Restaurant Review: Mamagoto Bandra

May 8, 2013 8:41 am by

Kabir Suri and Rahul Khanna, the Delhi-based owners of Mamagoto, believe in rapidly rolling out branches. They opened the first Mumbai branch of the pan-Asian chain of restaurants in Ghatkopar’s R City Mall in the last week of April, and it was quickly followed by the launch of a stand-alone outpost in Bandra, on Friday, May 2. However, unlike the owners of most restaurant chains, Suri and Khanna are not in the business of cloning outlets. Each Mamagoto is distinct, apart from a few design motifs seen across all the branches of the popular brand.

At the Bandra outpost, as with most Mamagotos, the décor is consciously kitsch, and is dominated by icons of the Orient such as tigers, pandas, dragons, and cherry blossoms. It’s a bit like dining on the set of the Kung Fu Panda movies, all the more fun for easily distracted tots (and a few adults too), who have plenty to marvel at until the food arrives. And the food arrives fast. This is a kitchen presumably staffed with some old hands adept at handling a barrage of orders – on the night we visited without a reservation, the place was so packed that we had to wait 40 minutes for a table.

Mumbai’s summer warrants an order of Mamagoto’s chilled Thai chicken salad (Rs315), which comes prettily presented in a black bowl with a tangle of spring onion stalks and red onions tossed with chicken dressed in a kaffir lime, lemongrass and coconut milk marinade. Their neatly halved vegetarian spring rolls (Rs230), with a filling of crunchy water chestnuts and corn kernels, rekindled our fondness for the old Chinese classic, while the crispy chilli potato (Rs230), a delicious preparation of salli-slim potato fries covered in a spicy-sweet chilli sauce, had us hankering for a beer (Mamagoto is still in the process of obtaining its liquor licence).

While the service was consistently quick, the food suffered in parts. During the same meal, we were served both a terrible and a superb portion of spare ribs (Rs1,195). The first time around, the meat was tough and gamey. Noticing that we barely touched the ribs, Suri replaced our order with a new portion, this one where the sweet, smoked and sesame-speckled meat slid off the bone easily. The Hunan grilled fish (Rs415) was a delicately flavoured fillet of rawas glazed with a subtle Chinese wine and soy sauce that seeped into the mound of sticky rice resting under it. The khowsuey, which Mamagoto calls Chiang Mai train station noodles (Rs465 with chicken), was a picture-perfect bowl of a bright and well-balanced curry with noodles and crisped condiments including fried onions and peanuts. Less well executed were the shrimp with dry red chilli and burnt garlic (Rs395) and the rock shrimp tempura (Rs395), both covered with soggy batter, and the soya sauce-drenched wan chai midnight chicken (Rs355), which tasted like a watered down version of the spicy kung pao.

Thankfully, that most anticipated final course at Mamagoto features neither honey noodles nor lychee-based confections that have been done to death at Asian eateries. The caramel sponge cake (Rs285) was a springy slice soaked in a silken, home-style toffee sauce that was well worth abandoning restaurant etiquette for. Fans of the banoffee should consider ending on their version (Rs285), where proportionate layers of cream, toffee, mushy banana and biscuit are heaped in a glass bowl, all the easier for scooping clean.

Prices are exclusive of taxes. Liquor licence awaited. This review was conducted anonymously.

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Mamagoto

LocationGround Floor
Gazebo House
Near C'est La Vie and Ray's Pizzeria
Hill Road
Bandra (West)

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T-34
Third Floor
R-City Mall
Ghatkopar (West)

PhoneBandra: 022 2655 2600; Ghatkopar: 022 6640 1860

HoursBandra: Daily, from noon to 1am; Ghatkopar: Daily, from noon to midnight

Websitewww.mamagoto.in

Comments (8)

  1. Mamagoto |

    Dear Ravi Duvvuru, we are extremely sorry that you were not happy with our food. If you permit could you please mail us your contact details on ‘feedback@mamagoto.in’ so that we may speak with you in person. Your feedback will allow us to learn more about your preferences, tastes and expectations.
    Once again we are extremely sorry for your experience. Thank you for pointing out our shortcomings. We hope you give us another opportunity to serve you. Team Mamagoto.

  2. Mamagoto |

    Dear Akshata, we are extremely sorry that you were not happy with our food. If you permit could you please mail us your contact details on ‘feedback@mamagoto.in’ so that we may speak with you in person. Your feedback will allow us to learn more about your preferences, tastes and expectations.
    Once again we are extremely sorry for your experience. Thank you for pointing out our shortcomings. We hope you give us another opportunity to serve you. Team Mamagoto.

  3. Mamagoto |

    Dear Sindhi Crawford, thank you so much for your review. We are sorry that you were not fully happy with our food. If you permit could you please mail us your contact details on ‘feedback@mamagoto.in’ so that we may speak with you in person and gather more details about your experience. Your feedback will allow us to learn more about your preferences, tastes and expectations. Team Mamagoto.

  4. Mamagoto |

    Dear Dhruv, We are extremely sorry for your experience. If you permit could you please mail us your contact details on ‘feedback@mamagoto.in’ so that we may speak with you in person and gather more details about your experience. Your feedback enables us to become aware of our shortcomings and take the necessary corrective action. We do hope you give us another opportunity to serve you.

  5. Dhruv |

    Went there a few days ago and I have to say that the service as well as food was terrible. After we waited for over 40 minutes to get our food, it was not even served. It was just put on the table and we did not get any further attention of the staff (besides getting the bill of course). We did not get any refills on water even after we asked for it. TWICE. Our tofu noodle had exactly 2 tiny pieces of tofu. When we were asked how our food was and we explained the tofu as well as the other noodle plain taste, our opinion was just dismissed and the waiter walked away while we were talking. They threw my girlfriend’s bag on the ground several times without bothering to excuse themselves or pick it up. Terrible service. Terrible food. We won’t come back. Ever.

  6. Sindhi Crawford |

    Went there last night and boy it was crowded! Ordered for the papaya salad which was allright. Hunan fish was really nice and so were the pork ribs. The caramel sponge cake was no great shakes – have eaten better!

  7. Akshata |

    I went to mamagato’s and left quite underwhelmed. The food was unremarkable. Incidentally the water chestnut and corn spring rolls had a medicinal after taste when I ordered them and the tempura was just too heavy and oily on the palette. And the wobbly table! There just something about sitting down to meal and conversation and finding a wobbly table, that puts me right off. And it wasn’t just us, other customers switched tables for the same reason. That said the manager took the uneaten tempura of our bill. But wouldn’t be going back there in a hurry.

  8. Ravi Duvvuru |

    I have been there three times alreeady. You are right on the bit on food suffering in parts and may be days. The grilled fish was not upto the mark. I found the Chang Mai noodles good but way too much coconut in it. The shrimp was not that great. They said that they do not serve Basa since Mumbikars preferred other fish which was surprising since basa is popular in other restaurants. The best part of the meal – the sponge cake!

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