Whether you feel like fine dining a la carte, or just a simple no-frills thali, Powai has some of the best Indian cuisine restaurants in Mumbai. Many of them serve buffets at lunch time too, so you can feast until you slumber (unless of course, you have to head back to the office).

Here are five restaurants in Powai serving tasty Indian food.

1. The Yellow Chilli

The Yellow Chilli, Powai.
The Yellow Chilli, Central Avenue, Powai.

The Yellow Chilli, located on Central Avenue near D-Mart in Hiranandani Gardens, is the creation of celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor. Seen his food preparations on TV? Now, you can try some of them yourself at this restaurant. The menu consists of a buffet for lunch, and fine dining for dinner. The weekday buffet is priced at 275 rupees, while it’s 325 rupees on the weekend. Feedback about the buffet, such as this review is mostly positive. For a really stand-out experience, try the ChilliQ barbecue grill for 399 rupees plus taxes. Enjoy it on the restaurant’s attached open air rooftop. Prices at The Yellow Chilli are surprisingly reasonable for what you get. Phone +91 22 4015 6161 or visit their website for more information.

2. Saffron Spice

Saffron Spice, Powai.
Saffron Spice, Central Avenue (next to Pizza Hut), Powai.

Saffron Spice is another ambient fine dining restaurant that serves a variety of Indian cuisine in Hiranandani Gardens, Powai. Its interior is exotically decorated with Indian handicrafts and purple raw silk. However, the really appealing thing about this restaurant that it offers items from all over India — north, south, east and west — so there’s something for everyone! A meal for two will cost 500-1,000 rupees. Saffron Spice also has a lunch buffet, and if you feel like a drink before dinner, the Clove Bar is just next door (and there are always happy hours!). The down side? Some people have found the service at Saffron Spice to be lacking. Phone +91 22 6699 0088 or visit their website for more information. Also, read a review of Saffron Spice.

3. Nawab Saheb

Nawab Saheb.
Nawab Saheb, Renaissance Hotel, Powai.

If it’s a special occasion and you want to splurge, consider the elegant Nawab Saheb at the Renaissance Hotel. Specialising in north Indian cuisine, kebabs are a feature item on the menu and there are some appealing options for vegetarians as well. As is to be expected from a restaurant in a luxury hotel, food is on the pricey side. Expect to pay 1,500 rupees or more for a meal for two. However, the ambiance is stylish and there’s often live ghazals to entertain guests. The interactive display kitchen is also a focal point. Nawab Saheb is open for dinner only. Phone +91 22 6692 7558 or read this review of Nawab Saheb for more information.

4. Laxmi Next

Laxmi Next.
Laxmi Next, Opposite IIT Main Gate, Powai.

Let’s face it, most people can’t afford to eat out at fine dining restaurants regularly. And most Indians appreciate the value of a good thali. At Laxmi Next you’ll get quality food at an affordable price. A tasty thali (pictured in the top photo) will cost you 50 rupees. However, there are plenty more items to choose from. Laxmi Next really has the market covered because it’s actually divided into two restaurants — veg and non veg. It could perhaps even be the longest serving restaurant in the Powai area. Located opposite the IIT main gate, students have been coming there for the last 30 years. Laxmi Next is open from morning until midnight. For home delivery phone (22) 2577 0171.

5. Mantra

Mantra, Powai.
Mantra, Powai Plaza, Central Avenue, Powai.

Mantra, located in Powai Plaza, scores points for its very reasonably priced food, and menu that’s inclusive of service charges and taxes (even for drinks) — so there are no nasty surprises at the end of the night. The restaurant specialises in Mughlai, Indian and Chinese cuisine, and most menu items are under 200 rupees. It’s great value in a great environment. Mantra is open for lunch and dinner. Do make a reservation on weekends! Phone +91 22 2570 2501 or read a review of Mantra for more information.

And Then There’s….

The Great Kebab Factory
As its name suggest, the Great Kebab Factory specialises in kebabs — and it charges a lot for them. A fixed selection of six kebabs (with veg or non veg options) is priced at 999 rupees, including taxes. Read a review of the Great Kebab Factory. If you do want to give it a try, you’ll find it located on Central Avenue, opposite D-Mart.

Sankalp, on Central Avenue just up from The Great Kebab Factory, specialises in south Indian cuisine. It’s popular, and usually always full. The pricing, with mains below 200 rupees, is also attractive. However, the restaurant receives mixed reviews depending on what food is ordered. So, be careful of what you choose if you eat there! Read reviews of Sankalp.