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Matagali - Small Review


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Matagali - Small Review

Fwagra | | Aug 12, 2006 04:16 PM

Went to Matagali, having heard about it on this board.

I won't be back.

We ordered: fish pakoras, butter chicken, chana masala, eggplant (bharta), shrimp vindaloo, garlic naan, and parantha.

All foods were underspiced, but not entirely without merit.

Fish pakoras were decent, somewhat overcooked pieces of mild white fish in a bland batter; they desperately needed the tasty green chutney which accompanied them. The chana peas were close to mushy, lacking any toothsome or "al dente" quality. The butter chicken was good; as good as the next one. The eggplant lacked smokiness and flavour.

The naan and parantha were disastrous. Hard, not fresh, not made in a tandoor. They tasted old, having been barely revived by a half-hearted and vain attempt to grill them back to life.

$100 for two, with 3 Kingfishers. For that money, I can eat MUCH better Indian food at Cuisine of India, the Host, or almost any Indian resto in town. Or, for much less money, I can eat much better food at King Palace or Maroli.

In fairness, I should add that service was very warm and friendly. But, that almost doesn't matter if the food is overpriced and underspiced.

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