Fine Dine – Mulund Restaurant Review
Fine Dine is a restaurant located in Nirmal Lifestyle Mall at Mulund (a suburb in Mumbai) . The name sounded tantalizing and that was why we ventured into unknown territory. As we stepped in we were treated to a sparkling clean kitchen and a cosy ambience. Tasteful décor and tables spread out at a decent distance from each other. Long translcuscent curtains which afforded even more privacy. And good family crowd. We selected a table at the side, which had a view of the mall below through the thick glass French windows.
So far so good. The problem was the lighting. It was so dark that we couldn’t read the menu. On asking why, we were told the light was fused. We looked around and found more ‘fused’ lights. So we decided to stay put.
The menu was a disappointment. It was a very small menu with hardly any choice. For a restaurant which the waiter claimed had been around for one and a half years, this was surprising. However he offered to ‘make’ anything we asked for if we told him how to! And no, I am not joking.
Finally we ordered something akin to a peach and lemon mocktail, and it turned out to be very average. Then we ordered a ‘starters’ sea-food dish costing Rs 250/- and what we got were tiny amounts of mashed prawns with cheese stuffed into stale canapés. The canapés were burnt too, like the way something gets burnt when it heated time and again. We mentioned this to the waiter but he simply smiled and said nothing.
We decided to try pasta as it was being made right in front of us as a pasta counter. It wasn’t bad. In fact it was fairly tasty. The cook seemed to know what he was doing. I said ‘seemed’ because an hour later as we headed out of the place we got the aji-no-moto blues. The taste seemed had filled our mouths and our senses. It was horrible. I have never had so much aji-no-moto stuffed into me even at the worst Chinese place…and we had had pasta, not Chinese!
We were just two of us but we were presented with a bill of Rs 1300/- plus (we had packed some a dish of butter chicken to take home, which thankfully didn’t have aji-no-moto and my husband had had a bottle of beer.) We thought it high considering the poor quality of the food.
Later, I asked my neighbour (she had visited Fine Dine) what she thought of it. ‘Okay,’ she said. ‘The food was average and the service was average too.’ They had had Indian food.
The surprising thing was that the restaurant was crowded. Ofcourse it was a Sunday evening, but considering that the food was average and prices high, I wondered why.
I think that Fine Dine is either attracting newbies coming in every week-end (like us) or customers who want to give the place a chance. Whatever their reasons, we wouldn’t like to visit there again.
Update (august 2008): They have stopped their continential cuisine, when we check this month. Now they serve only Indian food, mostly north India.
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