Motuu’s qila (42, Baani Square, South City 2, Gurgaon)


In a nutshell:

A small & beautiful two storeyed restaurant with a crisp menu, excellent warm service & YUMM Sindhi food that has a ‘home made’ feel to it.

the facade
the facade

Address & other details:  Motuu’s Quila

Meal for 2: Rs 500 onwards.

Cuisine type :  vegetarian & non vegetarian

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bill - proof of payment
bill – proof of payment

I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.

Short description – in case ur in a hurry:

The experience of going to Motu’s Quila is like going to a friend’s house & not really like going out to a restaurant for a meal. Reason is that this is managed by a family and the family members r personally present not only in the Dining Rooms of the restaurant  but also in the kitchen….

inside the restaurant - first floor
inside the restaurant – first floor

Motu is the nickname of the owner, who loves to cook. He not only directs the cooks but does things himself in the kitchen, we were told. His wife manages the Dining area, looking after guests. We also met his father who was interacting with guests at different tables. It was the first ever time we met anyone in their family but by the time we were leaving the place, it felt like we have known them for some time.

inside the restaurant - first floor
inside the restaurant – first floor

The restaurant is in two floors – small in size but very beautifully set up, with a lot of attention to detail. The theme was ‘village’ – the ground floor had wooden tables and benches, the wall was like mud walls (with golden color), there was a cycle hanging in the corner, there were lanterns, first floor had charpoys to sit on ….

inside the restaurant - ground floor
inside the restaurant – ground floor

Utensils in which they served food was high quality heavy stainless steel.

stainless steel utensils
stainless steel utensils

Loved the container in which water was served.

water
water

Rice, roti, curries were served in steel tiffin boxes.

Menu card was very focussed & small. They attempted to make few things good.

Menu card
Menu card

Service was excellent. The guy serving us treated us like guests at his home. The members of the owners family were great hosts as well.

outside the restaurant
outside the restaurant

We heard that the place was already famous for non vegetarian food in just 45 days. We found them good but found some vegetarian stuff excellent as well.

outside the restaurant
outside the restaurant

Food in general tasted more like home cooked & less like mass produced restaurant food.

non veg thali that had egg curry, sitti waro seyal murg, bhugal gosth
non veg thali that had egg curry, sitti waro seyal murg, bhugal gosth

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to non stop retro hindi movie hits…

Detailed description – in case u have the time to NJOY reading:

As we waited for lunch, we were served kokum sharbat, on the house. Excellent I wud say. Best kokum sharbat we have had in Delhi NCR so far. It felt natural, not syrupy, not too much sugary. Rate it 4.5/5.

kokum sharbat
kokum sharbat

We ordered Koki (kind of Thick tawa fried roti) with Sai bhaji. Koki was outstanding to taste. It had good portions of ghee with the atta.

Koki
Koki

It had become brittle. It had a crisp outer layer, moist and relatively soft , perfectly biteable roti. It had full flavours of good ghee. It was so good that we ended having half of it as it is. Rest we had with Sai bhaji. Rate it 4.75/5,

Koki
Koki

Sai bhaji was made from spinach and chana daal. The chana daal was almost not visible but cud b felt. Simple, basic, home made type, with hardly any masalas making their presence felt. Flavor of ghee was felt. Rate this excellent dish 4.5/5.

Sai bhaji
Sai bhaji

We also ordered Sindhi kadhi on recommendation of the hostess. It was an interesting dish. The base was besan, like in Punjabi kadhi. In Punjabi kadhi curd acts as souring agent. Here kokum acted as flavourful souring agent. There were veggies in the kadhi like drumsticks, yam ( jimikand) etc. This kadhi version was more subtle than the more ‘on the face’ Punjabi kadhi.

Sindhi kadhi
Sindhi kadhi

Salt was suboptimal in this dish. So proportion of sour seemed to b high. We added some salt and soon the balance of the dish became much better. Rate the dish 3.75/5.

Sindhi kadhi & rice
Sindhi kadhi & rice

Next dish we had was Bhugal goshth. It was like good home cooked mutton curry. Loved the flavors of masalas, the soft meat and very good taste. We also came to know that they do not use pressure cooker but use traditional slow cooked method.

Bhugal goshth
Bhugal goshth

Nothing in particular stood out as different or exceptional.

Bhugal goshth
Bhugal goshth

Rate this dish 3.25/5.

We also tried Sitti waro seyal murg. It was again very good home cooked chicken curry. Super soft chicken with nice gravy. This too, like the mutton curry had nothing in it that stood out but overall it was good.

Sitti waro seyal murg
Sitti waro seyal murg

Rate it 3.25/5

Sitti waro seyal murg
Sitti waro seyal murg

We also tried Egg curry. Awesome is the word – to describe the gravy. It takes calibre to make such an intense , YUMM and nice gravy with the humble egg. Rate it 4.5/5.

Egg curry
Egg curry

We did not leave Mutter Keema kaleji as well. It had a bit of excess salt lt in it. Understand that such things happen at home too while we cook. However customers expect perfect almost every time they eat out – coz unlike at home, they pay for the food.

Mutter Keema kaleji
Mutter Keema kaleji

Mutter made its presence felt. Keema was soft and nice. Kaleji had been made into smaller pieces and hence tasted very good – masalas cud enter it. Overall it was very good but I have surely had better – the ones that r more intense, more rustic and robust.

Mutter Keema kaleji
Mutter Keema kaleji

Rate this dish 3.75/5

For dessert we had meetha Paan. It had intense flavor of both paan & a truckload of masala. Loved it quit a bit & rate it 4/5.

meetha Paan
meetha Paan

Overall rating of food at Motu’s Quila averages out to 4/5.

I wud surely revisit to try out each of the balance dishes. What’s on ur mind?

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5 comments

      1. Kokum is used in Sindhi dals also, specially the yellow daal. Adds an amazing flavour. It is a must for the Sindhi kadhi.

        One thing yummraaj, your bill mentions non veg thali too but no review?

      2. veg thali that had egg curry, sitti waro seyal murg, bhugal gosth – this is mentioned in the pic just above detailed description

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