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Fine Dine – Mulund Restaurant Review

November 30, 2006

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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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Mayur permalink
    February 16, 2007 3:30 pm

    Thanks for the review of Fine Dine. I was planning to visit this restaurant. But after reading your review, it has saved my time & money.

  2. Amit permalink
    February 19, 2007 5:53 pm

    Thanks from my side too. Even I was planning to visit at this restaurant soon. But a big NO now!

  3. senthil permalink
    June 24, 2007 6:32 pm

    Thanks for the review. I had planed to give a birthday treat to my friends in Fine Dine. But after reading your review, i will give a second thought.

  4. John L permalink
    June 28, 2007 2:44 pm

    The decor is great. I can’t say much about the food because I don’t have great taste buds. Ultimately it didn’t feel like a good bargain or value for money.

  5. Vinay permalink
    September 12, 2007 12:02 pm

    We had gone to this place in Mulund. While the family was waiting at the ground floor, when my brother went to enquire about the space availability, he was told that sufficient space is there and no need for any booking. However, when we came upstairs in exactly 5 minutes, we were told that we would have to wait for 15 – 20 min. approximately. Even after 40 minutes we were not given place. They were seeing that we had an infant and a kid with us and still seats were offered to people who came mid-way. We were not offered even water during our waiting period. The final nail in the coffin was when a table of 7 was getting empty and we were told that you will be given that place and it was given to somebody else who had come inside just 1 min. ago on the pretext that their group is bigger and we would have to sit for 10 more minutes as a table of 4 is getting cleared. The situation was so bad that one family who was sitting in front came to us and told us that they are seeing our agony and they would try to eat food fast and empty the place in 5 min. Enough was enough and we decided to leave the place with a very bad taste. Interesting part was that no one came to us even for the sake of formality to request us to re-consider our decision. Any amount of good food goes waste if you are not able to treat your guests properly.

  6. September 12, 2007 12:29 pm

    Thanks Vinay for sharing your experience.
    What beats me is that people still go in such great numbers to the place. We have never gone after that initial bad experience. But I do think there is a limited choice for people who want a good meal. But if you ask me, I would prefer going to a restaurant I like repeatedly, rather than wanting a variety for the sake of variety.
    These same people run Rajdhani and the restaurant is far better.

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