Tiny Eateries, Great Taste!
Everyone wants to dine at posh and popular eateries. More often it's the trendiest restaurants tend to disappoint with their meals. To break from this frequent spell of disappointment we thought it best to list out some of the smaller, lesser known joints that are guaranteed not to disappoint you. Here is our list of tiny places that pack a punch!
Taste of Kerala in Mumbai - South Indian food is so much more than just idli and dosa. All four states have so much to offer and tucked away in a by lane of the bustling streets of Fort Mumbai, this small restaurant offers a wide range of traditional Malyali fare. The offer popular meat and seafood dishes but its speciality is the traditional sadya they serve. Keeping it as authentic as possible the Sadya (vegetarian meal) is serve on a banana leaf, the meal is unlimited and you can have as many helpings with pickles, various popular vegetables, rasams, payasums,rice, sambhar, papadums and even crunchy banana chips. This is a small restaurant but incredibly popular and frequented by many who wish to eat some hearty Malyali food.
Manchos Grill and Fries in Pune - Originally called Manchos Fried Chicken ( MFC) named after its signature dish - the fried chicken is turning out to be Pune's version of KFC. This hole in the wall restaurant is a one stop shop for all things chicken! From flavourful spicy grilled chicken, to fried chicken, chicken biryani, chicken gravies, boneless chicken, kebabs, cultlets, samosas all filled with chicken this is a Chickatarians dream come true! There isn't much space to sit because it's so small and most of their orders are home deliveries. If you are a true blue chicken lover then the joy of chomping on a juicy piece of chicken in this little eatery is one you must experience!
Tung Nam in Kolkata - Located in what is commonly called Old China Town, this no frills restaurant dishes up some of the most delicious and authentic Chinese food in the city. It's not your ideal choice of restaurants due to location and its lack of decor; it feels as if you're dining in someone's living room! Some of their popular dishes are the mixed Yamm Mein which is shards of pork, noodles and wantons. The chilli pork is another hot favourite as is the prawns in Namei sauce. It goes without saying that the momos are the highlight on the menu, especially if you're a pork lover as those are by far the best ones. If you're not a fan of Chin-dian and relish the taste of authentic Chinese food, stop by Tung Nam the next time you're in Kolkata city for a culinary delight!
Rawat Mishtan Bhandar in Jaipur - This is a store that houses some of the best mithai's and kachoris in the city. With its proximity to the station, many tourists and travellers pop in to pack churma, ladoos and other such treats to take home. However the real treasure is the restaurant they have in their basement. It's simple but large enough with a semi open kitchen offering some of the best food Jaipur has to offer. They have set thalis and some incredible fruit based beverages but the best thing to sample here is the famous Rajasthani Daal Bhaati Churma and Kachoris. Ask any local and they swear by this joint. It's not fancy but it's extremely satisfying.
Article and Pictures By - Roxanne Bamboat
Roxanne is a pint sized girl who enjoys reading, movies, travel and is obsessed with food. She expresses her love for all things edible in her food blog - www.thetinytaster.com A freelancer in her profession, she is able to spend most of her time sampling the city's food offerings and reviews them as well as shares a few of her favourite recipes. More often known as The Tiny Taster, she's decided to take the world by storm - one plate a a time!
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