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Sea Rock – Chicken Sukka, Neer Dosa and all things Coastal!

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Seafood preparation takes time, patience and a lot of effort to get each dish right. The last time I ate a heartful of seafood was during my backpack trip to Kundapura and Udupi in Feb! Ever since then, I had been craving those dishes and none of the places I tried in Bengaluru came close. That is when I realized Sea Rock was just in the backyard and I had totally missed it.

Sea Rock opened in 1985, and has been serving authentic coastal dishes ever since. The ambiance is kept to minimal. Comfortable seats, long tables with dim light. It’s spread across two floors and which includes bar space as well. So called up a few friends and got ourselves a table for Sunday brunch, turned out to be one of the best!

We all had skipped breakfast that day, so this was more like a brunch. Started off with Pomfret Tava Fry and Seer Rava Fry, the common dish at any coastal restaurant. Pomfret Tava Fry, pan-fried to perfection was a bliss to the eye and a joy to belly! Seer Rava Fry left us wondering how could anyone pull it off – crispy exterior and soft on the inside. We had zero regrets about skipping breakfast after this.
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After a satisfying tava fry, we got Pomfret Masala Fry. The fish is prepared and served with a special masala. This time we asked for extra spice and that is what we got – tangy and spicy. Delicious isn’t enough to describe the taste.
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We started the main course with my fav, Chicken Sukka and Neer Dosa. Also known as Kori Sukka, Chicken Sukka is a native Mangalorean dish made with ghee and loads of coconut. A bite of this and I was instantly taken back to Udupi, ended up having 4 of them!
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After this, we went overboard and ordered: Kori Rotti with Mangalore Chicken Curry, Kotte Idli with Kundapura Chicken Curry and Boiled Rice with Kane Fish Curry all at once! Kori Rotti is brought in from the coastal regions. Boiled Rice and Kotte Idli are the staple food, can’t go wrong with them. The curries are what make them stand out from the rest! The spice levels are kept to moderate to balance out the flavors.
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By the time we finished our meal, it was almost 4:30 PM and everyone else had left the restaurant! The management was kind enough and made sure we had a great experience. The service is extremely good. They ensure the food is served hot, so that it tastes best! The happy helpers know when to bring in food and make sure the table is not piled up.

Sea Rock stays true to its establishment and serves authentic coastal food, and what can I say, just can’t resist good food! It’s definitely worth every penny.

Cost: ₹1500 for two (with alcohol).
Click here to get Directions on Google Map.

Sea Rock Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cheers

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Go Native – Farm-to-table!

When half the world is running towards fast food, relish burgers, freak-shakes, giant sundaes with five scoops of ice cream and everything else, the other half are promoting organic way of eating, sustainable and ecological practices. Go Native is one among them. A couple of months old restaurant located in Jayanagar amidst the lush green garden with cozy interiors & artifacts on walls, serving veg food only. This place also has lifestyle and souvenir stores. Do check them out as they have got quite a good collection of brands which again are nature-friendly. They encourage sustainable practices in their restaurant. Be it the ingredients used in the kitchen or the crockery used to serve food, everything is nature-friendly. Also, they nurture the local farmers by using the crops they grow. The menu keeps changing based on the seasonal crops. The waste here is recycled and they make sure less waste goes out of the kitchen.
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With a group of fellow food bloggers and Skreem team, I was here to check out their South Indian delicacies. We started with some refreshing watermelon cooler, freshly pressed carrot & chia seeds juice for the afternoon. The colors were truly attractive.

Up next were from the small plates section. Rich & healthy summer salad made of raw mango, raw papaya, cucumber, some sprouts & fresh coconut to top it off. The tangy- sweetish flavor made it a great one.
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Aloo Patha bhindi chaat was absolutely a delight. Simple potato chaat with a twist of fried bhindi & fried spinach took it to entirely a new level.
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Mangalore buns here are too PERFECT! Fluffy hot buns with coconut chutney enhanced my entire experience. I would say these are one among the best in namma Bengaluru.
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Paniyaram/ paddu was served with red chutney & drumstick sambar. They were crispy and yes went well with chutney than sambar.
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Yam Gallouti made of coin Malabar parathas, pan seared yam, topped with mango salsa was a good dish to try!

Bisi bele millet fritters was a unique dish among all. Deeply fried Bisi bele millet balls were served with chutney. Try this if you love experimenting with new dishes.
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After a long list of small plates, we indulged into the Mango special Thali and Kathal biryani. Mango special thali mainly had mango rice but the flavor went unnoticed, Aam ras/ mango Srikarni, Puri, Kadale curry, payasam, brinjal chutney, papad & mango salad priced at 200/- Worth the money, I would say.
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Kathal/ jackfruit biryani was served with raitha and papad/ rice& ragi vadams, which was again subtle on flavors, coz of the lower level of spices. Try if you like jackfruit 😛
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Wrapped our lunch with in-house made special dessert platter which had carrot halwa/ gajar halwa tart, ragi pancakes topped with mango, in-house made vanilla ice cream and millets, Ice-apple/ taati-nungu pana cotta and mango cake with in-house made vanilla ice cream.
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Overall, I had an amazing culinary experience at Go Native amidst the lush green. Happy helpers are quick on feet and serve your orders quickly. I would say this is one stop for nature loving people as you can shop, eat and treat yourself 🙂
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Delicacies from Dilli @ Helloo Delhi

Helloo Delhi is relatively a new restaurant located in Koramangala 4th Block. This is the second branch after serving at HSR layout for quite some time. Helloo Delhi is known for serving quality and close-to-authentic food with no complications. I was here with 3 foodie friends for a weekday lunch on an invite to try their menu.

One thing I’ve learnt from visiting north Indian restaurant is that the taste of lassi would decide the rest of the menu. Helloo Delhi nailed it for me with Pisteywali Lassi – creamy, flavourful, bits of Pistachios and perfect sweet! Pisteywali  Lassi pretty much set a tone for the afternoon. Next up was Chaas, simple and refreshing drink. An appetizer that many tend to complicate while Helloo Delhi has figured it out. We ended up ordering more Chaas throughout 🙂
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We continued our lunch with Tangri Kabab – I absolutely loved this! Spices on point and tandoor gave it a crisp covering. This is a must try! Amritsar Soya Bean Chops, a dish on similar lines of Tangri kabab in terms of flavors. HellooDelhi Murgh Tikka is their signature dish. It’s got great flavors, as all of them are prepared in-house!
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Mutton Sheek Kabab is one of the common preparations nowadays, but each restaurant adds a unique touch and Helloo Delhi does it in a special clay pot rather than the normal fire top stand. Not to forget about Bhuna Murgh Tikka, my second favorite dish after Tangri Kabab. A tandoor cooked with Indian spices is always a yay for me!
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This is one of those places which got me filled with appetizers, so had to choose a light main course. All of these thoughts vanished when I saw Garlic Butter Naan and Murgh Makkanwala. I mean, who can stop themselves from having a hot naan and creamy gravy? And it doesn’t stop there. Next was Mirchi Paratha and Keema Mattar. By the time I finished this, I barely had any space. I’m not a morning person, but when friends call for a biryani meet – I’ll be the first one to arrive. Similar situation: I rushed through roti and curries, so I could try some of the aromatic Murgh Biryani. Hot, spicy and went great with Murgh Tikka Lababdar. This wrapped up the main course for me, while my friends indulged in other dishes.
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As we all know, no Indian meal is complete without desserts. Delhi ki Cassata is a must try if you love icecreams! Another notable mention is Rasmalai which gave the perfect end!
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Helloo Delhi has a widespread menu and maintains the taste through all dishes. I wish there was a way to extend my appetite, so I could try some more of their recipes! Loved the entire experience and I’ll definitely be back for more 🙂

Cost: ₹800 for two people.

Click here to get Directions on Google Map.

Helloo Delhi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Experience 7 course meal at SAMAROH!

‘Samaroh’ being a pure vegetarian restaurant, serves authentic north Indian cuisine. Food is served in specially designed brass (Kansa) dishes, which adds up on to the nutritional value of it. Pink and yellow themed interiors with bright lights, fancy hanging lamps, royal touch on the walls, comfortable pink-yellow wooden fabric sofas, make up the ambiance of Samaroh.

The seven-course meal kick-started with Moti Choor Ladoo. This will be our all time favorite recipe. Every spoon of Moti Choor was excellent in terms of sweetness.
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Happiness is a tray full of wafers. Yes, up next was a tray filled with yummy wafers. Not to forget the accompaniments such as salad, pickle, Tamarind chutney, and Chili-Pudina chutney. The happy helpers’ refilled and refilled the tray, we just kept munching on them.
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Tamatari Shorba, soup made of tomatoes, was over-tangy and barely had any flavors. It was definitely on a disappointing note, but the relishing flavors of Aam Panna made it up!
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Tongue tickling Sev Batata Puri and Pani Puri were simply great. A four-part platter with Sandwich Dhokla, Tandoori Apple, Kathi Roll and Peeli Sarson Ka Paneer Tikka were other appetizers on the menu. We enjoyed feasting on these starters.
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After the quick bites, it was time for the Rich Thali, the big picture. The gravy section had Dal Makhani, Paneer Tikka Masala, Videshi Sabzi Desi Tadka, Samaroh Kofta, Channa Palak Sarson, Dal Pakwan and Palak Raitha. Under the Roti section, we got to try various rotis’ like Makki ki Roti, Phulka, and Tandoor Roti. Not to forget the tasty and filling Tawa Pulao with raitha, Curd Rice, and Steamed Rice.

All gravies were distinctive in terms of taste, color and texture. Tender and soft Cottage cheese cubes made in-house added on to the quality of the food.
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No meal is complete without desserts, and Samaroh had Kesar Pista Shrikand, Rabdi Malpua, Kulfi, Akhrot Halwa and Indian Pan. Being a lover of sweets, I enjoyed every bite of it.
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A perfect place to spend some time with family. Overall, we had a wonderful experience of Veg Indian cuisine. Thank you, Little App and team Samaroh  for having us! This is one of the best places for North Indian Thali any day.

Note: Jain food is also served on request.

Cost: 1,200 for two people (approx.)

Zomato: Samaroh Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Reservations: Needed on Holidays.

Click here to get Directions on Google Map.
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Burrp – Cuisine Crawl, Masterclass & more at Airport!

The sight of people waiting for their loved ones to arrive, a bunch of people with their cabin bags and luggage, people waiting for their turn to board the flights, cops, security guards,  air hostess, and others… The cool breeze, lush greenery, souvenir shops, a chain of eating houses, taxis and more…  How astounding it is to be at the airport!

Everybody loves food walk, but what makes it more interesting is “An Airport Foodwalk!” Along with fellow food bloggers, we were all set to enter the Airport. In no time we set our foot into the airport as all the security measures were taken care. This was the first time we went out on a food walk organized by team Burrp and we have to say that we were lifted off the air with their job. There are multiple restaurants open on Domestic and International Terminals, out of which three restaurants were on our list.

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Tiffin Centre was our first stop, a restaurant well known for it’s South Indian delicacies. It’s on the upper level of Domestic Terminal. It is popular for its ambiance and authenticity in terms of  preparation of recipes and taste. The ingredients used are imported from the place of origin and every dish has it’s own story to tell. ‘Wall of Chillies’, Chettinad columns, wooden interiors are few of the highlighting features of this place.
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On the menu we had, Piping hot Rasam and Nannari Sherbet for appetizers continued with Mirchi Bhajji and Masala Vada. On the other side of the non-vegetarian platter, we had Rava Fish Fry and Chicken Lollipop. Also, we got to see the complete meal platter.
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A few steps ahead and you find yourself at La Alta Vita, an Italian restaurant. The bright interiors, green wall, and hanging lamps are few elements that caught our attention.
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Olive, Tomato, and Cheese Bruschetta is not to miss if you’re at an Italian restaurant, especially here. Chicken Arancini, fried rice ball stuffed with chicken is something that we liked! Zucchini Fritters, Zucchini fried to perfect crisp and went along with the dip.
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The last stop for the day was at La Tapenade, a Mediterranean Cafe which overlooks the International Terminal. They are known for sandwiches, fresh baked bread, cheesecakes, fresh fruit juices and wide varieties of pizzas.
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The most exciting part of the walk was masterclass held by executive Chef Murali who taught us how to prepare Penne in Pomodoro sauce, Moroccan Couscous & Chicken Tagine. Also, Chef threw light on different parts of Mediterranean region, their food styles and especially about Moroccan dishes. Though there were restrictions in using fire, knives, and other cutlery, Chef pulled off a great show.

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Our lunch had a widespread of items including from the new menu. Harira Soup, Greek Salad, a couple of Pizzas, Moroccan Couscous and Chicken Tagine, Penne in Pomodoro sauce from the masterclass session. No meal is complete without desserts. We tried Chef’s way of Banoffee Pie, Raspberry Cheese Cake, and Tiramisu. Banoffee pie is a must try for caramel lovers!

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The three restaurants – Tiffin Centre, La Alta Vita, and Le Tapenade are managed by HMS Host who specialize in Airport restaurants all over the world. With the team’s way of managing things, it was hard to believe that this was Burrp’s  first venture in organizing food walks. Three cheers to the entire team for making it a great journey.

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We had an informative as well amazing day at the airport. Happy Burrping! 🙂

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Walk on the Streets of India under THE LEELA’s umbrella!

Street food is the most liked and outgrown one. There’s no end to the varieties of food available on streets. And Indian streets are known for it.  The Leela Palace has come up with interesting “Street Food Festival” which is on from September 1st on the lobby level at Citrus- The Leela Palace.

I was on cloud nine to attend the exclusive preview held on last Saturday for food lovers. After  everything was set, Chef Zafar Ali gave us a brief introduction about the food festival. We had a list of selected items on the menu from all over the country. I was just excited to experience the street food in The Leela way.

What was on the Chef’s tasting menu?

> A sweet appetizer ‘Punjabi Rose Lassi’ made up of consistent Curd, rose flavored and topped with fresh cream served in a clay pot, a cool way to start the sunny noon.

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Tender Coconut water was another appetizer served for the noon.

ON THE TABLE –

> Indian Savory Snacks – Time for some nibbles 🙂 Achappam, Muruku, Nipattu and Banana chips were served in colored bowls. I can just live munching on them all day long!

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> Dhokla – Its roots are from Gujarat. Soft, fluffy and perfectly textured dish topped with fresh coriander and served with chutney.

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> Palak Pan ki Chaat  – Crunchy and crispy Palak leaves combined with pan, topped with sweet Curd, sweet & Mint chutneys, Pomegranate, Sev and fresh coriander. Light yet tasty Chaat.

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> Raj Kachori – Try Kachori in a royal way!
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SOUTH INDIAN STREET FOOD –

> Vegetable Kothu Paratha –  Famous south Indian dish which contains slices of paratha well blend with vegetables and tossed in the pan with spices adding flavors to it.

> Chicken Kothu Paratha and Bheja with Egg Dosa are other items on the menu.

FROM THE FRYER –

> Goli Bajji – Perfectly fried Mangalore Bajjis served with Kayi (coconut) chutney was mouth watering.

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> Nethili Fry and Jheenga Koliwada were other dishes made out of fish & prawns respectively.

> Paneer Shashlik – Well marinated cottage cheese cubes along with bell peppers and onions were put together which made it a great dish. The spices were just right!

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> Beef Phal

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> Quail Roast

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MAIN COURSE –

> Idiyappam with Paya Kurma – A south Indian dish made of rice flour, baked and made into strings. It was a little different from the usual ones I have tried.

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>Soft and perfectly baked Thatte Idly with Coconut Chutney and Sambar was another dish on the main course menu.

DESSERTS STATION –

> Jalebi with hot Badam milk and Rajasthani Malai Kulfi – Wrapped up the meal on a high sweet note. Crunchy sweet Jalebis with badam milk was a treat to my taste buds. While Malai kulfi was just scrumptious!

> Kumbakonam Degree Coffee –  Piping hot strong flavored coffee was served in the end. A must beverage every person needs.

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Three cheers to The Leela group for putting up a great show. Kudos to the happy helpers who served us 🙂 Enjoy the most comfortable food in the royal way amidst the falling water, lush greenery or in the cool cubicles lit up by fancy droplights.

Note: I have tried and reviewed only vegetarian dishes.