Motuu’s Qila: Sindhi cuisine by Mumbaikarssmriti
We are always on a food trip and this time around it happened in a group of five. Last Saturday, we along with our three other friends were in a mood to try out something absolutely different.
We came across Motuu’s Qila in Baani Square in Gurgaon as the restuarnt claimed to serve authetic Sindhi cuisine. “Sindhi cuisine” like really, Oh man! it’s absolutely rare. In Delhi you can still find a few places but in Gurgaon there’s hardly any. So, with lot of excitement we jumped the wagon to explore this niche category. Here’s a short summary for you:
Review report card: Ratings – on a scale of 1 to 10 (10- highest, 1 – lowest)
|Food & drinks||8/10|
|Décor & ambience||7/10|
|Value for money||9/10|
Now read on:
Food: It’s a small family owned eatery with an authentic Sindhi menu that has been carefully crafted to serve both vegetarians and meat lovers. The menu is quite elaborate and has a complete homemade feel to it. The portions are quite generous and served in steel utensils. On arrival, we were served with a welcome drink (sherbet) and the menu followed. We choose the Maharaja Thaali, Bheja Fry and Keema Kaleji.
The owner told us that they often come across guests out to which one is vegetarian and one is a non vegetarian, so keeping that in mind, the Maharaja Thali comes with a combination of vegetarian and non – vegetarian options which include:
- Non- vegetarian : fairly decent portion of one mutton, one chicken, one fish and egg curry;
- Vegetarian : Sindhi kadhi, sai bhaji, mulade ki sabzi, bhee aaloo, matter panneer, shammi kabab , garlic potates;
- Dessert : sooji ka halwa;
- Breads: several varities including kuki;
- Rice : three varieties
And yes, this is all part of Maharaja thali. Trust me, we over ordered. Indeed, it’s a wholesome traditional kitchen that serves quite good Sindhi food. Interestingly, it’s the second of its kind to open in Gurgaon.
Decor: Motuu’s Qila has a classic dhaba like feel to it. Done to the tones of golden yellow and brown, the restaurant has been split into two floors. They have khaats (manji or charpayi) on the first floor and small dining tables on the ground floor. Hanging bicycle adorn the canteen-like space.
It’s in the family: Named after his nickname ‘Motuu’, Abhishek Jagasia, a young lad of 28 years is the proud owner. He cooks every meal by himself and is quite proud of his Sindhi ancestral recipes. He is supported by his passionate and warm father who has an immense love for Mumbai. While junior Jagasia is busy innovating with taste enhancing techniques; Senior Mr. Jagasia is quite happy to assist customers as he walks you through the tradition associated to each dish that they serve at the restaurant.
So, over all its definitely worth trying out.
- Average spends: Rs.800 approx. ( for two)
- Where: Motuu’s Qila, 42, Baani Square, South City 2, Gurgaon, Haryana.
- Travel Samosa recommends: Maharaja Thali for sure.
- When: Lunch – 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM, Dinner – 6:00 PM to 10:45 PM.
- What else? They have a pan shop as well, so you can go for the digestive pan close by.