Apologize for the bad pictures. light was too low. Lost my iphone pics, which included pic of the bill.
In a nutshell:
A family run restaurant that serves awesome coorg food on certain days of the week – unmissable.
Address & other details: Coorg
Meal for 2: 500 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian & nonvegetarian
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Short description- in case u r in a hurry:
On a random day I met Rohit Shenoy for the first time in my life at a shop in Bangalore and in 5 minutes we were talking food – 2 foodies from 2 different parts of the country, chat on food for maybe 30 minutes… He strongly recommended this place and we decided to give it a try.
The restaurant is situated in a house in Indiranagar – he terrace has been converted to a restaurant. The restaurant does not open always for all meals – call b4 u go.
It is run by a father, mother & son. We met the son who is still a student &c looks after the restaurant in his free time. Enjoyed our chat with him.
The father worked in tea estates of coorg for 3 decades & then opened this restaurant in Bangalore. He collected some of the best chefs from the plantations & that is the secret of authenticity.
Afte the dinner I walked up to the chef to specially thank him for giving us such a memorable experience.
The serving staff was ordinary & they did their job well.
Food was laid out in a buffet – one pays for veg / non veg buffet. All dishes we had did not have tomatoes. Our tastebuds were in ecstasy……………
Detailed description- in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
String hopper – this was like idiappam of Kerala, white rice based vermicelli ( rice flour pressed into noodle form and steamed) served in a bowl shape. It was soft and smooth and had flavours of coconut. Rate it 4.5/5
Chicken Coorg curry was a chicken curry with Coorg style masala, cooked in coconut milk. The gravy was outstanding to taste and in flavours. Rate the gravy 4.5/5
The chicken pieces were of poultry chicken. These were not soft , not fibrous either. It being poultry chicken did not have any taste and I think the pieces we got were over refrigerated and did not feel fresh. Rate the chicken pieces 2/5.
Overall rating of the dish averages out to 3.25/5
Pork pandi curry was a marvel. It had small boneless pieces of pork with the layer of fat. The meat was outstanding in terms of both taste and flavor and if was super soft and melt in the mouth. The curry gravy was dry and was dark brown in Color tending to black. It had kachampali (vinegar made from slightly fermented juice of gummi-gutta fruit) as an ingredient that is used in Coorg food. The gravy was just too good – so much that we finished it till the last drop. One of the best pork dishes we have had in a while. Rate it 4.75/5.
Pork chilly fry was too good too. It was unstoppable – difficult to stop eating it. The dish was dry and super duper YUMM. The meat was super soft, flavourful and just too good. Rate it 4.75/5
Mangalore cucumber curry was a simple dish that we just loved. It had the crunchiness of cucumber and the simplicity and wateriness of a gourd. The gravy was simple and nice, with a sweetish tinge to it. Rate it 4.5/5
Oyster mushroom curry was the least impressive among all. It had the feel of just any usual Delhi mid level restaurant serving a North Indian curry , with no particular direction. The mushrooms were nice to taste but cud hv been way better. Rate it 2.5/5
Vegetable curry with kidney beans and other beans was very interesting. It was agAin a simple home style curry that tasted very good. Rate it 4.25/5
Akki roti was awesome – it was fluffy phulkas made from rice flour. Rate it 4.75/5
Ghee fried rice was excellent too. Flavours of ghee made their presence felt. The rice was super soft yet independent. Dry fruits made their preen e felt. Loved the garnish of crispy fried onions. Rate it 4.5/5
Home made wild mango chutney – super yum and literally finger licking good. Tangy and nice balance of taste and flavours. Could go on eating endlessly. Rate it 4.5/5
Mango raita – again super YUMM raita with no so common ingredients. Had a full bowl just like that. RAte it 4.5/5
Date chutney – tangier than than the wild mango chutney but extremely delicious. Quite unique and absolutely unputdownable. RAte it 4.5/5
Caramel custard was one of the best I have had in the last few months. It was thick, intense, perfectly caramelised – loved the bitter – sweet balance. Rate it 4.5/5
Coconut custard was a very subtle dessert – custard made with Coconur milk. It had great flavours of coconut. It was set very well and was rich and creamy. Rate it 4.25/5
Overall rating of food at Coorg averages out to 4.3/5
Wud look forward to revisiting.