Tuesday was my second Mystery Meet, a foodie meet-up (aka 4 course dinner party) which takes place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. You buy a ticket online without knowing the location, then it is announced 24 hours before the meetup. Each time there are about 40 people, a random combination of foodies and food bloggers from Boston and surrounding areas that get together to talk about our favorite thing, FOOD! Some clues are given about the location in advance:
- Where East meets East
- This restaurant opened its doors earlier this year
- This restaurant recently got a new chef
The clues did nothing for me, I had no idea where we were meeting. Amanda from Kitchen Misfit tweeted that she knew the location right away, and she guessed right – Mumbai Chopstix. It made perfect sense, East meets East: Chinese and Indian fusion cuisine (if you couldn’t tell from the name).
I was thrilled about the physical location of the restaurant, because I conveniently work on the same block, but I’ll admit I was semi-disappointed about the restaurant choice. Since it opened, I have heard nothing but bad reviews about Mumbai Chopstix. Plus the Tavolo / Ashmont Grill Mystery Meet last month is a tough act to follow regardless. I remained optimistic though because a new chef could make all the difference.
The interior of Mumbai Chopstix is really nice. There are buddah’s everywhere, a dim red lighting, and a guy playing the sitar the whole time, an Indian stringed instrument that sounded really great and set ‘East meets East’ mood.
(forgive the quality of the photos – the red light made it hard to focus!!)
The first course was supposed to be similar to Indian street food. it was a mix of vegetables, potatoes, chickpeas and crispy noodles with a yogurt sauce. This was interesting… I’ve never had anything like it before. It was like a cold salad with a salty (soy sauce like), yogurty sauce. I would definitely get this again if I came back.
Then it started to get a little confusing. The menu told us we had a choice between two different soups and we ended up with one. Then the waiters took our order for the third course without asking about the second. The whole process was really unclear, which was so different from the last Mystery Meet where the service was flawless.
The hot and sour soup was pretty good. The great part about the soup was the broth, I could definitely taste both Chinese and Indian ingredients. They worked well together. What I didn’t like about the soup was the cup was only half full (as pictured above) and I would have liked a little more substance (veggies, chicken, anything).