India Today - - SIMPLY KOLKATA/BUZZ - By Malini Ban­er­jee

If you are get­ting tired of good old Kolkata style Chi­nese on of­fer, there’s a new “fun Asian” dine den to drop by in Kolkata. Azure Hos­pi­tal­ity’s Mamagoto has opened in Magma House, right next to Bar­beque Na­tion on Park Street.

The 50-seater restau­rant is spread out over two storeys, with its trade­mark decor of Ja­panese manga in­spired art work cov­er­ing ex­posed brick fin­ish walls. The vibe is fun and colour­ful and the mu­sic quite loud so it may not make the best place for a long chatty lunch with your friends.

But the food is quite good, so you may not want to chat any­way. We started our meal with an ice cold cu­cum­ber mint mock­tail which re­fresh­ing on a hot day though a bad idea when the mer­cury dips low. For starters we tried the Hot basil Chicken Cups. Though sup­posed to be spicy, we found it to be fairly mild. Next up, Cheese and Truf­fle Dumplings. Warm creamy cheese with the thinnest of coat­ing, it was one dish we wished that served more to go around. The Snow Pea and Green Bean Salad too was sur­pris­ingly de­li­cious and it’s a dish worth or­der­ing even your ta­ble is full of hard core car­ni­vores. Laced with co­conut milk, ta­marind and sugar, its tangy sweet crunch is worth savour­ing over ev­ery bite. For desserts we tried the Home­made Amer­i­can Style Chunky Caramel Sponge Cake with tof­fee sauce that was served warm with vanilla ice-cream. It made for the per­fect sweet end­ing.

MEAL FOR TWO Rs 2,000 AT Mamagoto, 24, Park Street, An­nex Build­ing, Magma House Com­plex.

TEL 33999610

Sip on a cu­cum­ber mint mock­tail (above); try some de­lec­ta­ble cheese dumplings (left)

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