One of Marine Drive's newer additions, Genghis is a Mongolian BBQ and Grill run by Don Stanleys caterers. It shares a premises and menu with the Fat Crab
, and has a lovely view of the Indian Ocean and the coastal railroad. The restaurant's location branding uses "Gengish" but I assume this is just a mis-spelling. (Unless they mean the cuisine is sort of geng?)
It seems as though most people end up ordering a mix of the two restaurant's dishes for the sake of variety. The Fat Crab is in full swing, although the three times I've visited, Genghis has either been closed or not fully operational.
the deserted grill
This time as well, we ordered a Mongolian mixed grill, but they said the BBQ wasn't available. So instead, we ordered the only thing they had available on their menu, the "seafood and chicken pre-plated combo" at Rs. 1200, which turned out to be Mongolian rice. It was quite good, with well blended flavour and generous chunks of meat and vegetables. Yet, I'm not entirely sure a basic Mongolian rice for two is worth that, when it's Rs. 350 at most places, including Cafe on the 5th
However, since a plate of rice doesn't quite make a meal, we also ordered a cream of mushroom and chicken soup. Although it was a tad steep at Rs. 490 at a casual dining place, it was incredibly thick and rich, and seemed to be freshly made. We also ordered a murunga leaf crab curry which was absolutely delicious and hit every note right. It was Rs. 2400 for the medium, which is enough to feed between 2-3 people. It comes with a large portion of bread, paripu and pol sambol, which are refilled endlessly.
Service & Ambience
The venue is rather simple and lovely. Nothing too fancy or ostentatious, which is in keeping with their no fuss-make a mess policy. Clean wooden lines, fun movie/theatre posters, and soft but sufficient lighting. The view and fresh sea breeze obviously top it all off.
The service was very good. We had one waiter (possibly the manager) who knew his way around the menu with ease. He recommended stuff, he was polite and friendly whilst being superbly efficient. I even (accidentally) up-ended a dish of paripu on the table and he smoothly whisked away the evidence in 30 seconds with a forgiving grin.
It seems as though Genghis is just hanging off Fat Crab's coat-tails. They almost never seem to have their grill functioning (given my experiences), and their existing menu consists of about 3 items. It's really nothing more than a small additional section to Fat Crab's dishes. Luckily, our meal was just delicious with a cultural fusion of murunga crab curry and Mongolian rice.