New Andhra Hotel in Mangalore

“Kousalya – Aroma of Andhra” hotel has re-opened near Infosys Kottara office. The hotel is in the Prithvi Residency Lodge. They have authentic Andhra dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Andhra meals in the lunchtime is 35/- for limited meals and 50/- for unlimited meals.

Prawns in Taro’s Nest – Hao Ming

Do you like prawns? Do you like indian chinese food? Then head over to Hao Ming for “Prawns in Taros Nest”.

Hao Ming is situated in Balmatta, with an entrance opposite to the Hotel Prestige. (Does all my directions start with a hotel? :)) Hotel Hao Hao near Juice Junction was actually the parent hotel and both used to be under the same management for sometime.Both were started by a Chinese guy named Louis Wong who has settled here.

Like the imaginative name, this dish had prawns in a thick gravy inside a dish made of taro (yam). Other good stuff at this hotel are fried ice cream and fried rice.

Hotel Narayana

If someone has a single day in Mangalore and wants to try the best of the local cuisine, i would advise them to goto Narayana. Long-time ago local secret, and now a hip rustic local joint to be in, Narayana serves the best fish fry IN THE WORLD. Not for the squeamish and people who want the good-looking hotels. This is a “local” hotel. Tucked in a corner of Bunder, Narayana can be reached by going further on the road from Hampankatta to Hotel Gateway (erstwhile Taj), and then taking a right-turn at the next junction. Any auto-wallah worth his salt should be able to take you there.

Narayana is one of those hotels who serve one dish, but do it extremely well. You get only meals with fish fry here. In fish fry, you have many types of fish, of which Anjal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-Pacific_king_mackerel) and Mathi (Sardine) are the best. Just thinking of these is bringing my mouth watery!

Pro tips: Try to reach before 1, because after this afternoon-rush hits the hotel and you might find yourself waiting in queue (right at the table). Get majjigae (Butter milk) along with the meals, it is a wonderful drink to go with this dish. What makes Narayana special is the powdery gravy with the fry, get lots of it. Mix with the liquid gravy, and goto town.

Chatti Pathiri – Cochin Bakery

Chatti pathiri is a kind of layer cake. Layers of pathiris, interspersed by sweetened egg, cashew nuts, raisins, seasoned with cardamom, this is a sinful sweet concoction only Malabar can dream up. Chatti Pathiri @ Cochin Bakery is one of our best guilty pleasures.

Cochin Bakery has 3 branches in city – Kadri (near NH-17),Kankanady (near Father Mullers Hospital) and Hampankatta (near RTO)

Pro tips: Reach there around 3-4pm to get hold of it. They make only one per day, and demand is huge for the pieces (one cake is 1kg and pieces come in 100gms each) . You can call them and order also.