Best Japanese Restaurant in Mumbai

Kofuku Juhu – An Amazing Japanese Restaurant in Mumbai


Which is also called as “greetings” is how we were greeted while entering Kofuku. Also called as “Happiness” in Japanese, Kofuku aims at spreading happiness through its scrumptious food.

If I had to look for the Top Japanese restaurants near me in Mumbai, Kofuku would definitely be on that list.

You are bound to be transported to all your memories of television shows and movies that display how a restaurant styled in Japanese is. Kofuku has two types of seating; One with your basic tables and chairs. The second one is the Japanese traditional “Izakaya” sitting where you sit on the floor. It’s quite a good feeling and very intimate too.

Kofuku has an amazing staff and we were treated well by the Manager “Rajesh”. One of the staff named “Roger” choose the best food options Kofuku has to serve.

Here’s how we began our meal in Kofuku i.e. one of the best Japanese Restaurant in Mumbai;

Pomegranate lemonade and Dark Berry – These two mocktails lived to its name and tasted exactly as it should. We liked them.

Kofuku in general is well known for its amazing sushi options. We tried 2 varieties of sushi here and this is what we felt;

Best Sushi in Mumbai Japanese Restaurant

Oh My God Sushi – Also called the flaming sushi, this one has my favorite sushi combination of all time i.e. Cream cheese, salmon, and Avocado. I always would make it a point to try out this combination anywhere I visit. Here too, the sushi was amazing.

Drizzled with creamy spicy and sweet sauce, you are bound to declare your unconditional love back to sushi. Served with sweet-sour and a salty soy dip, wasabi, and pickled ginger, my mouth salivates as I remember the meal from last night.

Prawns Tempura Sushi

Prawns Tempura Sushi – Another revelation in recent times has been the prawn tempura. I am not fond of prawns but when it comes to sushi, I can’t let go of this option.

This is supposed to be crispy sushi along with its creamy spicy and sweet sauce.

Yes, the crispy quotient was not fully up to the mark but it indeed was a good choice. They serve this with a sweet-sour and a salty soy dip, wasabi, and pickled ginger. The strength of the wasabi is indeed strong. Eat wisely.

Chicken Yakitori in Kofuku

Chicken Yakitori – “Roger” suggested we take an appetizer instead of third sushi. Although we were not sure about that, we are glad he helped us choose this. Here you have grilled Chicken pieces that are placed on skewers and are glazed with sweet-spicy Yakitori sauce.

This one is more on the sweeter side and the meat is cooked well. I would suggest you opt for this only if you prefer sweetness in your meal.

Balinese curry in yellow coconut flavor - Best Japanese Restaurant in Mumbai

Kofuku Balinese curry in yellow coconut flavor – This is one of the three “Chef’s curry specials” available in Kofuku. As the name suggests, this curry has a lot of coconut in it. Cooked well, balanced taste, amazing texture, thick curry goes so well with the boneless chicken chunks.

Being a Mangalorean, I have always seen coconut being mixed in our curries. I love them and hence when I tried this chef’s special, it felt like home.

The curry taste is so good, no doubt they are one of the best Japanese Restaurant in Mumbai.

Teppanyaki fried rice in Best Japanese Restaurant in Mumbai

Teppanyaki fried rice – This one is one of Roger’s suggestions. He said the traditional Balinese curry would go well with the traditional Japanese fried rice with eggs and veggies. So we did try this and yes, this sticky rice does go well with the curry. I must say, the rice bowl looks too cute.

Mochi Ice cream – Finally to end this scrumptious meal, we opted for a traditional Japanese dessert. They had many other options and we took one which had no chocolate.

Here they have pounded sticky rice with two separate ice cream fillings of Vanilla & Mango. I must give them credit for the presentation of this dessert as they make this look like a fruit cut in 4 pieces.

In the end, we left this amazing Japanese restaurant in Mumbai with a very good meal experience. I’m sure you will too. Do visit Kofuku for an authentic meal experience.

Arigato! (Thank you)

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Yazu Andheri – Best Japanese Restaurant in Andheri

I’ve always been fond of Asian cuisine varieties. There’s so much you can bring to the table using a mix of hundreds of ingredients and spices to tickle your taste buds. And then there is my love for sushi. Hence when I visited Yazu Andheri also called as the best Japanese restaurant in Andheri, I knew I was in for a good experience.

Location and proximity to the station – Situated beside the best landmark in Andheri west i.e Infinity Mall, Yazu Andheri is the best lounge in Andheri and has space for more than 100 guests at one time. You can reach here via the DN Nagar metro station within 10 minutes, 15-20 minutes each to Jogeshwari or Andheri station.

Yazu Andheri

Seating and Ambiance:

There’s comfortable seating along with seating allocated at the bar and a separate area with a high table for those who want to enjoy the live screenings. There is absolutely no problem whatsoever in terms of space congestion.

Food and Drinks in Yazu Andheri – Here’s what we tried;

  1. Bhut Jolokia Mule – I am a whiskey cocktail person. But something about this place made me try different options. The staff suggested Bhut Jolokia Mule. For those who don’t know, Bhut Jolokia is the spiciest chilly all over the world found within India. They have made a paste out of it and added vodka along with ginger and lemon. This drink gives the perfect hit and taste. It is spicy and lovely. Highly recommended that you try it out.
  1. Yazu special Gin and Tonic – I also am fond of the classic gin with tonic water at the Yazu restaurant Mumbai. It really has amazing taste. Here too they have served with cinnamon and the end result is so good. There is a nice aroma coming out of the glass and it is amazing. Please do try it out.
Yazu Restaurant Mumbai - Best Sushi
  1. Prawn Tempura with creamy salmon – Perhaps one of the most surprising moments of my dinner here was this sushi. I am not a prawns fan but on their suggestion, I did try it. Along with prawns and salmon, there was avocado, cucumber, and Togarashi sauce which is almost like the sriracha mayo sauce. This was fantastic and I highly recommend you try it.
Yazu Andheri - Japanese Sushi

4. Yazu Signature Roll – The Yazu signature roll is a smoked salmon special. I love salmon sushi and hence I liked it a lot. It tastes really nice and is not spicy at all.

  1. Red Tuna Nigiri – The classic Nigiri is a type of sushi that has the raw meat or fish which is placed on top of pressed vinegared rice. I had this with a pinch of wasabi and I must say it was good. I usually prefer salmon nigiri but red tuna did surprise me.
Yazu Restaurant Mumbai - Best Sushi
  1. Spicy Lamb – Again, the suggestion by Yazu’s staff is bang on target. This one is a chef’s signature dish where the meat is cooked very well. They’ve made it spicy and I must say it is the good kind of spicy where you cannot stop eating until it’s over. Do try it out if the lamb is your favorite.
Yazu Restaurant Mumbai - Best Beef
  1. Yazu signature green curry fried rice – This one is your basic green Thai curry along with their basic version of fried rice. These are served with 4 prawn crackers for the company and topped along with sunny side up fried egg. I love green curry and hence these mains is amazing. The rice tastes well and so does the meat. Please do try this out.

8. Japanese Cheesecake – I love matcha. I cannot deny it. Hence when I saw the cheesecake here along with matcha ice cream, I had to try it. They have added their baked cheesecake along with matcha green tea ice cream. I loved the texture and consistency of taste. It’s really good.

To conclude, there’s good food at Yazu restaurant Mumbai and also an amazing variety of drinks. A special thanks to their staff, especially “Kreo” and “Piloto”. They made us feel at home and were always there to help us make the right decisions and ensure we had a good meal. People as such make your dinner a memorable experience. Do check Yazu Andheri. They’re worth it.

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Maharaja Bhog – Food Review

Maharaja Bhog is one of those feel-good places where anyone and everyone is bound to have an amazing time. There’s instrumental music that is calming.

There’s a caring atmosphere here as the staff would be on their toes running around ensuring every patron has an amazing time. I’ve been for lunch here so many times and fail to remember if I ever had a bad time ever.

Location and proximity from the station:

The only harsh part of the Juhu outlet is that it is forever crowded because of its proximity to Juhu Beach. The nearest station is Vile Parle and it would take you a maximum of 10-15 minutes to get to the place.

Seating and Ambiance:

Maharaja Bhog is always bright and they surely love yellow and gold. Everything about the place is vibrant and there is constant chatter. They have comfortable seating for all kinds of groups. There are tables for two, four, eight or even a bigger number. They have a place for everyone. There is soothing music playing which helps you get in the calming mood.

Food and Drinks:

We began with their welcome drink. That sets your taste buds ready for a meal to remember. They have a thali system where first they would fill up all the mini bowls and the plate with every essential item on the list. Looking at the thali itself is an amazing experience in itself.

Here’s what you can expect in the Maharaja Bhog thali;


Ghugra and Khatha Dhokla Mariwala – Ghugra and Dhokla are served with three different chutneys that are sweet, spicy and finally, they served us their special beet raita which in itself was amazing and creamy.

Sindi Dal Pakwan Tadka – A special mention of this amazing masterpiece. I loved the entire pakwan. It’s their famous bestseller here. I surely had another serving of this masaledaar pakwaan! You will too!


Mix Veg Paneer – I love the way they make their paneer. This one is not spicy at all and they make it more thick and creamy. This one is fit for those who love their paneer when it is absolutely not spicy.

Bhindi Masala – They cut the bhindi into tiny fine pieces and the masala makes this item one of the things you must look out for. We liked this.

Aloo Dil Khus – Perhaps it’s my fixation with Aloo but I really love the variations you can come up with potatoes. This one too is a nonspicy option and tastes well.

Dal/ Kadhi:

Rajasthani Dal – I love spicy dal. There is something about the taste that you really cannot resist it until it is complete. I had more than two servings of this dal and it will complement well with the vegetables and even when had plainly. Spicy and tasty.

Gujarati Dal – The sweeter variant of dal is also not to be ignored. I like the kadhi as it helps you when you have something spicy to nullify the spiciness off your tongue.


We tried three variants; Fulka, Kanda Palak Thepla, and Rotla which is a ragi based roti. This goes well with the spicy dal and also with the bhindi and aloo.


We then tried their traditional famous khichdi with ghee. It’s made very fine and tastes oh so good! We would definitely suggest you to not miss out on any of these!


Apple Halwa – The best part of this halwa was its consistency with the flavor and also the thickness. It’s a proper halwa as you like it and those who like apple would definitely love this.

Fruit Custard – Oh I love the way they have worked on their custard. You can expect a sweet ending here with this custard and even 2 servings are less!


Maharaja Bhog is for every age group and even though it’s a vegetarian place, you will surely leave this place with a huge tummy and a smile on your face.

It’s something to do about their hospitality and how they give equal attention to each customer. I would like to thank their founder and managing director Ashish Maheshwari for an experience to remember. 

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Streets of India Festival Review – The Earth Plate, Sahara Star

Visiting Sahara Star is always a pleasant experience.

It always has this positive vibe that adds as a catalyst to my happiness. They showcase food festivals all throughout the year. This is good for any foodie who loves, breathes, and looks for new cuisines to devour.

The Earth Plate is now showcasing a new food festival; “Streets of India” where they have on display food from a variety of streets in India like Hyderabad, Mathura, Amritsari, Mumbai, Kolkatta, South India, etc. You will find a variety of food + desserts to choose from.

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Anyways, coming back to the Festival, we will try a few food items that are nothing short of amazing. I will make it a point to try most of the items that I have never tried because devouring all the food would take me 2 days at least. Anyway, here are some of the classics I will try;

Aloo Chaat at Streets of India, Sahara Star

This is the Aloo Chaat from the “Mathura Chaat” stall.

I wish to visit north India soon solely for the food they serve. This is because I believe their street food there is second to none. The variety is also something that stands out from the rest. There’s a live counter where for chaat preparation.

The chaat ingredients spread

Next, we will try the “Kheema Tawa” live counter at Sahara Star.

Different meats like Boti, Kaleja, Bheja, Gurda, is available. These meats are live on Tawa. This meat is served with sliced onions and fried Pav. I will try the Boti and Bheja.

Live counter at Sahara Star

Next, we will try the counter with the cold cuts at the Sahara Star.

Here the frozen items are kept on display and you can choose as per your preference. From fish, chicken, and lamb, I will choose to opt for butter garlic prawns and herbed spiced lamb.

This is prepared and served with 3 different dips. As usual, my love for lamb is justified. They will surely prepare it well. When it comes to cooking lamb, beef, and pork, if you don’t cook it well, the result is not good. Here, I can happily say they have done a good job.

Lamb, Beef and Pork at Streets of India

Post this, we visited the Kolkata stall.

I always adore Kolkata and its people. They are calm, chilled out, and have some amazing food varieties. The momos and paranthas and tea is exceptional.

Here at the food festival, we will try the chicken momos which are decent enough and we will also try the Mughlai chicken parantha. This is highly recommended. This is served with mustard sauce and the result is amazing.

Kolkata special at Sahara Star

The Lucknow stall had all the kebabs you could think about.

Veg or Non-veg, they have all of it on the skewers waiting for you to choose. I will try the Chicken Zafrani Kebab as usual. This is masaledaar and a bit spicy. I love it. It feels like we are getting lucky with our choices. But I didn’t mind.

Chicken Kebab at Sahara Star

Moving from counter to counter and choosing the next cuisine is really a tough task. With such a huge spread, it can get confusing as to what you want to eat next!

Anyways, we will narrow it down to the “Appam and Dosa” stall next which is the specialty of South India. We will try the chicken appam, served with chutney. Requesting you to have this immediately. As if kept for long, the appam can get hard.

Appam and Dosa in Sahara Star

At the end of this, we will try to taste the spread of desserts. They have a huge variety of over 25 options. There is a stall separately just for jalebi and rabdi. Yes, and it is totally worth it. Below you can find pictures of a few of the desserts that I happened to try!

Cheesecake special
Blueberry cheesecake
Malpua special
Kesar dessert special
Kesar special
Dessert spread
Macarons at Sahara Star
Macaron special

Apart from this, Sahara Star has a good set of options for mocktails.

The list includes the likes of pink guava, blue curacao, buttermilk, jaljeera, and lassi for the end of the meal.

Notably, for a price set at 1999+tax per person, this is a steal of a deal. Unfortunately, this ends on 15th August which is just 3 days from tomorrow.

Hence I urge you to go ahead, visit Sahara Star, and have your fill of street food all over India. They have something for everyone. Taste-wise, this is an event you must not miss.

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Food Review – MusTea, Marol

For those who love Tea and swear by it are very happy as there are many outlets opening up with tea as their primary USP. MusTea is also one of those who swear by their love for not only tea but also snacks. They open up by 8am. Currently planning to open up earlier than usual.

They have a variety of tea and also a lot of options with regards to snacks like sandwiches, omelettes, desi options like poha, idli, missal, vada etc.

Tea is delivered like this!

Location and proximity from Station:

This one’s not too hard to find. It’s a 5-7 minute walk from JB Nagar metro station. 15 minutes from Andheri Station. Located in the by-lane of Kondivita, the nearest landmark to this would be the hotel Apna Dhaba.


Ambiance and seating:

MusTea is a small place and can easily seat 10-12 people maximum. The place is air conditioned. There’s no space congestion as such. The staff is courteous and will respond well to your questions too.


Tea and Snacks:

Yes, we were spoilt for options. My friend Mike had just returned from Bangalore that very afternoon and I got him along me for some tea and snacks. We tried 3 types of tea along with few snacks. Here’s what we had:

Kesar Tea with cookies: A clear winner. The aroma, the taste and yes it’s really hot. That’s how I like my Tea. The 2 cookies given alongside really compliment the overall feel. I must recommend this.


Mint Tea with cookies: Another clear favorite. Suggested by them, we tried this one and we thanked them for this choice. The taste is too good and for those who like pudina, this one’s a definite recommend.


Oolang Tea: Oolang here is full of antioxidants and gives you more of a green tea and healthy feeling. My friend didn’t like it much. I found it okay. It’s all about the acquired taste in the end.


They have almost 30 types of tea serving (with/without milk). You’ll be spoiled for choices.


Cheese Bun Maska: How can you miss having tea without bun maska. Here, they’ve gone a step further and added cheese. The overall impact? Yes, it’s fantastic. My friend loves cheese and went bonkers over this and every other dish with cheese.

Please note that there are a lot of snacking options available for you to enjoy your tea with. We tried the bun maska. You can try many other choices too.


Chicken Samosa: Yes, the chicken samosa. It was funny when we heard about it but on their insistence, we gave it a shot. I’m impressed. The bits of chicken with our regular samosa fit in well and we did like it.


MusTea’s signature omelette: They have a wide range of omelettes. It’s amazing. We were confused as to what to try and they again suggested their signature omelette. This one’s made with a lot of precision and with different layers. Makes you feel like you’re having a sandwich! And yes, there’s a lot of cheese too. This is served with partly fried bread. The 2nd best dish of the day!


Chicken Wrap: The chicken wrap here is very decent. The plus point is the quantity. I’m sure you’ll be full after you’re done with one full wrap! This is served along with wafers and veggies!


Mushroom on Toast: The best dish of the day. Mushroom on toast is an open faced sandwich with a lot of mushroom and cheese. God these guys love cheese too. Anyway, it’s our gain that they like cheese too. It’s really good.



To conclude, I wish they had a lot of space but it’s alright as they deliver to the nearby places and a lot of corporate offices too. They deliver tea and snacks. From where I stand, that’s a win win! They have a reasonably priced menu and a lot of options in their menu. I’ll be surprised if someone doesn’t find something that they don’t like here. Cheers to MusTea.


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