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Friday, August 04, 2006

Southern spice

This post I would say is straight from the "Stomach". I am a foodie to the core, always in search of quality places to eat, be it a roadside stall in galli's of Bombay or say a hi-fi restaurant in the tony areas of the Colaba causeway or now Pune. In fact the only areas that I have explored in pune in the last one year is places where you get amazing food and the variety includes moghlai, chinese, rajasthani, food from the south and some more usual but stuff.

Yesterday was one such delightful experience at a small restaurant called "Southern spice" located around a kilometer or two near the pune station opposite to the famous Jehangir Hospital. The specialty of this place is that it has got typical mallu food- yeah now I have learnt to differentiate between mallu ,kandu ,tamil etc and don't club them all into madrasi's like fellow north indians - The punchline for the restaurant goes like "Food from the God's own country" and they truly live up to the expectations.

The ambiance is nothing great to talk about and the service is not up to the mark if you don't know mallu, because all the waiters belong to the God's own country and at times you find it difficult to explain things in Hindi or English. So, we were informed about the day's special crab curry when we had already placed orders for the curries.

But they are the best where it matters the most, FOOD, I was pretty sure what to order since it was my second visit, though my friend found it difficult to imagine what "porrota", "idiappam" etc look like. Our order of Fish fry(Surmai) landed on our plates within 10 mins and believe me it can't get better, deep fried in probably coconut oil it provides immense pleasure to your taste buds. The mutton roast with dry gravy was too spicy and to reaffirm its spicy nature they had added uncountable number of green chilies just to rejuvenate your taste buds incase they are rusted, add to all this host porottas and idiappams make a delightful dinner. For the uninitiated, porotta is a kind of paratha made of maida and idiappam is made of a kind of very thing noodle like strands made of a paste of rice, held together in the shape of an idli.

So next time in Pune, surely try Southern Spice and yeah incase if you thinking something is missing from the true mallu experience, There's an additional attraction, mallu music, most of the times they play mallu songs with an occasional hindi one.


  • I reached first :)) now lemme read it !!!

    By Blogger Abhi, at 8:17 am  

  • #Asif,

    hmm!!! yummy !!! u reminded me some of my favourite dishes ..

    infact there are many in the curries tooooo viz ; pacchadi ( my fav ),aveal
    (pronunciation ,i wld speak it to u wen v meet in person :) ).. nd many more ..

    now let me try some luck at home by asking my Mom to prepare ne one of dish at home this Sun :))

    By Blogger Abhi, at 8:23 am  

  • Kandu?????
    What the hell is that??
    Anyways, you are forgiven :-)

    Nice review Mate..

    And idiappams...hmmnn..We call it by a different name and it tastes well with cocunut and sugar too...
    Also, mixed with cocunut milk, it tastes divine..hell, i think cocunut milk itself tastes gr8 :-)

    Crabs were a perennial fav in the days when I was still into non-veg...And I sincerely hope you had dug both your hands into the crabs..No other way to eat it pleasssssssssssssseeeeeeeeee...

    And, I hope they served the food on a banana leaf..If not, then you are still vanchit of a true Southie lunch...

    And yes, Try the Andhra food tooo...Its just brilliant..If in Bangalore ever, try the Andhra food available over there...Moi thinks it is better than what they get in Andhra :-)

    Daammm, I just had my lunch and I am already feeling hungry :D


    PS : Pune has a wide vairety of restuarants. Hope you get time to check all of them out.

    By Blogger HP, at 8:56 am  

  • Surmai fries were undoubtedly the best I ever had... Mutton Roast was too spicy but the taste was enviable... Well, the true discovery was idiappam... amazing stuff!
    Surely dude, we are going there again...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:59 am  

  • Hey HP... Is there anything in the entire universe that you don't know about, u r a studd mannn... Can speak or write about anything... Well thats why we have HP Fundas, isn't it?

    Without WAX,

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:02 am  

  • @Ritam,

    Thanks for that comment. I am honoured :-)
    But, I am sad for one thing is that I will never be able to eat fish prepared by a Bengali family....
    I do need to come to Bengal for once..Need to see all the Addas, Durga pandaals and all...

    And yes, I forgot abt Surmai...
    Halwa, pomfrets and all...Anyways, fish tastes best fried :-)


    By Blogger HP, at 9:27 am  

  • He he HP I had chance to eat Bengali fish a few times, also made by Ritam's mom when she was here. Can vouch for it too, it is amazing. Hardluck they didn't serve it on banana leaves, soon would find a place where they do that.

    Have never heard much about Andhra food, now need to search for the same.

    By "Kandu's" I was referring to Kannda's.

    By Blogger As If, at 10:03 am  

  • @Asif,

    I do understand that u referred to Kanaadigaas when you said Kandu..

    Just that Kandu is so weird word..Anyways :-)


    By Blogger HP, at 10:09 am  

  • zaraa ehtiyaat kijiye baahar khane meN baarish ka mausam hai. :)

    By Blogger indscribe, at 10:11 pm  

  • #As If

    Dude, i think am a bit late for the feast. :)
    neways thats the way Mallus work, truly professional.
    Abhi, can be the best example. Am an exception :)

    Neways next time try Beef curry with porotta. they just rock together.

    I suppose As If had not been to a marriage feast. Dude they serve Bananas only when they have a proper Veg. feast mostly during marriages.

    Abhi can clarify ur doubts, if any.


    By Blogger Kurt, at 7:33 am  

  • @Kurt,

    Dude, some southern hotels do serve food still on banana leaves.
    For a quick visit, I suggest the Kamath Hotel just outside Matunga station.
    One of the few eateries who have not succumbed to crass commercialization and try to serve good value for money.

    You are right when you say that banana leaves are mostly used for veg-feasts but any community lunch back home is mostly served on leaves. And, I have eaten non-veg food at my neighbour’s house on banana leaves during Christmas. So there.

    Yeah, with times changing ppl are opting for buffet lunches where these leaves have become impractical.
    But, nothing can beat the taste of eating payasam from the banana leaves. My mouth has already started watering :-)

    Daamn, getting a real craving for some authentic Southie fare…


    By Blogger HP, at 8:44 am  

  • Oops.. I got the name wrong.

    I meant to say 'Rama Nayak's Udipi Shri Krishna Boarding' just outside the Matunga station.

    And for your info, it has a board mentioning 'The owner eats here' :-)


    By Blogger HP, at 9:42 am  

  • hi asif..
    well nice date with yummies dishes...really im fond of eating..n gud food make me feel happy..its one of the stress burner for me...as i travelled a lot but never get chance to visit pune..n im sure that whenever ill visit pune i definetly go to this southern spice...

    take care..

    By Blogger mojindro, at 11:10 am  

  • @HP
    Hey Hari I have eaten at the uddupi hotel near Matunga station a couple of times, they never served anything on banana leaves!!!. kuch bhi haan, I have wandered streets of Matunga for 5 years yaar, itna bhi nahin fekne ka :)).

    Thanx for the concern, hum sambhalke hi khaate hain, but khana to band nahin kar sakte :)), your blog looks interesting would spend time on it, further if you can identify yourself would be gr8.

    Waise truly speaking I am not a gr8 fan of the veggie stuff from the south, you know like a true bhaiyya rasam/sambhar can never replace dal. They are ok for snacks or with idli or medu wada, but if I see rasam/sambhar at lunch with rice or someone mixing curd with rice.. no comments further.

    By Blogger As If, at 8:12 am  

  • @Asif,

    5 saal barbaad kiye :-)
    Well, then you need to wander properly.

    I will take you along with me. Phir Doodh ka Doodh, aur Paani ka Paani ho jaayega...
    Waana have a bet mate!!!


    By Blogger HP, at 12:03 pm  

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    By Blogger HP, at 12:08 pm  

  • And if anyone else needs any proof, here is one link where you can read the review of the place.

    Please read the review


    By Anonymous HP, at 12:13 pm  

  • Abe main bol raha hoon I have eaten at the place a couple of times and you are showing me links and all. repeating the posts doesn't change anything, I have eaten there and they served me in a plate period.

    By Blogger As If, at 12:17 pm  

  • waise bhi I don't look madrasi by any angle so they might have decided against serving me on banana leaves.

    By Blogger As If, at 12:18 pm  

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Blogger HP, at 12:19 pm  

  • @Asif,

    Well...The latest argument is a bit childish, IMHO :-)

    If you go to a hotel and you dont have ,say Gulab Jamun there, then you dont say that they dont serve gulab jamuns there...
    Its a simple case of looking at the menu-card properly :-)

    They serve in plates too simply so that ppl who dont have enough experience of eating food on leaves should not stop coming there simply coz of that reason :-)

    And haa, simply Matunga ghoomne se kuch nahin hota hain. :-)[Couldnt resist it]



    By Blogger HP, at 12:39 pm  

  • Ok boss as you say :))

    Warning: Any further comments on this issue tend to be moderated :)

    By Blogger As If, at 12:57 pm  

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