Mia Bella – Romantic Bar and Kitchen

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I was recently invited to the blogger tasting table at Mia Bella –  Romantic Kitchen and Bar in Hauz Khas village . 


Before I venture any further, a word for the ambience – Mia Bella is very strategically located near the tomb of Firozshah Tughlaq and overlooks the Hauz Khas (meaning royal lake ) which is an ancient reservoir converted into a lake. 

So one gets a beautiful view of the majestic domes of the tomb and the emerald waters of the lake and the clear blue skies while being seated at Mia Bella .The mezzanine floor offers the best view so try to have a seat over there when you visit .

It has warm wood furniture upholstered in cobalt blue shades with bright yellow cushions brightening up the whole place.


I was thirsty so the first thing I asked for was a glass of Classic Sangria .It had Cointreau ,red wine (Crucillon Tinto Red Wine ),Cognac and Orange juice with seasonal fruits ,Very refreshing and welcome !

I also tried a white wine from their collection – and found it to my liking .It was a Spanish Crucillon Blanche White Wine .


A vain female that I am , I could not resist trying another cocktail – Fountain of youth . It had a wonderful pinkish-red color and was served in a shot glass with a julienne of ginger on top . It had Bacardi white vodka with pomegranate juice and ginger juice.



Coming to starters I started with Roasted garlic and Cream of Mushroom soup which was basically mushrooms mixed with roasted garlic and infused with thyme and cooked very slowly it was very apt for winters very hearty and had great flavors of mushroom and garlic you could taste it in every bite it was served topped with cream and a slice of bread which I wish was a little thicker with more texture.
It set the mood for the evening .



I then  started with a salad of Red wine Poached Pear,Pomegranate seeds, baby lettuce and Feta cheese in a champagne vinaigrette the Feta Cheese added the right amount of saltiness to the sweetness of the Poached pear and the pomegranate seeds but it would have done well with a little bit of toasted nuts  for that crackling texture. 


Next I had Bruschettas and  they had four types of Bruschetta  – Mild cheddar and Caramelized onions,Olive Tapenade,Tomato and basil ,Chicken Caponata . 



The Olive Tapenade and Chicken Caponata stood out for the flavors.The Olive Tapenade had finally chopped olives capers with garlic and  olive oil and was placed on a crunchy slice of toasted bread .
The tomato and basil was fresh and juicy but the tomato sauce added to it made it little too sweet likewise the Mild Cheddar and Caramelized  onion and lettuce had messed up today which made it a little on the sweeter side.

The chicken Caponata had the right balance of chicken pieces,it was buttery and the herbs really gave it another dimension and was a clear favorite of the other foodies too.

Mia Bella Mojito ( Orange juice,cranberry juice and
 kiwi juice make it different from Classic Mint Mojito )



Among the Tapas, I tried the stuff mushroom with creamy leak sauce .The sauce was very good and the mushrooms were well done .It was delectable to the core and great with the accompanying white wine .


Next I moved onto the live grill section and opted for The grilled Mediterranean chicken kebabs with Tzatziki sauce. This was boneless chicken dice marinated in olive oil ,lemon juice, red wine vinegar, garlic ,basil ,thyme ,coriander black peppers and zucchini slices . It was a let down in terms of flavors , the chicken though chunky n juicy did not absorb the flavors well and was a little bland and also the smokiness was missing .





For mains we had wood fired Mediterranean pizza with artichokes and pesto – it was a classic thin crust pizza with the right amount of cheese and the artichokes were done to perfection. But I wished for a little more pesto flavor .


The wood fired three cheese and spinach pizza with sun dried tomatoes was very good . It had ricotta,Parmesan and mozzarella,I missed the fresh basil though .

UPSIDE DOWN PIZZAS              

Next on offer was  the Upside Down pizzas which is more like a pot pie with toppings under the pizza crust .The toppings or in this case the base or filling, is separately cooked in a pan and then it is topped with the crust and baked covered with a foil to avoid too much browning . 


They had a vegetarian one with the base of chunky pieces of  zucchini ,assorted peppers , mushrooms and olives.It was good but I did not find it as appealing as the regular pizza .


I felt the non-vegetarian upside down pizza with a filling of sausage and meat sauce was much better in taste .This was a true winter delicacy . 


Next , I tried the wild mushroom risotto . The risotto was creamy yet not mushy and had bold mushroom flavors . Quite good !In fact  I could visit this place only for this single dish .



Finally for deserts , I had a traditional tiramisu,the coffee infused sponge cake was soft and the Mascarpone cream was light and not dense with the right amount of sweetness set off perfectly with Kahlua .


Cookie and cream cheesecake – cookie base topped with a delectable chocolate brownie and topped with cheesecake.quite good to round off the sumptuous meal .


FINAL VERDICT –   Though the grin on my face says it all ,yet if i must really put it into figures , I shall rate this place 4/5 . Some things need fine tuning ,but rest of it really gives you a great experience .                                               

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