Matamaal (203, DLF City Court, Sikandarpur, Gurgaon)


In a nutshell:
YUMMRAJ’s favorite Kashmiri food takeaway now has a restaurant – Tiny restaurant, nice simple interiors, average service but outstanding food………….. .

the restaurant
the restaurant

Address & other details:  Matamaal

Meal for 2: 500 onwards

Cuisine type :  vegetarian & non vegetarian

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PAID Rs. 1500  for the food mentioned. no bill.

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 u r in a hurry:

To see hi res camera pictures of food at Matamaal & to read YUMMRAJ’s original post on Matamaal’s takeaway, pls click here: Matamaal

Yummraj’s favourite Kashmiri food joint opened a restaurant. Team Yummraj paid a visit and here is what they found:

inside the restaurant - near the entrance
inside the restaurant – near the entrance

The restaurant is actually a shop in a mall ( shopping complex) converted to a restaurant. The shopping complex that day was pretty empty and hence parking was a cakewalk.

masc
masc

The restaurant had a small cash counter at the left near the entrance. A little further there was a rack with cutlery and artefacts.

Nadur yakhni
Nadur yakhni

Half of the shop seemed to be the kitchen.

kabargah
kabargah

For guests there were only two tables with four chairs each.

phirni
phirni

The furniture design was minimalistic but made from good varnished wood.

A chandelier added value to the interiors.

chandelier
chandelier

There was one person manning the restaurant. At first the guy did not seemed too happy about guests walking in at 9 pm as he mentioned that all others had left. It appeared as if he wud not serve but he did. The guy did not seem to have basic training of how to serve cutlery, water etc. The guy became normal after a while when he found that the guests were not put off by his cold behaviour.

However all said, food was outstanding as usual and this overshadowed the funny experience.

Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:

First dish was kabargah. We have fond memories of outstanding kabargah at Matamaal. However this evening we were surprised to find no salt in kabargah. The shapes of the pieces was Less uniform than what we have had b4. The restaurant was yet to learn plating techniques – things that will now be needed in a restaurant.  However, the quality of meat was good – much better than in Wazwan dilli haat.

kabargah
kabargah

On adding salt it tasted very good but not as good as the ones we had b4. Rate it 4/5 otherwise but for the salt revise the rating down to 3.5/5.

kabargah
kabargah

Masc (minced meat dumplings in red gravy) was excellent to taste. Nice aroma of ghee along with hing and saunf. Rate it 4.75/5.

Masc
Masc

We also tried our favourite Monje haak. It was exactly the same Known taste and flavour. No difference from the dish ordered at home. Outstanding. A simple yet delicious vegetarian dish without any spices ‘in the face’. Rate it 4.5/5

Monje haak
Monje haak

Nadur yakhni was curd based gravy of nadur ( lotus stem /  Kamal kakdi). It was again a flavourful curd based gravy. Flavour of ghee made its presence felt. The nadur used was good. Rate it 4.5/5

Nadur yakhni
Nadur yakhni

Rice served was of good quality. Much better than usually available in similar restaurants in delhi NCR.

The server gave us some mooli ki chutney which simple but nice. Also some Kashmiri achaar which could not be enjoyed as it did not have any salt.

mooli ki chutney
mooli ki chutney

We were served Complimentary phirni as it was a launch phase of the restaurant. Was nice but low on amount of milk used. So the intense milk flavour of Phirni was less. Was very good nevertheless. Rate it 4/5.

phirni
phirni

Overall rating of Matamaal restaurant averages out to 4.25/5

Wud revisit for sure and hope that all service related things are fixed by then….

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5 comments

  1. Thank you very much for coming to the restaurant and providing your feedback in the review. We are glad the quality of our food was consistent with your past experiences.

    After years of hard work and dedication to Kashmiri cuisine, we finally realized our dream of having a small restaurant in January this year. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us as it has identified key areas of improvement. We understand that more work is needed to bring our place to its full potential. We will address all the issues mentioned and continue to work hard and improve.

    We hope that your next experience at matamaal will remind you of the pleasant memories at your nani’s house.

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