Mumbai Chopstix is a Tease

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I’ve got good news and bad news for Bostonians. The good news is that an Indo-Chinese restaurant, Mumbai Chopstix, has finally arrived. The bad news: the food is not really up to par and will leave you feeling teased rather than satisfied.

Steamed Vegetable Momohs

At Mumbai Chopstix, the execution of the food is poor and the service mediocre. I tried several of the dishes. Among the starters, I had the vegetable momohs, the “authentic” bhel, and the papaya and mango salad. The steamed vegetable momohs (dumplings) were terrible. The wrapping was undercooked so that the texture was doughy and tough. The immediate taste to overwhelm your palatte was that of raw dough…a flavor which permeates and persists in the mouth. The filling was tolerable but lacked any personality.  The “authentic” bhel was unimpressive as well. Though the presentation was beautiful – a tower of rice puffs capped with a puri (fried bread dough) holding sweet chutney, yogurt and sev (a fried snack shape like thin noodles) – the bhel was far from authentic and was actually a bit dry and dull in flavor. The papaya and mango salad succeeded more as a side salad than as an appetizer salad. It provided a much needed cooling respite from the overpowering spiciness of the entrées. It was crunchy and acidic and tasted almost like pickled vegetables. The few mangos in the salad gave the dish a much needed brightness and tang and in fact, I could have used a few more of those mangos in my salad.

Papaya and Mango Salad

As for the entrées, I sampled the vegetable Manchurian, the vegetable Hakka noodles, the chili garlic noodles, the lachew cauliflower and the chili paneer. The vegetable Manchurian was the absolute biggest disappointment on the menu. This dish is my favorite item when it comes to Indo-Chinese so my disappointment was magnified. Usually, the dumplings in this dish consist of steamed cabbage, carrots and onions that have been loosely bound together with flavoring agents, eggs or boiled rice and flour. They should be slightly crispy and golden brown on the outside but fluffy, light and slightly chewy on the inside. If I had to guess, I would say the Manchurian dumplings at Mumbai Chopstix were made out of frozen veggie burgers that they cut up and rolled into balls and then fried. They were extremely dense and tasted like soy and mushrooms: simply awful. The vegetable Hakka noodles and the chili garlic noodles fared much better. They were very similar to each other, but the Hakka noodles had a tomato-based chili sauce on them while the chili garlic noodles were coated in a black pepper sauce. Both of these noodle items were extremely spicy. The lachew cauliflower was one of the better items on the dish. It had the crispy texture on the outside that I was looking for. It was much less spicy than the other dishes, so probably more appealing to a wider audience. The chili paneer, however, was the highlight of the show. Again, it was quite spicy. But the paneer was cooked exactly how it should be – soft with a bit of resistance to the teeth. And it had a great brightness and acidity to the flavor that was lacking in most of the other dishes.

chili paneer, vegetable Hakka noodles, and chili garlic noodles

Aside from the food, the drinks were surprisingly good. I would especially recommend the lychee Bellini. The service on the other hand, was not so great. The waiter who served us mumbled and could not be understood by a single person at our table. He also seemed like he didn’t care all that much.

Overall, if you are having a tsunami craving for Indo-Chinese where you are considering going to NYC to get your fix, then you can stop in at Mumbai Chopstix and order the chili paneer and one the noodle dishes. If you are keen on any other item, I recommend skipping this place and planning your next trip to NYC.  Or better yet, have a party, invite your friends and cater it from Bombay Club, which will provide you with what you are looking for.

Mumbai Chopstix
254 Newbury Street (between Fairfield and Gloucester)
617-927-4444

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One Response to “Mumbai Chopstix is a Tease”

  1. SAmii Says:

    Coming soon Chinese Mirch check http://www.chinesemirch.com and stay tuned.

    Chinese Mirch originally from NYC

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