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Karavalli is set up in a traditional Mangalorean home – complete with the dark wooden rafters, the brass door and window knobs and the beautiful Mangalore tiles. And, across space are the traditional south Indian steamers and cooking paraphernalia that add to the ambience. Food at Karavalli pays tribute to the four southern states and what makes it so good is the fact that the kitchen has chefs from these regions to lend authenticity to what they make. Start your meal with the traditional 'Pathrade', which has a nice tangy touch to it and is so reminiscent of monsoons at home. The 'Chicken Ghee Roast' is also a great way to start the meal. Also, popular is the 'Urullakkizhanghu Roast' or the 'Baby Potato Roast'. The 'Koli Barthad' from Coorg, with its touch of Kachumpuli, is a good choice. When you move to the mains, it is the eternally brilliant 'Kori Rotti' that hits the right spot, as well as the wood-fired 'Mutton Curry with Appams' (and even the 'Egg Appam') that work so well. The 'Neitha Kori' which is from Kundapur and paired with soft 'Neer Dosa' is a definite must-try. For desserts, try the 'Elaneer Payasam', or even the 'Goan Bebinca' and 'Dodol'. And never say no to the lovely 'Rasam' that is served up at the beginning of the meal.
No trip to Bengaluru is ever complete without some desi regional fare that gives you the true gist of the city you’re in. It’s the whiff of the regional curries and cool Bengaluru air that ties everything together in a neat bow. But those who are new to the city won’t know where to go to get that authentic local flavour. This is where we come in. It’s a common known fact amongst Bengaluru locals that for good wholesome Southern flair one has to visit ‘Karavalli’ at least once. This charming culinary haven is famous with the foodies for its stunning menu and even better ambience. It is part of The Gateway Hotel on Residency Road, Bengaluru, and is a superb addition to the city’s gastronomy circuit. It is a complete dining experience, something one must try while in Bengaluru.
Karavalli is referred to as go-to place for authentic regional fare, especially succulent delectable seafood. Here you have a chance to feast on true regional food such as delicacies from Mangalorean, Konkan and Kerala kitchens. This is one of the best places to dine in Bengaluru city and one of the loveliest. The menu is quite extensive so read carefully before wading in. Try some Karavalli blends to go with the appetizers, Karavalli tender, Karavalli sour or Karavalli rasam martini. Munch alongside on, tiger prawns roast, kaaju kotmir vade, meen pollichathu, neitha kori, kinnya masala dosa, crab milagu fry and octopus sukka. Couple some appam or Malabar paratha to go with curries like, kori gassi, avial, Karavalli crab curry, pork sorpotel, vazhapoo thoran, Karavalli mutton curry and nagli ambat.
The final sweet course is just as interesting as rest of the menu. Indulge in southern classics like, chiroti, dodol, elaneer payasam, ada pradhaman, bebinca, tamarind ice cream and gatti shaavige payasa. Housed in a slanted roof structure, Karavalli is a true southern architectural delight. Interiors are designed in a way to emphasis the old-fashioned regional charm. Large glass paned windows are added about the room to bridge the nature with the interiors. While the indoors are charming, it’s their outdoor dining area that takes your breath away. Sprawled in a lush green garden under the canopy of palm trees, Karavalli is both serene and classy. It may be an expensive place to dine but its certainly enchanting.