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Delicious fare

The Jawahar Nagar branch of Kalavara serves interesting fare...


LOOKING FORWARD to having a peaceful meal with your family? Then Kalavara would be the right choice. Situated in Jawahar Nagar, away from the madding crowd, Kalavara is a branch of the restaurant by the same name at Pulimoodu.

Starting a branch at Jawahar Nagar was a widely recommended one. "Most of the customers who used to visit our Pulimoodu restaurant were from the Jawahar Nagar area. It was time consuming coming all the way there. It also lacked adequate parking space. So starting a branch here was the obvious solution to bring in more people to our restaurant," says Ramesh, who manages the restaurant.

The restaurant does not boast of any exquisite cuisine, and provides only regular fare, including Chinese, Tandoor and Continental dishes. However, the quality and quantity are good.

The decor of the restaurant cannot be termed exquisite, but it is pleasant. Copies of classics, like the Mona Lisa that adorn its walls, are accentuated by the lamps strategically placed above them. In addition, the tinted glass separations of the cubicles add a lot of colour.

There is an array of appetisers to choose from. For the non-veggies the menu has Chicken Fry Cantonese (Rs. 47), Chicken Drumstick (Rs. 34), Chicken Spring Roll (Rs. 40), and Sesame Fried Shrimps (Rs. 67). The veggies can choose from any of these -- Vegetable Spring Roll (Rs. 35), Vegetable Crisps in Garlic Sauce (Rs. 32), Aloo Jeera (Rs. 27) and Aloo/Channa Chat (Rs. 27). The Chicken Sesame Ball (Rs. 35) and Cauliflower Crisps (Rs. 37) are simply yummy!

If these are not appetising enough, then try the soups. The good old Sweet Corn Chicken Soup (Rs. 30) leads the way, but Hot and Sour Chicken Soup (Rs. 30), Wanton Soup (Rs. 30), The Manchow Soup (Rs. 27), Shrimps and Mushroom Noodle Soup (Rs. 30) are equally favoured by gourmands. The Herbal Soup (Rs. 27) is recommended for those who are health-conscious.

For the main course, one can choose from Vegetable Pulao (Rs. 37), Vegetable Fried Rice (Rs. 35), Vegetable Noodles (Rs. 35), Chicken Fried Rice/Noodles (Rs. 38), Mix Fried Rice/Noodles (Rs. 42). Then there is the usual Chinese Chopsuey and Szechwan Fried Rice priced at Rs. 58. However, the best of the lot is American Chopsuey (Rs. 58). The noodles are fried to perfection and its tomato-based gravy proves to be a perfect accompaniment.

In the Tandoor category you can have Tandoori Chicken (Rs. 120 for a plate and Rs. 72 for half), different kinds of kababs and tikkas. For the main dish, there is nan, roti, kulcha, chappathi and batoora.

Tandoori dishes, however, are available only for dinner.

Suggested meat dishes are Chilly Beef (Rs. 39), Shredded Beef with Capsicum (Rs. 42), Fish Curry Keralam (Rs. 52), Fish Molee (Rs. 52), Fish Fillets in hot Szechwan Sauce (Rs. 57), Butter Chicken (Rs. 53), Chicken Hyderabadi Korma (Rs. 52), Kadai Murghi (Rs. 55), Chicken Tikka Masala (Rs. 62), Singapore Chicken (Rs. 67) and Dragon Chicken (Rs. 62).

Vegetarian thali meal is priced at Rs. 30, with an additional Rs.10 for a fish curry.

Though the continental fare is limited to three dishes, they are worth trying.

Crumb Fried Fish with Tartar Sauce, Fish Orly n' Chips and Shrimps n' Chips, all priced at Rs. 78, make a meal in itself.

However, the dessert section is limited to the fruit salad and ice creams.

AMBIKA VARMA

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