It is true that with so many authentic Italian restaurants mushrooming up in Mumbai, the competition is really getting tougher day by day. When there are too many good places to go and you have Italian cuisine in your mind, Le Mangii is one of the preferred choices for many Mumbaiites. Le Mangii at Lower Parel recently celebrated pre-valentine’s bash by inviting almost 32 foodies with their respective valentines! Sameer Malkani, the person behind the Food Bloggers Association of India, and his wife, Salloni Mirchandani Malkani, made all the foodies feel really like a close-knit family. The staff at Le Mangii, Lower Parel, was extremely polite. Special thanks to Simmer, for this wonderful foodie meet-up.
The Italian café, in two floors, has an awesome space upstairs. As we climbed up the stairs, a mystic air of romance surrounded us as we looked at the beautifully decorated brick walls with heart-shaped red balloons. The magnetizing atmosphere welcomed us instantly to a grand night ahead, full of fun, conversation, food and drinks. The 30-feet-high, white, transluscent ceiling makes the interiors pleasantly and naturally well-lit during daytime, and creates a cozy ambience during the evening. The décor, complete with brick walls with thoughtful lighting and a beautiful island bar at the centre, makes Le Mangii at Lower Parel a favored place to spend some wonderful time with your loved ones.
As my husband AN and I found ourselves a comfortable place, we were offered Mojito (as our cocktail option) to relax ourselves from the stress build-up during the day. The soft lighting and the perky music at the backdrop were in sync to create a warm and friendly vibe, and this was truly contagious!
Soon the floor was abuzz with foodies. As the gust of flavours of wood-fired pizzas started building up around us, a number of starters made their entry, one after another. The first pizza was a vegetarian one, with sun-dried tomatoes and zucchini in it. Wow, it was just the right thing to kickstart the evening!
The wonderful riot of flavours in all the different kinds of wood-fired pizzas made us appreciate the fact that there can be so many variations possible with the toppings.
We loved these three flavours the most:
- The pepperoni pizza, studded with black olives.
- Spicy Peri Peri chicken pizza.
- Pork salami pizza.
There were other interesting starters too. The prawns were juicy and cooked perfectly. The poppy-seed-crusted chicken skewers with a lovely French remoulade sauce was our favourite among the non-pizza starters. It was presented very well and was succulent from inside and crunchy from outside. My valentine loved it!
The prawn and calamari fritti was another star performer in the evening. The Mediterranean grilled halloumi cheese was good, but could have been better. I skipped starters like falafel, as I was more in mood to try the Italian food here.
There were interesting games to make the evening more exciting. We were given a pen and a paper each and were told to write a wacky sentence using the words pizza, cheese and pasta. It was good fun, as we were just given five minutes to do so. Then followed a stand-up comedy, which made everyone laugh in chorus.
Although one of the thin-crust pizzas lost its crunch a bit sooner, each and every starter excelled in taste. As it was getting late and we were pressed for time, we left the venue without trying the main course and the desserts. More promptness by the well-informed and attentive staff would be my only advice.
Le Mangii at Lower Parel is a must visit for all the Italian food enthusiasts out there, especially the pizza-lovers. We really liked their flavorsome wood-fired pizzas, and the chic and comfortable ambience made the whole experience a memorable one. A lively gathering place with good food: Le Mangii is here to stay!
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