Last month I went to Mumbai to catch up with some friends, and what do you know, a bunch of them weren’t even around to do any catching up.
Anyway, that meant I rely heavily on the remaining few to spend my time in the city that I often think of as my second home. This is mainly because of the three years that I spent there when I was in college. I lived in a hostel (much to my father’s dismay) where most of the girls came from different parts of the country and went to different colleges. Yet, the city took us (at least me) in with arms wide open. I’d move to Mumbai in a heartbeat if I could.
Moving on from all the nostalgia, what made my trip a little different this time is that my usual place of stay (a friend’s house) was unavailable. So when I stepped out of the airport at noon famished, I was kind of homeless.
Which is why my friend Namit and I decided to head to lunch first, suitcase in tow. Food first, shelter second, we thought.
Again, as is typical with me, our choice of restaurant was shut for lunch (yes, there are places like that. No, I don’t see the point either.) So Namit, who is my walking, talking Zomato/Zagat, suggested an alternative. A little restaurant tucked away behind Bandra’s Hill Road – Imbiss.
Before I get into the details, let me just say that this is not a restaurant review. I just really, really enjoyed the food here and wanted to share my thoughts on it with you guys.
Imbiss serves European, largely German, style fare. They have a meat-heavy menu that’s littered with different kinds of schnitzels, bratwursts and lots of pork. It was good, good lunch. Perfect for when you’ve been travelling since 7 in the morning (it takes two hours to get to the Bangalore airport from where I live) on nothing but a cup of tea.
So if you’re in Mumbai and you’re in the mood for some heavy meat eating, at prices that are neither expensive nor cheap and you don’t care much for ambiance, Imbiss is a good bet.
Now, with no further delay, here’s everything we ate.
We loved everything except the schnitzel. The tongue and tenderloin were my absolute favourites. This was my first time eating tongue and I can’t wait to get my hands on more, hopefully in Goa where I hear the beef tongue is outstanding! Our total bill, which included a can of Thums Up, came up to INR 1,189 inclusive of taxes.
I loved how cosy and small this place is, and the food is so wholesome. We really wanted to try the quail eggs that were on the menu but they were unavailable. Oh, and in case you need to visit the restaurant with your little suitcase in tow, like moi, it shouldn’t be a problem at all.
FYI, the beef available in Mumbai is water buffalo meat since cow meat is banned in the city.