‘Friday karaoke – win exiting [sic] prizes!’ flashes an electronic message board above the dancefloor at It’s Mirchi. Indeed, exiting this relatively new Indian restaurant may be high on your agenda for the very reason that it has: a) a dancefloor, and b) karaoke.
But hold it just there – it also has a well stocked bar, preposterously ornate chaise longs, looped Bollywood films on flat screens and a comprehensive Indian buffet... come back, where are you going? Like a fire juggler feeding a baby,
It’s Mirchi has probably bitten off more than it can chew, but if you arrive before the action begins (any time prior to 10.30pm is your best bet), you can sample the à la carte menu without subjecting yourself to the onslaught of entertainment. Each table has a built-in barbecue, but if you don’t fancy the fuss, opt for the fish koliwada, a traditional favourite of Malvani cuisine.
The fried pomfret is crisp and spicy on the outside, moist and fluffy on the inside, and wonderful with lashings of green raita sauce. Whether you like Bollywood or not, you’re bound to become engrossed in some kind of girl-meets-boy song and dance routine on a nearby flat screen before the Hyderabadi chicken arrives.
Get stuck into the dark and devilishly hot curry with flaps of garlic-studded naan bread, but make sure you wolf it down before that bloke in the Saturday Night Fever suit and hairy chest wig grabs the microphone.
Unless, of course, that bloke is you.