Given that Bandra is still digesting the fact that Club Nine has shut, it will take some time for Mosate to sink into its predecessor’s shoes. Having brought an interesting and authentic menu to the table, Mosate (the Thai expression for a royal village) scores on its aesthetically manicured interiors. Yellow lighting, wooden furniture and Thai curios give it the intended look.
We ordered the Yakitori Chicken Skewers (Rs 200) a delicious Japanese preparation of tender cooked meat punctured by eight skewers, pressed against sautéed spring onion bits. Next, came the Vietnamese Pho Bowl with Rice Noodles, traditional toppings of Mint Leaves, Coriander and Sprouts (Rs130).
This clear soup, that served two, had a subtle flavour and didn’t impose a strong artificially added taste.
The Roasted Vegetarian Dim sum (Rs 200), All Mushroom Dumplings (Rs 225), and Prawn and Spring Onion Dimsum (Rs 300), were interesting and unusual.
We picked the Spinach Burnt Garlic and Cheese Momo (Rs 255). Unusually bland, we figured it might have been the result of mixing cheese and spinach, avoiding traditional Indian spices in an attempt to keep it authentic Thai. But soaking it in burnt garlic sauce made for a pleasant change.
Heralded as the suburb’s Thai joint, we had to try out the Spicy Thai Green Curry (Rs 290) — only to regret it. We ordered a Prawn Farang Stir Fried with Broccoli, Mushrooms and Oyster sauce (Rs 300) and a Burnt Garlic and Coriander Rice (Rs 130).
Those who have experimented with ready-made Thai Curry mixes will know where this one came from. The tiny grains of the so-called burnt garlic rice did not stand up to its hype. Negligible amounts of garlic and coriander, being a subtle addition, didn’t give the rice any flavour at all. If only we had known that the Prawn dish was going to save the day, we would have left these for the end. Tender and well cooked, the seafood tasted fresh.
A limited and unimaginative alcohol menu was on offer. They failed miserably at the Long Island Ice Tea test. We’re pretty sure they forgot the mixers.
And they forgot to mention lots on the menu as well, which is why we ended up having to ask the waiter for suggestions. Too much work.