It’s a restaurant name destined to immerse its customers in an autobiographically self-reflective haze. What am I doing with my life? Where will I be in ten years time? And should I have that squid deep-fried or pan-fried? Life is an ongoing process of decision making, some you win and others you lose. At Mi Vida’s fishmarket – a row of giant fish tanks in front of an aquatic-blue mosaic wall – I made some appallingly ill-judged decisions. I couldn’t resist squid for starters: while gazing at an entanglement of tentacles my taste-buds were pre-emptively tantalised. In those moments of overpowering allure I temporarily forgot that only the finest pan-fried squid is an improvement on munching on the cord of a landline telephone. A hint of butter and a squeeze of lemon improved the dish somewhat, but it was altogether too tasteless and rubbery. A bad decision, especially in the light of my companion’s spectacular grilled Omani prawns. With a buoyantly meaty texture and a clear expressive flavour, the brawny crustaceans were tongue-wagglingly wonderful. I made another poor decision selecting my main course, opting for the grilled hammour in anticipation of a light and refreshing taste. Unfortunately, it was near-flavourless, requiring a variety of condiments to cheer it up: doses of spicy tomato sauce and lemon and garlic sauce swiftly countered its inherent dryness. Meanwhile, my tablemate’s pan-fried sea bass was doubly expensive but quite fantastic, with a composed sweetness interspersed with occasional pangs of sea salt. Courgettes, carrots and peppers fought for supremacy in the accompanying ratatouille, and the sautÃƒÂ©d potatoes were soft and satisfyingly seasoned. We finished with a stack of diced mixed fruits in a pleasantly cool juice – a good choice in terms of health-consciousness, but hardly gastronomically inspired. We loved the low-key Neptune-like atmosphere, especially the comfy seashell-shaped chairs. Service was fast, friendly and very efficient. If you choose to spend an evening at Mi Vida – recently reopened after a month’s refurbishment – it’s sure to be a very good decision.