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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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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.

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FLAVORS OF KARNATAKA at Fairfield by Marriott!

In the present day scenario, where many International Food Festivals are happening, we tend to forget about the amazing dishes that are prepared in our very own backyard!

When we think about Namma Karnataka, traditional food is something which strikes our mind! Karnataka’s traditional cuisine is said to be one of the oldest and richest ones. Isn’t it great to try all the flavors under a single roof? Absolutely, it is! Keeping this in mind, Chef Thirumal and his team at Fairfield by Marriott had come up with a unique and interesting ‘Flavours of Karnataka’ – a food festival which took in major influences from all over the Karnataka with respect to both food and the ambiance.

They have tried their best to maintain authenticity in terms of taste and serving it. The menu was daily changing and included food mainly from Udupi, Mangaluru, Mysuru, Malenadu, Kodagu, and Navayath. Each of these cities has a unique touch to the dishes, whether it is the Fish Curry from Mangaluru or the Jolada Roti from North Karnataka. That’s the reason why food here never disappoints you, instead, makes you want more.
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The first thing that catches the attention is the way the place is set up. Starting from the artworks which are simple and beautiful to the flower decoration, they have given attention to the smallest of the detailing. There’s a map of Karnataka that showcases city’s crop production. A cycle with tender coconuts is also found at the entrance, just the way you find on streets.
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After looking around the place, we came to our table where Chef Thirumal gave a small talk on how the festival came about and the importance of having food on a plantain leaf. Then Head Chef Aniket filled in with the flow of dishes and their origin.
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The festivals usually happen over the buffet spread, but this time, it was rather different. The food was served on plantain leaf and hands were the cutlery for the night! This made us feel very much at home 🙂 The food started arriving on the leaf and the wait just got intense. Salt was up first as the tradition, followed by pickle, Kosambari and Aloo Palya. Then came Puri and Saagu followed by Tamarind Rice and White Rice with Dal and Papad.
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After this came Obbattu topped with hot ghee, and not to forget the Neer Dosa with Mangalore Fish Curry combo – just perfect!
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No meal is complete without a savory, in this case, Mysore Pak did the honors. Soft and the aroma of it makes you wanting more!
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Filter Kaapi is a drink you can have at any time, so one last drink to end this great meal. The counter even had a lot of snacks that are usually had along with coffee in the evenings.
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Fairfield has got it right with the Flavors of Karnataka just like the previous festivals. Three Cheers to the entire team for setting up an amazing festival and the happy helpers who served us 🙂

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Malgudi Vattika

On a bright sunny day, we pulled our seatbelts tight and set on a long drive towards Bidadi and little did we knew about Malgudi Vattika. Dropped off the car and looked out to see amazing restaurant amidst nature. Tall coconut trees, tiny shrubs, bright green grass, stone boards, antique furniture, good food, happy helpers made our long drive worthy 🙂

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We were welcomed with cool lime soda and buttermilk which is just needed on a sunny day. A perfect cool welcome we would say 🙂 Lime Soda had right proportions of nimbu, sugar & salt and Buttermilk was perfectly blended with spices and coriander.

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Halli Katte is a hidden treasure, spread behind the parking lot under the shades of lush greens which is used to host private events or group gatherings. A lot of board games like Snake-and-Ladder, Tic-Tac-Toe, Pagade (traditional game) and Alla-Gulli-Mane are available here, that just reminded us about our lively childhood 🙂

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It’s a tradition in South India to start a meal with sweet to ensure a happy meal which is followed at Malgudi Vattika. We started with Kayi Holige and Menasinakai Bajji. Holige is a type of Indian sweet bread stuffed with coconut & jaggery (hoorna) which was fried perfectly and served with ghee. Bajji was served hot which left us for wanting more.

Paneer Tikka was next on the line, a vibrant dish both in terms of flavours and colors. Cottage Cheese marinated in spice mixture and cooked to perfection.

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The most awaited South Indian meal was next on the line. The portions were huge and the copper plates made them heavy. This is a complete meal containing Curries, Salad, Chutney and Jolada Roti/Puri. There’s rice meal available too. There are very few places that prepare amazing Jolada Roti and Malgudi Vattika undoubtedly is one among them. Rice-rasam combo gave the perfect end to the long meal.

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The meals were followed by Veg Handi Biriyani and Veg Pulao. Two rice dishes rich in flavours, looked alike (with one of them having paneer) while tasting unique. We’d say the presence of sweetness reminded us of days at Kerala.

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Makkai ki Roti and Sarson da Saag, a dish as fancy as the name. The roti was loaded with butter & corn flavours. Sarson da Saag was a delight to taste buds. This being our first try with the dish, we weren’t let down.

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After good starters and heavy meal, we ordered a couple of fresh fruit juices. Watermelon, Chikoo Milkshake and Pineapple are few to mention.

The ambience is bright with lush greens, high trees and cool breeze. If you’re one of those who’d travel to have good food, then you’re in for a treat at Malgudi Vattika. The entire setup gives you a nostalgic feel and starts right from the small light posts to the large dining tables. A class apart from the ones found in the city. One of the classiest that we have come across. The lawn has some of the highlights like antique furniture, a cycle, rustic trunk and a life-size bullock cart.

Not to forget, hospitality and the service were really good. Three cheers to the entire team of Malgudi Vattika 🙂

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Address – #64, 1KM from Wonder-La Gate, Mysore Road, Bengaluru
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Malgudi Vattika Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato