Category: Le Budget (Â£)
Mooli’s has been the darling of the London food blogger and food lover scene for the past 6 months and I don’t know why it has taken me so long to sample their new take on Indian street food. Possibly because there are just too many restaurants and unfortunately, even when I am pushing it, only a limited amount of times I can go out for for a meal. But clearly, there is no excuse for not having visited Mooli’s earlier and I will have a lot of Mooli’s catching up to do for all this Mooli-less time I have already wasted. Because -Â it’s yummy, it’s fun, it’s charming, it’s novel, it’s cheap and I left with a big smile on my face.
For ignorami who think a mooli is burrito – they clearly tell you otherwise:
To be fair a mooli does look a bit like a burrito but this is fortunately the only resemblance. We – greedy as we are- sampled 5 out of the 6 moolis on the menu in the form of the Mooli’s Tasting Platter for 15 pounds. This also included poppadoms and 4 different chutneys. Great value for money and we literally rolled out after having savoured every last crumb of it. I often have problems with Indian food because it is too heavy for me. But not at Mooli’s – their food is light and they even offer each mooli filling as ‘salad box’ (without the roti) which I find very customer and figure-friendly.
And here is my mooli rating:
1. the goat (with cumin, potato and salsa) – this must be the winner because it was not only very tasty and perfectly spiced but has also convinced me that goat can actually be very nice. (I had some rather unpleasant goat experiences in the hospital canteen which I will refrain from telling you about… yuck).
2. the beef (with coconut, salsa and raita) – tender, succulent beef came in a light sauce with a hint of spice in perfect amalgamation with the surrounding roti.
3. the potatoes and asparagus (with cumin, tamarind and yogurt)- even though they could have been a bit more generous on the asparagus I thought it tasted lovely.
4. the paneer (with grated carrot and tomato chutney) – The cheese was a bit dry and the whole thing could have benefited from more salsa. Having said this, I very much enjoyed it anyway.
5. the chicken (with apple and mint chutney) – in my opinion this was the least successful. It is indicated as being ‘subtly spiced’ but honestly, this was a bit too subtle for me.
Mooli’s is the recipe against grumpiness and bad mood. Not just because of the food but also for its cheerful decoration and its delightful service personnel. If you are in Soho and want fast food go there. And if you don’t want fast food and are not in Soho, I suggest you go there anyway.
- Food: 7/10
- Service: 8/10
- Ambiance: 8/10
- Value for money: 8/10
- Chances of returning: 100%
- Verdict: Great concept perfectly executed – which leaves a very happy HungryinLondon