I visited this restaurant as part of a small family group and was pleasantly surprised by how good the food was. Having said that we began by having a starter called ‘Pappadavada’ which was fairly disappointing. The dish itself was quite bland and the relishes that accompanied it did not improve the dish too much. The main course however was excellent. All of my party was pleased with their selection. Kayal is south Indian cuisine which differs significantly from the more widespread, and popular, northern Indian cuisine. Those from the south tend to be more delicately flavoured and less highly spiced. For my main course I chose the Alappuzha Konju Masala, a dish of king prawns cooked in a sauce with coconut, ginger, curry leaves and onions. The dish was excellent though I didn’t like the fact that some of the king prawns still had their shells on. The décor in the restaurant is pleasant and the prices very reasonable. The total bill for two courses with two bottles of wine and a few soft drinks came to less than £120 fopr the five of us, which represented good value for the quality of the food. I look forward to making a return visit to Kayal and further sampling south Indian cuisine.
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