We were actually targeting the restaurant next door for a Sunday lunch but since that was full. We decided to step in here, and did that change the whole course of the afternoon !!! What should have been a lovely Sunday family lunch suddenly transformed into a spectacular afternoon within minutes.
Mirchi and Mime is spectacular because almost all of its service staff is hearing and speech impaired. And why is that spectacular you ask? Because eating in a place like that somehow suddenly makes you much more aware about yourself. You don’t just have random conversations muttering instructions to your servers here. You know they are eagerly looking at you for any signs that you need help with the food or the menu and they want to be there to assist you. There is loads of eye contact acknowledging, thanking, smiling and that’s what makes it so amazing!!!
We clearly must have had a stumped look on our face which why I guess Ranjan (who is a part of the concept’s core team) decided to help us out explaining us the whole concept and how we can use the signs if we need help. How to read the menu, how to order etc. In their webisite , Mirchi and Mime mention a strong line – We have recruited our team based on their capabilities and not disabilities. Once you eat here,you truly begin to realize the significance of that line. Mirchi and Mime works with Dr Reddy’s Foundation as their training partners and they are also supported by NASEOH and Rochiram T. Thadani High School for the Hearing Handicapped.
But that’s not just it. Check out how creative their menu is!!! They have signs and then numbered dishes under every kind of assortment.
The ambiance here has a very cozy feel to it. The color story runs from soft creams and beige to warm browns with beautiful pieces bringing the place together. The menu itself is very very creative. Its compact but exploding with exotic ingredients. The presentation of the food is phenomenal and has a lot of attention paid to little detailing.
Like this mason jar served in the end of the meal with candy, I was almost jumping looking at how it looked. Though we did not order any drinks, I guess some of the drinks are served in these mason jars too.
The best part ( well, best for me) are the chutneys and pickles. We were served four different types of dips and they were all delectable. Our server even explained the ingredients of these dips with the flare and zest that was almost intoxicating.
You will love everything about this place – the windows which seem to have handwritten old letters stuck on them,
the open kitchen sizzling away all the time that you are there,
the wonderful food that will make to want to come again and finally the excitement of learning a new skill.
Do let me know if you visit here and enjoy yourself completely not just because you are helping a cause but also because it moves something inside you- creating happiness.