4 Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Matunga, Mumbai

by Rangan Badri
Idly sambar Matunga

Yesterday, I stumbled onto a video clip on YouTube. It was about a South Indian vegetarian restaurant in Mumbai’s Matunga locality, a predominantly South Indians residing area. I liked what I saw. Anand Bhavan vegetarian restaurant resembles most of the vegetarian hotels in South Bangalore areas such as Basavangudi and Malleswaram. I had been to Mumbai long before and I liked the ubiquitous ‘BomBay Thali’ meals. I even ate a ‘South Indian Thali meal’ in Anand Bhavan in Matunga. That video clip inspired me to find out other popular vegetarian restaurants in Matunga, Mumbai.


I once stayed in a hotel in Matunga that is located in the heart of Mumbai and well connected to many parts of Mumbai by local train.

Anand Bhavan vegetarian restaurant, Matunga, Mumbai

Address: 461/A, Ram Niwas, King’s Circle Flyover, Matunga East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400019

Phone: 022 2401 5745

Here is the video clip that I mentioned above.

This hotel was founded in 1947 during the Indian Independence era. Anand Bhavan is mostly patronized by the residents of Mumbai; some of them are regular eaters for the past 20 years! Apart from the ‘South Indian thali meals’, they serve all the well known TamilNadu and Karnataka food that include idly, sambar vada, Mangalore, and Mysore bonda, bisi bela etc. Their innovative ‘neer dosa’ is a must try item.

neer dosa Matunga

Another unique vegetarian dish in Anand Bhavan is the special ‘ulundu dosa’ the making of which is kept as a trade secret by them.

The conversation is in Hindi which I don’t know but I can make out the foods and their presentation. I am sure you too can.

Cafe Madras, South Indian Restaurant, Matunga

Address: 38-B, Ground Floor, Kamakshi Building, Bhaudaji Road, Kings Circle, Maheshwari Udyan, Matunga CR, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400019

Phone: 022 2401 4419

The name says it all. It’s an authentic Madras restaurant that serves 100% pure vegetarian food cooked in typical Tamilnadu (a state in India) style.

You can eat anything that is displayed on the menu board. Their sambar vada is very famous.

Sambar vada Matunga

It is not only patronized by the Tamil people but also the Marathis.

Their unique dish is the ‘rasam idli’ that is similar to ‘sambar idli. The idli is served floating on hot rasam. The coffee is served in a traditional brass vessel. This Madras restaurant has huge loyal followers. Don’t be surprised if you are kept waiting for 30 minutes for a table.

Ganga Vihar vegetarian restaurant

Address: Anand Sagar Building, Takandas Kataria Marg, VSNL Colony, Matunga, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400019

Phone: 022 2437 5658

It’s located close to the Matunga railway station and hence always crowded. It is frequented by all class of people. The 100% pure vegetarian restaurant serves South Indian, North Indian, and Chinese cuisine. It is advised to avoid their sandwiches and pizzas. Their south Indian breakfast is liked by all and so too the Jain thali meal. It’s truly a family vegetarian restaurant.

Thambbi Vegetrain Restaurant, Matunga

Thambbi Vegetrain Restaurant, Matunga

Address: Balkrishna Niwas, Near Railway Station, L N Road, Matunga East, Mumbai Phone: 022 2416 7877

Vegetarian food lovers throng this restaurant in Bombay mainly for several varieties of dosa such as neer dosa, Andhra dosa, king size masala dosa ( more than 3 feet in length), ragi dosa, Sheshwan dosa, dilkush dosa, and pesarat dosa.

Apart from these 4 highly visited vegetarian restaurants in Matunga, there are many more outlets that are not popular but still serve delicious vegetarian food in Mumbai.

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Mohan Manohar January 20, 2018 - 12:40 pm

I never been to Mumbai but since the reading of these restaurants and about it provides interesting reading.

Rangan Badri January 21, 2018 - 9:13 am

I am glad that you found it interesting. Please visit again.

Shutterbug Iyer January 23, 2018 - 4:36 am

I remember some of them.Some seem to be new.

Shilpa Garg January 24, 2018 - 4:07 pm

I love South Indian food and I am yearning to have a dosa now.
Years ago, my husband’s office was in Matunga, so we have been to some vegetarian restaurants there, though dont remember the names now.


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