What: Mi Maratha
where: Iqbal Manzil, opposite A to Z Industrial Estate, GK Marg, Lower Parel
Call: 022 24930345
What’s on the menu: Sea food
When a restaurant calls itself ‘Mi Maratha’, it doesn’t leave much to imagination with regards to the cuisine served inside. And although this crowded restaurant at Lower Parel lane is only a few weeks old, it already seems to have made a reputation among locals. Getting a table during work hours is quite tough and on weekends, it is better you walk in before ‘rush hour’ (9 pm onwards). So we landed there by 7 pm on a Saturday to beat the crowds. First things first, despite the fancy name and plush surroundings, don’t walk in expecting a fine dining restaurant. Once seated, we find, as expected, dishes usually associated with Maharashtrian cuisine.
It is only then that its seafood leanings become apparent. Though this particular cuisine offers several options among vegetarian dishes, Mi Maratha has a limited selection on offer. Fish eaters, on the other hand have a lot to choose, from prawns and bombil to crabs and pomfrets. If you want to sample a bit of everything, the thali seems a good bet. We opted for a veg thali (Rs95) and a jhinga thali (Rs175). And to try some special Maharashtrian dishes, we also called for Bharli Wangi (Rs70) and Chicken Kolhapuri (Rs120). The veg thali came with two sabjis, rice, sol kadi, and a sweet, which apparently changes every month. The jhinga thali, on the other hand, has fried prawns, a fish curry, sol kadi, a veggie dish and rice. The portions were generous, though a little oily. The jhinga was fresh and with 10 pieces of medium size in the plate, was good value for money.
The Bharli Wangi had a home cooked feel to it, while the Chicken Kolhapuri set our throats on fire a la traditional style that only a quick sip of the tasty sol kadi could douse. We left the venue feeling satisfied with the food, and that’s never a bad thing.
What we like
What we don’t like
Few vegetarian options