I have been to Thailand and know that Thai food does not consist of a single cuisine. Just like India, every region of Thailand has a distinct cuisine and what you get in one part of the country is fairly different from what you get in the other. The weather, the topography and the type of ingredients have an important role to play in influencing the taste. Many restaurants in Bangkok try to replicate what you get on the streets but trust me, the food you get on the streets is something else.
With Hawker’s Hall Festival, Mamagoto has also attempted to replicate Thai street food, and I must say it’s a good attempt, but the food you will get here is more similar to the type you get in Thai restaurants than the streets.
Although the festival menu is small but consists of an interesting mix. I would highly recommend the Aunty’s platter which consists of a variety of four Thai snacks and is available in both veg and non-veg variants. We tried both and found them really good. I loved the taste of
I loved the taste of dimsums, spring rolls and the various dips served with the platter. I found Tofu Satay much better than the chicken variant. I’m not kidding. I never expected Tofu to be so silky and its taste to have that paneer like neutrality.
I liked the Lamb Sticks and the way they were served on lemongrass skewers, but they themselves lacked the flavor of lemongrass, though still packed a punch. Sukiyaki Tofu was just about okay. Everything was fine except that in this dish they could not achieve that with Tofu which they achieved in the Satay.
I should have gone for the chicken one. They have launched some new desserts and we tried Nutella Cheesecake which was good. I liked the fact that it was less sweet and had a hint of dark chocolate.
In all my visits to Mamagoto, I have not found anything overly spicy. They like to keep the flavor mild and as authentic as possible. Of all the chain restaurants serving Asian food I find Mamagoto’s food to be least influenced by the Indo-Chinese cuisine. They don’t even use MSG in their cooking.
They are determined to bring authentic South-East Asian flavors to India and therefore keep introducing new dishes now and then which they think might appeal to Indian tastebuds but they don’t try to Indianize a dish. For this reason many people I know even dislike their food, but I think if this philosophy is working for the brand it should go ahead with it. Sooner or later good sense will prevail.
Tier Hawkers Hall festival is going on till 30th of June so go and try it out this weekend itself.
Disclaimer – This review was done on an invitation from the establishment. Views expressed in the review is entirely ours and without any bias. Pictures of the dishes are not the standard portions, they are sample portions.