I relish Coastal food. Goan cuisine occupies a pride of place in my favourite cuisines, but I enjoy food from Kerala as well. Not surprising therefore, when I heard of Kerala Café a new eatery in Malad on Link Road, I decided to check it out.
And what a delight the food was. The Chicken Pepper we settled for had a nice, tangy gravy, replete with tamarind and pepper. The pieces of chicken, albeit small, were well-fried and delicious. The chicken however should have been boneless ideally. There were far too many bones to deal with and was pretty irksome by the end of it. Freshly made hot, fluffy appams were a perfect match to the chicken preparation. Mutton ginger, with succulent, fleshy pieces of mutton had a robust, spicy flavour. The aromatic fish biryani with Surmai was a treat. The fish was fried to perfection and the masala in the flavoured rice added the right tinge of spice to the biryani. The other Biryani options were chicken, mutton and egg.
On weekdays, for lunch, Kerala Café offers a fish thali, which is immensely popular. On weekends it is only a vegetarian thali though. The Vegetarian section in the menu, is exhaustive too with Avial there of course. There are a few dishes in egg, several in Fish, prawns, chicken and mutton. There are a host of breads- aapams, dosas, kerala partaha, puttu et al. Payasam is the only dessert served.
It is a simple restaurant, clean and hygienic, with no frills. The guy at the counter doubles up as a waiter and serves you your food. No fuss, he is polite but business-like. Visit Kerala Café if you’re looking at good, affordably priced food with authentic flavours.