Mamagoto is the new pan-Asian restaurant which opened it’s vibrant doors in Chennai a few months ago. They started their operation way back in 2010 and now have a presence in almost all the metros with Chennai being one of the latest.
It is located on KNK road, Nungambakkam which is as prime as you can get. They are on the 1st floor of Oyster Building which used to house Lavash and at another time Goa Portuguesa. Good parking space with valet is available so you don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot in that road which is near enough impossible.
It was a Friday night and we had called to make a reservation earlier in the day. Only managed to get on the waitlist as they were already booked out. Hard to miss the very prominent Mamagoto sign especially in the night. We landed up at around 9:15 and were told we might have to wait for around 20 mins. With a few minutes short of the promised time, we were shown to our table.
Starting with the yellow door everything here is done with the intention of creating a relaxed and casual atmosphere. The writing on the wall outside makes one chuckle. It says “ Never forget a friend, especially if he owes you a bowl of noodles” in both of English and Japanese ( I suppose 😀 ). They have utilized the area very well. Tables are bunched together to create as many seats as possible. They seem to have found space for close to 80 people to dine at the same time. Loved the wall hangings filled with pandas and tigers among other characters.
The bar which made delicious mocktails had these bulbs hanging near the counter which was encased in bottles. All in all quite a quirky setting.
We got down to the menu and selected the Chinese Sour and Pepper soup which is supposed to contain 22 ingredients. I mean obviously, one will be curious with that kinda description. The soup was served ½ and served in two bowls which had a quirky touch to it. The soup was thick and a bit on the spicier side. Liked it very much. We also ordered a Cranberry and Kaffir lime punch which was served in a glass bottle resembling the milk bottles of yore. Garnished with mint, it was a refreshing drink.
From earlier reviews I gathered that their Street Style Spicy Shrimp Dumpling and Indonesian Grilled Chicken were very good so ordered that for starters along with Honey Chicken with Bell Peppers. Shrimp Dumpling was as awesome as expected. Every bite was heavenly. Grilled Chicken was more like a satay. Four good sized chunks served with green chutney. Was pretty good. Honey Chicken was a bit too sweet for my liking. The chicken was good, though. Most of us didn’t enjoy it as much so a bit of it was left unfinished.
For Main course, we ordered Fiery Thai Shrimp Fried Rice and Tenderloin with Bamboo Shoot. Fiery Thai fried rice was served in a huge bowl with rice at the bottom covered with a fried egg and shrimps as well. Quantity was impressive. My cousins seemed to like it well enough but being light eaters, struggled to finish it. Tenderloin with bamboo shoot was done in schezwan sauce. We had ordered a bowl of egg rice to go with it. The beef semi gravy which contained bell peppers was exquisite. Meat was succulent and tasted wonderful. Relished every bite.
We were quite full and wanted to give a small break before desserts so decided to head elsewhere are a sojourn at home. The ambiance is at it’s quirky best, service a bit slow. A couple of times the wrong dish was brought to the table so a bit more work on that front is required. Food, on the whole, was pretty good. Total meal cost us 2860 AI which was pretty acceptable considering all the factors. Will visit again soon when the craving for that tenderloin piques.
A wonderful addition to the already impressive list of restaurants in KNK road.
Ambiance – 5/5
Food – 4/5
Service – 3.5/5
VFM – 4/5