In a nutshell –
Run by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC), Anantha Restarant serves some almost authentic & YUMM to super YUMM food.
Address & other details: Dilli Haat
Meal for 2: Rs. 300 onwards
Cuisine type : Vegetarian & nonvegetarian
Short Description – In case u r in a Hurry:
Like all other stalls in Dilli Haat, one has to sit under the open sky to eat. But, there is a partly covered area as well at Anantha that not too many stalls have. Cats & dogs roam about freely in Dilli haat (not too many of them though) but that does not deter foodies from trying out good traditional food from different states of India.
Seating is on cemented benches & tables in the open area & on metal furniture in the enclosure. While waiting for our food to arrive, we were busy watching an open air live song & dance performance by a traditional Rajasthani group.
Menu card is a one pager & has quite some interesting stuff.
Service is OKOK.
Some of the food that we had were super YUMM & some others were just OK. However worth a revisit to eat the good ones & avoid the rest.
Detailed Description – In case u have the time to njoy reading:
We started our meal with fried fish. It was a spicy thickly marinated piece of surmai. Loved it. Served Piping hot, the fish was excellent. The skin had become crispy & full of taste & flavours of the masalas. The fish was somewhat flaky & good to taste. I wud give this a 4.25/5.
Post this we had Kappa with Fish Curry. (http://www.keralatourism.org/kerala-food/kappa-and-fish-curry.php) Kappa (a vegetable called tapioca) was served alongside a bowl of fish curry. The kappa was pretty dry & ‘different’ from anything I have had. So I am not rating the kappa.
The fish curry was very good. It was served piping hot. The gravy was thick, non oily, spicy, mildly hot & had strong flavours. The fish was in the form of boneless fillets. Liked it a lot. I wud rate this 4/5.
We also tried Fish Moilee with appam. The fish moilee was excellent. Thick, light yellow colored not overtly spicy gravy & a big chunk of fish with central bone. Loved this & rate it 4.5/5.
The appam was good as well – soft & nice. The fermented feel that is characteristic of appam was suboptimal though. I wud give this a 3.5/5.
After few rounds of fish, the waiter suggested chicken masala with Malabar parota – he said this was pretty popular. The chicken masala however turned out to b good but nothing beyond good. The chicken pieces were soft, seasoning was perfect but neither the taste nor the flavour was wow. This gets a 3/5.
The Malabar parota was also pretty ordinary. It was much less layery & flaky than expected & was good to taste but not so good that one cud eat it just like that. I give this a 3/5 as well.
Rating for food at Kerala stall adds up to 3.7/5.
I wud surely revisit to eat the fish moilee & fish fry & also to try the chicken stew which I have heard is good.