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Dadar, the middle-class stronghold in Mumbai, is often ignored by new restaurateurs in their quest for a SoBo or Bandra address. So it was a pleasant surprise to see a modern Asian restaurant open doors in a neighbourhood that seriously lacks fun places. Launched just over a month ago, MRP (My Regular Place) is already packing in the crowds, especially in the evenings.

The good stuff

MRP has a fun, lively vibe with its old-school, gaming-room décor: There are board games at every table, playing cards, a giant Jenga set and darts. Service is attentive and friendly.

The bar menu is extensive, with cocktails, wines, hard liquor and sake. On offer are drinks (including imported liquor) sold by the bottle or half, and priced at the MRP, or maximum retail price, provided your food bill averages at least 750 per person. The house cocktails sounded inventive and both our drinks were fantastic (and potent). The Japanese Onsen ( 300) was a peachy tequila-based drink infused with gari (the pickled young ginger commonly served with sushi), and topped with egg-white foam. The Chi ( 250) was a refreshing kaffir lime-infused, white rum-based cocktail with a dash of oolong tea and lime. A kaffir lime leaf folded into a cone was perched on the rim of the glass, so every sip of the drink reinforced the citrus aromas.

The food menu has many options for vegetarians and the dishes are moderately priced. We began with two soups. The Tom Yum (vegetarian, 160) was hot, spicy and one of the best versions of this soup that we have had in the city. The umami flavours of the Miso Dumpling Soup ( 225) were spot on, though the mushroom and tofu dumplings had disintegrated into the soup. We skipped the traditional bao menu and opted for the Broccoli and Tofu Ajillo ( 295), which was served with two toasted baos on the side. The broccoli and tofu were tossed in flavourful kaffir lime butter and, on its own, the mix was delicious. The flavours were a bit muted when combined with the bao, which was not toasted enough and was slightly chewy.

From the large plates, we picked the Tofu Yakitori ( 380). The tofu and scallion in teriyaki sauce was stellar; the tofu, in particular, was silken and of very good quality.

The not-so-good

The dim sums could have been more generously proportioned: Our Edamame & Truffle Oil Dim Sum ( 320) had just four tiny dim sums. While the covering was perfectly done, thin and almost see-through, there wasn’t much filling—and it left an unpleasant, bitter aftertaste.

Among the large plates, the Prawn & Fish Fajita ( 490) was an interesting concept: Two soft tortillas were served alongside a plate of assorted fillings. The prawns and fish were served in a tad salty Singaporean chilli sauce, the “Vietnamese" rice tasted like the fried rice dished out by your neighbourhood “Chindian" cart, and the wonton “crisps" were anything but crispy, and tasted of excess oil.

For dessert, we chose the Coconut Milk Panna Cotta ( 225). While the panna cotta itself was nicely done, the right amounts of firm and wobbly, the tropical fruit reduction swirling around it had too much pineapple (plus fresh pineapple cubes as garnish), and the flavours didn’t go well together. The tiny drops of mint oil in the reduction also didn’t do much for the dish, nor did the stale sesame tuile stuck at the top.

Talk plastic

Our meal—two cocktails, two soups, two dim sums, two small plates, two large plates and one dessert—cost 3,456, all inclusive.

MRP (My Regular Place), 20, Dharamputra, Pritam Estate (Ground floor of the Hotel Midtown Pritam), Dadar East (33126266). Open from noon- 1.30am.

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