27th September 2015 – 12.30pm
Mumbai Mansion is trying to change the image of Indian cuisine.
We had a Living Social voucher deal. Booking was easy and I got a reminder email on the morning of the reservation but they didn’t seem to have our booking when we arrived. Other than the early confusion, the staff were very friendly and showed us to a table (which under the glass had a wooden carved map of India). The voucher deal was for the business lunch plus some ice cream. The business lunch gave five options for starters and mains. All of the choices sounded tempting. I went for tikka paneer followed by butter chicken and a naan My friend went for chicken tikka followed by lamb rogan josh and a naan. I also ordered a mango lassi as it was a sunny day and thought it would match my mood.
We didn’t have to wait long for our starters, as one would hope with a business lunch – even if it’s a Sunday. This definitely hit the mark and we could see the lean to fine dining. Both sets of food looked pretty on the plate. My paneer was delicious and the accompanying sauce really danced on the tastebuds, with a good hit of spice without being overpowering or too hot. The chicken tikka was also enjoyed. The sauce was fresher for that starter but still worked well with the chicken.
The curries then came out in little dishes and trays of neatly cut naans joined them. I have to say I was a little disappointed in the meat to sauce ratio in the curries. Whilst I understand that they were from the business menu, there was way too much sauce and only a handful on small pieces of meat, particularly in the butter chicken. That being said, we both enjoyed our curries (even if I ended up being somewhat jealous of the lamb rogan josh). The meat was well cooked and the sauces were delicious. The naans were exemplary.
The ice cream for dessert was actually surprisingly good, with plenty of flecks of vanilla in it. However, it’s not a dessert that is going to knock your socks off.
My quest for the perfect curry place might still continue but I was impressed enough with the food and ethos of Mumbai Mansion that I will be going back to try more from the main menu, or even try the tasting menu.
Food – 8/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 9/10
Overall – 32/40
Cost – £17 with voucher – 2x business lunch, mango lassi and diet coke. Full price £25.