FoodReview

Mamagoto – Bandra’s New Pan-Asian Restaurant

Mamagoto
what a fun word! And fun is what this newly-opened restaurant is all about.
Mamagoto apparently means “to play with food”, and the chefs here have experimented
with classic pan-Asian dishes & techniques to come up with inventive
cooking. The Delhi-based chain recently opened two outposts in Mumbai – one at Bandra (where else?) and the other at Ghatkopar (R City Mall).

The restaurants opened to
the public yesterday; however, I had received an invite to go and have a meal
earlier. So, on Labour Day, my friend D & I found ourselves at the Bandra
outlet for lunch. It’s located on Hill
Road, at Gazebo House
(next to C’est La Vie). I actually walked past it
since there was no signage & the shutters on the windows were down; but now
that it’s officially open you can’t miss the glass walls decorated with
snarling yellow tigers (don’t ask me why!).
The ambience is a bit
quirky, with colourful wall art and posters, crouching tigers and the bit
out-of-place (and overdone) exposed pipes running overhead. There was an
interesting light fixture (a minimalist chandelier, so to speak) in the inner section of the restaurant.

 

Since
we’d just stepped into the restaurant from the sweltering heat of Mumbai, we
ordered some drinks – they serve only mocktails at present, since the liquor license is
expected towards the end of the month. I had a refreshing Kiwi Mint Cooler (not
the actual name, which I don’t remember now) and D had a Hawaiian Beachcomber
(a mixed fruity drink).

 

We decided to skip the
soup and ordered the Snow Peas & Green Bean Salad – a delicious concoction of
greens, coconut milk reduction, burnt garlic, topped with crunchy peanuts &
crisp-fried onions.
Mamagoto has an entire
section of the menu dedicated to the Japanese coal fired Robata Grill; however
there are very few vegetarian options. Just the asparagus, with a sweet soya sauce
and coal fired eggplant with mirin & Japanese pepper… There’s definitely
room for expansion here. I ordered the Grilled Fish with South East Asian
Dressing
– a sole fillet dressed up with a light sauce, which was a perfect
blend of sweet, sour & spicy.

They also have Pork Spare Ribs & Lamb Chops on the menu, which I plan to try on my next visit!

For the main course, we
ordered the Thai Basil Sticky Rice, with veggies and the Street Vendor’s Panang
Curry Bowl
with chicken. The mains portions are massive, so order to share (or
doggy-bag!). The vegetarian sticky rice was strictly OK, but the curry bowl was an explosion of taste! A coconutty, peanutty curry, chicken and sticky
rice all mixed in a huge bowl; the balance of flavours was perfect. This was
the winning dish, in my opinion.
For dessert, we ordered
the Chocolate Mud Cake, which took more than 30 minutes to arrive, apparently
because they had run out of the vanilla ice cream that is served as an
accompaniment. The cake, when it eventually arrived (minus the ice cream), was OK – nothing to rave
about.

On second thoughts, we should have ordered the Caramel Sponge Cake with
Toffee Sauce
, which sounded infinitely better.

Overall, Mamagoto was a
fun experience. I’ll definitely be returning to try out some of their dishes –
the Teriyaki Meal in a Bowl and the Chiang Mai Train Station Noodles both sound
interesting.
The restaurant’s Delhi outlets have won multiple food awards, and
for a good reason. Try it out; you will enjoy it!
Disclosure: I was invited by Mamagoto to sample their offerings. 

All images courtesy Mamagoto
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