Address: 322/1, 1st Floor, CMH Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Time: 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM, 6:30 PM to 11 PM
Meals for two: Rs. 1,000
Cuisines: Seafood, Mangalorean
Facilities: Home Delivery, No Alcohol Available, Wallet Accepted, Valet Parking Available, Lunch Menu
Maravanthe, Indiranagar, Bangalore: DECOR
Maravanthe sports a fairly nondescript facade on the bustling CMH Road. The restaurant that occupies the first floor above Shalimar Bar is all muted brown shades and leatherette banquettes. A lit-up fish tank provides the sole decorative element in the place. It’s clean and neat enough, and food is the thing here, not the ambience.
Maravanthe, Indiranagar, Bangalore: FOOD
Maravanthe, named after the lovely beach near Kundapura, is a coastal cuisine specialist and serves classics from the region. There is also a Punjabi segment on the menu, but I didn’t bother with that. Just go for the seafood and the Mangalorean Sukkas, Rava Fries and Curries.
My companion and I started with the Prawn Ghee Roast and it was spectacular. The prawns fresh and sweet, and the masala, silken and spicy, fragrant with ghee. If you wish to abandon calorie-counting and indulge in this coastal favourite, then this is the place.
I’m told the more popular Chicken Ghee Roast is also excellent. Next, I wished to try the Rava-fried Fish and was recommended the Kane, from the catch of the day. With its crisp coating and delicate flesh, this was delicious, too.
That should have sufficed for starters, but our taste-buds by now excited, we also ordered the Clam Sukka. These are the tiny clams known as Marwai along the coast and come from the Arabian Sea. The Mangalorean Sukka is not dry, but has a thick, spicy masala that includes plenty of freshly-grated coconut. You pick up each clam and suck out the flesh along with the tasty masala, one by one, patiently, and happily watch the empty shells pile up.
We wrapped up our meal with a Silverfish Pulimunchi and Neer Dosa. The gravy was perfect, with just the right balance of tart and spicy elements. The Neer Dosa was more plump than I have eaten elsewhere and paired beautifully with the Pulimunchi.
Maravanthe has Gadbad on the dessert menu and I had to skip it only because I was so sated at that point.
Maravanthe, Indiranagar, Bangalore: SERVICE
The young manager, Radhakrishna, does an efficient job, recommending dishes and combinations. The food arrives in quick time.
Maravanthe, Indiranagar, Bangalore: PLUS AND MINUS
It’s great food and good value for money at Maravanthe. Vegetarians may find the offerings limited.