Christmas is almost here and there are a lot of options that we Mumbaikars have from Town to the Burbs and Powai to Chembur. So Nikki Gupta, a young entrepreneur who just joined the Mia Cucina team as a co-partner invited us to come and check out their Christmas “Eat, Drink and be Merry” menu at their Powai outlet.
Yes Christmas has caught up really fast in the city of Mumbai, and restaurants are going all guns blazing to attract the crowd. For the Chef, a meal that can warm him up, give him a good night’s sleep and get his taste buds tingling, is a what he looks out for. And according to him that is exactly what the meal at Mia Cucina did! The entire menu is given below but this was what was had from the selection: Sample of the Seafood Soup (Zuppa Frutti di Mare) and the Pumpkin soup (Zuppa di Zucca), appetizers were a portion each of Salmon cakes (Torta di Salmone) Pumpkin Ravioli (Ravioli di Zucca) and Turkey meatballs (Tachina e Patate Polpetta.) For mains they have a wide variety of dishes to choose from, that included T-Bone steak, Roast Pork, Half Roast Chicken, Grilled Atlantic Salmon and Pumpkin Risottoout. Out of these, we called for the first three. Desserts included a Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake, Ginger bread pudding and Chocolate Tart with Strawberry of which we had all.
While I was waiting for my good friend Ronak and Amrita from Mumbai Foodie and Like ki Recipe respectively, I got talking to Nikki Gupta to get to know a little more about the Mia Cucina franchisee. She told me that there will be changes in the menu, menu design and also as to how they are getting in various events such as Karaoke to attract the crowd. After a little gossip session, the others arrived and we started our meal. The Christmas menu also had a couple of cocktails and mocktails from which we tried the Black Cranberry Jar (C) and Strawberry Ginger Fizz (M.) The cocktail did have a little Kala Khatta Gola flavor with alcohol in it, but I ain’t complaining; it was spot on.
The soups came first, and both were fantastic. The Roasted Pumpkin soup was smooth, creamy and was served with a herbed crouton, the Seafood soup had squid, prawn and fish in a great prawn stock based soup and was infused with saffron. They served us small sized portions, but when I saw the actual soup plate; it could easily feed two people! Our appetizers made their way next, the Salmon cake was little on the dry side, Pumpkin Ravioli had a great mix of sweet and earthy flavors due to the Sage butter. But what these two dishes lacked, the Turkey meatball made up two folds. Five beautifully presented Turkey meatballs with a Honey Cider glaze, were served with a cubed fried potato and balsamic reduction.
Our mains were nice, huge and hearty portions of meat with gravy and starch item. The Roast Pork and Half Chicken certainly were the favorites as those plates were wiped clean. Not only was the meat, nice and juicy, in both dishes, but the sides were spectacular as well. The Sweet potato mash with Pork was not very smooth as it still had small chunks of potato in it, but was GOOOOOOD! And the stuffing served with the Chicken made primarily of bread and semolina was perfect. Both were served with pan jus which really added depth of flavor to the respective dishes. The T-Bone Steak was a little overcooked towards the edges but the center was juicy, medium-rare and was served with a Gorgonzola butter. Before dessert came out, we were told to try the Martini Spinaci Espresso, which was made using espresso vodka and spinach water. Crazy? Funky? Weird? Yes, Yes all of the above, but must say, TASTY AS F*CK!! All of us couldn’t resist and went for another sip!! We had all the three desserts from the menu, and according to me and the others around, the Ginger Bread Pudding was a standout dessert. Baked bread pudding with sultanas, hint of ginger and a nice scoop of Vanilla ice cream. The Chocolate Tart with Strawberry would have been nicer if the tart itself wasn’t that hard. It tasted great, but had to really work to get it cracking. The Chef of Mia Cucina told us that the Spiced Pumpkin cheesecake wasn’t fresh but we still wanted to have a taste of it. Yes, if it were fresher and lighter, it would have made for a great cheesecake.
Like I said earlier, if the meal makes me feel all fuzzy and warm it is a perfect Christmas meal. And the meal at Mia Cucina did exactly that. Guys do go and make a reservation as they are open only for lunch and dinner service.