7 Reviews / 8 Ratings
An Enchanting Journey to the South
I cannot begin this review without mentioning the hospitality standards of this place. The staff was extremely courteous without possessing that Im doing this just because its my job attitude. These wonderful people took me through the menu and their cuisine concepts with great interest.
We began with cocktails, one of which was based on tender coconut, transporting me to the Kerala backwaters I remember from many years ago. The other was a mix of vodka, tequila and a spicy tomato chutney, all of them ideally balanced and superb to taste.
For starters, the Podi tossed orange mini idlis were melting in the mouth and too hard to resist. The Mokka Junna Miriyalu Fry which is baby corn marinated in tamarind and black pepper wasnt too appealing. However the Crispy Rice and cheese cutlets were lip smacking! Crispy on the outside, soft and mushy on the inside, the taste still lingers on my tongue.
For the main course, we decided to let the manager order their signature dishes for us. The Karuvepilai Poondu Kuzhambu , a smooth gravy with a prominent taste of roasted garlic, very different from what I was used to but very delicious nonetheless. Then there was the Tomato Pappu and Pancha Dhanya Koora, both dals, but possessing a singular taste that made each offer something to remember. I most loved the balance of flavor in them with the legumes not overpowering the taste of the seasoning.
The next plate that came to our table can best be described as a show stealer - The Kothmir Vonkaya Koora, tender baby brinjals immersed in coriander gravy. Not only did the brinjals look cute (in the way they were presented), the coriander wasnt overwhelming as most other dishes Ive tasted seemed to show.
South Indies strikes the bulls eye with its Neer Dosa (a handkerchief thin explosion of deliciousness) and their Aappam falls into the same category of awesome. However, the Malabar Parotta was a bit disappointing for no other reasons than that Ive enjoyed better in Kerala. The Urulai Kothamalli Roti was average.
By the end of our meal, we were too full to even think about dessert. We closed our enchanting meal with their signature Kumbakonam Degree Coffee. Just mentioning it here makes me want to go to South Indies right away.
Thanks to the manager and servers, I found my wonderful journey to the South filled with a sensational ambience and soft instrumental music, much like cherry on a cake.
:'( Not worth
Pathetic experience. Chutneys dont taste upto the mark. they have real complex names to confuse you. Very costly. Its normal food, nothing special about taste. Vegetable stew=kadi, some sabzi= paneer sabzi( I don't know how did it get in south indian cuisine), some rice= khichidi. Most of the items such as masala dosa, normal uttapa ,normal idli were absent or then available only in breakfast. Ambience is good but whts special in that u can get it anywhr else.
Ended up going there for the lunch buffet on a weekend with family. After a looong 45 minute wait (and there wasn't any clarity reg what sequence the guests were being called in), we were ushered into the outside area. That area had lots of mess on the floor and the waiter tried to explain that was due to a birthday party that had just got over. Wonder why they didn't think about cleaning the place before calling us in! After a 10 min wait and a reminder, we got water and starters. The buffet area was in utter chaos, food replenishment was slow and cutlery wasn't available in required no. The whole place was totally disorganized. We had to wait for 10 long minutes for the dosas while our food went icy cold. The icing on the cake was finding a small stone in my lentils salad. I called for the manager at least 4 times while the waiter kept saying that the manager is busy and will come later. I had to tell him that I don't intend to leave the place without meeting him when he finally turned up. He apologized and said it was due to shortage of staff! Well , for us, it was definitely far far away from having a fine dining experience. Decent food but ruined by bad service and apathy to customers
Great South Indian food after so long in Pune!
I am originally from Kerala and have never had this good Appam and Parotta's outside my state! The curry especially the stew which goes very well with the Appam is great here. While the ambiance and service is great, the buffet costs around 400 and is just about value for money! Would recommend it to anyone who would like to try the best of south Indian food.
I visited this place for lunch a few days back. The place serves authentic South Indian food, like you might not have had tasted anywhere around. Pretty good spread of Chutneys & various south Indian delicacies on the buffet. The place feels cramped & gets "crowded" around the buffet counters. Overall ambience is average. The buffet seemed a little overpriced based on the overall experience of the place. It is not a total disappointment though, they serve very good appams & dosais....We paid close to 850 for a lunch buffet for 2.