The term Malabar was used to denote the entire south-western coast of the Indian peninsula earlier. The name is derived from Malayalam words, wherein Mala refers to hill and pur refers to region which later on got modified as bar. Hence the name Malabar.
Kerala is still referred to as Spice Garden of India and they majorly export spice since ancient times.
Being a Mangalorean, I can closely connect to Kerala cuisine as there is an analogy between them. I was in Malabar Bay recently as a part of Bloggers meet with group of foodie friends.
Malabar Bay is located close to Forum Mall, Koramangala though it is mentioned as BTM on Zomato. Ambience of this place is quite good and spacious. This place is spread across two floors and decor is done perfectly depicting Kerala in each and every form.
Drinks to start with:
We started of with some amazing Mock-tails:
Samba Lime (Salt rimmed Orange mocktail),
Heavenly cooler (Watermelon & Strawberries),
Green Mango cooler (The Raw Mango blend drink),
Tender bay (The coconut drink served in the shell),
Ginger Bay, Pine Mango tree.
All the Mocktails were really good, but I loved Green Mango cooler. This was a great start!
We were served with a broad range of both Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian starters. These were really hard to recall 🙂 Since I am a Vegetarian, just tried their Veg starters. They were – Hot Garlic Egg Plants, Schezwan Paneer, Stuffed bell peppers, Malabar Mushroom Pepper fry, Corn Pappad Cheese Rolls, Thai Veg Kababs, Mushroom Pollichathu.
Non Vegetarian starters served were Prawn & Squid Ularthiyath, Pepper Mutton Liver fry, Vazhithirinja Kozhi, Mussles Ullartiyathu, Kerala Fried chicken, Sesame Fried Chicken Basket, Karimeen Tawa Fry, Wayanadan Chicken.
Being known for their Non-Vegetarian cuisine, I was quite skeptical on how the vegetarian choices would be, but to my surprise they have done justice to that. They have wide variety of both Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian dishes. I tried all the above Vegetarian dishes and they were really good 🙂 My personal favorites were Mushroom Pollichathu and Corn Pappad Cheese rolls. My fellow Non Vegetarian bloggers loved Pepper Mutton Liver fry the most.
Non Vegetarian Starters…
They keep upgrading their menu from time to time to bring out new the best in their flavour profile.
After having those scrumptious starters, we moved onto the Main course. They served us Thai Prawn Red curry, Neelagiri Chicken curry, Mutton Tullichathu (The stew variant with roasted chilli flakes), Prawns Mango curry, Crab Coconut Curry, Thilli milli Kheema, Duck Pepper masala, Paneer Shapu curry, Aleppey Mushroom curry, Vendakka Mappas (Ladies finger dish made with coconut milk) served with some Irachi Puttu, Raagi Puttu, Thattukada Mutta Puttu, Appam, Kerala Wheat porotta and Idiyappam. Also some rice dishes like Telicherry Chicken Biryani, Veg Pothichoru.
My personal favorites were Veg Pothichoru, Wheat Porotta with Aleppey Mushroom curry. These were yumm!!
Finally coming to desserts, which I could afford to just have a bite. They served us couple of them – Dates Pancake with Ice cream, Biscuit Pudding. They were really good!
After such a heavy meal, they gave us something amazing to drink.
Finisher – The Chukku Kappi (Hot drink mixed with grounded black peppers, ginger and coffee). This was really good and had strong flavours. It was just perfect for digestion!
My Overall experience was really good. This place serves some authentic Malabar cuisine. Staff here are courteous and that gives a warmth in the environment. Malabar Bay team kudos to your brilliant efforts!
I would love to hear from you all. Do leave a comment below if you have been to this restaurant and also your favourites.
Gobbled ratings :
Taste: 4.5 out of 5 🙂
Ambiance: 4 out of 5 🙂
Service: 4.5 out of 5 🙂
Quality: 4.5 out of 5 🙂