Mamagoto has been one of the go to places for a fun dining especially when craving for some hearty Asian food. We’ve already written about how much we love this dining spot. Nothing has changed at this place (including our love for it) except that they have new additions that just add to the delight!
Mamagoto has selected a range of Maki Rolls, to showcase the Japanese cuisine to us in Chennai. Maki Rolls are typically these little rolls of sushi covered with a layer of seaweed, with a filling of raw vegetables or meat in varying textures and flavours.
First introduced in the branches of Namma Chennai, they have 3 variants of Maki Rolls in vegetarian and 3 in non-vegetarian. Presented as delicate as is Sushi, each plate comes with 8 pieces of the Sushi you choose, some pickled ginger and punchy Wasabi. Traditionally, the Chef recommended that we cleanse our palate with the pickled ginger and Wasabi and then proceed to eat all our Sushi without any water breaks.
From the Vegetarian Sushi Bar, they have the Crispy Mushroom, Cucumber and Spicy Cream Cheese and the Asparagus Tempura. We loved the selection of simple yet vibrant flavours in the delicate rolls. Asparagus Tempura was unexpectedly so good (despite my regular despise for all ‘green things’), crunchy creamy with the soy, delicious. The Cucumber and Spicy Cream Cheese was a real refresher and the most authentic one of the lot. It was served with Nori (seaweed) covering the outside and a beautifully displayed cross section, a splash of flavour in the mouth. Crispy Mushroom was zesty and again, very different to the others. The subtle flavours of Soy and Sriracha were well suited to my palate.
We then had a plate of Non-Vegetarian Sushis, the California Roll, Katsu Chicken and the Ebi Tempura. The California Roll was simply amazing. Chunky imitation crab meat, avocado and a thin tangy kewpie with nori in between and some fish roe covering the sushi, it was simply awesome. An inverted Sushi, it was true to its roots. Ebi Tempura was another flavour bomb. Deep fried crunchy prawns, a light yet creamy katsuo mayo, refreshing cucumbers and spring onions in bite sized rice, seaweed rolls, this was another favourite. Katsu Chicken was also a crunchy and wholesome Sushi but it was miles apart with a strong BBQ flavour, delicious panko crusted Chicken and mustard mayo.
Each Sushi was unique, each with its own character and merit that made us love each mouthful of rolled rice variant that was served to us. For now, these are the only flavours that have come up and oh yeah, satisfying they totally are. Having such variety in vegetarian Sushi is also something that Mamagoto has excelled in. They are priced between INR 350 and 600 per plate, which given the quantity and quality (all being imported) seems complete VFM for a one-of-a-kind experience.
Though it was our umpteenth time at trying it, the desserts, as usual, deserve all the mention.
The Home-made “American Style” Chunky Caramel Sponge Cake with Warm Toffee Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream, is just worth every last scoop of the plate. We also had the Mama’s Home-made Chocolate Cake and the Squidgy Chocolate Mudpie. Pure, sinful, decadent chocolate heavens that deserve a shrine for themselves.