A restaurant that offers the delicacies from our hometown in a foreign country is every expats’ dream come true. I was craving for authentic Mangalorean food in Dubai, when some of our friends suggested us to try out the Mahesh Lunch home, in Al Karama. So here is my Review. The pics are from my second visit to the restaurant.
The Restaurant is centrally situated, at a walkable distance from the ADCB metro station. It wasn’t that crowded and were welcomed cordially by the staff.(both the times- around 8-9 PM).
We were seated at our table by the staff. The ambiance is very nice with a soft music playing in the background. There is a beautiful aquarium that I initially thought to be a TV screen.
Dishes we ordered:
Crabmeat Soup: One of the best soups that we have ever had. The crab soup itself makes us want to go back to this place again and again J The crab meat was fresh and well cooked.
Clams Sukka: This is a Mangalorean delicacy in which clams are cooked in the gravy and then the grated and ground coconut is added. This dish was very tasty, but I did not find the taste as authentic as the Mangalorean clam sukka.
Chicken Ghee Roast: it was tasty and spicy and perfectly cooked. I remembered my mom’s chicken ghee roast curry while having this. The dish is pure love.
We had Neer Dosa with the sukka and the ghee roast. The Neer dosa literally means water dosa. The neer dosa was as expected, thin and hot. I love this Mangalorean delicacy.
Next, we had Kori Rotti and Chicken Gassi ( Again, a Mangalorean dish). They had eggs in the gassi. I mean a non-vegetarian from Mangalore would know that finding the egg in Chicken gassi is surprising. ( Unfortunately, I did not take the pics)
For drinks, we had lime soda and Sol Kadi. The place is not licensed to sell alcohol.
Sol Kadi is a drink which is made from Kokum and coconut milk. It is a natural digestive. Both were delish!
The prices for the items are not too expensive and the food is worth the money.
To conclude, If you are a Mangalorean or love Mangalore food, do not expect the same taste. The food is yummy but too much expectation can be disappointing.
I am giving this place a 4.5 for the crab soup, the ambiance, and the friendly staff.