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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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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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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 🙂