Mamagoto hosts the Hawker’s food festival with a quirky take on classics
The best part about South East Asia, next to the shopping, is definitely the street food. If travelling at the drop of a hat isn’t an option for you, Mamagoto, our favourite pan-Asian restaurant in town, introduces a special new Hawker’s menu, as an ode to the streets of Thailand. We visited the restaurant on a rainy Saturday evening to sample some of the dishes.
We started our meal with the Thai Puchka Bites, betel leaf with peanuts, onion and lime accompanied with a sweet ginger sauce and red chilli stuffed in a puchka shell. Although interesting, we are not so sure if the combination works well. But our next dish, the Surfer’s Lunch, made up for the lukewarm start.
Featuring shrimp tempura seasoned with coconut cream, peanuts, chilli and tamarind, it was creamy but spicy at the same time. Its vegetarian counterpart, the Aubergine and okra medley, was equally crunchy and delicious.
For a tropical twist, try the Jungle Hula Hoop Curry from their main course. Sweet and sour, it is made with pineapple and jackfruit cooked with Thai herbs, spices and coconut, and is served with sticky rice. The Korean traditional dish, Bibimbap also makes an appearance on the menu — sesame rice topped with various meats, vegetables and a fried egg.
The rice pancake was another one of our favourites. Thin and crispy (reminiscent of a dosa), it is stuffed with minced chicken or mixed vegetables and is served with an apple and mint sauce. For the noodle heads, the Garlicky rice noodles with silken tofu and broccoli (also available in chicken or shrimp) is the perfect option.
Janti Dugal, the food director says, "We have combined flavours and elements to create the
Hawker’s menu which is inspired by the street food from Thailand. We hope our patrons will relish it as much as we enjoyed creating it.” We certainly did.
Rs 1,500 ++ for two. At Mamagoto Indira Nagar. Till July 31.