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Mirchi Hicksville Review
Mirchi407 S Broadway
Hicksville, NY 11801
Mirchi Hicksville Review: Not Worth ItIf you dare to call your Indian restaurant Mirchi (meaning Chilli), the least you can do is to ensure that your Chicken Biryani is spicy.
Having grown up in South India on a surfeit of Biryani, I swear that the Chicken Biryani yours truly had the misfortune of tasting at Mirchi Hicksville was an impostor, a spiceless travesty.
A punishment, if you ask me!
Mirchi - Recent Hicksville AdditionLocated behind the giant Patel Brothers Indian grocery store on South Broadway in Hicksville, Mirchi is the newest addition to the crowded Indian restaurant scene in Hicksville on Long Island.
The RT-107/S.Broadway stretch from the Hicksville train station to Patel Brothers teems with Indian restaurants serving North Indian and South Indian food, an assortment of desi sweets and Chaat.
Like its next door neighbor Diwan, Mirchi offers all-you-can-eat buffet for lunch and a la carte menu for dinner.
Having dined at most Indian restaurants in Hicksville on multiple occasions, I must say that Mirchi's food ranks among the worst.
It's a shame that despite bearing the name Mirchi, most of the items I tasted were not in least bit spicy or flavorful.
I indulged in Mirchi's lunch buffet on a recent week-day and here is my take on it:
AppetizersDuring my visit, appetizers included Chicken 65, Gobi 65, Alu Bajji and Tandoori Chicken.
Chicken 65 was not in the least bit spicy nor was it flavorful. It was the usual red monstrosity one encounters at most South Indian restaurants.
Tandoori Chicken was a bit dry but with above average marination.
The marination packed some South Indian flavor but was not spicy enough for my South Indian palate.
Alu Bajji was alright but nothing to rave about. It takes special effort to screw this one up.
Gobi 65 was crisp and tasty. I would have sung paeans to Mirchi's Gobi 65 had it been a tad more spicy.
Alu Bajji, Gobi 65
Chicken BiryaniWhat got my goat more than any other dish at Mirchi was the Chicken Biryani.
To its credit, Chicken pieces in Mirchi's Chicken Biryani were tender.
But what ruined the Chicken Biryani was its extremely low spice level.
The low heat level in the Chicken Biryani was a terrible disappointment to my South Indian palate and brought me close to tears.
Only a depraved sadistic fiend would name the restaurant Mirchi and serve an atrocity like a spiceless Chicken Biryani to paying diners!
Chicken Biryani, Chicken 65, Tandoori Chicken, Gongura Chutney
If you crave a good flavorful, spicy Biryani like me, Dakshni Express on Oak Tree Rd in Edison and Persis Biryani in Hamilton, NJ are da places for any Indian Biryani aficionado.
Veg EntreesChettinad Paneer, Dal Palak, Beans Poriyal and Baingan Dahi were few of the other entrees at Mirchi's buffet station.
Chettinad Paneer, Dal Palak, Beans Poriyal
Paneer cubes were tender in Chettinad Paneer. That is the only good thing about it. But the accompanying gravy was a mess because it was extremely spicy without a proportionate salt level.
I wondered if the Chettinad Paneer was prepared by a barber.
Beans Poriyal was good but could have done with little more coconut.
Dal Palak packed more than adequate flavor and I had no issues with it.
Gongura ChutneyI was happy to see Gongura Chutney. It's a rarity at most Indian restaurants in New York and New Jersey.
Gongura Chutney was spicy but not as sour as it should be. But I am not going to complain as good quality Gongura greens are not as ubiquitous as, say Spinach, in the U.S..
Naan BreadNaan bread was served hot at the table.
It was alright. No issues.
DessertsDesserts included Pineapple Kesari and cut fruits.
Pineapple Kesari packed right amount of sugar but I found it lacking a bit in ghee.
Ambiance and ServiceService at Mirchi is below par.
The waiters were constantly fiddling with the burners at the buffet station rather than attending to paying diners.
Also, I was surprised the restaurant fails to stock Dr.Pepper soda!
Mirchi's ambiance is pedestrian with pictures of Red Fort and India map on the walls.
The restaurant was clean and silver placed on a paper mat.
Mirchi Hicksville RatingMirchi is merely the latest mediocre Indian restaurant to attack Indian taste-buds at Hicksville!
Chicken Biryani and much of what I tasted at Mirchi Hicksville left me extremely disappointed.
It's unlikely you'll find me at Mirchi Hicksville any time soon. - © LongIslandIndia.com
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