Onyumm! – the yum Kerala food fest is happening at Madras Cafe & Co from today i.e 25th August – 30th August. I was invited as part of the bloggers meet to sample the menu. The restaurant is decked up in all its festivities – banana leaves at the entrance, Onapookkalam (flower rangoli), the servers dressed up in traditional attires.
The welcome drink served – Inji Tanni , made with ginger was very refreshing. While we were sipping the drink, the Appalam basket (banana chips, jackfruit chips & jaggery-coated banana chips) made its way to our table.
Next up were the starters – Palkatti Chuttadhu and Sakarvali Kalengu in the veg options and Pacha Melagu Koli Veruval(chicken), Meen Polichadu(fish) in the non-veg options. Succulent chicken with green chillies -the chicken starter was my favourite!. The steamed fish in banana leaf with tomato paste was melt-in-the-mouth. Yum!
The Palkatti Chuttadhu – paneer coated with spicy and crispy coating was good. The Sakarvali Kalengu, a sweet potato with green chillies cutlet was decent enough. The veg starters surely pale in front of the non-veg counterparts.
The Veg main course consisted of – Kalan, Avial, Eryssery, Ulli Theeyal and Kai Kari Thoran. While the non-vegetarians can choose from Aadu Thenga Masala or Chimeen Manga Curry.
The Ulli Theeyal (made with pearl onions) was my favourite in the veg course and I relished it with some kerala rice.
The Kalan (raw banana and yam), Avial (mixed vegetables) and Eryssery (yellow pumpkin) have a strong fresh coconut base. Even though the above dishes have kind of similar ingredients, the taste of each dish was distinct.
The beans and carrot Thoran, a simple stir-fry of vegetables garnished with fresh coconut was a simple dish but very flavorful. I was too stuffed to do any justice to the Malabar Koli Biryani and just had a spoonful.
The Onyumm! festival is on from 25th August- 30th August 2015. On Friday, 28th August, the Onam Sadya will be served on a banana leaf. Call 040 69995333/040 69997222 to book a table.