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“No longer what it was.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Soam

Soam
Ground Floor, Sadguru Sadan | Opposite Babulnath Temple, Chowpatty, Mumbai (Bombay) 400007, India
91-22-23698080
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Ranked #72 of 11,007 Restaurants in Mumbai (Bombay)
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $5
Cuisines: Vegetarian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Street Food
Description: SOAM ... For Indian home-style comfort food ..That's , fresh, seasonal, vegetarian and healthy. At Soam one can enjoy Indian vegetarian food cooked and served the way it is in traditional Indian homes............ Fresh, seasonal, and healthy. Marwari, Gujarati , Maharashtrian , Punjabi, Kutchi dishes served in individual pre-plated portions tastefully paired with the perfect accompaniments to enhance your dining experience. Soam also serves hygienic versions of popular Mumbai street foods. Sugarcane juice, ice-gola, chaat, and dosas ..Along with a typical Indian teatime snacks (farsaan), and quick meals, faraal (foods for fasting ) or desserts, it's a great place to start your adventure into this tasty, spicy, slightly sweet, and very filling, vegetarian cuisine. Main courses are almost always seasonally changed, serving what's freshly available and appropriately eaten during that time of the year. Along with a low-calorie and a carbohydrate free menu selection that's really great for those watching their calories... So whether you're feasing or fasting come to SOAM ...It's the perfect choice. Soam redefines calmness, spirituality and philosophy of great tasting food~! Said one of our patrons on tripadvisor
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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62 reviews 62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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“No longer what it was.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Just returned from a disappointing lunch. The food was far from what Soam was famous for. It gave it's competitor a run for their money. No more.
The stuffed paneer paratha lacked the generous stuffing! The sada dosa lacked the flavour and the mysore masala dosa looked something like a springroll with some mashed potato and chilli mixture.
Sugarcane juice was room temprature. When we asked for ice, we got the gola crushed ice which instantly melted making our drink insipid!
The cherry on top was a Mr. Anil a staff member! When i walked in, i asked for a table for 2. When my sister said her daughter would join us, i indicated we would be 3. Mr. Anil promptly said, 'but you just now said 2'! Later, even though Mr. A noticed i was looking around to place the order, he continued engaging our waiter in conversation, it was only when someone right behind me called out, were we attended to.
I was upset and was narrating the attitude when Mr. Anil came to my table and got arrogantly defensive and argumentative.

Last time i will go to Soam.

Saving grace, the tiny jalebis!!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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“Soam: Unusual menu, superb taste!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Soam, located bang opposite the Babulnath temple in South Bombay, is small-ish but pleasant reatuarant with creamy mango-yellow walls, elegant wooden tables & stools, and rustic-looking hammered brass plates and tablemats fashioned out of dry pressed leaves.
The menu has separate sections for staters, one-dish meals, mains, desserts and a separate section of low-cal options. And the what is remarkable is the kind of dishes available on the menu - snacks and mains from Gujarati, UP, Bengali, South Indian and Maharashtrian kitchens which aren't usually seen on fancy restaurant menus, all offered up with a culinary twist. For instance - smaosas stuffed with spinach and cheese (Indian spanakopitas!) Kothimbir wadi livened up with the addition of corn. A red rice dosa (made with organic red rice flour) chock-full of cucumber shreds, served with the traditional coconut chutney. And the most amazing khichadi, with the masterstroke touch of a smoky garlic-and-butter tadka.

There are lots of things that I still want to go back and try like the Jowar Pita Pockets, Vitamin Bhel, Spinach Pulao and the trinity of Paanki, Padloo and Cheela (lentil pancakes, all three) among others. All of the food is tasty without being laden with spice or oil.

An average meal for 2 should cost around Rs 650 - not including desserts and drinks. Definitely worth a second (and third, fourth, fifth...) visit!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pune, India
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“Yum home food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

After a week of food binges, when you want to relax and give ur tummy a break, come to Soam! There will be waiting, there will be guru families by the dozen and there will be service like a typical "thali" place. The food is Gujarati and fresh. The ' fadanu khichadi' is amazing. The ' chaat' is FAAABulous! Fresh, hygienic and so tasty! Like home food, but so yummmm! Every time I visit bombay, I make it a point to go here. I don't eat the 'ghee' ridden food, but fresh and chilled out khichadi and chat. A must visit for those who visit south Bombay and find 'Swati' to be far away!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent veg fare”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Soam near Babulnath is one of our favorite dinner joints. The food at this place never dissapoints as anything on the menu is bound to be well cooked and goes well with the accompaniments. Not to miss is the chunda pickle served on every table, their handvo and handcranked ice cream..

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best in the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Soam has the best, authentic, local vegetarian cuisine in Mumbai - Gujarati, Marathi and Rajasthani. In refreshing contrast to the endless and confused thalis that many veg. restaurants offer, Soam respects individual dishes for their uniqueness. The food is cooked beautifully, it is fresh and flavourful, never too oily/hot. Their menu offers a wide variety with a seasonal selection in addition to the regular one every few months. Among the drinks, masala chhaas, sugarcane juice and and kairi panna are refreshing and hygenically extracted. The panki, chaat dishes, theplas, kadhi, pitla and thalipeeth, matar poori and dhansak are fantastic. The deserts are to die for - highly recommended are the hand made icecreams in unusual flavours, the malpua and mohanthaal. Chances are you won't find the same dishes elsewhere. The crockery is made of brass, similar to that in traditional Indian homes, and the atmosphere is clean and welcoming. Soam doesn't seat more than 50 at a time, doesn't take reservations, and is always packed for dinner so get there early.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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