The Calcutta foodies are having a great time now. Along with some excellent new local eateries, lots of renowned brands are opening up in this city. Mamagoto, the Pan Asian restaurant is one of them. I was planning a meal there ever since I heard it is opening in Park Street. So when I got an invitation for a bloggers meet I was more than happy.
Mamagoto literally means “To Play With Food” in Japanese. What they serve is fusion food and the ambiance is relaxed, laid back and fun. It is located in Park Street, just beside Marco Polo. The ground floor have a small seating area while the main dining hall is on the first floor. With colourful wall graffiti, bright chairs and the Sumo Wrestlers on the windows panes it has an extremely vibrant ambiance.
The menu here focuses mainly on the regional cuisines of China, Thailand and Japan, including few popular choices from Indonesia, Burma and Malaysia. To start with the Chicken Gyoza was great. It is the Chinese influenced Japanese version of our favourite Momos. This pot stickers were flavourful and a perfect start to the lunch.
But among the dumplings my favourite was the vegetarian Cheese and Truffle Oil Dumplings. These mushroom stuffed steamed beauties were really tasty. This is one place which gives equal importance to veg dishes. So good news for my vegetarian friends.
Another veg starter that I loved was the Crispy Lotus Stem tossed in burnt garlic and dried chilli. It was crispy, it was spicy and it was really addictive. I would suggest to munch on it in between other dishes.
The cheesy Hua Hin Highway Rolls made with crispy asparagus and flavoured with galangal lemongrass came next. The outer layer was crispy and not very oily and the stuffing was generous. Cheesy and lemony flavours were well balanced.
Till now the starters were mainly vegetarian. When we were beginning to think that they might not be that good with the non-veg ones, came the rock shrimp tempura. Who does not love shrimps and these were fried perfectly. Crispy outside and juicy inside. The Chilli Mayo served along with it went well with the fries too. For all prawn lovers, this is a must try item.
Among salads the Thai Chicken Water Chestnut Salad was tasty. The chicken pieces were juicy with coconut milk the base ingredient and dominating the taste. Red Chilli, Kaffir lime and lemongrass balanced the flavours and gave it the required variety.
If you are a vegetarian try their Snow Peas and Green Bean Salad. With again coconut milk as the base flavour, here burnt garlic and onions provides the variety. Also peanuts add crunch to the salad.
The Java Grilled Fish was served next. This is another must try item here. Fat fillets of fish are marinated with Red Hot Indonesian Sambal Sauce, wrapped in a banana leaf and grilled. It is served along with sticky rice and extra sambal sauce. The fish was juicy and went well with the spicy sambal sauce. Mixed along with the sticky rice it was a complete meal.
If you are a vegetarian they have a tofu version of it. Everything is the same with just the fish being replaced by tofu. The tofu was soft. Though I liked the fish version better, I think for the vegetarians it would be a good dish.
Chicken Chiang Mai Train Station Noodles is a meal in a bowl a lot like Khao Suey. Noodles and chicken in a thick coconut milk based gravy with burnt onion and garlic. If you love Thai coconut milk based dishes you will love it. Rich and dense in taste. I personally thought addition of things like lemongrass, chilli or kaffir lime in adequate quantities would have made it a killer dish.
Chicken Masaman Curry was served next along with Steamed Rice. This is a dish of Persian origin. This thick Thai coconut flavoured gravy with potatoes and onions tasted good with hot steamed rice.
But the best dish I had with rice here was the Prawn Three Pepper Bomb. Prawns wok tossed with green, white and schezwan peppercorns and finished with Chinese wine and sesame oil. The gravy was tasty, spicy and the prawns were juicy. Loved it.
London’s China Town Chicken was also a good dish. Soft and juicy chicken pieces in a ginger flavoured gravy along with crunchy green beans. If you have seafood allergy try this with your steamed rice.
Among noodles the Chicken Hawker’s Noodles (Pad Thai) was well made. Though not flavoured with the traditional Pad Thai sauce, this one was tasty. The peanuts added the required crunch to the dish.
Though most dishes were well made, among the mains if there is one dish for which I can visit this place again and again, it is the Steamed fish in Green Chilli Sauce. A simple dish with huge flavours. The steamed fish fillets were fresh and juicy and the spicy and hot green chilli sauce was awesome. I can complete my lunch only with this.
Among the mocktails I loved the Kiwi and Mint Collins for the tanginess and the Cranberry and Kaffir Lime Punch for its fruity, balanced and refreshing taste. The mocktail glasses were really cute too with the image of a baby sitting and blowing bubbles on them.
The Caramel Sponge Cake with hot Toffee Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream was good. But if you are dessert lover you must try their Mishti Doi Cheesecake. Made specially for the Calcutta outlet this is a dense cheesecake with hints of our very own Mishti Doi. I absolutely loved it.
The service was enthusiastic and fast and I loved the open kitchen. The seats beside the glass facade, thanks to the sunlight, were brightly lit during lunch. But I think the ambiance would look much better after sunset. So planning to come back soon for a satisfying dinner.
I must thank Communications 2.0 and Shreya Baid for arranging such a lovely bloggers meet and having me over.