Mia Cucina is a small restaurant Italian restaurant in Pali Naka Bandra. The place has an upmarket ambiance and a price to go with!
The ambiance is soothing and relaxing which is a big plus point of Mia Cucina. The crowd is essentially Bandraites along with foreign people who live nearly. We were there early but couldn’t find a table inside the A/C section so had to sit outside but thankfully, the cool evening breeze and lower humidity levels kept us from sweating.
The menu here is unique in a way that it is hand written. The person who wrote the menu has a clear handwriting! But this was a unique surprise especially after the hand written bill served to us by Deja Vu.
But we did order ourselves some coolers. We called for a Black Soda which was essentially cranberry juice with soda.
For starters we ordered for a Bruschetta Pollo. The bread was crunchy, cheesy and laden with Balsamic Vinegar. It had a nice taste to it, a bit tangy but tasty. However, I felt the Brushetta was a let down, especially compared to the food items we had subsequently.
For main course we called for Strozzapreti Con Pollo. Strozzapreti is what gave the meal its character. Parmesan cheese along with chicken cubes and tomato sauce made for a somewhat bland main course.
We were surprised we didn’t get any more sauces along with the main course. Probably should have asked but do not think they give any other sauces otherwise.
Overall, we opined that Mia Cucina served excellent Italian Food and the service isn’t bad either. However, the price was a bit higher but it made up for the ambiance and the food. The overall bill was Rs.709 with the breakup as follows: Black Soda: Rs.65, Bruschetta: Rs.150, Strozzapreti: Rs.275, White Chocolate Cheesecake: Rs. 140
I think Mia Cucina is a good place to hang out, have good food and soak in the environment. Outside seating is recommended especially late in the evenings. Apparently the pizzas here are nice so if any of you guys try it out, do not forget to leave your comments here!
Its been more than two years since I went to Open Affair last. This time thought of trying out something Italian in this multi cuisine restaurant. But before that, we ordered for a Pahadi Kebab which was just about ok. I distinctly remember the food being really good when I was here last time around. The Kebab was a bit spicy but the chicken was a disappointment. It felt like the chicken wasn’t fresh. It wasn’t juicy or tender either.
Next up we ordered for a Risotto. It is an Italian dish and according to the Wikipedia – Risotto is a traditional Italian rice dish cooked with broth and flavored with parmesan cheese and other ingredients, which can include meat, fish or vegetables. The name means literally “little rice” and it is one of the most common ways of cooking rice in Italy. Well, a Risotto should ideally include a lot of veggies, meat, cheese and sauce.
The one offered at Open Affair is accompanied by one of the three sauces including a Paprika sauce which we ordered for. The sauce is mildly spicy but not as good as the one at Out of the Blue.
The rice used was a short grain rice which is what a Risotto should be made of which was good to see. However, the menu said Arborio rice which I am not sure you get here (unless imported, which explains the high price) though a similar variety is available from South India. The cheese though, wasn’t sure which one it was. The disappointment though was the lack of veggies. There were a few salad items here and there and garlic bread too but overall the Risotto seemed to lack the veggies which otherwise would have made it a great dish!
Overall, the Risotto was good but could have been better. The Pahadi Kebab was a major let down while the drink was ok. Honestly, I am disappointed with Open Affair for they have increased the prices but the Quality of food hasn’t gotten any better.
Food: 3/5 – Good Food but wouldn’t come here again if the prices remain the same!
Price: 2/5 – Too expensive. Don’t mind paying but the food should live up to its price tag!
Ambiance: 3/5 – The outside section is too noisy but cannot blame them for the restaurant is right on Carter Road.
Address: R Mall, 3rd Floor, LBS Marg, Mulund (W), Mumbai
Ph. No: 67551333, 67551444
I have been to bombay blues quite a lot of times before and interestingly never tried the Indian food here. So me and friend (who actually insisted on Indian food in the first place) good down to picking up something nice and yummy. So we zeroed in on Paneer Makhan Masala and Butter Naan. We also ordered Onion Rings and Lemon Iced Tea.
Starting with the onion rings, man they were oily. Almost gave me a heart attack. It would have been a really good starter had it not been for the tonne of oil dripping incessantly from the rings.
Next up was the Paneer Makhan Masala which was pretty good and suited both our palates. The quantity though was questionable as it was quite less even for someone who doesn’t eat a lot. (I am talking about my friend here). There is something about the naans in Bombay Blues, I could eat them without any dish, they are just that tasty. The Lemon Iced Tea was good as usual. Never had any complaints against their Iced Tea yet.
Finally on the pricing front we paid:
Iced Tea – 89
Paneer Makhan Masala – 130
Onion Rings – 100
A tad too expensive this place, especially considering the low quantity and the high prices. The ambiance though is quite good, very comfy and is quite spacious with enough rooms between tables. Also has a nice and comfy sofa at the edges for that comfortable evening date.
Overall a good dining experience, good service and good food.