Cruise through Kerala cuisine
New Kairali: Typical taste of God's Own Country Photos: K. Murali Kumar
NEW KAIRALI, off Hosur Road near Christ College, has turned its obscure location into an advantage. Being a non-commercial area, the rent is low, and the eatery passes on this benefit to the clients. So, you get finger-licking-good Kerala food here at unbelievable prices. What's more, the location ensures that parking is no hassle either. The authentic cuisine from God's Own Country has caught the fancy of not only homesick students and professionals, but many locals too.
This year-old restaurant was opened by Kurian Menachery and Jogy Kattukaran after the success of the branch in Marutinagar near Madivala. Back in Kerala, Jogy also used to cater at film sets. He also ran a restaurant called The Hilton in Thiruvananthapuram.
What New Kairali offers is a Kerala experience all the way. The breakfast here includes lacy Kerala appam with vegetable or mutton stew, puttu with kadala and pappadam or pazham, idiyappam, cherupayar, masala dosa, ghee roast with typical Kerala coconut chutney, and poori and potato bhaji. There is also chicken pappas, a speciality from Thrissur, a curry with thick gravy. Beef roast is another breakfast option. A hearty breakfast for two would cost Rs. 50.
Lunch, which begins at noon, offers a veggie meal at Rs. 20. You can choose between boiled rice and raw rice, with which you get avial, poriyal, rasam, sambar, kachiamore, buttermilk, pickles, and pappadam. An unlimited meal costs is Rs. 25. Fish curry and rice is priced at Rs. 25.
New Kairali also makes about 1,800 fluffy and crisp Kerala parathas a day, priced at Rs. 4 each. Biryani is also good here. It's accompanied by a slice of pineapple that helps overcome the heavy feeling. Desserts like payasam, ada pradhaman, and pal payasam will soon be on the menu to keep the Kerala theme right up to the end of the meal, promise the men behind the eatery.
Being a Kerala restaurant, it also serves a range of seafood, including karimeen pollichadu, karimeen varuthadu, neimeen, white pomfret, aila, mathi, killimeen, and veloori. The popular Kerala beef roast, beef chops, chilly beef, and beef fry are also available.
Banana fry, parippu vada, beef cutlet, chicken cutlet, and chicken rolls are options to choose from in the evening. They can be washed down with tea, made the Kerala way.
The eatery also offers some unusual dishes such as duck roast and rabbit fry. A plate of duck roast, at Rs. 50, has three succulent pieces. Rabbit meat, the restaurant owners say, is cholesterol free. Kallummakaya (shellfish) is another special dish here.
A satisfying meal for two would cost Rs. 125 here, even with special non-veg items. They have a party hall, which can accommodate around 150, and a small conference hall that packs 30.
New Kairali can be contacted on 56682888 or 5631770.
Ambience: Airy, informal
Speciality: Authentic Kerala fare
Wallet factor: A hearty meal for two would cost around Rs. 125.
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