We went to this restaurant last night for dinner. Kerala cuisine, we were expecting a great food. Ambience was good, decor decent with Kathakali dance pictures, many copies of the great painter, Ravi Varma's paintings etc. But were quite disappointed when the food came.
We ordered Gobi manchurian as starters, which was okay. Then came the Hoppers(called Aappam), that was also not bad. But the String Hoppers(idiyaappam) was very dry. Looked like, some frozen food had been microwaved and served. The puttu( steamed rice gruels inside a cylindrical device, a speciality of Kerala) was absolutely dry.
As side dishes, we ordered kadala curry ( black garbanzo beans in mildly spiced gravy), vegetable stew, supposed to be an aromatic dish in delicate coconut milk gravy, and Ulli theeyal, which is again a Kerala speciality. All the dishes were too salty, and in Ulli theeyal, all the small onions were burnt fully and were looking black. Even the plain coconut milk, served with Hoppers was horrible, to be honest, then they told, it is canned! I was shocked. Even at home, I make such aromatic coconut milk from fresh coconut, and this is totally unacceptable in a restaurant!
The only thing tolerable was the vegetable fried rice, but this also had frozen veggies. But the taste was quite good.
Then as dessert, we had Palada Pradhaman , a milk kheer, in which flattened rice strips are steamed and added, and then delicately flavoured with cardamom powder......this was very very good, to be honest. Served hot.
The service was quite good, friendly Indian Kerala waiters, but whatever said and done, I don't think I will again go to this restaurant!!
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