It was only a sunny smile,
And little it cost in the giving,
But like morning light it scattered the night
And made the day worth living.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
It was my sweetheart’s birthday and this place was on her mind since long, so kept her tricking all the way long and hit the brakes of my car right outside Mirchi n Mime. Looking at the name, she turned right and her smile really made the day worth living.
The idea was also to cover the restaurant as I heard about it a lot but was waiting for the special occasion.
As we entered, I felt a very different and a positive aura for the place. I was escorted to my table by one of the captain. After getting comfortable, I soon got into conversation with Mr. Parag, senior captain, to collect some insights about the place and the idea behind the concept of hiring the speech & hearing impaired individuals as their primary staff. Soon the reply that came from him was they wanted to be slightly different and were eager to show the world the strength and ability of differently able people. Soon the word Wow!! Came from my mind. Imagine every single person on this earth just puts a fraction of effort towards kindness; the world would become the best place to live.
Listening to Parag I got to know that these champions are hired from Dr. Reddy’s foundation and after hiring they are given 9 weeks of intensive training on hospitality. Currently, they have 26 staff working in shifts and the company provides them Pick and Drop facility from their home.
My experience was further delighted when I met Mangesh with whom I enjoyed communicating in sign language, especially when I had to tell him thank you by touching fingers on my chin and see the broad smile on his face.
Location: Transocean House, Lake Boulevard, Hiranandani Business Park, Powai, Mumbai.
Cuisine: Classic Indian cuisine
We started with waterchestnut & corn aloo tikki. Round shaped patty consisting crushed corn and waterchestnut with with low amount of spices added. It was lightly fried because of which it got a mix of golden and light brown colour. It settled on the base of thick crunchy papri and was served with sautéed green peas. The dish was made well but could have been be enhanced if the patty would be bit more fried and made crispy.
Next in the starter category was Jeera Aloo Chips. This was a actually misunderstood dish , though the dish was well prepared but I wasn’t prepared to have it as it contained boiled potatoes cut in a round shaped and was seasoned with Jeera (cumin seeds) coriander leaves and chilli flakes. The quality and presentation was excellent but it was slightly bland, as when the upper coating melts in the mount the remaining potato was faded. Moreover, it actually saturated our taste buds because one cannot have so much of aloo in one go.
Next dish to try was Kothambir wadi. Its typically a maharashtrian dish with Its dark green colour coming from coriander and shade of yellow that comes due addition of turmeric powder. You definitely cannot resist eating this dish, I bet on that as it was square-box shaped wadi topped with crushed groundnut. This one was deep-fried from outside. It was soft and steamed with medium spicy in nature.
Along with the starters, we also ordered two ice-cool beverages. Berry Pomegranate Granita and Mirchi & Orange. The former consists berry and pomegranate juice and as the name goes it was loaded with crushed ice, it taste good but I had to wait a bit so that the ice could melt and I can get the mixed flavours exactly. The latter was an orange juice with mint leaves and slight sprinkle of red chilly powder. The tanginess of orange and spicy red chilly was the amazing combination as you take a sip both the flavours were coming simultaneously and at the end of every sip mint leaves were leaving its cool effect in the mouth. This drink was very refreshing as well as amazing,
After finishing the starter session it was time for a slight break in which I took pictures of the ambiance that I will describe later. For the main course we were stuck due to limited choices in Veg. So finally, we decided to try Tahiri biryani as it has much resemblance to veg biryani.
The order was coming from far and I had my eyes stuck on the black colored round shaped earthen pot sealed with thick layer of white flour dough sprinkled with cumin and black sesame seeds served with thick curd perfectly beaten to gravy and sprinkled with red chili powder. As we opened the seal, within fraction of seconds my eyes went closed and my nostrils were getting the divine aroma of cinnamon, cardamom, clove, light fried onion and other spices. Upon opening my eyes I witnessed light yellow colored long basmati rice immersed in the mixture of fried brown onions, green peas, finely diced carrot and chopped beans. Until now, we were moderately stuffed but still we had no intention to resist this amazing, mouth-watering and aromatic biryani. Rice were soft and well cooked, it was releasing the flavours perfectly. Even after giving such a detailed description, I would again recommend every vegetarian to try Tahiri biryani.
Last but not the least, the special appearance was in climax as we had no plans for dessert, I was thinking to try one of the international ice dream brand situated nearby, but changed my mind just to complete the circle. Hence, we ordered Dark Chocolate Tart with vanilla ice cream. Thin triangle shaped tart coated with dark chocolate and loaded with a scoop of cotton soft vanilla ice cream gently melting from the top and spreading on the chocolate tart below. The dish was amazing but the presentation was equally amazing. Just look at the pictures below.
The complimentary was equally amazing. Raw papaya, cauliflower and onion pickle were talk of the day and the different varieties of chutney were going with every ordered dish. I would suggest you give a call for pickles, without hesitation, if in case it is not there on the table.
The success factor of any restaurants majorly depends on two things first is food and second is service. Through my ratings you can make it out that, I liked service more than food. It wasn’t about something extra was served or I was treated more carefully than other guest. It is because of those friends who inspired many people like me that life throws lots of hurdles and challenges in your path; turning those stones into a stepping-stone is our job. They were all cool, happy go lucky attitude, and also doing their job in a disciplined manner. Everything came on my table at the right time in an absolute professional manner. I rarely get to see such efficient service in Mumbai.
Also, apart from internal service you have a valet parking available so you do not have to worry about your vehicle.
Pricing is reasonable but I found certain dishes on the slightly higher side. Like Rs. 225/- for kothimbir wadi and Rs. 395/- for biryani. Otherwise, it was good to go. For seven dishes, I paid approx Rs. 1900/- that comes around Rs.270/- per dish. They also have a tax structure in billing.
Ambiance (4.0/5.0) :
The place is not so big but I would say designed and managed perfectly. As you enter you will find a open hall with tables in the left, right and center. The bar counter is situated on the extreme right from the entrance. The restaurant has table options for every group size be it 2 or 20. It has dark floorings with bright yellow colored lightings and walls painted in soothing light colour to create a cool and calm atmosphere inside. It has a comfortable couch setup that relaxes your back. Also considering the location they have a table setup of around 15-20 people in one corner that has a designer wall showcasing artistic cutlery. Everything is clean and hygienic with right cooling atmosphere maintained. Also, a clean washroom facility is available. Please note a pre booking is definitely required or else you might have to wait for long, this is applicable for weekdays as well.
Overall, the place is great and a must visit to experience the extra-ordinary concept. I would like to visit again to try their new menu. Special thanks to Mangesh, Parag and Ranjan Chakraborty – Head of Operations.
All the very best.
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