first of all i've been dying to eat here since MIRCHI is another part of the fine TIFFIN/TIKKA/THALI group of healthy indian chow. so thanks for the 'rockin good' inspiration/kick in the pants!
we went in right when they opened today at noon (too bad they don't open earlier). we split three dishes, which was plenty for two.
we started with the medhu vada, which are cold, crisp and hollow lentil balls sprinkled with chopped cilantro, onions and i think white turnips. you dip them or spoon in a sweet chutney. very interesting and toothsome. not very spicy either.
next we had a potato/cumin chat. forget the name, it's not on the website. tasted like hush puppies and were shaped like tiny-holed doughnuts. these were accompanied by a tamarind and lentil sambar for dipping. this one had the spice you are looking for and in a good way. very warming and delicious. MIRCHI prides itself on authentic indian street foods most of all -- tho they have a full menu, drinks and the space has kind of a groovy club feel to it.
we finished up with the samosa chat, which turned out to be just the dish of the three to end with. what i think was a warm diced potato/lentil patty was covered with chickpeas, cilantro, chopped tomato and onions and bathed in a cool yogurt. it was warm, spicy sweet and cool at the same time in that way only good indian food can be.
we drank an interesting 'fresh' seltzer water soda with lime. you could order it sweet or salty. the sweet was not too sweet at all and very clear and refreshing. we also shared a freshly blended mango lassi while we ate. afterward, we had a ginger/honey tea and a fine chai tea each.
cost was exactly $30 w/o tip. also, you can order about anything on the menus if you want, not just the brunch menu items. that is, they give you the full menus too.
i spoke with and thanked the waiter and cook, both great guys and smooth professionals imo. sadly, we were the only ones in MIRCHI until we left, when a group of three came in. i hope they are busier than that normally, they certainly deserve to be it's a wonderful place.