One afternoon we found ourselves in DLF Mall of India, Noida. Little did we know then that we would shortly be lunching with none other than Manish Mehrotra of Indian Accent fame. When we first spotted the world-renowned chef, he was patiently waiting outside Mamagoto, while we were trying to make up our minds about where to eat. Apparently no table was available in the restaurant at that point in time. But the fact that Manish Mehrotra was waiting to get inside this restaurant made the decision easy for us too.
For more than 45 minutes, we sat on the table right next to the one occupied by the Chef and his family. And were glad to note our choice in terms of the dishes matched the Chef's on many occasions. Though our experience with food at Mamagoto was good too, our close proximity to the famous Chef became the highlight of our evening.
Now that we are done with raving about the Big MM, on to the big M, Mamagoto. First, about the decor. It was interesting to see momo steamers, ping-pong racquets, and oriental motifs being used to pep up the interiors. The staff too adds a lot of charm by sporting t-shirts with lines such as "Noodles gave me my looks...". It also helps that they all seem like a happy bunch, smiling at every opportunity. Though they did shower a lot of attention upon Manish Mehrotra, by no means did the rest of us feel left out. Great spirit, great hospitality!
As we were short on time, we ordered the starter and mains together. For starter we ordered "Prawns Wrapped in Bacon" and for mains we chose "A Thai Lost in Hunan". The person who took our ordered warned us that the main we were ordering was on the sweeter side. We told him we will still go for it. He also told us that the starter will take 15-20 minutes. So we ordered a "Prawn Cracker in Jawa Sambal Dip" from the Bar Nibbles section on the menu. This turned out to be a smart decision. While nibbling on the crackers, the 20 minutes felt more like 5. Though we have had better prawn crackers (at California Boulevard, Gurgaon), these too were not bad.
"Prawns Wrapped in Bacon" arrived soon after and the dish looked awesome. It was served with a dip sprinkled with sesame seeds. The dish was not bad but was sweet. The man who had taken our order had warned us that our main dish is on the sweeter side, but hadn't said anything about the starter, so we started to worry how sweet our main dish was going to be. We raised the concern and were assured that "A Thai Lost in Hunan" doesn't even come close to "Prawns Wrapped in Bacon" in terms of sweetness. The manager also kindly offered to change our starter if we weren't liking it. We told him that this won't be required as the starter was nice and he had already addressed our concern about the main dish.
"A Thai Lost in Hunan" was indeed worth taking the risk. Shredded lamb served on Pad Thai noodles is what this dish is. And it is awesome. Pad Thai is our all-time favorite dish, and we loved this version of the noodles too. This was the star dish of the evening. We are so glad we didn't follow the advice offered to us by the person who took our order. When it comes to food, I guess it is best to trust your instincts and taste buds.
We closed the afternoon with a delicious Banoffee pie, which is a must try especially if you like the idea of a banana being used in a dessert.