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Mainland Bikers

If you remember the post on Monday, 23rd of April, 2012, we had spoken about Rachita’s birthday celebrations at Mainland China. In today’s post, we write about our experience at one of the finest eateries in South Bombay.

Mainland China

Awesome Ambiance

After the morning bike ride & post multiple discussions last weekend and where we should go to celebrate the Mrs. birthday we zeroed in on Mainland China. Although we have been to this place loads of time we decided to revisit the same. Reached there by about 12:30pm. Fortunately the restaurant is situated 10 minutes from where we leave at SOBO Central Mall, off Haji Ali in South Bombay. Going up in the elevator to the 2nd floor of the mall there was the distinct smell of food being cooked across the ground floor & even in the lift. At one point we did laugh about the fact that the building was on fire.

At the entrance, we were greeted by the manager who recognized us as regulars and gave us a quiet place in the corner of the restaurant. Walked in, got seated, were welcomed by an extremely polite staff of waiters. Here let me take a moment to describe the decor. It has a nice warm feel, I personally like the fact that the restaurant is not too brightly lit; it has a nice dingy feel. Also there are Ming Dynasty Vases and Statutes around and chandeliers which do not have any implication basis china 🙂 Back to the celebrations now! As all bikers do, I ordered my daily fix of beer………. Mihir, Rachita & Yooti ordered mocktails. The bar here is priced reasonably, though like most places Beer is the cheapest. Also there is a decent selection of Whiskys, Rum, Vodka, etc. the normal stuff. There was also some herbal tea given to the ladies basis request. Side by side the kimchi, which according to us is the bestest ever, was being devoured.

Crazy Spicy Chicken

Important point to note, we all love spicy food…the hotter the better. No soup was ordered though the normal Sweet Corn, Chicken, Talu Meian, etc. are available on the menu. We ordered crispy fried sichuan chicken with smoked chillies and peanuts which was crazily spicy (please see the picture of the chillies), the beer here was a life safer 🙂  there was also some lemon potatoes ordered & konjee crispy lamb. The chicken & potato were absolutely spectacular the Lamb though had a smell which was a bit fishy, the same was highlighted to the Stuart who replaced the same with the greatest lamb preparation humankind has seen – the cumin lamb :). While all of this was happening, plans for the evening celebrations were also being discussed & Rachita’s & mine first bike ride date also was the topic of discussion. Main course was sapo tofu vegetable and some fragrant pot fried rice. The same was just perfect!

The overall menu at Mainland China offers a variety of different foods which caters to all palettes: Lamb, Chicken, Fish & Vegeteable. Startes & main courses are brilliant, also a special note here to the service which is absolutely exceptional; not even in 5 star hotels do you get this kind of treatment. Remember the konjee Lamb we gave back & got the cumin lamb instead? Well, post our main course, we did not order any dessert as we were decently stuffed. We asked for the check. Though, to our surprise, we received a platter of chocolate spring-rolls complimentary. Boss! Free food… That being the first feeling let me tell you the desert was absolutely and totally awesome!

Exceptional Maincourse

All in all we highly recommend this place if you are in South Bombay and have a craving for Chinese food, Mainland is one of the finest places you can visit, add to that the service & trust me, you wont be disappointed.

Our Rating – Please note this is basis Km 10 to 100 (10 being the lowest & 100 being the highest)

Ambience – 85km

Service – 94km

Food – 92km

Burn – 80 km (Just about affordable)

Badbikegang Average Speed – 87.75 we give it an 88

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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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First Bike Date & More on the Weekend Chronicles

Most of Friday was spent doing some crazy documentation at work. So come evening, I picked up a few beers & started planning the weekend! Saturday was Rachita’s (my wife) birthday so the plan was  around her & Sunday was going to be basic chores – Astro’s, our little baby cocker spaniel’s, bath, family lunch, visit to the chopshop & general lazing. So now the POA was crystallized.

View on our Bike Date!

Saturday morning kick-started at 6:00am with Rachita & my first bike ride date in 15 years! Yup never had we ever gone on a bike double-seat. We rode past Worli Seaface to Nariman Point & back; she was a bit nervous from time to time basis her apprehension about riding bikes, though, after a bit things were better. We felt a bit like college kids, we also tried to sit like they do in the movies where in the girl holds the guy from behind, though Ra said it was uncomfortable considering the same was straining her back. All in all, we had fun & the day had started off on a great note!

Happy Birthday Flowers

More Happy Birthday Flowers!

Post bike ride, we got home, took the car & Mihir (my twin brother) & left for Dadar flower market to pick-up flowers for the Mrs. Mihir wanted to do some photography so he came along, though once we reached there, cops patrolling the streets didn’t allow him to click pictures and asked him if he had permission to click the same…..WTF is that? Anyways, he snuck in a few shots! We bought some awesome tulips & liliams & got back home. Post arranging flowers & finishing a shower, etc. we left to pick up a watch for the Birthday girl which Mihir was going to gift to her. We picked up a nice one from SOBO Central Mall; then went to Mainland China for lunch & came home for some nap time.

Evening was spent making some awesome red velvet cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting & some Spinach and Cottage cheese bake for the evening party with the families. Party celebrations went on in full swing & too much fun became!

Byculla Bridge is Awesome!!!

Sunday morning, as always, started of with a brilliant bike ride past byculla bridge, lower parel flyovers. I then spent the morning with Astro – his oil massage, bath, brewed some beer (will write a post on that shortly) then watched Supernatural & started Spartacus 3 which was toally brilliant. Post which, I left for the Chopshop with Mihir to get some work done on the bike & get new customized seats. It took about 3 hours to get the seat customized, though was totally worth it. I also got some investigation done around getting a silencer which will give the bike a dual exhaust. Also found out details for the eagle bike which Jayeshbhai at the chopshop was trying to sell to us. Got home, had awesome dinner, watched Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol which was toally entertaining, had some amazing red velvet cake which was left over & then passed out.

Getting Seat Cover Customized...

Woke up to the same thought as the last 2 weeks I miss the weekend & i hate Mondays. This time though, there is much to look forward to as next Monday I have put in a leave and Tuesday is a Holiday! Now planning the extended 4 day weekend with the gang…

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Seat has been Customized...

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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