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Bombay Express, a Mumbai Food Tour

To paraphrase the late, great Anthony Bourdain, “Around the world, there’s a saying. ‘The best food is found in people’s homes.’ In India, the best food is found on the streets.”

Bombay Express, a food tour in Mumbai with 15 tastings

Arriving in India’s “Maximum City,” home to over twenty million people, can be overwhelming. The sights, the smells, and the sounds¾they have a place in every India travel journey for a reason. India is an experience. In Mumbai, the honking tuk-tuks race past Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, locals push past each other on their way into the subway, and hot, oily vadas crunch between soft, buttery pav served on the roadside. It’s all a masterful symphony.

 

If you keep an open mind and heart, India and Mumbai can help you see farther, experience wider, and in my opinion most importantly, taste more.

 

We knew we needed a guide to help us navigate Mumbai’s street food scene¾to help us speak the language of Mumbai food from Vada Pav to Kheema to Chaat.

 

That’s how we found A Chef’s Tour’s Bombay Express Mumbai food tour.

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After three months of travelling India on my third trip to the country, I can confidently say this food tour of Mumbai has the best food I’ve ever tasted in India.

 

For 45 USD a person, taste 15 different food stories of Mumbai, all artfully curated by a Mumbai chef. Each dish tells a story from the mutton kheema slow cooked by resilient Persian immigrants in some of the last remaining Persian cafes in Mumbai to the iconic Mumbai sandwich beloved by Mumbaikars to the banana leaf thali adopted from Kerala in southern India.

 

This is a true local experience, shared in a small group setting of eight people maximum all with your lovely, local guide. You’ll taste with each other, learn with each other, and have the most fun walking, eating, and riding the train through three districts of Mumbai together.

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Tip:

Make sure to come hungry! You’re going to need it.

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Who is this food tour for?

It’s often been said of India that you either love or hate it, and the same is true of Indian food. You either love Indian food or you think you hate it. If you love Indian food, this tour is for you. If you think you hate Indian food, this tour is for you.

 

Thankfully, we love Indian food, and after a train journey north from Kochi to Goa to Mumbai, we were more than excited to experience all that Mumbai had to offer. But if like us you are more than a little wary of the infamous “Delhi Belly,” that’s exactly why you need a food tour of Mumbai. Each stop is carefully picked, where shops and street food stalls cook with filtered bottled water and thousands of tourists before you have all tested each and every stop.

Why a food tour? Why not a "regular" tour?

The best way to get to know a culture is through its food. Food is everything we are; it’s our mothers, our grandmothers, our childhood friend’s house, our home, everything. Any walking tour of Mumbai can take you past the Gateway of India, the Taj Hotel, and Marine Drive, brushing elbows with everyday Mumbaikars. But if you really want to do more than brush elbows, do a food tour. Taste the dishes that mean the most to them, get to know who they are and what they love.

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Tickets:

Book directly from A Chef’s Tour website here.

Not in Mumbai but feeling hungry?

Check out their other food tours in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

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