In a nutshell:
An outstanding coastal seafood lunch at a beautiful 3 storied standalone restaurant at Malcha Marg, nice interiors, very warm, well informed, well trained staff.
Address & other details: Sana-di-ge
Meal for 2: ₹1000 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian
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Short description- in case u r in a hurry
We got to know about this restaurant few inthe back while browsing thru Zomato ‘collection’ sections. Had book marked the restaurant for a later date.
So yesterday we decided to go for lunch here & booked a table for two thru Zomato.
Not a regular to malcha marg, we were pleasantly surprised to see easy paid parking.
We had no idea that the restaurant was so huge. It was 3 floors of a building & I guess they have the basement too.
The entrance was through a wide, traditional wooden door. As we entered, we realized that inside was dark & had minimal lighting.
We were told that sana-di-ge is the traditional lamp. The base of the lamp was decorated with flowers.
There is indoor seating as well as outdoor. The outdoor seating in delhi summer was of course not a good idea & hence it was shut. We got a nice seat indoors.
The AC vent was right above my head & the server suggested that I move to the next chair. That was nice.
The electronic menu card was given to us through tabs. Every dish in the menu had a detailed description & food was classified well into different sections.
The furniture in the restaurant was wooden – heavy, bordering traditional.
The flooring was made of stone.
The servers were excellent. Kamal, who interacted with us most, was very warm & hospitable. He had good knowledge of the items on menu & he had some good suggestions to make.
We loved the food in general. The only faux pas that happened at the restaurant was that the starters came too soon after the soups were served. I guess we would have liked our starters a bit more, had they been got in at optimal temperatures (& hence texture) – the last starter we ate was already cold.
Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
Samudrahara rasaa – clear seafood soup with robust flavour of garlic & seafood, perfect seasoning. Rate it 4.5/5
Mamsa menasilakaru saaru – this mutton mince soup surprisingly had less salt. After adding salt it tasted good. The flavors of spices balanced the flavours of meat well. Rate it 4/5 as it is. Sans the optimal salt, rate it 3.5/5
Since it was our first time here, we went for the Samudrahara Platter
1. Rawa fried prawns – these were deep fried prawns, coated with spices & then with rawa, finally deep fried. Loved the thin & crisp outer coating of the fry. The spices were just good enough to let themselves be felt & they surely did not interfere with the flavours of prawns. The prawns were juicy. Rate this 4.5/5
2. Squid chilly fry – we love squids. Most people in india can’t get the texture of squid right. They overbook & make it chewy. The squids here and the perfect texture. However we did not like the reddish paste in which they cooked it. It seemed to be some kind of a fusion. Rate the squids 4.5/5, the base at 1.5/5 & hence the overall dish at 3/5.
3. Fish in masala fry was excellent- king fish with a thick layer of masala paste that had been cooked perfectly well. The fish retained its juiciness. Rate it 4.75/5
4. Clam sukka was the show stopper of the platter. Cooked In a base of grated coconut & spices, this dish won our heart many times over. The flavors of clam, flavours of coconut, the juiciness of good gated govonut, the flavours of the spices – all came together & did the magic. Rate the dish 4.95/5
Appam was pure love. Thick in the base, thick overall, crisp on the outside & super soft & sticky inside, string fermented flavour – loved all of it. Rate it 4.5/5
Alleppey meen manga curry was outstanding again. Perfectly cooked fish in a raw mango gravy. The tartness of mango was just right. The flavours of mango were totally enjoyable. Rate it 4.75/5
Elaneer payasam came in a very curious container that looked like a raw coconut shell. The pieces of coconut were super soft & nice. The payasam had a lovely creamy mouth feel. The flavours of coconut were apt. Sweetness was just right. Rate it 4.5/5
Coorg martini had coffee in it & that made it unique & special. Rate it 4.75/5
Elaneer shunti nimbehannu was coconut water, ginger- good to taste, served in room temperature. Rate it 3/5
Overall rating of good & beverages averages out to 4.25/5
Look forward to revising, to try other specialities.