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 60thbirthday 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 décor all add upto a great experience, if only the colorful, Mama wasn’t so noisy…
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