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This quaint little restaurant will give you a feel of what authentic “Kashmiri Pandit Cuisine” is all about. Kashmiri Hindus have their own cuisine, which is surprisingly quite different from the Kashmiri Muslims. There is an absence of garlic; tomato, onion, egg and chicken and it comprises of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian preparations. There is also a dominant use of yoghurt when it comes to meat dishes, changing the flavour profile of the meat completely making it tenderer due to the marination. The restaurant specializes in serving home-style food and is a popular destination among youngsters as well as the older crowd. The word “Matamaal” literally translates to your grandmother’s house, and with the warm and friendly service, one actually does feel at home. This eatery also has an in-house bakery, which makes fresh baked Kashmiri bread like 'Lavasa', 'Czot', 'Shirmal', 'Katlam' and so on. On my recent visit, I tried the 'Kashmiri Rajma', this dish is completely different from the regular Rajma (kidney beans) you get, and the spice mix is unlike the masala, which is used to make the Punjabi version of it. The Rajma is very flavourful and pairs excellently well with a bowl of steamed rice. I also tried the mutton 'Seekh Kebab'; the meat is tender and juicy and is served along with a small portion of onion chutney, you can actually pair along Kashmiri bread with the kebabs like I did. This place is definitely worth trying.
visited for lunch. cramped place, not cheerful surroundings. entry thru the office. most of the other shops in the complex closed. had a desolate look. washbasin in the dinning area. the servers not very knowledgeable about preparations. the serving is expressed in weight. expensive. confusion prompted us to order thali a veg and one non veg. the kabargah (one piece- two ribs) was shrouded in a tough membrane and smelt of raw meat. it was un-marinated meat flash fried. the veg thali had some stringy deep fried tough "thing"was told it is lotus stem(unlike any i have seen). lotus stem curry (yakhni) was tough with strings/fibres exuding out with every bite. the curry with green leaves and lotus stem slices was passable. the various mutton preparations were oily like islamic cuisine and full of ground spices which were not flavourful at all. flavour of fennel seeds was not detectable- a must in kashmiri cuisine. pieces of liver with tamarind sauce was avoidable. we also ordered a bakerkhani- unfortunate as it was tough, leathery difficult to break, appeared to have been reheated in a microwave. the rice was good as was the phirni (measly 50ml). the place i think is popular with displaced kashmiri pandits suffering from nostalgia. for me give me the original kashmiri cuisine with onions and garlic and all the wonderful flavours for which the cuisine is famous. avoid.
Horrible food. No taste and expensive for portions. They serve stale food. Breads are also stale, they reheat and serve it.
This place rocks with authentic Kashmiri food. You get Veg as well as Non-veg food. The flavours and the method of cooking is exactly like the food cooked in Kashmir. A Must visit place for a Kashmiri food freak. They also have Kashmiri bakery shop which sells authentic Kashmiri bakery products too.
Took a chance to try out Matamaal, location wise it is on the second floor and on the first look it seemed small pushing me to have second thoughts, but since I love Kashmiri cuisine I jumped on to try it. Food is just fantastic, excellent preparations and generous portions, just about everything is right. Choose and order your breads separately, avoid the bread basket and firni. Overall a great place to eat.
One non-veg thali for two plus one plate GSTABA- excellent cafeteria. Not for high nosed. Firni not recommended. It had cost us 3500+