Mahec is the acronym for Modern Authentic Hindustani Evolved Cuisine. The literal translation means fragrance, and that is the perfect name for an Indian restaurant as Indian cuisine has many spices and fragrances. Mahec is located in Le Meriden, Garhoud. The property is huge and has around 15 restaurants (spoilt for choice).
The moment you reach Mahec, you are welcomed by a warm smiling staff who takes you to your table.The ambiance is soothing and contemporary. The color blue is used in almost every corner of the restaurant. I love the way the restaurant is divided - It has an open bar, a lavish pub setting, and fine dine concept. The muted interiors with modern furniture makes for a relaxed setting. I loved the overhead chandeliers and the empty wine bottles that adorned the wall.
We were warmly welcomed by the staff and seated comfortably. As soon as we were comfortable, Chef Asif was kind enough to come and speak with us and took away the most difficult task of the evening - ordering food off our hands, and I was glad he did so. He specifically asked our likes, dislikes, allergies, spice tolerance etc, so as to customize our food.
We relaxed completely, sat back and enjoyed the recommendations.
We started our evening with Bollywood Sangria and Smoky Mahua. I love my Sangrias, and thoroughly enjoyed mine throughout the evening.
For pre- starters we were offered Aloo pappdi chaat & Lemon pepper shooter. The aloo chaat was everything it should be and took me back to Bombay, the lemon pepper shooter was lit, literally. It was refreshing and just the peefect start.
For starters we were presented a beautiful plate of Paneer asparagus roll, Makhmali Murg tikka, Tandoori Suva Machi, Lamb Chop. Paneer Asparagus roll is one of the signature dishes – with thin slices of cottage cheese mrolled with spiced potatoes and asparagus. Makhmali Murg or malai chicken was chicken marinated in cashew, youghurt and cream cheese – it was simply luscious and juicy. My favorite of the lot was Suva machi which was dill flavored hammour.
We replenished our drinks with the signature Masala gin Jaljeera – which is a true blue Indian drink. If you don’t particularly like the taste of Jaljeera then this drink is definitely not for you. But for those Jaljeera enthusiasts like myself, this drink was amazing. We followed up with Jager bomb and whisky infuse.
Our main course was an assorted thali that had – Lamb Biriyani (Should definitely try this), Goan prawn curry, Zaika Gosht, Dal Makhani, Chicken Tikka Masala, Cheese Naan, Garlic naan & Paratha.
The lamb biryani was sumptuous and delectable – I just wanted to sit and keep eating the biryani. I’m a huge fan of rice, probably the South Indian factor, and I just kept devouring the biryani. The Goan prawn curry is a seafood lover’s delight – prawns was cooked in cocnut and tamarind spicy gravy with red chillies. The gravy was so creamy and smooth (I’m drooling just thinking about it) – It’s a must have.
Desserts are the perfect way to wind up a fabulous dinner and we were offered a dessert plate with Rasmalai, Gulab Jamun & Kulfi Malai. All three are among my favorite desserts. Well, if you are Indian, you can’t just have one favorite dessert. I loved how warm and delectable the gulab jamuns were, coupled with the cold Kulfi malai – it did make for a good combination.
But for me the icing on the cake was the surprise from the Mahec team. It was such a thoughtful gesture on their part to have celebrated my birthday with an amazing chocolate pastry, and they also made it extra special by singing along. Trust them to ensure that you have an amazing time at their restaurant. I couldn’t thank the team at Mahec enough for their wonderful gesture.
Mahec tastefully evokes the rich flavors of Indian cuisine. You can sense that each dish that is bought to your table is crafted with love. The meat is succulent, the seafood is fresh and the biryani’s are full of flavor and are soulful.
It’s not just the food that is exemplary, but the service and the staff. The service is prompt, the staff is so welcoming and helpful, that it makes your entire experience beautiful and makes you want to go back again.
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