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Carnatic café (Ground Floor, India Mall, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi)


In a nutshell:

A long drive from Gurgaon proved futile as we ended up eating a lot of average to just good food. Did not come up with anything outstanding except for 1 item.

carnatic cafe

carnatic cafe

Address & other details: Carnatic cafe

Meal for 2: Rs. 500 onwards

Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

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receipt - proof of payment

receipt – proof of payment

I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.

Short Description – in case u r in a hurry:

Had heard about this café from quite a few people. They said it was ‘different’. Yes it was but it was not ‘different & better’. Learnt it the hard way after driving all the way from Gurgaon to eat out here.

outside the 'apology of a mall' in which the cafe is located

outside the ‘apology of a mall’ in which the cafe is located

The eatery is located in a weird Mall with dirty surroundings on one side and a market on the other side.

Look at the signage of the mall - Looks worst than Municipality offices / Govt run hospitals.

Look at the signage of the mall – Looks shabbier than Municipality offices / Govt run hospitals.

The café has a nice board near the entrance that has hand written menu. Inside the café there were quite a few nice ‘natural’ decoratives / handicrafts.

board near the entrance

board near the entrance

A part of the area near the entrance was open see thru kitchen.

open kitchen

open kitchen

Furniture was basic wooden, but made nicely.

pics on the wall

pics on the wall

Service was excellent. The people took utmost care of us thruot our stay.

The 2 page menu card was easy to read. I loved the cover design.

menu card

menu card

Feeling I got was that the fieryness of the original versions of food were toned down at Carnatic café to adjust to local tastes. Better than nayvedyam type of joints but nowhere near to Murugan idly and even saravana bhawan.

Detailed Description – In case u have the Time to NJOY reading:

The Sambar was just average. The Basic balance of food was absent in this dish. The salt in the dish was sub optima & sour over optimal. In texture it was not very thin as u get in South Indian homes. I rate it 2/5.

sambar in black round bowl

sambar in black round bowl

The Chutneys served were however slightly less than good .

The Green chutney lacked punch & rusticness. It was a bit flat. Rate it 2.5/5

Green chutney

Green chutney

White chutney had lots of coconut & other honest ingredients but the final resultant taste was not beyond good. The texture of the chutney was Good I must say. Rate it 3/5.

White chutney

White chutney

Red chutney lacked punch. It was a bit flat again. Rate it 2.5/5

Red chutney

Red chutney

To begin the lunch we ordered Paddu – A small roundal that looked a lot like paniyaram. It was a tasteless, flavorless food with no salt. The texture of this freshly made food was however very enjoyable – crispy on the outside & very soft in the center. Tasted good with chutneys. Rate it 3/5.

Kaddu

Paddu

We then ordered Rava Idly (strongly recommended by the gentleman taking order). They were soft, did not exude any particular flavor & were low on salt. They were large pore dosas with some filling in them. Nothing great as it is. Good with chutneys. If Murugan idly is 4.75/5, this one is 3/5.

Rava Idly

Rava Idly

For main course we ordered Kai Sasvi Anna (Mustard rice). It was very good. Flavours of mustard were integrated with the rice. Soft, Independent and short grain rice was used to make this dish. Did not look like the local rice used in Southern parts of India. Rate it 4.5/5

Kai Sasvi Anna

Kai Sasvi Anna

Veg Korma was slightly sweet and just about good. The veggies were not fully crunchy but a bit. I rate it 2.75/5.
We also had Malleshwaram 18th Cross dosa. It was a thick dosa with crispy outer & soft inner. There was a layer of red paste inside which was again toned down to adjust to local needs I guess. It took 6 -7 bites for the taste to grow on us. Statred liking it then. Rate it 3.5/5.

curry

veg korma

Majjige (Chaanch / buttermilk) was good. It was of average thickness. Refreshing. Rate it 4/5.

Majjige

Majjige

Rasam papad was good as well. Rate it 3/5

Rasam papad

Rasam papad

For dessert we went for Kesari Bhaat. It was low on sweet, high on liquid fat, had no particular taste. Pretty flat once again. Rate it 2.5/5.

Kesari Bhaat

Kesari Bhaat

Overall rating averages out to 3/5.

I am unlikely to get back here unless I am in the vicinity & I am hungry. How about u?

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