Located right over Radha Medical, in front of KMC, this restaurant seems to be quite popular in Manipal. I have been there three times now, and it has always been quite full. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating. The indoor seating is thankfully air-conditioned. The ambiance is decent. The service is good- the servers are well-informed about the menu and give good recommendations. Sometimes it is a little difficult to catch his eye though – but that is a problem across Manipal :))
What I loved:
Sukka crab – The crab is a decent size – not very large but then the rates are not too high either. The meat is quite sweet, the quality of the crab is good and fresh. I liked the sukka crab which is a typical dish of Karnataka.
Ghee Roast crab – Again, a rather typical local dish. It is dripping in ghee. A tasty dish – it is heavy and rich. But it is yum (tastes even better the next day). Forget the calories and dig right in.
Anjal fish tawa fry (phonetic spelling!) – A large but slim piece of Anjal fish, tawa fried with practically no masala. I usually like all my fish as simple tawa fries – rather than masking the taste with too much masala. The fish was fresh and tasty.
Kerala Paratha – soft, flaky parathas which go pretty well with the crab.
What was meh:
Surmai gravy: The fish was a little smelly like surmai usually is but I did not really like the consistency of the fish. The gravy was good.
Neer Dosa: These a okay but could be a little softer.
What I did not like:
Fish meal: Had ordered this the first time I was here and frankly speaking, had decided not to visit the restaurant again. There was nothing great about the meal. The fish was over-fried, there were some vegetables which were pretty much unidentifiable, the dal/rasam was just boring. Thankfully, I tried the restaurant again and tried the crab dishes which are the highlights of this restaurant.
Caramel Custard: Too sweet and too dense, an avoidable dish.
Ice cream with hot chocolate : The quality of the vanilla ice cream was just okay, nothing great. A pretty large amount of hot chocolate is given but again, the quality of the chocolate is not great. It is too sweet.
The dessert menu needs a serious overhaul. Would be great if they could include some local sweet dishes, since the rest of the coastal menu is pretty local. Also, that is where their core expertise lies.