BANGALORE'S SIGNATURE RESTAURANT KARAVALLI TURNS 25 !!!
This month The Gateway Hotels signature restaurant - Karavalli , turned 25 !! To celebrate the occasion , few bloggers were invited for a food tasting experience of the 25 classic Karavalli dishes. I was so happy to be a part of this special moment as Karavalli celebrates it 25th anniversary ....This iconic restaurant is reputed for its authentic South Western Indian Coastal delicacies. Karavalli has, over the years, delighted gourmets, critics and celebrities alike with the aromas and flavors of home-food recipes from the states of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra. Synonymous with best-in-class food and service in Bengaluru, Karavalli has also been voted amongst The S. Pellegrino World's Best Restaurants.Me being from coastal Karnataka , was curious to taste the dishes from my region and was skeptical about the taste . But when the food did arrive, i was super impressed by the authenticity of the cuisine they nailed. They tasted exact the way our grannys used to make which is a rare in restaurant style cooking .Each dish offered a range of flavours that never failed to surprise .The chef Naren Thimmaiah was happy to hear this and revealed the secret that chef's were actually sent to the kitchens of traditional homes to learn the authentic recipes from the place of origin.Even the spices , raw material,herbs etc are sourced from the native region to maintain the authenticity . Many dish was cooked on wood fire to retain the original taste and mechanized stone grinders have been added to preserve the robust flavors of the coconut rich masalas , which can be easily damaged by the high heat of mixes . Hats off to the Chef !!
I was the only vegetarian in our group for the day . All my friends were enjoying feasting these delicacies . They loved them to the core especially Tiger prawns roast, meen eleittad and kane kaidina . Though i didn't taste any of them but these coastal specialties are the essence of Karavalli and i had to give a virtual treat to all my non veg readers. Hope you enjoy them as i did clicking them .They were served so beautifully in an antique traditional crockery .Then came the veg nibbles .
For the main course, it was
Bibinca - A goan multi layered cake dish served with vanilla ice cream. I tasted it first time . The mild flavor was tempting .
Dodol: Rice cooked gently in coconut milk and jaggery. The usage of organic jaggery had given the dish a distincy taste and flavor .
Elaneer payasam: Chillied tendercoconut pudding...
Banana and caramel ice cream - this was surprisingly tasty . I was so full that i rejected it . But the chef insisted to taste it and i am so happy i listened to him.
Each dessert was so unique , not overtly sweet or overpowering — a nice finish to a lovely meal ..
With great food, warm service, homely atmosphere and a rustic décor, Karavalli is certainly worth a visit. I will surely recommend The Gateway Karavalli for your next dining experience.Thank s karavalli for having me over .
My rating : 4.8 / 5 .
Cost for 2 : Rs 3500 ( approx )
Gateway Hotel, 66,Residency Road, Bangalore
Phone number : 080 49652649
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