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The trend of traditional cuisine offered in a fine-dine setting is here to stay, and we cannot be happier about it. Savya Rasa is conceptualized along similar lines. The spread here features elusive cuisines from Kogunadu, Chettinad, Nasrani, Malabar, Mangalore, Mysore, and Nellore. The kolu masiyal (boiled horse gram mashed with shallots and condiments) along with some kyma unday (deep-fried minced meat roundels tossed in a spice mix including curry leaves and topped with fried cashew nut bits) make for scrumptious starts to the meal. Follow this up with the unusual yeral vazhaipoo kozhambu (crunchy prawns and deveined plantain flowers cooked in coconut-based gravy) and the beautiful tangy-sweet goodness of the bendakkai gojju (tender okra stuffed with desiccated coconut, turmeric, mustard, tamarind and jaggery) with a wide variety of accompaniments such as nei choru (short grain rice slow-cooked on coal redolent with the combined aromas of cardamom, bay leaf and clarified butter), jolada roti made from ground sorghum, dibba roti prepared with dehusked black lentil and rice batter flavoured with cumin and crushed black pepper and bun parota among other interesting options.
We think South Indians have it the best way. The best of the spices, the best of seafood extracted from the belly of deep blue sea that encircles it and the healthiest way of cooking their food. When we think of South Indian food, a film of delectable looking fare runs in front of our eyes, consisting of steamed idlis, dosas, coastal curries and the infamous tangy sambhar. Usually South Indian food has to share the space with other cuisines but there are many restaurants dedicated to exploring this wonderful cuisine exclusively. One such place is ‘Savya Rasa’, situated in Koregaon Park, Pune and delights its patrons with a spectacular South Indian menu, served in charming lovely ambience. Pune is all the more better for Savya Rasa’s presence.
The menu of Savya Rasa is a colourful varied one. It goes beyond dosas and sambhars and includes other regional cuisines from Southern India as well. The dishes are adapted from Mangalorean, Kerala, Kogunadu, Malabar, Nasrani and Chettinad kitchens and complied in one big menu. Just one trip to Savya Rasa is not going to satisfy you. There is just so much to offer. Start digging into the first course with, thakkali sevai, kongu yeral varuval, thulasi vadai, karandi omelette, asari kozhi, sola saapadu urundai, nippatu settu and kalan perattal. Accompany your starters with a glass of neer moru, spiced buttermilk or paanagam, a sweet jaggery drink. Commence into the second course armed with kambu dosai or avarai paruppu saadam. Devour curries like, karipala kozhumbu, murungakkal vazhaipoo kuzhambu, vellai kozhi kuzhambu, viral meen kuzhambu and pollachi kozhi kozhambu. Soak the leftover curries with a traditional rice dish, avarai paruppu daadam.
Savya Rasa dazzles you with a plethora of sweet options, from kumbuda halwa to elaneer pudding to beniyan with palani panchamirtham to seembu paal. They even organize fun food festivals which the regulars die for. Finish with a hot filter kaapi (read: coffee) as the final touch. To reach Savya Rasa, walk on to a flight of stairs and enter a colonial style restaurant. There is a strong South-Indian feel to the space, elevated by dark teakwood furnishings, Kalamkari paintings, traditional pillars and vintage traditional theme. The décor is enchanting and feels like somebody’s well-kept home. Bill might shock you a little but be assured Savya Rasa is worth every penny.
If you dream of fluffy airy appams to be had with tart flavourful stews then make it a point to head over to Savya Rasa, one of the best South Indian restaurants in Pune. Food is authentically prepared and is adapted from the regions of Kogunadu, Chettinad, Nasrani, Malabar, Mangalore, Mysore and Nellore. Dining at Savya Rasa is an experience that cannot be limited to just one visit. Explore the flavourful menu of Southern India in an elegant surrounding with someone special for a Special Occasion. Savya Rasa is a place that should be enjoyed with a loved one.