Rain, Dumplings, and the Essence of Tibet – My Experience at Momo I Am Golpark

Rain, Dumplings, and the Essence of Tibet – My Experience at Momo I Am Golpark

It’s raining in Kolkata. And, while the adult in me hates that I have to step either step out and get my clothes wet, or postpone my work in order avoid hair fall, somewhere deep inside, I love the romance in the air. Now, I know that at this point, in order to be acknowledged as a true Bangali foodie, I am supposed to crave Khichuri and Ilish bhaja. But, currently, I’m suffering from a deep longing for momos, thukpas and all things Tibetan. Actually, all things Oriental just work fine for me.

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I was invited to check out the all new Momo I am Golpark. And, my rainy afternoon became beautiful and special, as I dined with like-minded friends who share my love for food, while it rained heavily outside. Piping hot momos, spicy pork dishes, Tibetan flavours, and rain-drenched windows – That’s my kind of monsoon.

Rain, Dumplings, and the Essence of Tibet – My Experience at Momo I Am Golpark

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Location and Ambience

Rain-drenched have always had a special place in my heart since my childhood. Now, all my intrinsic romanticism stays restricted to days when I have don’t have to travel. And, why wouldn’t I? Lack of cabs, surge-fares of Ola and Uber, rude drivers on the streets driving splashing muddy water on my clothes – not particularly acceptable situations as an adult, really. But this particular afternoon, I was especially romantic, thankfully; the next thing I knew, I was on my way to the restaurant in Golpark, travelling down the rain-drenched lane beside Mouchak sweet shop towards Arambagh.

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The restaurant is on the floor above Arambagh. The interiors are quirky and beautiful, with graffitis and comic strip style paintings on the walls. The Buddha statues, lighting, and theme of the wallpapers maintains a Tibetan touch in the place. The seating place is divided into two sections, and I, with my friends, was seated in the section in the section facing the road. I have a thing for dining places with large windows or glass walls, and this space, a round balcony in the outer corner of the building, has a glass enclosure. This means I got the chance to view the people and the traffic plying the road parallel Goalpark. And on the day I went there, this road was rain-drenched, with rain drops pelting down the condensation on the glass windows. Now, that is always a pretty sight.

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Food

I was already getting comfortable in this ambience, and to make things better, food arrived: hot, flavourful, soul-satisfying food with the tastes and flavours of Tibet. Momo I Am has been around for a long time in the city, with different outlets running successfully in the city. However, The Momo I Am Goalpark outlet has curated a menu that differs from the others’. And, I tried the delicious new items on this menu. We had a mug of refreshing iced tea to accompany the dishes.

Salads

We started with the simple but delicious veg salad, Asian Cucumber with Feta Cheese, with cucumber slices tossed in Asian spices, with a drizzling of an aromatic dressing and topped with crumbled feta cheese. Next, it was the turn for another salad, a non-veg one – Indonesian Grilled Pork. It’s an in-house speciality. I loved the use of different herbs and the apple pieces, though the pork pieces were slightly on the drier side.

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Starters

Momo I Am’s own version of KFC, Kenzai Fried Chicken tasted nothing like regular fried chicken. Rubbed with home-made spice and fried in a Japanese style, it’s served with mashed potato and peanut dipping sauce. And it’s delish! Then we tasted the Thai-style Prawn Firecracker, with soft, juicy prawns, wrapped into cigars and fried to give a crispy, light outside. This was followed by Soi56; it had fish fingers with a light coating and had a spicy sauce.

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Sides

Then, we tried the Lhasa Pork, which was absolutely heavenly. Succulent pork pieces, tossed in home-made spice-mix to give it a rustic touch – I thought it would match well with gravy noodles. After that came the Bali Beach Prawn. Another great side, this dish is also available with chicken or pork as the main protein; we had it with prawns, stir-fried with garlic, sliced peppers, onions, etc. It was a hot and tangy dish with prominent flavours.

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Dimsums

Like all non-veg Bangalis, I tried the Truffle Oil Veg Crystal Dumpling before the chicken or prawn dimsums. And, boy, was I in love! The skin was thin, translucent and glutinous. The green filling inside had the strong aroma of truffle oil. Momo I Am Golpark served me the best veg dimsum I have EVER had. Actually, I will go ahead and say it’s among the best dumplings I have ever had, veg and non-veg included. The XO Crystal Chicken dimsums came next. Delicious, juicy chicken inside a ridiculously soft skin with a slippery texture – it tasted heavenly! So did the Prawn Hargou.  What I loved about it, like in the other dimsums as well, is that the stuffing was thick and meaty, with just flavours of aromatics. The spicy red chilli oil dip and the green coriander dip complemented the dimsums, without overpowering the original tastes and flavours.

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We also had the opportunity to taste the Shangai Wanton with Sriracha oil; it has not yet found a place on the menu. It was a plate full of melt-in-your-mouth chicken wontons, drizzled with a spicy oil dressing. Absolutely inviting to look at, and orgasmic to eat!

Dessert

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The sumptuous afternoon meal came to an end with the Raspberry Bao; it’s a unique speciality created by Momo I Am Golpark. This is a dessert made of golden baos stuffed with bananas sitting on a generous amount of sweet, raspberry syrup. It came with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream that pulled the whole dish together! Like everything else here, the dessert, too, was extraordinary.

Final Verdict

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One of the owners, Reevu Wangdi says that he and his partner, Pravakar Yonzone, aim to give their own twists to the common dishes; and they cook with the freshest ingredients. They try to keep in mind all that’s trending in the market, and have been improving their menu accordingly. All in all, Momo I Am is a place that tries to provide the best quality food at reasonable price.

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Almost every Chinese and Japanese restaurant in town has its own version of momos and dumplings. But, Momo I Am Goalpark is the place that I want to go back to for more of those pocket-friendly dimsums with the one-of-a-kind sauces. But, then again, I also loved the other dishes; I’ll even dig back into the cucumber salad!

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Momo I Am Golpark serves incredible food, with beautiful use of spices and ingredients to bring out the best of each. But, it became more than just food for me, as I enjoyed a beautiful afternoon in the restaurant. I admit, the rain worked in their favour and influenced my opinion of the place. It gave the afternoon a romantic edge in my head. But, even without the rain, there’s nothing that can take away from their food and ambience. I’ll return for sure, for more chances to warm my belly with the beautiful dishes, and hope for another lazy afternoon.Momo I Am Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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  1. kingshuk banerjee says:

    Quite a fascinating journey throufh food path to say the.least. The readers would definitely be attracted to the outlet

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