Quick Bytes: Mamagoto now has an Anti-Buffet

Mamagoto had opened their restaurant in Hyderabad only a few months ago. When I had visited them around their launch along with others, I had tried out the various items on their menu, and especially loved their range of Khow Sueys. Since then I have been hearing good things about the restaurant and was planning a repeat visit. So I was pleasantly surprised when I was invited to a Bloggers Meet for the new Anti-buffet launched by them.



I had never heard the term “Anti-Buffet” before. Mamagoto clarified that the concept is different from usual buffets. Instead of food being heated up and served in the buffet, it is prepared in front of the customers with fresh ingredients. This means that there are live stations where the customer is able to customize the food the way he or she wants. For example, they have a live teppanyaki counter where the customer can choose the sauce for preparing the stir fried veggies and meat. For Khow Suey, a number of condiments are laid out, so that one can prepare a broth based on his or her preferences.


Khow Suey
Khow Suey

The buffet was nicely laid out at one end of the end of the restaurant. Behind was the live counter where chefs were ready with fresh ingredients to customize some of the items as per the requirements of the customer. One was rolling the dough for the dim sum skin and the other was offering a sample of various sauces that they offer for teppanyaki. My eyes veered to the live counter serving the Khow Suey, and without further ado I decided to start the meal with the Burmese delicacy. A person from the wait staff helped me customise the coconut based broth with small quantities of noodles, peanuts, chopped chillies, burnt garlic and chicken. The Khow Suey variants of Mamagoto are already well-known and the dish tasted fragrant and delightful as usual. The soup of the day was Sweet Corn Soup and I just tried out a little bit of it.

Chicken Dim Sum
Chicken Dim Sum

Chicken Satay
Chicken Satay

The day’s menu had seven starters – four in veg and three in non-veg. The Chicken Dumpling was easily the best of the lot, served with a sweetish chilli sauce. The Vegetarian Dumpling did not appeal to me. Chicken Satay with peanut sauce was again a good deal, the chicken on the stick had a delightful smoky flavour. Fried Spinach Wontons were crispy and worked well with the variety of dips served.  Chicken Winglets in a spicy masala and Fried Fish in Chilli Sauce were the other ones that I tried. Both were not anything special. The anti-buffet includes a choice of mocktails too, and my choice was Peach Iced Tea.

Lamb Konji
Lamb Konji
Cut Beans and Tofu
Cut Beans and Tofu

Another attraction which differentiated this buffet is the Teppanyaki counter. Available were Chicken and assorted vegetables with four variants of sauces – Ponzu, Hibachi, sesame, and butter garlic. You can enjoy the stir fried meat and vegetables with the sauce of your choice. And it arrives at your table fresh from the griddle.

Thai Green Curry
Thai Green Curry

The list of main courses was fairly exhaustive too. In all there were eight items, four each in veg and non-veg Ginger Pepper Fried Rice. The Thai dishes Vegetarian Green Curry and Prawn Red Curry were the pick of the main courses, both went well with the Steamed Rice. The Lamb Konje was more of a starter, and though it was crispy and nice, I would have liked a bit more of lamb in it. The Vegetables in Chilli Garlic Sauce with Hakka Noodles and Schezwan Chicken with Ginger Pepper Fried Rice were the other two combos tried out by me.



Main Courses
The dessert list had Chocolate Spring Roll, Honey Noodles, and Cut Fruits. I tried only the Coconut Ice Cream which was quite good. The manager informed me that this ice cream is prepared in-house.

The anti-buffet is available Monday to Friday 12:30 to 3:30 pm (only lunch). The spread is Pan-Asian ranging from teppanyaki and Thai curries to khow suey. Price works out to Rs 660 inclusive of taxes and for the spread offered it is a steal. There are around twenty-five items in the buffet which can be tried by people with a big appetite. After the Bloggers Table, I decided to go back once more with my wife, and this time, I feasted myself mainly with the starters, teppanyaki, and khow suey. This is definitely a lunch not to be missed.

Location:
Mamagoto
12th Square (opp Audi showroom)
Road No 12 Banjara Hills
Hyderabad
Telephone 33165008

Disclaimer: The review is based on an invite from the restaurant. However, the opinion expressed in the post are honest and unbiased.





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