|Framingham, MA location|
Last night my parents and I decided that we would try out a new hip restaurant: Chinese Mirch. I guess you can liken this to a bistro that is a fusion of Indian and Chinese food or as they describe it "Chinese food, Indian flavors"
Located in Framingham, MA right off Rt. 9, Chinese Mirch gives a good insight into Indo-Chinese food. The first thing that I immediately noticed, and enjoyed, was the decor. There is a strong mix of Asian influence with stark modern decor. My favorite part was the central booths, they are red lacquered in a S like formation. In the Framingham location, a large red lacquered wall separates the entrance from the dining area really adding to the ambiance. I would give the decor 5 stars. Fresh, unique, clean and to the point.
|This is NOT the Framingham location, but it looks very similar|
Now that decor has been discussed, let us delve into the most important part, food. There is a healthy selection of options when it comes to the menu. The restaurant has innovative dishes as well as drinks. They have a series of non-alcoholic drinks that makes the drink menu at your standard chain look dull. My mother and I got the Mirch Mojito; lemonade, ginger, mint and simple syrup. This was a delightful summery drink that we thoroughly enjoyed.
|Mirchi mojito and the hot & sour soup|
Starters: There was definitely many choices of soups and appetizers to chose from. The two that we decided to pick was: fried okra and hot & sour soup. As per my dad's statement, the soup was quite delicious. It was spicy and had a good kick of ginger to clear the throat. It looked good, so that is promising.
The fried okra was based on a strong recommendation from my uncle. He raved about the okra without giving away what was going on with the okra. Well I'm glad he didn't give it away because it was a delicious surprise! I had no idea someone could do that with okra. The basic concept of their fried okra was this: cut the okra length-wise, deep fry them (with no oily residue) and dust them with chaat masala. Then it is served with a slightly sweet sauce. I think it would be better if it was a bit spicy to off set the crispy-ness of the okra. But, voile you have something freakin' amazing! I would have to give this dish 4.5 stars.
Entrees: Everyone ordered their own dish: I ordered the Coriander Fish (per the suggestion of my momma), my father had the Szechuan Fried Rice with Veggies & Egg, and my momma ordered Wok Omelet with Green Chilies (served over plain fried rice) topped with vegetable stir fry.
|Yup, there's my thumb|
The Coriander Fish was really yummy. It reminded us of a Telugu dish made with eggplant. The fish was doused in a savory, but tart, spicy coriander sauce peppered with baby corn, water chestnuts and shredded green beans. It was accompanied with basmati rice. The fish was first deep fried and then put with the sauce. I thought it was a good move because then it added a new level of flavor to the mix. It was a bit too tart at times and I think they could hold off on the lemon a bit. I would give this 4 stars.
My daddio had the Szechuan Fried Rice, and he was really quite fond of this dish. He said that it had a good level of spicy and mix of flavors. However he complained that there wasn't enough egg or variety of vegetables in the dish. I would have to agree, there was clearly more rice to add-ins ratio happening in this dish. There were only peas and corn for vegetables, which really isn't adding enough variety or any for that matter, and only a sparse amount of eggs in the dish. Due to the lack of these, my dad gave this dish a 3.5. stars.
The final entree, ordered by my mom, was the Wok Omelet with Green Chilies, and sadly I believe this dish was a bit of a disappointment for her. I should tell you all know, she has quite a high tolerance for spice and had high expectations for this dish. This dish was given a 2 star rating for spice, and it did not meet her expectations. It probably would have been wise to ask for it to be made extra spicy because the star rating was catered towards the American palate. I can say that the dish did look delicious, but can looks be deceiving? It came in a lovely serving vessel with a pillow of rice on the bottom, a fluffy yellow omelet, and dressed with stir fry vegetables in a gravy. To add some needed heat, my mom asked for extra sauce and was given szechuan oil sauce. It looked quite intimidating, but apparently added the kick she was looking for. My momma gave this 3 stars.
|I'm not spicy enough!|
|I kick you! Highhhh ya!|
|Even if we aren't crazy about it, we will eat our money's worth!|
Desserts!: No meal can go without a nice sweet end. Chinese Mirch had a good selection of desserts to chose from. We each decided to go big and get our own desserts...I know big ballers!
I ordered the Molten Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream. Eeps was this good!! I mean you really can't go wrong when you combine warm decedent chocolate cake with cold velvety vanilla ice cream. The bottom of the plate was drizzled with raspberry sauce. I find nothing better than chocolate and raspberries, it was seriously an excellent dessert. This hit the spot and I was totally not able to finish it because I ate the majority of my entree and was feeling the food baby kick.
My mom ordered something that I think made her happier than her entree, Chilled Bengal Lychees with Vanilla Ice Cream. For those who don't know, lychee is an exotic fruit that its a smaller than a golf ball, has a bumpy red exterior and a white-ish/semi-translucent interior with a large cylindrical brown seeds.
|Exotic with a cherry on top!|
Finally, my dad ordered the Mango Mousse Shooter Topped with Whipped Cream. I think he really liked this, then again he has a severe sweet tooth that just about anything can satisfy. Ending any Indian-esq meal with mango is always utterly satisfying and I imagine this satisfied the need.
Overall the restaurant was a okay. There are definitely things that they could work on. One of those should be price. I know this is being marketed as a hip bistro, but the price is a bit high for the quality of food offered. On average appetizers were priced from 6 to 10 dollars, entrees were from 11 to 18 dollars and desserts were around 8 bucks. I think there was a bit of inflation with prices. Drinks themselves were also a bit expensive and didn't seem necessary considered they had no alcohol in them. I'm not being a lush here, I'm just saying drink shouldn't be expensive when they don't have expensive ingredients in them....
If you haven't had Indo-Chinese food, then Chinese Mirch would be a good place for you to go to. They have a wide variety of foods to deal with all diets and needs. I don't know if I would frequent this place like I do some other restaurants, but at least one visit will give you a good picture.