A few nights ago, I visited Mangiamo in Bandra. I had seen this place plenty of times while travelling around Bandra but never managed to go there. With so many dining options stone’s throw away from each other in Bandra, Mangiamo is located rather oddly near Notan Heights.
The restaurant is quite beautiful with really nice interiors and plush seating. The warm ambient lights enhance the interiors and make it a nice place to go with a loved one. Romantic dinner for two, anyone?
We quickly found our table and ordered some cocktails to start with. I ordered the Whiskey Sour which was served in a tall glass with cherry and lime. I haven’t seen this anywhere before but the bartender said that that’s the way they serve it there. It tasted little more like a whiskey based Mojito to me. The second drink was really refreshing. It’s a nice twist to the Old Fashioned and I definitely recommend it. The orange peel and sugar cube taste amazing with the whiskey. Must try.
For appetizers we ordered the batter fried zucchini and onion rings served with tartar sauce. The light and crunchy batter could have been seasoned a little more and maybe some herb could have been a nice touch. I was very happy with the portion and with the cocktails it tasted really good. Just one advice – don’t let it get cold!
Next dish was another appetizer of grilled asparagus wrapped in Parma ham and topped with melted cheese. This was my favourite. The asparagus was fresh and perfectly grilled and the Parma ham was just delicious.
Next up, Fusilli Di Mare which was a seafood pasta in tomato sauce. The sauce tasted great but the calamari was overcooked.
The Risotto Cantadoni was a let down. The rice was overcooked and even the Italian sausage couldn’t salvage the dish.
Something that everybody raved about was the pizza at Mangiamo. Unfortunately, compared to all the great pizza places that are there in Bombay now, this one does not lead the pack. The sauce is bland and the toppings just don’t shine. The only flavour is because of the wood fire oven. I do not recommend this place if you’re looking for a great pizza.
The honey grilled salmon with asparagus, mashed potatoes and fennel sauce was a disaster. When I read the description, I really wanted to order it. I absolutely love salmon. However, we couldn’t muster up the courage to eat more than two bites because the fish just wasn’t fresh. The fishy taste was a big turn off.
I almost always order a steak at a restaurant because it reflects the chef’s knowledge about how to treat red meat properly. The grilled tenderloin with buttered vegetables was absolutely delicious and cooked medium rare (more towards the medium side). Another interesting beef dish is the Cacciatore Di Manzo which is basically hunter style cooked tenderloin that is slow cooked in a tomato sauce with wild mushrooms. I didn’t try it but it does look interesting.
After all this food, we ordered the tiramisu for dessert. Three words – OH. MY. GOD. Definitely try this dessert. One portion may be too little.
Would I recommend this place? Yes and no. It’s a nice place to grab a few drinks and nibble on the appetizers. Stay away from the pizza though. And the tiramisu is just brilliant.