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It’s Close To Midnight...

Friday, June 21, 2013

And unfortunately, there’s nothing delicious lurking in your fridge. But, don’t despair as Priyanka Singh & Dev Goswami bring you options that will satisfy your late night hunger pangs

Mumbai is a city that never sleeps and we are its nocturnal inhabitants. Any ‘real’ party here doesn’t begin before 11pm and continues till the wee hours of the morning. Sometimes, even if we aren’t really out and about, we experience our strongest food cravings in the middle of the night. This is when late night food delivery services and restaurants come and salvage the situation. So, take note as we tell you where you can order from when the city is sleeping (or actually not!) or pull up a chair and enjoy a meal when hunger strikes post midnight.

A frequent scene straight out of a Friday or Saturday night — you reach home at 2am and feel like eating a dessert or something that is deliciously unhealthy. But, (un)happy realisation; there’s no food at home. Such matters of life and death have been taken care of by the following delivery service options.

Fly By Knight
A knight indeed, sans the shining armour. Fly By Knight is a popular delivery service in Mumbai that delivers from Goregaon to Colaba. Initially, they started off as a service that delivers only ready-to-eat items, but they soon started delivering hot meals as well. They have a limited but appealing menu with common but delicious food items on offer. There are vegetarian and non-vegetarian options and you can get dishes such as pav bhaji, biryani, fried rice, pulao, starters, gravies, combo meals and even a few dessert items. Apart from food, they also deliver selected beverages and snacks, packaged water, cigarettes, condoms, chewing gum, sanitary napkins and even Eno. The delivery service operates from 11pm to 4am and delivery charge of Rs 100 is levied if you place an order costing below Rs 500.

What was previously called MadOrders, has now become MadBites. This delivery service is for those who are looking for a wide variety for their taste buds when most other culinary services are out of action. These are the hours when this service makes its presence felt as the lone saviour. MadBites has an elaborate kitchen which can dish out and bring to you meal options such as salads, pastas, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, Chinese food, curries and biryanis; you don’t get the regular munchies here. Their dessert section offers chocolate mousse, cupcakes, brownies and even ice-cream. They deliver from Dadar to Mulund (central line), Churchgate to Malad (western line) and till Chembur (harbour line). They serve from 8pm to 4am and you can pay online or by cash on delivery. The minimum order for a free delivery should be Rs 350. This is not applicable to the areas of Powai, Chandivli, SakiNaka and Vikhroli. Another highlight is that their delivery boys don’t ring the bell but call you on your phone when they are at your door. Discreet night time cravings sorted, we say!

NightDragon has tie-ups with several restaurants across the city that are opened late. Depending on your order, they deliver food from the nearest restaurant. The service has a limited menu (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) and they serve mainly north Indian and Chinese cuisine. But, if you’d like to have something that’s not a part of the menu, they can check with their tie-ups in the area and let you know if they can deliver. They also deliver cigarettes and medicines. They’re open for business from 10pm to 3am and service across Mumbai and Thane. Delivery charges can range from Rs 50 to Rs 100, depending on the area.

Most of the following places don’t deliver, but you can go there and satiate your hunger pangs or leave with a takeaway order.

Smokin’ Joe’s, Malad (W)
We asked our owl friends and got to know that the Malad outlet of Smokin’ Joe’s takes orders till 5am! You can’t sit there and eat, but order for a takeaway. At the outlet, you’ll spot a man outside the establishment. Place your order from their menu for the same price with no extra charges levied. And in no time, you have a steaming hot pizza on the go.
Where Vasant Nagar, Chincholi Bunder Road, Spectrum Tower, Near Toyota Showroom, Malad (W)

Zaffran, CST
If you are looking for a relatively upmarket place than the ones listed under this category, then this two-tiered Mughlai restaurant in Crawford Market is your best bet if you are gallivanting on the streets of South Mumbai with an empty stomach post midnight. It is open till 4am and you can order pizzas, burgers, biryani and other items from their elaborate menu. They are also quick in their service and a meal for two can cost you up to Rs 1,500 without alcohol.
Where First floor, Sitaram Building, B Block, Dr DN Road, opposite CID Office, Crawford Market, near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Mindspace, Malad
What would be a better place to get food late at night than an area full of call-centres? All you have to do is walk among the many lanes of Mindspace in Malad to find something delicious. Prices can be as cheap as Rs 20-30 for a dosa and rest assured that you won’t be spending more than Rs 100 here. The best bit is that the many BPO offices in the area ensure that no matter what time you visit, the area won’t be desolate or empty, giving you a sense of safety and security.
Where Mindspace, Malad (W) 

Ayub’s, Fort
Open till 4am, Ayub’s is another option in South Mumbai, but is quieter and less crowded than Bademiya. Their specialty is north Indian food with the popular items being chicken and mutton tava, kebabs and rolls. Chicken rolls are a must-try. A dish costs about Rs 100.
Where Shop No. 5, 43, Dr. V.B. Gandhi Marg, Fort (near Rhythm House)

Bademiya, Colaba
A south Mumbai favourite, you might argue that Bademiya has lost its sheen over the last few years. The quality of food certainly isn’t what it used to be and patrons constantly complain about the inattentive service when it gets too crowded. However, if you’re looking for some grub after hours, their kebabs are still good. A plate of the same will set you back by around `150 and if you’re looking for proper dinner, be ready to spend upwards of Rs 500 for two.
Where Tulloch Road, Apollo Bunder, Colaba

Bharat Dairy & Juice Centre, Marine Drive
If hygienic vegetarian food is what you’re after, then Bharat Dairy and Juice Centre is where you should head to. The food here is extremely reasonable and they are known for their south Indian fare. Their toast sandwiches, bhelpuri and sevpuri are also great options. At this late-night joint, the price ranges from Rs 40 to Rs 100 per dish, regardless of the cuisine.
Where Summer Heights, K M Munshi Marg, Opposite Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Chowpatty

Amar Juice Centre, Ville Parle
This is exactly like Bharat Juice Centre, except that it is in the suburbs. It’s open up to 2-3am in the night. The only drawback is that, like its South Mumbai counterpart, Amar Juice Centre too serves only vegetarian fast food. Food includes dishes such as Pav Bhaji, sandwiches and South Indian items. They also have a variety of shakes and juices. Prices can range from Rs 40 to Rs 120 per dish.
Where Near Cooper Hospital, Ville Parle

Khurshid Bhurji and Pav Bhaji, Vile Parle
First off, avoid this place if you’re finicky about cleanliness. They have good food, no doubt, but you will be eating that food on the hood of your cars, while sitting on your bike or, if there’s space, portable tables set on the footpath. The best part is that you won’t spend more than Rs 60 to Rs 80 per person. The not-so-good-part — you will have to bring out the Sherlock Holmes in you to find this place. The stall keeps moving every night, but can usually be found in the lanes near Mithibai College.
Where Near Mithibai College, Ville Parle

Yaadgar, Bandra
Bandra station has quite a few food stalls that serve food till the wee hours of the morning. However, the best of the lot is Yaadgar. It’s open till 2am but we know people who’ve managed to get food later than that. It’s cheaper than its competitors and the food is consistently delicious. They have good rolls along with North Indian and Mughlai items. They also serve the ‘Indian’ Chinese that you might or might not be a fan of. You will be spending not more than Rs 200-300 for a meal for two.
Where Opposite Bandra Station Mosque, Bandra Station, Bandra (W)

Carter’s Blue, Bandra (W)
The bustling nightlife of Bandra couldn’t do without this joint. Famous for their shwarmas, you get snacks, sandwiches and rolls here. They also deliver till 1am in Bandra, so your midnight munchies are sorted if you stay in this enviable suburb. Do try their chicken kebab roll and hummus. An average meal for two is for just Rs 300.
Where Off Carter Road, Next to Sheesha Mezbaan, Bandra (W)
Contact 9167751212

It’s weird how whenever there’s a discussion about late night food joints, the Domestic Airport Terminal seldom comes into conversation. Maybe because it’s too out of the way, but in case you didn’t know, the arrivals terminal has a 24-hour food court located right outside. Unlike the international terminal, which has food joints inside the terminal, you can easily go here to get food, even if you don’t have a ticket. There are several options including Barista, Foodies Bar, Mumbai Se, Shiv Sagar, Snack A Teria, Dominos, Buckets and Tuckets,, 24x7 Lounge & Bar and Kailash Parbat. Money wise, most places will be expensive than the places we’ve talked about in this article, but if you don’t want a worry of cops raiding the place and want good hygiene, this is the place for you.

While most of the above mentioned places are great to satisfy your hunger pangs, a roadside pav bhaji wala wouldn’t be a good option if you want to impress your date, would it? For those times, these places will be your saviours. Disclaimer: Head to these places only when money is not an issue.

  • Carafe Café, Peninsula Grand, Andheri (E)
  • The Peshwa Pavillion, ITC Maratha, Andheri (E) 
  • Frangipani, Trident, Nariman Point
  • Trattoria — Vivanta, Taj President, Colaba
  • Lotus Café, JW Marriot, Juhu
  • Hotel Sea Princess Café, Hotel Sea Princess, Juhu
  • Vista, Taj Lands End, Bandra (W)
  • The Lounge, Hyatt Regency, Andheri (E)
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