The Not So Bada Pav at 145
In a menu filled with fun dishes, we love this take on Mumbai’s favourite street food – the vada pav. The Not So Bada Pav is adorable and delicious, but packs in quite a kick thanks to the chutneys they’re served with.
Also try: Pav bhaji cones – pav bhaji served in bread cones; and Cheese Ki Ma – masala kheema and cheese stuffed in 145’s house-made bread.
Mini Lamb Burgers at Cafe Zoe
A perennial favourite (along with their fries) Cafe Zoe’s Mini Lamb Burgers are well-seasoned, juicy and tender. Need we say more?
Fondue at Moshe’s
Fondue combines our two favourite food groups — cheese and bread — to give a gooey, rich treat that’s incomparably comforting. At Moshe’s, you can choose between four toppings to add to your fondue and while we love the roast garlic, jalapeno and onion fondue, the others are just as delicious.
Also try: Potato and Thyme flatbreads served with a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian toppings.
Duck Shengjian Bao at The Fatty Bao
Okay, okay, we know – the Char Siu Bao at Fatty is incredible, but the unsung hero of the menu here are these pan-fried Baos – little round, bready Baos filled with the most delicious, slightly spicy duck in Hoisin sauce and five spice.
Also try: Duh! Char Siu Bao!
Burrata with Levain at The Table
Creamy burrata is perfectly paired with hazelnuts, peppers and olives. Slather it on the grilled Levain that comes with this dish for the perfect start to your meal.
Also try: The Spiced Lamb Mini Burgers, Chilli Cheese Toasties, and Avocado Toast.
Assorted Bruschetta at Smoke House Deli (reserve now)
The perfect way to start a meal, the assorted bruschetta platter at Smoke House Deli is a great way to get a range of flavours together in just one dish. Each of the toppings — tomato and feta, chickpea and onion, and spinach and artichoke — are refreshing and tasty.
Kejriwal Toast at The Bombay Canteen
One of Mumbai’s best egg dishes (and this author’s favourite version of the now ubiquitous club dish — seriously they’re everywhere! — eggs Kejriwal at The Bombay Canteen comes with a spicy, seriously addictive coconut and green chilli chutney, and is served on a toasted bun.
Also try it at: SodaBottleOpenerWala and The Nutcracker.
Dough Ball Doppio at PizzaExpress (reserve now)
Literally just baked balls of pizza dough served with three different dips, this one’s for you hard-core carboholics.
Roasted Pepper and Camembert Crostini at Salt Water Café (reserve now)
Roasted peppers, pesto, and camembert are baked over bread to make this oozy, decadent starter.
Missal Pav Fondue at Bar Stock Exchange
Spicy missal is served piping hot along with pieces of toasted pav. Best had with chilled beers and enough room to sit (a luxury in the usually crowded BSE outlets) and dig in.
Prawn Sesame Toast at Ling’s Pavilion
These deep-fried, sesame seed topped prawn toasts are crunchy, seriously addictive and the perfect snack or starter.
Double Grilled Naga Chilli Cheese Toast at The Social
Who doesn’t love chilli cheese toast? The combination of spicy chillies, gooey cheese, and crisp toast is hard to beat, especially when you’ve got a notoriously spicy variety of chilli on your side.
Baked Goat Cheese Bruschetta at Woodside Inn (reserve now)
Melty goat cheese is perfectly offset by tomato confit for a delicious twist on the classic bruschetta.
Mushroom on Toast at Grandmama’s Café
Mushrooms marinated in balsamic go perfectly on crispy focaccia, especially when topped with cheese.
Garlic Bread at The Rolling Pin
The pull-apart, cheesy garlic bread (seriously, there are just chunks of hot cheese in there!) can be eaten on its own, as a starter, or as an accompaniment to your meal – it’s perfect either way.
We love bread, and when it’s paired with our favourite ingredients — be it meat, cheese, eggs or veggies — we can’t help but love it even more. Did we miss your favourite bread-centric starters? Let us know in the comments below!