d recommended, but when we parked in the car park in Kitchener St, we saw the vegetarian Indian sign for Mumbai Chat, & being vegetarians decided that we’d give them a go. It’s nice to go to a place where you know you can eat everything, & we knew you’d also given them the thumbs up. We tried a South Indian combo and the standard thali. Scrumptious! We were the only Europeans eating there which is a good recommendation I reckon. Casual dining, delicious food for $13 each.

  2. Bettie says:

    Wow! What a delicious and authentic meal. We shared the Maharaja Thali (and let the kitchen decide the combo) and there was more than enough for the two of us. The flavours were fantastic – I didn’t want it to end! I can’t believe the meal cost less than $20, a fraction of what we’d normally spend on a dine-in meal. The owner was very pleasant and helpful. The premises were clean and tidy. Will definitely be visiting again.

  3. Shyam Shukla says:

    Loved the food and the service of Mumbai Chaat. Made me nostalgic as the food is a true taste of Mumbai food. I’d say this place surely gives you a feel of Mumbai City..absolutely loved it. However, the ambience could’ve been a little more better. Never mind cause the food tops it all. Strongly recommended cause it is very different and much better than the usual chaat outlets in Auckland.

  4. Rohan says:

    Been to Mumbai Chaat it’s a single worst experience I Have ever had. Food and service extremely bad. Especially the guy in front with glasses he is so rude to us. We will never go back again. Can’t recommend this place

  5. Kate says:

    I totally agree, their food is healthy and delicious Indian. They use good quality ingredients and is shows and the place is clean. I really like the family who run the restaurant too, they have taught me so much about Indian food and are always helpful and gracious.

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