A sliver of Kerala @ Calicut Paragon

Having traveled the length & breadth of India & despite tasting various cuisines, the only region I hadn’t visited was Kerala. After arriving in Dubai, I realized that this was a catastrophic mistake. Like Buddha got his Nirvana under the Bodhi tree, I got it in Calicut Paragon.

Ambiance: Seafood is on display as soon as you enter the restaurant. Waiters are bustling through the large crowd waiting inside the restaurant. Kerala Parotas & Grilled Fish is being prepared near the entrance. This is a slightly upscale version of a typical Keralite restaurant.

Service: Very Good. They manage to pay attention to you through the vast turnover of people & the hundreds of meals re servings. Helpful for a kerala food newbie in terms of dish recommendations as well.

Food: This is the Gold standard of Keralite food for me ever!!!

The Fish/Chicken Mulakitthu is a beautiful blend of sour & spicy.
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My all time favorite is the Prawns Pepper Dry Fry. Peppery & crispy shallow fried. This is the only Prawns dish where I end up eating the crunchy prawn head as well. 11/10 rating.

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Squids/Mussels/Crab/Fish Dry Fry are equally delectable in the red masala.

Go in for the Sheri Malabar Fry which with the tangy rub on the fish is Yumm.

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The Kerala version of the Chicken/Fish/Mutton Biryani was a new discovery to me having tasted all versions of Biryani in India. It is amazing, the meat is spiced well & the rice grains are small and separating from each other.

But what was amazing was the Pothicharu Prawns Biryani. Enclosed in a banana leaf parcel that you open up & it has juicy succulent prawns with wonderful spices & small grained rice. This is a Specialty Dish available only on certain occasions, keep a track of it & head straight whenever it pops up.

Kerala Meals are the best I have tasted in entire UAE.

 


The Appams or Kerala parotas are a wonderful accompaniment to the entire dining experience.

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Don’t forget to try the Elaneer Payasam which is jaggery flavored semi solid payasam topped with Ice cream Or just savor the Tender coconut pudding.

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Pricing: Reasonable & worth every penny. A meal for 2 will range from 50 – 100 Dhs depending on whether you go in for the Lunch Meals or the A La Carte.

Final word: Drop spoons & forks, dig in to the wonderful world of Calicut Paragon & relieve yourself of worldly worries for a few hours.

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