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Udupi comes to Adchini...



Perfect ambience at South Delhi's Govardhan restaurant.

SARAVANA BHAWAN maybe the latest addition to New Delhi's menu card but South Indian food has always had takers in the Capital. Delhi offers a wide array of cuisines to choose from. South Indian and North Indian food in all the infinite variety are offered in a number of specialty restaurants.

If you are in South Delhi and want to eat out without having to withdraw heavy cash from your bank, go across to Govardhan Restaurant in Adchini on Sri Aurobindo Marg. They claim to provide perfect food. It is not a perfect promise but one that is not too far removed from reality.

Established in 1999, Govardhan Restaurant has become a familiar name with the Delhiites due to delicious vegetarian South Indian fare. The restaurant is famous for its specialty in South Indian food. The cooks are handpicked from Udupi, near Mangalore, the home of South Indian cuisine. To give the real feel and ethnic touch all dishes are served on the banana leaves. The centrally air-conditioned restaurant, spread across 3,800 sq.ft. is divided into two parts, having seating capacity of more than a 100 at a time.

A wonderful accompaniment to a meal is the fine selection of light classical music that is played in the background. The ambience of the restaurant gives a glimpse of Karnataka style temple with beautiful woodwork, which has been used as a decorative on the wall with suitable backdrop.

There are plenty of choices to make here. In South Indian cuisine the most famous and exclusive being, Malabar Adai, a mixture of four dals and rice, Iddiyappam with Aviyel, a kind of rice noodle. If you want to taste their special Andhra Pesarattu and Kanchipuram Idli, priced at Rs.45 and 40, respectively, make sure you turn up on weekends.

Govardhan special dosa is rectangular and big in size, served with paneer masala, potato masala along with red chilly, green chutney, coconut chutney, sambar and gunpowder. A real filler for those who want to try something different.

According to I. Subrahmanyam, the man behind the restaurant, "Govardhan restaurant is a place where the North meets the South to add to your culinary experience. The efficient service of the trained staff and authenticity of the dishes provide great value for money."

Incidentally, this April they are adding Chinese dishes to the menu and plan to open a new restaurant in a couple of years.

SANJEEV CHOUDHARY

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