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Indulging the Malayalee – a la gastronomique

Malayalees are everywhere. It is said that when Tenzing and Hillary reached the pinnacle of Everest, they found a tea shop run by a Malayalee. This legendary ubiquitousness of Malayalee can be traced back to the lack of employment opportunities in Kerala and consequent migration all over the world, especially to Middle East. There are a substantial number of Malayalees in Gurgaon as well, as I have discovered over these years. However hard a Malayalee tries to hide his identity, the camouflage is easily betrayed by looks, intonation or pronunciation, providing much food to evergreen Mallu caricatures.
When Malayalees are around, Mallu restaurants cannot be far behind. However, these are so low profile that usually one comes to know of them either by sheer chance or by word of mouth. I had to search far n wide and high n low before I could find the two featured here.

The first one is Maria South India Restaurant near Gurgaon Sadar Bazaar, located next to Federal Bank.

The restaurant does complete justice to Malayalee’s appetite, offering delicious Kappa (Tapioca), Meen Curry (Fish curry), Appam (leavened bread), Kadala, Porotta, Chicken Curry, Chicken Biriyani, the dubious, stealthily whispered, notorious ‘Beef’ and a sumptuous Kerala Thali. The rates are reasonable and cleanliness passable. On Sundays, there is usually much rush around noon time, mostly returning church goers dropping for lunch. Parcels are available. It is better to check in advance for Kappa and beef since these are usually not available.
The second restaurant, Ammu’s is on the lower ground floor of Sushant Shopping Arcade, near Park Plaza. The fare is much the same as Maria and the same comments hold good.

This is the first time in history that the international network of computers (internet) has provided the hapless Mallu’s of Gurgaon a fair means of gastronomic indulgence, true Kerala style. Let us praise the Lord in this moment of joy before digging in..
Maria South Indian Restaurant
Shop No. 18-19, Chandan Deep Complex,
Near Federal Bank, Jail Road, Gurgaon
Contact: Roy, Mobile – 9810379916

Ammu’s Restaurant
LG-23, G-Block, Phase-I,
Sushant Shopping Arcade,
Sushant Lok, Gurgaon
Tel: 0124-4040765
Contact: Pradeep,Mobile – 9810761567

“Simbly South”, the one decent shop in DT Mega Mall which quenched my appetite for Appam and Stew at an exorbitant price has closed down. Let us observe a moment of silence in pretended sorrow over this sad demise.

Coco Palm, the all things South Indian restaurant in Galleria has taken up the mantle of Simply South to provide Malabar Fish curry, again at an unaffordable rate. Auto-da-fé anyone…

Categories: Gastronomique
  1. March 31, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Nice post, When I was Googling for Appam and Egg curry in Gurgaon, early today, your blog came as a big welcome 🙂 Yes the Hotels are well masked ..Hahhaa. How ever, I am off to Ammus restaurant.
    Quick update: The mobile number 9810761567 works but its Babu who is there instead of Pradeep
    The location has changed from Sushant Arcade to Charkkrapur. Vakeel Market next to Mother Dairy.
    More updates after I much the breakfast there today 🙂
    Thanks a ton for this post 🙂

    • tailrace
      April 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Anand, Thanks a lot for your comments and the mobile number update. Glad that you appreciated the blog. Sorry for taking so long to reply.

  2. December 15, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    There is a new Mallu joint opened in Gurgaon. ‘Manna’ Family Restaruant.
    The place can seat around 40 people and it is on the Old Delhi Gurgaon Road. It is close to Sector 14 and opposite Chaupal Hotel and also the Gurgaon Telephone Exchange. Do try this place, it is known for the authentic taste, hygenically prepared food and cleanliness.

    Do check this facebook page


    • tailrace
      December 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks Reji for the tip. We shall definitely check it out….

  3. January 16, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Nice post, I was routed to this blog while searching for pind balluchi, but came across this mallu post and brought a smile on my face being a hardcore mallu 🙂 Normally frequent Maria every weekend to get that feeling of being at home.. And to be honest they do serve the mallu dishes just as it is back home. Thanks!

    • tailrace
      January 19, 2010 at 3:45 am

      Hi Ameeth

      Glad to see your mail. Am a hardcore mallu non-vegetarian myself. Took me a while to spot Maria and Ammu’s. Been only glad to spread the word, kind of Maria evangelism. Off-late I haven’t been such a regular visitor. But, just like you, I am a fan of their delicious, absolutely droolsome chicken biriyani and porotta – chicken curry. Can’t say the same for appams. It’s been an on and off relationship with them. But on the whole, boy, Maria is God’s gift for Gurgaon Mallu’s. I’m of course missing the beef which has become a rare commodity these days.

      • geopaul88
        June 19, 2011 at 9:45 pm

        hey mate.. thanks for the info. i was wondering if there was anyway to get in touch with you


      • tailrace
        August 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm

        Oops geopaul, saw your comment only today..Sorry, I haven’t been writing for a long long time…
        How may I help you…

  4. Shubha
    December 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Tenzing and Hillary would not have been as surprised as Armstrong since he seemed to have been greeted by the quintessential ‘chaya… chaye… kaapi… kaapi’ on Moon!
    So, kudos to Mallu’s survival spirits!

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