There is such a thing as a quiet family outing with kids. How about sending the kids away to a gaming zone as you unwind at a bar café, far enough from the cacophony but close enough to troubleshoot?
With school vacations on, the scorching Delhi summer leaves little option but to stay indoors. SMAAASH’s Mighty Small Cafe and Bar, a recently-launched gaming zone, restaurant and bar makes room for adults and kids to take a much needed break.
The menu at the restaurant suits varying tastes and the cosy, cheery yet quiet ambiance is just the thing most parents are looking for. For something different yet familiar, the Makhani Fondue (Rs 250) is on top of the list. Strips of naan and chunks of bread greet you with a hot makhani gravy simmering on a fondue pot – just dip and go. The delicious gravy is reminiscent of butter chicken. The Chilli Chicken Tartlets (Rs 275) is another dish that leaves a lasting taste in your mouth, complete with the hit of chilli. These two dishes are part of the unfortunately named ‘Quick Runs’ on the menu, and are easy, finger food to snack on if you choose to join your kids in the gaming zone. The soft drinks menu is replete with a variety of thick shakes, fruit juices, and flavoured iced-teas.
To step your game up for a sit down meal, there are salads and slightly heavier meals. The Smaaash Super Food Salad (Rs 295) is packed with everything healthy, including broccoli, sprouts and cabbage. For the main course, many more different cuisines come into the picture with the fairly small portioned Bunny Chow (Rs 395) – it seems suitable for only one person (if you order a starter with it). There is also the tender Hanoi Grilled Fish (Rs 625), which is both filling and a great pick if you love seafood. If you’re looking for a twist, go for the Paneer Makhani/Butter Chicken Pie (Rs 475/ Rs 525).
The menu also includes scrumptious burgers and pizzas, served on a tennis racquet (just to ensure you never forget that there are kids to be picked up after this hearty meal) and an easy meal for one. And then there’s a grand do-it-yourself section, which is a pleaser. Fully loaded with all kinds of toppings and dips, this one has delicious DIY Bruschetta (Rs 575), with three toppings, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. The Lettuce Wrap (Rs 575) has too many flavours, but it could work for a conservative Indian palate.
The dessert section comes with a loaded menu. All of them are generously portioned meals on their own, especially the Chocolate Earthquake (Rs 375), which could be finished by a whole group. The NYC Styled Cheesecake (Rs 225) has a flavour for every season: For now it is mango. There is also the plain old Bread and Butter Pudding (Rs 195), which brings back happy memories of childhood summer holidays, so we’d say they’re perfect for this time of the year. However, the desserts are heavy on chocolate and fill the stomach up very quickly. Now, that would be ideal if your main meal is a light one.
When we visited, the bar section hadn’t yet opened, but the bar menu promises to be another fusion of sorts with drinks focusing on sports stars from across the world. Smaaash has won Round 1 even without the booze.
Mighty Small Cafe and Bar, SMAAASH, Mall of India, Noida
Price for two: Rs 1700 approx (without alcohol/without games)