It was my wife's birthday and we decided to have our lunch out at the Paragon @ St.Marks road. But to our dismay there was a huge waiting crowd and it seemed impossible to get a seat. So we walked down Church street and made a random choice to try out "Karnatic" , a south Indian cuisine restaurant cum bar located on the 2nd floor of a building. The place was quite compact but the interior truly reflected the cuisine served and felt warm and welcoming. The place was relatively free to my surprise.
|The waiting area
|The traditional entry
|Interesting wall art
The restaurant worked on a combination of selected cuisines covering all the south Indian regions - Karnataka, Coastal Mangalorean , Andhra , Tamilnadu and Kerala.
We started with the local sweet "Obbattu" ( also called Puran Poli) and went for Ghee roasted Prawns as starters. The prawns were tender and well spiced. Next we ordered Neer Dosas that were costal mangalorean food. This was one of the best neer dosas I have had in Bangalore. They went well with the Chettinad chicken curry.
|Chettinad Chicken curry
Next I wanted to order my usual favorite Mutton Biriyani. When the waiter asked us if he can get us Guntur biriyani I made the mistake of saying 'Yes' without realizing that Guntur meant its Andhra cuisine! True to its name, it was the most spicy hot biriyani I had every tried. I had to request for extra curd and Lime juice to douse the fire. We later realized they had many other lighter varieties Biriyani's to choose from...That's for next time!
|Curd rice "mosaranna"
After the small fiasco with Biriyani, we needed to set our system right with a plate of tasty Curd rice.
Both their desserts are a must try here. One is the Elaneer Payasam rich in tender coconut flavor and delightfully creamy! The other is the coconut mousse served on a coconut shell... equally good!
Overall a very happy experience that left us wanting more...We surely plan to visit next time, maybe on a weekday and try their plantain leaf meals and many more!
|Birthday girl waiting for her dessert!