A helping of dumplings

Tasty meal

A helping of dumplings

There are very few who can resist the charm of dumplings – whether it’s the traditional Tibetan momo, Chinese shrimp and pea ‘har gow’ or the meat-stuffed ‘gyoza’. With paper-thin wrappings, these small bites of temptation are found in plenty. Every street corner in the City has a momo stand set up to entice eager passers-by.

Keeping this in mind, ‘Mamagoto’, a charming restaurant in Indiranagar, has come out with a new dumpling menu. But what makes it different from the carelessly wrapped street side momo is the innovative touch that their chefs add. Not only are they plated to sooth the eyes, but they are also filled with a potpourri of flavours that taste right.

Rahul Khanna, the director of the pan-Asian restaurant, says that although there are a variety of dumplings to choose from, they prefer not to make the distinction, as ‘Mamagoto’ has given them its own personal touch. So, the authenticity lies in their innovativeness.

The dumplings are a must-try, so see if you can wiggle your way into trying small portions of everything. Even the ‘traditional chicken dumpling’ has much to offer. There’s something for every palate – soft meat, cooked to perfection and topped with spices that aren’t normally an accompaniment with dumplings. The sauces aren’t even needed, on second thought.

The ‘Jungle Shrimp Dumpling’, ‘Street Style Chicken Dumpling’, ‘Old School Gyoza Chicken’ and ‘Hot Basil Cups’ are a few. For something more crunchier, one could try the ‘Char Siu Pork Puff’ or ‘Tokyo Metro Mantau Chicken’; ‘mantau’, a traditional Chinese bread, gets an added ‘crunch’ with fried chicken pieces.

Don’t expect tastes of ‘authentic’ Asia to be served on your plate. Known for adding its own touch, ‘Mamagoto’ adds flavours of India, although it’s not your everyday Indianised Chinese place. The ‘Chiang Mai Station Chicken Noodle’ bowl is the perfect example of this – strong flavours of coconut milk rise from the bowl, thrusting one to the backwaters of Kerala. 

The ambience, with painted walls and comfortable seating, are a bonus to the whole affair. The staff and service further enhance the experience, despite their hesitant nature.  To finish off the meal, one can go for a dessert like the ‘Caramel Sponge Cake’ with vanilla ice cream, although the meal demands no sweet dish. For a beverage, try water – although the food holds its own, the beverages are just average. Once you are done with the meal, make sure you take a look at their walls.  ‘Mamagoto’ is located at 949, 12th main road, Indiranagar; for more details, call 40937237.

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