Coastal cuisines from the southern regions of India is gaining steady prominence in New Delhi. In fact, the onset of many eateries offering coastal cuisines in the state capital sings a testimony to that. Searock Coastal Cookhouse & Bar is the latest on the block. We went for a delectable lunch spread recently, and here’s a detailed review. By Kumar Shree
The restaurant sitting on L Block of Connaught Place instantly grabs attention with its quirky entrance. The interiors donning earthy, muted shades of peach, lime green, electric blue and grey is comforting to the eyes. Paintings depicting the nuances of southern culture catch one’s attention, and two framed installations of verisimilitude banana leaves aim at recreating the coastal charm in the national capital. The bar sits quietly in one corner and does its job with absolute flair.
I start with the tangy, warm, and flavour-packed Chettinad Kalan Soup (mushroom soup). It is an absolute delight to my palette. For starters, I order portions of Chicken Sukka from Mangalore, Karaikudi Kozhi Roast from Tamil Nadu and Anjal Tawa Fry from Mangalore. The special Chettinad masala used in the Karaikudi Kozhi Roast makes it stand out as my favourite so far. The Anjal Tawa Fry a total winner too (Seer fish marinated in Andhra spices).
For mains, I order some Chicken Mappas (Kerala) and Mamsa Gassi (Mangalore) with Malabar Parotta to go with. The chicken dish is a Syrian delicacy where chicken is cooked in creamy coconut gravy and tomato that gives the curry a mildly-sweet flavour that mingles like yin and yang with the Malabar Parotta. Mamsa Gassi, the Mangalore-style mutton curry, on the other hand, has condensed flavours, and is something that I’ll return for.
For sweets, Ragi Manni (Mangalore) and Karupatti Halwa (Tamil Nadu) arrive at the table as I let out a sigh at the idea of eating more. However, I take bites from both for tasting and even before I know, the bowl for Karupatti Halwa is polished off. If you prefer to keep a check on sugar, go for the Ragi Manni, otherwise, Karupatti Halwa will be my recommendation, any day.
Where: Searock Coastal Cookhouse & Bar, 3,4, Block L, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi – 110001
Cost for two: INR 1,600 for two people (approx.)
Timings: 12 pm – 11:30 pm