Bombay on the Menu

A Nigerian meal in Mumbai

There’s very little opportunity to eat African food in Mumbai. So when we discovered that Green Onion was offering  a one-page Nigerian menu we were thrilled. This makes it the third restaurant in the city to serve Nigerian food and hopefully, this will encourage restaurants to bring more African cuisines to Mumbai.

Green Onion: Hotel Sapna Marine, Behind Metro Cinema, Dhobi Talao, Marine Lines, Mumbai Tel: 22194040 

Portion are substantial. All dishes serve two.

Chicken Egusi

Chicken Egusi

Two large joints of chicken, pan-fried till crisp in a thick, mildly bitter sauce that has a strong flavour of dried fish.

Goat Stew

Goat Stew

Chunky, tender pieces of mutton in a sweet spicy gravy with a mild-medium fishy flavour. Reminded me of a very mild rogan josh.

Semovita Fufu

Semovita Fufu

Made from a fine grain semolina, the fufu is fluffy and soft. You break of pieces, press in the palm to form a ball and dip the ball in the sauce. However, I did see a Nigerian gentleman, cut it into thin slices which he picked up with a fork and dipped into the gravy.

Okra Sauce

Okra Sauce

The slimy gravy, slightly on the sweeter side, was quite unusual, but absolutely delicious.

Puffs Puffs

Puffs Puffs

The similarity between puffs puffs and East Indian fugiyas was a revelation. Puff puffs however, are larger and sweeter and eaten as a side dish with the Okra Sauce. Dusted with powdered sugar they’d make a great confection to serve with ice cream.

Fish Stew

Fish Stew

Same base sauce as the goat. The soft, buttery red snapper was cooked perfectly.

Jellof Rice

Jellof Rice

Tossed in a tomato stew the rice is like a simple pulao. Usually served topped with fried bananas, but they weren’t available that day.

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  1. Nice find Antoine. Will go check it out this week. Let me know if u plan to revisit. This is actually a bit uncanny because I remember going in search of African food near Metro Cinema almost 6 years back once because I read some restaurant there serves it. I do not know if it was this restaurant, but I just could not find the place. So, thanks for holding out the torch light. Cheers

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    • Thank you kindly. You were probably looking out for Puku which is tucked away up a steep staircase in one of the by lanes of Bhendi Bazar. Green Onion is just 7 months old.

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  2. Antoine I’ve passed by this restaurant so often and not given it a second thought.
    A question that comes to my mind is that apart from the need to try something new (Nigerian cuisine in this case), would you go back? If you would which dish would you have.
    Thanks for the find.

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    • Same here Tarun. Makes me wonder what other jewels we’re overlooking.
      Frankly, from the first time we went there we’ve only ordered the Nigerian, so I can’t comment on the Indian and Chinese menu. We’ve only tried two of the desserts, the fried ice cream which is served in an egg white case rolled in dessicated coconut and topped with condensed milk, and banana pancakes with ice cream. The fried ice cream was unusual, the pancakes were ho hum.

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  3. Eugusi soup chicken and semovita was served to me in Green onion Resturant at Marine line,The food tastes exactally like
    Nigerian Egusi soup.After eating food I feel like am having it at my home place.Must say every nigerian visiting mumbai should taste green onion resturant nigerian food.

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    • Puku’s and Wazobia Kitchen. Puku’s is at Bhendi Bazaar. Don’t have an address. Wazobia is in Vashi. It’s listed on burrp and Zomato.

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