Mamagoto, Bandra (W)

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.

Mamagoto, Bandra (W)

The word ‘Mamagoto’ literally means ‘to play with food’. It has been inspired by the Japanese experiment of sorts, with the same name, involving infants to use their senses to understand the shapes and textures of food. Mamagoto brings to you a new concept, one of authentic, affordable Asian food while retaining Global flavour. One can see the innovation in their avant-garde decor and menu.

Founders Kabir Suri and Rahul Khanna with Food Director, Jayanti Duggal

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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.

Some of the artwork for sale
Some of the artwork for sale

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.

Horseradish Mary (L) and Lemon Zest Mint Lemonade (R)
Horseradish Mary (L) and Lemon Zest Mint Lemonade (R)

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.

Water Chestnut Spring Roll
Water Chestnut Spring Roll

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.

Rock Shrimp Tempura
Rock Shrimp Tempura

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.

Spicy Fried Calamari
Spicy Fried Calamari

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!

Gomai Salad
Gomai Salad

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.

Pork Spare Ribs
Pork Spare Ribs
Grilled Fish with South East Asian Dressing
Grilled Fish with South East Asian 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.

Coal Fired Eggplant
Coal Fired Eggplant

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.

Banoffee Pie
Banoffee Pie

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:

  1. Buy some of their artwork from the Mama Shop
  2. Eat everything on their menu

Address:

Mamagoto

Gazebo House, Ground Floor, 133 Hill Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai.

Call: 022 – 26552600

AND

T-34, Third Floor, R-City mall, Ghatkopar (W), Mumbai 

Call: 022 – 66401860

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