By now you know that I have a big sweet tooth! Having spent years in this part of the country, I love the sweet dishes in Mumbai. The sweets in Mumbai have a huge variety and in sweet shops in Mumbai, you get sweets almost from all parts of India. The sweet shops in Mumbai, like Sweet Bengal, Shree Gangour Sweets, Suleiman Usman Mithaiwala, Shri Krishna Sweets, Mumbadevi Jalebiwala, etc., are very popular. There are so many kinds, colours and flavours of sweets to relish in Mumbai that it is impossible for a person to taste all the kinds and their versions!
You not only get the common sweets here in Mumbai, you also can also find special sweets like Goanese Bebinca, and authentic Iranian Baklava and Louse Pista here.
In India, sweets are not only an essential culmination to a good meal, but some of these are also eaten as snacks or even as breakfast! Although I don’t think that classics are clichés, here are some of my new-age mithai favourites in Mumbai:
- Gulab Jamun at any reputed local sweet shop is yum. But Chef Savio, Pastry Chef, BBC, JW Marriott Mumbai created waves with his Gulab Jamun Brulee. The flavour is to die for!
- The Ghevar Cheesecake and Jalebi Caviar in Masala Library are celebrities now.
- The Baked Rosogolla at Sweet Bengal is a winning fusion of flavours. Try this for sure!
- Trident BKC makes a special sweet called Nirwana: a layered Dacoise sponge, rasmalai and thandai mousse.
- The spread of sweets offered in the brunch buffet at the newly launched JW Café in JW Marriott Sahar, Mumbai, is outstanding!
My personal sweet favourites are Masala Chai popsicles at Bombay Canteen, Nolen Gurer Ice cream in Bhojohori Manna and Oh! Calcutta, almost all the sweets in Sweet Bengal, Bombay Halwa in MM Mithaiwala, the Chikki Kulfi in JW Café, JW Marriott Sahar, Mumbai, Royal Falooda at Badshah and my own homemade dessert sushi. Home bakers are making awesome sweets too! Be it Motichoor cake or Lagan nu Custard, some of them are really good when it comes to dessert!
There’s lots more that can be done to create new-age fusion sweets. In times ahead, Mumbai foodies will hopefully see winds of change when it comes to eating sweets in Mumbai. Molecular gastronomy and international ingredients and techniques can create interesting twists to age-old mithais…it’s time to innovate!
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