Not that it didn’t have enough of swag already, but Ghatkopar is much more than it’s Khau Galli, cheese burst dosas and gujju community. Ghatkopar’s food collection is the best among suburbs, and as a resident I feel it’s a pity that all everyone focuses on are the road side stalls and ‘almost restaurants’ native to Ghatkopar, famous for their chats, among other innovative items. Don’t get me wrong, these are very yummy, but Ghatkopar seems to be upping its game cause town eateries are looking to expand and guess where they started with! Home to R-City and the Metro, Ghatkopar has become the most popular girl in the school called Mumbai.
On top of the usual eateries that every suburb owns- McDonalds, Dominoes and Café Coffee Day, the likes of Keventers, Hungry Heads, The J, among others have joined the streets of Ghatkopar, making its food collection not only exquisite, but also very ‘towny’. Oh, did I say ‘towny’? I meant posh.
For all the people living in Ghatkopar, well, it saves us a trip all the way to town for fries or milkshakes, or to Powai for creatively cooked Maggi. Here are some of the eateries from town that have joined the Ghatkopar food album.
1. The J
Famous for its fries, this eatery in town opposite H.R. college needs no introduction. And judging by the crowd it pulled in its first month in Suburbia, it doesn’t need to introduce itself here either. It was impossible to get fries without waiting for an hour, at the minimum. The J has arrived here at- Shop 7, Sky Enclave Building, Tilak Road, Ghatkopar East. It has retained its original menu with a much needed addition to suit Suburbia- it serves Jain fries ( FYI, Ghatkopar is half Jain). But they do not serve non vegetarian food, so meat lovers are surely going to be disappointed and will have to make do with ‘ghas-pus’. They provide home delivery and are open from 10 a.m. until midnight. So Jains and non-Jains alike, dig in!
This brand of delicious milkshakes is not only in R City mall’s Food Court in Ghatkopar, which is in west, but now also has premises in Ghatkopar’s east Vikrant Circle, opposite Café Coffee Day! Let’s just say no one is going to buy smoothies or shakes from that CCD anymore. This milk will leave you whipped, with the awesome flavours they have; lots to choose from. This outlet on Vikrant Circle will open soon, till then one can always go to R City. It is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.The highlight of this outlet is that it serves non- vegetarian milkshakes. There is every chance that the one opening in east might not. Sorry folks, it’s one of Ghatkopar’s perks.
3. Hungry Heads
This place is the one stop for Maggi lovers. Like really, take every kind of food you know and just add Maggi to it- this place has it all. Maggi sizzlers, Maggi subs, Maggi burgers, flavoured Maggi (masala, cheese,pasta style, you name it, they have it), Maggi pizzas, bhel (yes, you heard that right),rolls, if your mouth isn’t watering already, there’s something seriously wrong with you. They also have beverages and deserts among other assortments. The other place is in Powai outside the Gaming Zone, and the other one is currently residing at M G Road, Opposite Kotak Mahindra Bank, Ghatkopar East. And yes, once again, only veg. Roll your eyes all you want, but hardly any non- vegetarian people live in Ghatkopar. It is open from 1 p.m. until midnight. Eat your heart out.
4. Ice Cream Works (By Cream Centre)
A Cream Centre initiative, these people redefine the term ‘ice cream’. Anyone who’s had their Madagascar ice cream will agree with me. It’s like heaven wrapped in dark chocolate. Simply orgasmic. Ice Cream Works is also in R City mall, but has been in Ghatkopar’s popularly known ‘Khao Galli’ for quite some time now. The exact address is- Shop 1, Jalaram Nagar, Opposite Laxmi Narayan Temple, Vallabh Baug Lane Corner, MG Road, Ghatkopar East. It is open from noon until midnight. No need to make do with Naturals or Baskin and Robbins anymore, although they are great, Ice Cream Works will undoubtedly give them a run for their money, and you too, because it is admittedly expensive. But every penny is worth it. Yum yum. Julia Child would’ve been proud.
New finds in Ghatkopar are The Little Café and The Waffle Factory, both of which are situated in Odeon., the exact address is-11A, Kailash plaza, Opposite Jankalyan Bank, Near Odeon Mall, Vallabh Baug Lane, Ghatkopar East.
The Little Café is a quaint place, with good interior and gives a very Hoppipola-ish feeling, with the books and games that they keep. Their speciality is keema pav and the falafel burger, among others. The menu is full of fast food with a chic touch to it and good presentation.( I had the keema pav) Nice place for a Sunday evening. And again, yes. Veg food only. And Jain is available too. It’s open from 1 p.m. until midnight.
The Waffle Factory was in fact a food truck that would roam around Ghatkopar and they became so popular that they now own premises in the place of what used to be called The Happiness Café. May you rest in peace. This place has amazing waffles with two waffles placed side by side like a sandwich and apart from the usual flavours they have stuff like coconut waffles, among other unconventional choices for a waffle. These are new flavours, which will be out soon. It can be found at-Shop 7, Kailash Plaza, Odean, Ghatkopar East. It’s open from noon to midnight.
So foodies, or non-foodies, everyone likes to Snapchat a bottle of Keventers and some fries from The J to show off. And the best part about it is that you don’t have to go to town or Bandra to do that anymore. Suburb it maybe, but when it comes to food, Ghatkopar has it all. So, tuck in!