30 Reviews / 32 Ratings
A one of its place
So I am usually accused of writing long reviews but with a place like Kanua, I think it’s deserving of the detailing. Situated just off Sarjapur road, take the right turn at Bata, if you’re coming from Koramangala and you would find Kanua down the street, on the top floor. No lifts, there’s a furniture store on the floor below. And then there is Kanua, a nice big hall with cute wooden chairs and benches. We reached a little early for dinner, around 7:30 when there was no one but the big group of us there. An hour later, the place was almost full, so a reservation is definitely a good idea.
Kanua has an interesting offerings of food and you can opt for a set menu if you’re going in a group and even get liquor from outside, they charge a corkage of course. The staff is friendly and courteous and very considerate. Our set had chicken ghee roast, fried yam, fried fish, more chicken and some veg variants. The food is very good, one could compare their ghee roasts with Mangalore. For the mains we had biriyani and that was great as well. Very nicely made, slow cooked to give a very rich taste. The dessert had some interesting local offerings like Raagi souffle and ginger after-mint.
The place itself has a very large kitchen and they have a healthy supply of fresh vegetables. Another section where loos are located is extended into a study with wall mounts of liquor bottles and village equipment for making noodles and storing rice, beautifully kept. The owner, Mr.Rajesh is a very kind gentleman who checks upon his guests and was very considerate in showing me some of these parts of his restaurant.
I recommend Kanua for both romantic dates as well as big get-togethers. It has a wonderful ambiance and is a nice place to talk and hang out. Their specialty is Konkani food from the various regions of Goa and Karnataka. Will definitely go back for more Kanua experience.
No Value for Money but Nice Ambiance!
Looking for a quiet date, with nice ambiance and cool breeze blowing over your head! Then look no further, this place is a delight! A little heavy on the wallet, but their Mangalorean preparation is delightful! Their meat is mostly fresh and the service is amicable! I head to this place for dinner and some wine and dine.
Horrible Invaluable Place.. Will Not Visit Again..
It looks traditional south Indian Konkani but the food and the ambiance not a compromise in quality and quantity.
Disappointing are the staff members sarcastic attitude and one sided way of handling customers.
Chef and Waiters-
Waiters cannot explain the dish and very sarcastic chef who took orders.
Sugarcane Juice- Impressive, what we get in our farms in Coimbatore.. Great!!
Did not like starters and the presentation..
Its average.. Its between Aapam and dosa. Did not feel the real Neer Dosa
Potato Gravy tasted below average.
The pieces and spice level is not asked properly by the chef who takes the orders.The crab select has not enough
Tasted like Tamilnadu Thovaramparuppu Payasam
Below average, invaluable fair and will not visit again.
From a Konkani: Absurdly Expensive
Being a Konkani, I decided to try this place after years of anticipation (always wanted to try, but was far off).
The fish (Kane Rava fry) tasted great, quantity justified the price.
Nothing else (other than fish) on the menu justify their prices.
Jackfruit Papad at Rs 200+?? Are you crazy? Dali toi (Konkani Dal) at 295?! My head spun.
Then it dawned on me. This place is for non-Konkanis to relish Konkani food. For me it is like eating dal-chawal at Rs 400.
I would definitely recommend the place as a must visit for not-so-close friends who want to try Konkani cuisine. Recommend this place for enemies, so that they empty their wallets. For close-friends, this place is a no-go. Come home, you will taste better food and won't go out any lighter than you came in.
And yes, for non-Konkani's, if you think this place is best Konkani food, wait till you taste true Konkani food one day.
And also wear Odomos before going, Mosquitoes are a turn off.
Best konkani food
I had been to this place on recommendation from a friend and it was a pleasant surprise. The menu offered is a delight for any person who likes konkani or mangalore style of food. I tasted 'Dalitoi' for the first time and this dish a certainly recommended for anyone who loves dal. Another delicacy that I have not found anywhere else in town is jackfruit papad. Overall, this place carries a strongly recommended tag from me.
Amazing Food & Ambiance
Kanua is one of our favourite restaurants in town. The food is refreshingly different (Konkani cuisine). All the ingredients taste fresh and healthy. The ambiance is beautiful especially at night, though daytime is pleasant as well The architecture of the restaurant and the furniture is all very old world and charming. Great world music selection. Good service too. Its a dream come true for sea food lovers but has great food for vegetarians as well
Nice Ambience, Good Food
We went there on a weekend for lunch. The place was relatively empty although we got there early..
Open terrace, if the view was better, you could sit back and think of Goa.
They have a bar license now , a blackboard told us, and we ordered some beers as we looked through the menu.
Unfortunately, they didn';t have the dish that caught my eye - goan fish reachado.
We got the kaane, the mutton sukkha, chicken curry, mutton curry, prawn biriyani and those thin dosas...
Everything was good.. especially hte malabar mutton curry and the dosas..
place seemed like it would be beautiful at night., i think it would be a good place for a romantic date setting
Last week went with my family , to celebrate my anniversary . This place was recommended by my friend . As we arrived the place was dark , first we thought restaurant is closed so we were about to go back but my hubby told me lets go up and take a chance . As we reached up realized we were the only soul present in the restaurant .Place was looking scary & i wanted to go back but my husband told since we have come lets try . We ask for beverage menu to my surprise we got the reply that we do not serve alcohol since we do not have bar license, you can go for tender coconut water or sprite . .....................what a way of celebrating anniversary . Any how ordered for food , it was the worst food ever tested in my life . We did the biggest mistake by visiting there and spoiling my evening .
Great evening, awesome sea food from the coast!
My general rule for eating seafood is that if you are in a city which is more than 200 kms from the ocean or river then avoid it! So when a friend of mine asked if I wanted to join him and a bunch of other foodies to Rajesh Pai's Kanua, I said why seafood? He told me that I would definitely not forget the experience. And right he was.
The restaurant defies all tenets of modern restaurant building. Its location is probably the worst you can find in that area. A lane next to Bata on Sarjapur road, third floor, no lift. What else can I say. The joint has been open for 7 years and has done zero marketing. It is the recipient of the Times Food Guide Award for best coastal cuisine.
The interiors are minimal. No usage of air conditioning or fans. Located in Bangalore on a terrace, they have got away with it. The kitchen is like a home kitchen with a home fridge. No fancy chillers and gadgets. No more than 18% of total floor space has been dedicated to the kitchen. The vegetables are fresh daily and the seafood and chicken is called for twice a day and maybe sometimes thrice a day.
The lamps are all hand made, the tables from pure teak with some cushions thrown in. Flooring is cement and roof is the traditional thatched tiles.
The menu has been designed painstakingly. No aerated waters. BYOB is possible so carry your poison with you. The choice is fairly large even for the vegetarians! I let my friend order the food. We started with a seer fry. The fish was fresh, succulent, moist, full of the masala, cooked to perfection. The chicken that we had was also very well made. I almost finished the green paste marinated chicken on my own! We had carried our own bottle of a 10 year Laphroaig. So conversation was lighthearted!
For the mains, we ordered their famous prawns Biryani, neer dosa, ghee roast and fish curry! Wow, lip smacking and finger licking is an under statement. Filled with pure ghee flavors, the ghee roast was spicy and moist, cooked to perfection. The prawn biryani is by far the best I have had in my 34 years of existence on this planet. Since they get their sea food fresh daily, you have to reserve your prawn biryani before hand else you may find it sold out! The masala was superb, the marination done in such a way that the flavors went right through the crustacean and the rice. The fish curry was spicy and sour with a hint of sweetness to cut through the tart. Tamarind used in it enhanced all the flavors!
Since the place does not have a chiller, no ice creams for dessert, but we tried a mango and milk based dessert with some dessicated coconut to be added as a topping. Sweet to the right point before overpowering every taste bud. But again, with whisky being downed freely, I stayed away from milk.
Overall, a great evening, great company, good whisky and even better food and service!
I applaud Gopal and Naresh in their service on our table. Undivided attention, courteous and eye for detail!
best in Mangalorean cuisine !
Known to most Wiproites ,as it is an stones throw from the Wipro sarjapur campus . The ambience soft, soothing and has a traditional touch . what I like about like about the décor is that its ethnic -love the hanging lamps and the speaker are unique made of bamboo. Water is served in earthern pots . Yes now coming to the food the prawn fries are good accompanied with soft appams and neer dosa are heavenly . Order fresh coconut water instead of fresh lime soda for a change.Try the chicken ghee roast. Avoid the weekdays if u are looking for a quiet dinner for two because usually there are these corporate crowds in large groups . and ofcouser the service wonderful !
My recommendation go and checkout this place ! you will not regret !
Authentic food and Variety taste!
I had been there for a team lunch . Awesome experience.. classy built-up.. Excellent starters..
Try out the varieties when you visit, i bet you will love it..
Good Manglorean style biriyani. Excellent service.
Every munch u take will be a totally different experience.. Thumbs up!
On the otherside, slightly overpriced :(
Rate it a must try!
Authentic and excellent!!
Set in a beautiful ambiance.....we had a wonderful meal of authentic manglorean food. Rawa fried mushrooms, fish curry, ghee roast chicken (the best i have had ).... etc. The food was delicious ...service was immpeccable....and the place was spotlessly clean. Will definately return for more.
Good Mangalorean Food
Its my first experience with Mangalorean Food. Loved the ambiance and feel of the place. The water is served in earthen pots , unique idea. It has a rustic look, not much of a fine dining experience. Now the food, we were served the Amchi Chicken Curry and Gawnche Chicken Curry. The one was coconut based gravy and other was peanut based. Liked both, they were light and yummy ! The Neer dosa was good as well. I loved the chicken biryani. Much better than many other Mughlai joints. Overall, a good experience. But comes at a high price ! and yeah, the place is difficult to find !
Good set up, Child unfriendly, bad service & Qnty
We went for dinner with two kids on a week day. There is no lit board to be able to make out the place. We were the only people in the restaurent and the waiters just loitered around. We had two kids and the waiters actually told us they don't allow kids over weekends and were quite unwilling to have the kids even though there was no other guests. They even refuse to serve water - you are expected to take it yourself!!!! The food is good quality but poor quantity and expensive. They billed us for one portion more than they served and didn't correct or respond when pointed out. The service experience is quite bad. The decor and ambience is well done.
OMG...wat brilliant food people...no doubt its hidden in a corner in Blore but if i cld cum dwn thre frm Mumbai thn am sure Blore people can go the distance...by far the most amazing Konkani food i hve ever tasted...Ghee Roast is to die for...Neer Dosa....Chicken Curry....Biryani...dnt 4get the Cocum Sherbet....SIMPLY EXCELLENT GUYS....GOOD FOOD GR8 SERVICE....THANKS 4 THE FOOD GUYS....KEEP IT UP....EVER WANA OPEN IN MUMBAI u have an investor in me...THUMBS UP
If it weren't for the distance!
This place came highly recommended by a vegetarian, and it turned out being far better in the non-vegetarian menu.
This place is very very very far away for someone who lives in North Bangalore, but the food is worth it if one loves seafood. The variety is great and Iv tried most items with no disappointments.
It has a cross-ventilated environment. In the evening, its breezy and with the dull-lit interiors, the ambience is just superb.
the menu booklet is very creative with postage-stamp like stickers that have the dishes written on it. Its even got rubber-stamped postions which makes it appear neat
Parking may be a probelm on some days because of the narrow road and no valet service.
The food is expensive but you wouldnt go that far away to Kanua unless you really wanted to, right? so what the heck!
Good ambiance, Great food!
I was told about Kanua by a friend of mine who had been there with his family and had been waiting to try it out for quite sometime based on his review.
Finally ended up there, ordered some masala fish fry, crab curry, vegetable stew and steamed rice sharing it between two people. The quantity is quite satisfactory.
What really struck about the place was that it was really comfortable and tastefully done, they have attentive staff and simply awesome food. The prices aren't pocket friendly. But then food this good can't be for cheap?
If you are into coastal cuisine from the west coast this is the place to get to. The seafood is fresh, a rarity in Bangalore from my past experiences. The cooking is absolutely no frills, everything was cooked just right and it tasted great. It reminded me of the home cooked konkan food I've had at a couple of friends places.
The Hidden Gem
Without any doubt, I can say Kanua is the best place for coastal cuisine. We had the crab fry, chicken ghee roast, Goan Pomfret fry, neer dosa, and chicken biriyani. Everything was fresh and had the right seasoning. Chicken Ghee Roast was definitely the best I ever had.
Amazing ambience, tucked in one end of Bangalore. It can be a day out for someone staying in Kengeri or Yeswantpur.
The Ginger Lime Soda was delightful as well. Also it went very well with my rum.
Why did I give a 4 star and not a five? Being an open restaurant, it was pretty cold. My rum was keeping me warm but the food served became half frozen in minutes.
They have a policy of get your own liquor. But they charged Rs 50/- Corking Charge for each peg of rum that was pretty expensive in my mind.
A meal for two was Rs 1700/-, we could have made 3 trips to our neighborhood joint. But overall it is definitely worth a visit. Seafood Lovers should not miss it. If this was in Koramangala or Indiranagar this would be definitely one of the most talked about eatery in Bangalore.
Firstly the menu card impresses you with its look and style.
Then, from the starting drinks everything else is very impressive.
There is a good list of choices to choose from especially for the non-vegetarians. And the vegetarians have a little less, but enough to pick a very good one easily.
The waiters are very helpful in suggesting stuff as the names of some items look new.
Very exciting ambience, but kids not allowed during weekends is what I have heard.
You can definitely return with a unique relishing experience.
Nice Place; Worth a Try
I loved the Ambiance - Nice and cozy and comfortable seating. Ok. When I write for this place, it is from the experience I have gathered for all the times that I have visited. The food served is just delicious and very traditional. The Vegetarian and Non vegetarian[meat/fish] food they offer is just superb and classic.
Try out the jackfruit papad [dont remember the name in their menu], Chicken/Prawns Ghee roast & Pepper Chicken - goes very well with Neer Dosa, Fish Fry, Chicken Curry and mangalore Rotti & Chicken Biryani is just awesome here[i know its not south indian, but worth a try].Dont remember the names of the veg food I tried here.
Decently priced and taste awesome!
Worth the journey :-)
In the unexplored :-) lands to the right of Sarjapur Road, lies a Hut. Built like a house near a river with Tiles for a roof and filled with artifacts from a sleepy coastal town. Try the Mutton Sukha and Yam with Tamarind Dips to start your Lunch. Then relish the Narla (coconut) Chicken Curry with Sanna and Shevai. Gobble it down with Birinda Juice or PassionFruit Juice...... and then before you leave take a round and see how this place is designed based on a theme....
...... BUT.... fish and prawns werent available when I went there, but Im sure they would be great :-)
Excellent Place for Konkan Cuisine
Its unconventional, its on the roof, its way off the main road, its not advertised, not centrally located, no dedicated parking, there isn't a lift, no air-conditioning and its named after an extinct variety of rice. In spite of this, it gets all of my five stars.
Most likely its the best place in town for great Konkan cuisine.
The ambience is just perfect for an evening gathering with friends; very tastefully done up with artifacts sourced from an almost forgotten past. Every nook and corner has been intricately done, right from the restroom doors to the vegetable store.
The service is good, somewhat slow on the weekends, yet the staff are knowledgeable and friendly.
The food is spectacular. Don't miss the Naked Fish Masala (Lady/Seer/Pomfret), the Chicken Ghee Roast, the Sugarcane & Bittergourd curry or the yummy Wine Spinach. The last two go perfectly well with plain steamed rice or Neer Dosa.
The Prawn/Chicken Biriyani we tried there wasn't anything special and could use some spicing up. Also, till date, I haven't found a good fish main course that I can recommend, though their vegetarian curries are simply superb.
Definitely a must visit.
Outstanding Food and Experience
This place is far away from the city, but it may be worth a ride. This is a terrace restaurant off Sarjapur Road overlooking open areas. The folks have tried to offer authentic Konkan cuisine and I must say they have excelled. Everything from the menu (hanmdae papaer with items printed to little stamps) to the tables and the decor has been done very elegantly. Have been there a few times - the bittergourd dish is awesome - this is the only place I eat Bittergourd (not even at home). The snakegourd based starter is also good. You get Neer Dosas a accompaniments to the main course. Avoid the desserts - overpriced and not really good enough - in a way, it may spoil the great meal. And by the way, you can carry your own alcohol and they will serve it for you for 10% corkage. I am pretty sure this place will be crowded on weekend evenings. Also kids are not allowed on weekend evenings - saftey reasons it seems.
A Konkan's Delight
One thing that hit me as I entered the restaurant was that there was actually time put in to design this place elaborately. The woodwork, the straw blinds, the furniture and the store kitchen with onions and coconuts hanging around. Their décor is very well thought of; even the restrooms have the two sided doors like that of the houses in the traditional Malabar/Konkan regions. Took me back in time to my grandmother's house. The other good thing (the best, rather) is that you don't have to overhear the other tables' conversations and vice versa, of course.
Service was prompt. The waiter was by our side with menu cards. (Menu cards get a special mention here because the items and prices are stamped on the cards. Literally.) We ordered Sugar Cane juice that served as the appetizer. Fried chili Pomfret. Crispies with channa for our vegetarian friend. Neer dosa and steamed brown rice with chicken and fish curry was the main course. I do not recollect what the vegan ordered. He said it was good but my advice to anybody headed to Kanua: The non-vegetarian dishes are the best! We were too stuffed to order dessert as we had to head back to office, despite the Friday Fever... :(
Location: Can miss it easily. Off Sarjapur Road.
Service: On time
Prices: Moderately expensive
Drinks: None served
Psst... By the way, our lunch break was 2 hours!