Mumbai is the city which is always on the move and it reflects in every aspect of the city life. Trains, buses, and people are always on the move. In a city like Mumbai, you are never away from food. You can easily find something to eat nearby, no matter where you are, at any time of the day or night. On a recent business trip to Mumbai, I got the chance to explore the city with a local resident and came to know about the Mirchi and Mime. After finishing work on a Friday evening, we decided to head out for dinner. I repeat “Dinner”, Not a “Vada Pao” nor a “Bhel” but a full meal.
I took her advice and we both headed towards Powai Hiranandani complex to a place called Rude Lounge. On arrival, we were greeted with a waiting time of forty-five minutes and deafening music. Thus, We both agreed that it’s not a place where we would be able to have a conversation plus waiting for forty minutes for a table was a bit of a stretch. Hence, we moved out and landed at a restaurant called “Mirchi and Mime”
We were greeted with a smile at the entrance and in no time directed to our table. The menu and water arrived quickly and I realized that the servers at the restaurants were deaf and dumb. They use sign language and we as patrons also got a quick tutorial on the same. The ambiance was pleasant and so was everyone else around me. People at nearby tables celebrated birthdays and this gave me the hint that people chose this place for special occasions and there must be something special about this place.
After consulting with the staff, we ordered a few starters and because my companion was in no mood to try the main course, hence we ended it there. In total, we ordered three starters namely Truffle & Paneer Bhurji Tacos, Amritsari Chicken Ceaser Salad, Karwari Fish and for the dessert we went with Fresh Apple Crumble.
Truffle & Paneer Bhurji tacos were spicy with a hint of truffle. American Chicken Ceaser salad was something totally different than what you would usually expect. It was tossed in a tomato based sauce, had very little lettuce but a lot of peas. Karwari fish was tilapia fried in a rawa batter with spicy masala. The fish had fishiness in it but overall the dish came together really well. Now we come to dessert, Fresh apple crumble was served with ice cream and was refreshing, although it was a bit too sweet for me.
In totality, the food was fusion with a heavy Indian inspiration or should I say Indian with an international twist. Taste wise it was good but it didn’t blow me away hence reinstating my believe that Bombay has great on the go food to offer but lacks when it comes a serving a full hearty tasty meal. Great street food is what dominates Mumbai culinary landscapes but it’s in this “dine in full meal” system that Mumbai falls a bit short.
At Mirchi and Mime, Portion sizes of everything I ordered were respectable, can be shared by two people. What stood out for me was the service which was incredible. Someone or the other was always available to help, with a smile. Food was served quickly which is commendable considering the house was full at the time we reached. The ambience is very pleasing and comfortable though tables setting were a bit cosy as per my liking. Prices were on a higher side but considering the location, ambience, service and food it is justifiable.
With this, we called it a night and took our respective Uber’s to reach our destinations. To sum it all up, I would say that Mumbai has great nightlife, probably the best in the country. Mumbai being safe adds to the experience. It has a lot to offer when it comes to food and drinks but where it falls short is in providing a full hearty meal in a dine-in setting or as my friends call it “Mumbai has great starters and fast food but the main course is not so great”.
Being a Delhite, for once I agree with them. Mirchi and Mime is a similar story but I hope they will improve upon the same as this restaurant has great potential.
Check the official website here–http://mirchiandmime.com/