If warm ambiance and a tasty Italian meal is what you’re after, head down to Mia Cucina in Powai, says Rhea Dhanbhoora
Mia Cucina in Bandra has never failed to bring a smile to my face with their warm, welcoming service and delicious food. But, the outlet at Andheri being a bit of a disappointment, I trudged down to Powai with forced scepticism.
The outlet in Powai is massive, with an impressive bar placed in the centre and a look and feel that is vintage. Brick walls, sprigs of green lining a side window, bar stools, warm lighting and a wall filled with antique radios, photo frames, archaic clocks —— the restaurant is perfect for a quiet dinner or a romantic date.
As expected from Mia Cucina, the service was well informed and willing to take over. So, I decided to trust our waiter’s advice and ordered the Bombil Fritto (`175) and Bruschetta Caponata (`175), both dishes I would never have ordered myself. Don’t underestimate their ability to serve up a surprise with the humble Bombay Duck, as the little pieces were deliciously coated, accompanied by a light salsa that didn’t overpower the flavour of the fish. The bruschetta was another surprise, loaded with Sicilian eggplant relish and mozzarella that melted in my mouth.
We also ordered Scallopine Di Maiale Alla Romana (`485), a dish of pan fried pork with mozzarella, prosciutto and roasted peppers. The thin slivers of pork look undersized but don’t let that fool you, they’re succulent and filling. My vegetarian dining companion opted for the Lasagne Tricolore (`475), which was baked pasta with spinach, artichokes and cherry tomatoes. It was very well made, but could have done with a few more artichokes.
Don’t skip out on desserts when you’re at Mia Cucina. From the aptly named Decadence Cake (`150) to the Apple Tart (`200) their desserts don’t disappoint. The only thing missing was a cocktail menu — but with all the wines available, we’re sure you won’t notice. They are also starting a sandwich and smoothie menu and have a selection of teas. Go ahead, become a regular. You won’t regret it.
Where Mia Cucina, Transocean Hose, Lake Boulevard Road, Hiranandani, Powai
Meal for two `1,000 (without alcohol)
Alcohol served Yes