South Indian fare was by no means so scrumptious as this attention-grabbing new restaurant Padmanabham makes it to be.
Conventional South Indian dishes equivalent to idli, dosa, sambhar and vada are discovered aplenty inside Delhi. However relating to choices past these staple dishes, we wrestle to call a single restaurant that has all of it. The latest entrant on the block, Padmanabham, is right here to vary precisely that. That is one restaurant which is actually a gateway to a gamut of South Indian culinary experiences. The decor of this spacious restaurant was harking back to the kalamkari work and mandala artworks historically present in a South Indian temples. The identify itself, Padmanabham, has originated from the well-known Lord Padmanabhamswamy temple present in Trivandrum, Kerala.
All the pieces within the restaurant, from the cooks to the decor and to the music appeared prefer it was recent from the Southern states of the nation. The primary few dishes dropped at the desk themselves proved that with a gamut of flavours as extensive as these in South Indian meals, nothing is not possible. That is much more creditable contemplating that Padmanabham is a pure-vegetarian restaurant. Thus, dishes which can be historically made with meat have been repurposed and given a brand new lease of life of their vegetarian counterparts.
Among the dishes that had been really commendable had been the starters – the Mushroom 65, which was mushroom fried in rice and chilli batter, had a style that lingered on within the mouth for some time. One other appetiser that was one thing totally different was the Idiappam and Kadala curry, which is a flavourful black gram curry which was comforting and so scrumptious! Puttu, which was a cylindrical-shaped cake of rice and coconut powder, was additionally served with the curry. This mix was one thing that far overpowered that of the normal Idli and Vada Sambhar. The Paniyaram was additionally a mentionworthy starter that principally had spherical balls of a rice and lentil batter, which was cooked till crispy and served with the three conventional chutneys.
Though the snacks had been fairly satiating and filling, the primary course nonetheless remained! Often known as ‘Bhojanam’ within the Padmanabham menu, it was served on a banana leaf with dishes from the state of Karnataka. Together with the accompaniments of purple and white rice, there have been served upto six totally different vegetable combos! There was additionally some refreshing rasam, spiced buttermilk and papaddum and banana chips as sides. Each dish was equally scrumptious and flavourful, cooked to perfection. A particular point out for the pleasant candypayasam, which was served heat and could not be had sufficient of.
The meal ended with the South Indian staple filter espresso. One other drink which we’d advocate is the candy Naruneendi Sarbath, which was good to clean down the spicy dishes. All the pieces proper from the starters to the primary course to the dessert to the drinks, was made with plenty of love and affection; simply as it will be in a kitchen at residence within the South. The pleasant intermixing of flavours left us wanting extra – perhaps in one other go to, with a bigger urge for food this time!