She's youthful, she's vibrant fun, she's quirky and high-energy. She's Asian but Delhi-born. She has just moved to Bandra (Ghatkopar too) and Mamagoto (means "play with food" and not Mama go too) has caught the imagination of the fickle Mumbaiker. The result? Packed restaurant and "no reservations" policy. So I land up at the Bandra eatery, one afternoon at 12.15 and wait outside to lunch there. And on another night, take a bunch of very special guests at 7pm so we can grab a table. They've been to the Delhi Mamagoto and are fans and compare the two for me ("equally good" is their verdict). The Mehrotras are a family of foodies extraordinaire and Vinod Advani, South Australia Tourism Ambassador, Times FM's first and finest radio jockey, travels to the world's farthest corners to taste rare wines and is here to kick off his 60th birthday celebrations, today.
Im always on a high to be with India's finest inventive contemporary artist and love his unique individualistic style and have attended most of Jaideep Mehrotra's 22 solo exhibitions, in India and abroad.
Seema combines style with substance, is his manager, handles the Mehrotra home, taxes and investments. Even though still in school Mallika is an accomplished foodie, pianist, kayaker and footballer. We miss her global-foodie New York based sister Anushka.
Push through the door and you'll be bombarded with colored graphics,Asian Ninjas, yellow striped tigers, Sea blue, Imperial Yellows, Radiant reds and Celadon Greens. All this in an industrial-chic space, with a bar.
This vibrant vibe of the ambiance infuses the design of the overcrowded menu and the food too. From Japanese Robata Grill to Thai, in dish after dish there is a determination to find a balance of sweet, sour, salty and hotly spicy and garlicky. Mama's Thai soul asserts itself through her kaffir lime and Thai basil infused rich creamy curries.
I ate my way through the menu at lunch and dinner. We loved the unique salads ( Snowpeas green bean salad with coconut sauce, made crunchy with roasted peanuts). Grilled fish with Asian dressing, garlicky eggplant Robata, basil cups with chatpatta veggies, Chestnuts pok choi cashewnuts all delighted. In short if you enjoy vibrant, robustly spiced fare, then you've hit jackpot. The youthful energy of Kabir Suri and Rahul Khanna is evident even the back-to-childhood kind of caramel drizzled sponge cake is on the same lines. Moist, yummy mud cake and dense, flavorful coconut icecream too.
Noisy, too noisy. And then many of the dishes have either no flavor or too much of it muddled together, be it the batter-heavy calamari, the gooey Goreng, overcooked prawns with red chilli, flavorless steamed fish, lackluster lamb Massaman curry and gelatinous cheesecake.
I love "Value for money" eateries and this brand new Asian fun dining is one. Average price of the dishes (Rs 200-450). Vibrant, high-energy ambiance infuses the robust, rich flavors of the food. We need some toned down, pristine and simple options too (there are too few). Thankfully, there's plenty for veggies. The tantalizing seasonings, the cheeky decor all add upto a great experience, if only the colorful, Mama wasn't so noisy.
Review posted more than 6 month ago
After hearing a lot about the place from all of my friends, I finally planned to check it out with a group of friends...The ambiance is nice...I particularly loved the decor, its vibrant...The menu is also beautifully done...They have a large variety of mocktails and cocktails available. I particularly liked the mamagoto breeze, and my friends just couldnt stop praising "zombie" which even I liked a lot...
Coming to the food...I found the food to be average, but considering its not a place for dining, just casual dining, the place is definitely praiseworthy...We ordered the crispy chilli potato and mixed vegetable tempura...Liked both of them...I had read about the place before checking it out, and some1 recommended Caramel Sponge Cake with Toffee Sauce...I tried it and i loved it!! Did not try a lot of desserts, but the others we tried were good ...
Overall, a nice place to hangout with friends...Would definitely love to visit again!!
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: Caramel Sponge Cake with Toffee Sauce
Review posted more than 6 month ago
Bombay, please welcome Mamagoto. This fun Asian restaurant has won several awards in Delhi/Gurgaon. After visiting the place, I understood why. It is not your run-of-the-mill Asian restaurant. The concept behind designing everything from the menu to the space is quirky plus more. It is an innovative interpretation of Asian cuisine.
The interiors have been given great importance at Mamagoto. The space has a grungy feel which is accentuated by the unfurnished ceiling and exposed air condition ducts. This became sort of a canvas for the artist Chetna Sharma of I Me Am Design (www.imeamdesign.com). Most of their artwork is sold online and some in-store. Each artwork has been created especially for the restaurant. Chetna has helped tremendously is giving the restaurant its signature look.
Now let’s shift focus towards the food. The menu is very impressive. From soups to Robata Grills; everything sounds delicious.
They haven’t started serving alcohol yet, so we settled for some refreshing mocktails. I tried the Lemon Zest + Mint Lemonade and the Horseradish Mary. I absolutely loved the Horseradish Mary. It has a strong briny flavour and a spicy punch; perfect for those dreadful hangovers.
You must order the Water Chestnut Spring Rolls just for the Chilli Black Bean jam it is served with. I wish they sold it in jars for us. Sigh. The Rock Shrimp Tempura rocked because it is so good! The Chilli Mayo complemented the crispy and piping hot prawns perfectly. I could have eaten two more portions, easily. The Spicy Calamari is served simply with a lime wedge and that’s all it really needs. Make sure you eat it quickly because it’s best eaten hot. Just add a good squeeze of lime and enjoy with your drink. Next up, I ordered the Gomai Salad. I found it too rich for my palette. It was screaming for something to cut that creaminess. Lime, crispy noodles, chilli, ANYTHING! Robata Grill section must not be missed. All the chefs are well trained at it. I highly recommend the Pork Spare Ribs and the Grilled Fish with South East Asian Dressing. The ribs have a smoky sweet flavour with a hint of chilli. The meat is cooked extremely well and falls off the bone. The crunchy nuts add a nice contrast to it too. The fish, again, is perfectly cooked and served with a simple sweet chilli dressing. Vegetarians, don’t miss the Coal Fired Eggplant. I packed some home later and it tasted even better after a few hours. The flavours intensified and the fleshy vegetable soaked up all the flavours. After all that food, I barely had any room for the Mamagoto Signature one bowl meals. I promise to try some next time I visit and I will update it here.
I couldn’t leave without trying something from their dessert section. It was a great decision. Here I ate one of the best Banoffee Pies I’ve eaten in my life. The crunchy cookie base is so delicious! I’m sure they have a secret ingredient. Any dessert fan must go to Mamagoto to try this dish. My experience at Mamagoto was fantastic. The food is delicious and the decor keeps you engaged while you wait for your food to arrive. Two things I’m definitely going to do:
Buy some of their artwork from the Mama Shop
Eat everything on their menu
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