Punekars are really having a good time with so many options to choose from when it comes to restaurants. The newest place to pop up is Mandarin & Mirchi at Ishanya Mall. Before we dive into the food served here, lets check what the management has to say.
What the Management has to say
After launching three successful brands in Pune (The Sassy Spoon, Sassy Teaspoon and Baraza Bars & Bites) The Chocolate Spoon Co. Pvt Ltd brings to Pune a brand new concept Mandarin & Mircchi.
This brand was created with the idea of offering foodies two of the most popular cuisines for dining out in India : Pan-Asian and Indian. Mandarin & Mircchi gives guests a choice of both individual palates.
This uniquely designed eighty+ seater is spread over approx.1800 square feet and has used intricate origami extensively as a signature décor element. Beautiful origami lampshades illuminate the restaurant. Two origami murals depicting India and China have been beautifully created out of satin and paper on two large walls at either end of the space. A beautiful peacock and a fiery dragon represent the cuisines that will be served here. The ambience is warm and inviting with simple restaurant style seating and brick undertones to add to the casual, stylish vibe.
“An Indian and an Asian restaurant were both in the pipeline for us and then we decided to combine both the cuisines into one restaurant. After several brainstorming sessions with our ad agency did we finally find a name that truly reflected the cuisines and vibe we wished to convey, and thus Mandarin & Mircchi came about. The thought was to offer the finest dishes of two of the most popular cuisines (Asian and Indian) in the same restaurant, from specially differentiated kitchens,“ says Rachel Goenka, Founder, Mandarin & Mircchi.
Head Chef, Pune, Gautum Samel, Executive Chef, Amit Bhatia and Restaurateur & CEO Rachel Goenka
The menu is pocket friendly and ensures value for money. While food is something one must look forward to, the beverage menu (designed by in-house Mixologist Pranav Mody), has a lot to offer too. Drinks like Green Fizz ( non-alcoholic), M&M Mary ( non-alcoholic & alcoholic), Paan BanarasiWalla ( non-alcoholic & alcoholic), Berry Bunny (alcoholic), Gingerbread Man ( alcoholic ), etc. will be fun combinations to sip on while enjoying your meal.
Chef Gautam Samel has worked at The Sassy Spoon outlets in Mumbai for over 2 years and is the head chef for Pune. He has been an integral part of the menu curation. His previous experience working at Indigo, Yauatcha and Hakkasa
We started our meal with their mocktails.
Coffee Cooler: Absolutely fantastic mocktail. It had espresso, vanilla, citrus mix, fizz done so neatly. The coffee taste and aroma blended so perfectly with other ingredients. Loved it. I ended up having two of them. However the second one was with rum and it seriously did wonders.
Pan Banarasi Wala: An absolute stunner of a mocktail provided you like the feeling of having liquid pan. It’s the exact replica of all the flavors of a banarasi pan transformed and presented in glass. The presentation too makes it very appealing.
Prawn Tempura: The place described the dish as tempura of prawns served with sauce and grated daikon. Daikon also known by many other names depending on context, is a mild-flavored winter radish usually characterized by fast-growing leaves and a long, white, napiform root. Where as tempura is a classical Portuguese dish brought to and popularized by Japan, consisting of seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep fried. The dish served here was bland for my taste buds, however the prawns were cooked to perfection which made me enjoy the dish!
Carrot and Turnip cake: An absolute stunner of a vegetarian appetizer, this item was lip-smacking delicious. At first it does not give a very appealing impression based on it’s presentation, however, after having the first bite you will completely fall for the dish. You will be clueless what exactly are you having. The outer covering being crispy gives a feeling of an deep fried bread. The turnip or white turnip is a root vegetable commonly grown in temperate climates worldwide for its white, bulbous taproot. The chili garlic mixture gives it a fantastic taste. The soft inside of the cake melts in your mouth and the total experience is totally worth the price.
Dahi kebab: A superb compact mixture of cottage cheese, hung curd and spices. It was made with so much precision, that we were actually staring at it’s beauty. It felt like having a art work in hand. THe outer cripsy covering made up for the ultra soft smooth inner dahi mixture with spices and wonderful aroma.
Stuffed Bombil Fry: An absolute favorite item here. The crispy covering enveloping the bombil fry inside it did a wonderful job, however the covering could have been a little less thick. Taste-wise spot on. It was marinated with coconut chutney and stuffed with prawns which is difficult to take a guess as the bombil taste was overpowering the prawns.
Classic Salt and Pepper – Squid: We opted for the squid one, as we had a option to choose between aquid and prawns. The taste is pretty simple and enjoyable. The Squid was stir fried with sweet corn, green bell peppers, garlic and spring onions.
Chicken Chettinad: A very nice authentic style of chettinad served with chunks of nice succulent chicken gave a very nice feeling when had with the appam.
Rabdi Mousse: An absolute stunner of a dessert item served here. It was super soft, the rabdi flavor was so neatly done that’s way to difficult to express it. The sweetness level as expected was relatively high but what else can one expect? A must have dessert item here!
To conclude, Mandarin & Mirchi is a wonderful option if you happen to visit Ishanya mall. The place serves two cuisines under one roof. Unlike other multi-cuisine restaurant, the unique thing here is they have two separate kitchen for the two cuisines, two specialized chefs for each. A very happy and enjoyable experience at this place!
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