Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Authentic Kerala Fare

What's it called: Kalpaka

Cuisine: Kerala


This newly refurbished restaurant is minimalistic and neat with prompt service.

Menu basics:

Authentic Kerala fare, right from appams down to the traditional fish curry and the simply delicious Syrian beef fry. A south Indian restaurant is incomplete without the omnipresent thali. And, Kalpaka is no exception. And maybe that what brings the throng of food lovers back to its humble tables. The thali had the usual accompaniments but what sealed the deal were the two yummy chutneys – the usual green chutney with a tinge of coconut after taste and another sweet and sour concoction with ginger, which according to me, was quite innovative. And yes, the fried fish was a no frills affair – simple and tasty.

By now, it would be apparent that Kalpaka is a non vegetarian’s unabashed delight. But vegetarians have their share too. I spotted words like aloo, gobi and paneer on the menu but didn’t give it more than a cursory glance. And let’s face it – Kalpaka is not a place you venture if you are a vegetarian (unless you want to binge on their awesome thali). But, the best part of the meal is the dessert section dominated by the classic dal payasam which is simply out of this world. Period.

Signature dishes:

The Syrian beef fry is a must try while the fish curry would bowl you over with its subtle yet predominant coconut flavour. And yes, the Dal Payasam is guaranteed to take you on a gastronomic high.

The highs:

Food that’s simply delicious and friendly service.

The lows: 

I’d heard a few concerns about hygiene (apparently, their older restaurant was a shabby dump) but the place seemed just fine to me. But, I’d still suggest that you don’t venture out to the first floor.

Give it a shot: Definitely!

Meal for two: Rs. 400/-

Timings: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM, 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Location: 144, TTK Road (Next To Music Academy), TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai -

Telephone: 044 28112348

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