Karavalli Feast 🌶🐟

Parents were visiting us in Bangalore; a short 5 day stay; a break from the heat in Kerala and to wish their grandson the very best for his board exams. Because of the upcoming exams we didn’t venture out much, but still managed to take them out for lunch and dinner.

They preferred Indian food so for lunch we went to the Kappa Chakka Kandhari restaurant; they liked the food. A post of our first visit to the restaurant is here 👉Kappa Chakka Kandhari 🌶. Being a weekday, it was not crowded.

For dinner on the last day we chose the Karavalli restaurant at the Taj Gateway Hotel. This place is located in the heart of the city, so the traffic was horrific. But once there it was an oasis of calm. Being night, I didn’t take much snaps of the place, but the place is nice, green and quiet.

Karavalli restaurant at the Taj Gateway Hotel in Bangalore
Karavalli restaurant at the Taj Gateway Hotel in Bangalore

Karavalli has the best menu I have seen. The printed words and pictures create such an excitement about the food; you can’t wait to taste. Karavali or Canara refers to the coastal regions of Karnataka bordering the Arabian sea. We have ventured this route on our road trip from Goa to Bekal 👉Goa to Bekal : A road trip along the Karavali coast

A leaf from the menu at the Karavalli restaurant
A leaf from the menu at the Karavalli restaurant

The restaurant is famed for their seafood; but we ended up ordering more meat dishes than seafood😌. While waiting for the food, we were served hot and spicy rasam – a perfect concoction for the chilly evening.

Rasam at Karavalli
Rasam at Karavalli

In keeping with the south Indian theme, the food was served on a banana leaf in a plate.

Dinner on a banana leaf at Karavalli, Bangalore
Dinner on a banana leaf at Karavalli, Bangalore

We tried the Mutton Eshtew –  an all time Kerala favourite😋, they added carrots to the stew, the dash of colour to the white gravy is nice; Kozhi (Chicken) Milagittathu😘 – a nice spicy chicken dish; Sungatache Kodi – a Goan prawn curry and Chicken Ghee Roast – a very popular Manglorean spicy chicken dish, was superb😘 !! We mopped up the curries with an assortment of appams, malabar parotta and neer dosa. The neer dosa is again a Mangalore speciality, you have to try the Chicken Ghee Roast and Neer dosa combination !!

The waiter asked if we wanted dessert; he suggested the Ilanir (tender coconut) payasam, but we passed, too full. Last came a plate of sweet paan😊.  

Paan at the Karavalli
Paan at the Karavalli

Karavalli is a place which can make special occasions extra-special – soothing ambience, courteous service and good food. It was a good evening for us. And as I told you earlier, the restaurant is known for their seafood and all we tried were prawns🍤, so another visit is definitely warranted !!

Till next post, take care !!

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