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Mai Tai : Food, Fun & Friendly staff

Mai Tai, the American chain of Polynesian-themed bars, has been making waves in Mumbai for over a year now. The newest entrant is the one at Phoenix Market City Kurla. Trader’s Vic Mai Tai Lounge with its tiki carvings and wooden furniture, is indeed the perfect place to have a drink and dine at leisure. And yes, have fun too.

The Baked spinach and potato dip which Arup recommended seemed the perfect beginning. The melt in the mouth Parmesan cheese with spinach and potatoes, served with crisp garlic bread and pita bread, helped us whet our appetites. The chicken mince skewers had a delectable flavour which infused my senses. Aromatic and flavourful, these were a perfect combination with the dip. Other exciting options were Cho Cho skewers and Hawaiin Volcano sliders for meat lovers and Mai Tai crispy chicken for other non vegetarians. Vegetarians too had an array to choose from.

The large plates section too, had one spilt for choice. Burgers, Pan Asian fare- Jasmine rice with Thai curries, sandwiches, steaks. There was something for everyone. Tiki Falafel Burger, Wasabi crusted flat iron steak and Roasted Tomato Linguni, I thought were interesting and unusual.

From the grilled mains, we opted for the Jamaican Jerk Chicken. It came with the option of garlic mash, island pilaf or sautéed vegetables. Sauteed veggies were the right choice. Crunchy broccoli, zucchini, bell peppers were delicious and complimented the chicken wrapped in a divine sauce. I did not quite enjoy the fish burger as basa, does not appeal to my palate. But the burger was well-made and the spicy fires salvaged the situation.

Chef Ajay has an eye for detail and his presentation is impeccable. His world food menu is well-crafted and his flavours, authentic and robust and the ingredients fresh.

The warm chocolate bread pudding was the grand finale to an already lip-smacking meal. Soft and gooey, it just melt in our mouth and the banana slices on top made us feel less guilty

The bar menu is exhaustive, although we steered clear from cocktails that afternoon. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, the food lives up to your expectations. It is a lively, sun place to dine in. We had a nice laid back Sunday lunch. Am sure it is even more vibrant in the evenings. Check it out and enjoy.