Did you know that ‘Mirchi’ means chilli? That I did not know until my friend enlightened me when I told her I was coming here for a meal. With such a name, I expected the meal to be hell on my tongue and tummy. However, I was met with a pleasing variety of vibrant flavours.
The restaurant is painted in shades of gold and red. Together with dark tones of the furniture, it exudes a warm and welcoming ambience. This is a great place, be it if you are here with friends and family or for a business dinner. Everything, even the yoghurt, is made in-house.
Mango Lassi. This is such a typical girl’s drink! All of us went for the sweet ones. The men, on the other hand, tried the salty ones.
Chicken Dhaniya Soup ($7). A clear soup of chicken strips cooked with coriander, green chilli and whole spices. This is a home-cooked dish and since most Northern Indian restaurants in Singapore are rather up market, they do not serve it. I love the hint of spice from the green chilli!
Tandoori Aloo ($14). Hollowed potatoes stuffed with cottage cheese, herbs and cashew nuts. Although the potatoes look unassuming, the spiciness packs a punch!
Bombay Papdi Chaat ($7). Soft potato chunks tossed in tamarind chutney and mint yoghurt, served atop crisp crackers. A delicious mess! In India, this is a type of street food usually prepared on the spot and served on paper.
Chicken Seekh Kebab ($17). Tandoor cooked minced chicken marinated with aromatic herbs and ground spices, and mixed with onions for a unique crunch. Taste the richness of mustard seeds, cumin and paprika. This is best accompanied with the mint sauce.
Paneer Tikki ($9), another Indian street food. Homemade cottage cheese mixed with cumin, dried fruits, nuts and grated coconuts.
Prawn Chillli Masala ($24). Fresh prawns simmered in a rich and intense tomato gravy till semi dry consistency.
Vegetable Jaipuri ($13). A mix of carrots, cauliflowers, bell peppers, French beans and green peas cooked in tomato and onion gravy. Similar to the prawn masala, this traditional vegetable curry is cooked till semi-dry.
Butter Chicken ($17). A crowd pleaser of tandoor roasted chicken simmered with butter, tomatoes and cream, finished with fenugreek. This is a must-have at any Indian restaurant for me.
Bread Basket ($13). A selection of freshly baked plain, garlic and butter naans.
Biryani Rice ($7). Fluffy saffron basmati rice cooked “dum pukht” style with whole spices.
Kulfi ($8). Homemade traditional Indian ice cream with a delicate and refreshing sweetness. Choice of pistachio or mango. My friend who is from India said she would not pay $8 for this. I guess it is much cheaper in India.
Gulab Jamun ($7). Cheese dumplings immersed in scented sugar syrup. This was surprisingly bearable in its sweetness. Most of the time, I can only take a bite of this.
Mirchi @ Esplanade
8 Raffles Avenue #02-23,
Tel: 6334 5590
Opens daily from 1200-1500hrs and 1800-2300hrs.