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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