Mirchi-Taste Of India

Tucked cosily within the domes of the Esplanade Mall is a taste of India waiting to be relished at Mirchi – Taste of India. The word ‘Mirchi’ means chilli in Hindi and is certainly apt for this restaurant which offers quite an array of spicy North Indian dishes that will award you an enjoyable time of feasting.


  • The Vibe
    This restaurant exudes intimacy with its low lighting and cosy interior of chocolate brown walls coupled with warm wood furnishings. Further enhancing the mood are the wispy brown drapes that hang from the ceiling of the restaurant and sweeps the floor below majestically, paired off with intricately carved Indian statues placed strategically around the large dining space. Radiating each table with a romantic glow are the lighted candles that are placed in the centre, which ups the intimacy level by another notch, as diners can relax and listen to some instrumental Indian percussions that play melodiously in the background.
  • The Food
    Start your Mirchi experience with an appetizer of Mirchi Ka Pakora, which is the specialty batter fried stuffed green chilli with potatoes. The potato which was stuffed in the chilli was lightly spiced giving the chilli more flavour. Surprisingly, this dish was not as fiery as expected, which is a good thing as one would not want his/her meal to be ruined by the appetizer.

    To taste a good variety of what the tandoor in Mirchi can offer, do order the Tandoori Platter which includes a colourful assortment of chicken, fish, mutton, cottage cheese and cauliflower. The myriad flavours and juiciness of the meats were nicely preserved, and complemented each other harmoniously while the cottage cheese and crunchy cauliflower afforded a slight recess to the robust tastes of the platter.

    Usher in the main course with the specialty Kadhai Jhinga, which is a fragrant dish of prawns cooked in tomato based gravy with capsicum and onions, and the Murg Tikka Masala, a chicken dish cooked in masala gravy. The big and succulent prawns were a definite two thumbs up. The spices used in this dish gave it a tantalising aroma and the gravy had a spicy yet slightly sour taste, which complimented the natural taste of the prawns.

    The Murg Tikka Masala was spicier than the Kadhai Jhinga but tasted just as amazing and were best accompanied with the light and fluffy naans that were served. I would recommend the sweet Kashmiri Naans if you wanna try something different from the usual garlic and butter naans. Bits of fruits and nuts were generously stuffed in between the naan and cooked to perfection making every bite you take flavourful.

    Ending our journey on a sweet note, we had two different Indian desserts, Kulfi, which is homemade ice-cream with pistachios and cashew nuts, and the ever so popular, Gulab Jhan. The Kulfi was a burst of flavours, from sweetness to refreshing. The Gulab Jhan on the other hand was just sheer sweetness and fully recommended for those with a really sweet tooth.

  • The Service
    The overall service was good as the team of waiters and waitresses were polite and helpful. And no, they were not decked in brown uniforms despite the theme as it would be pretty hard to spot them in the restaurant. Instead, they donned red uniforms and stood out against the brown interior.

The SD Food Advisor’s Take on Mirchi – Taste of India
If you are looking for an intimate dining destination for you and your partner, then Mirchi is the place for you. With a skilled team of chefs, the cuisine that this restaurant offers is pretty impressive. Paired off with an aura of intimacy and exoticness, dining at Mirchi is sure to be a memorable experience.

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