Kerala-Mangalore Fine Dine
In my ever changing world and busy life, I make it a point to spend time with my family and most definitely some time for my food journey. Flavors and cuisines, make more sense to me than what words can capture. It’s a way of relaxation. It puts me in touch with my emotions, happiness or sadness, food is always there to make me feel better. Well, now that I’m thinking of it, hunger is also an emotion and I, have it in abundance! For a long time, I had been craving for some authentic Kerala dishes.
Sometimes I drive to office and on one such fine day I happened to see a new restaurant coming up in that street. Since I could see only the tables being set, I assumed it was a restaurant. Eventually, I found an occasion to walk on the path to god’s own country and reached 2Statez.
Since it’s a new establishment I didn’t go with too many expectations. Just wanted to spend some quality time with my mother. I had booked a table well in advance. Considering the number of apps and websites for restaurant reservations it was fairly easy to use the 2Statez Facebook page. I pinged them for booking a table and called their number given on the Facebook page just to be sure.
Ambience: The artwork on the wall with will captivate your attention briefly. Before you are welcomed by a smiling staff. On entering the restaurant, towards your right you will see a “den” which looks kind of like a house boat or it could be that I am highly imaginative. Since it also reminded me of my cubicles I chose the free area to sit with my family upon being asked by the staff. Malayalam songs in the background graced the ambience. I did wait to hear some Tulu or Kannada songs for some time and definitely recommend it to the staff.
Service: “Service with a smile” was thoroughly followed by the courteous restaurant staff who took our orders. Recommendations provided by the waiting staff was absolutely perfect. From what goes best with what to what is the best option to have for dinner. After placing the orders, it took a while for the dishes to come to our table.
Food: started with baby corn dry fry and paneer dry fry was different from what I’ve had anywhere before, (definite recommendation for a rainy evening with some strong coffee or tea or any other drinks). Kerala food without Kerala paratha is almost incomplete. We ordered paratha with vegetable stew as recommended by the waiting gentleman. Soft and delicious Puttu with very tasty Malabar Chicken curry is a must have at 2Statez. Chicken biriyani compared to other Malabar style biriyani was brilliant. Neer dosa with Malabar chicken curry was a great combo. The only disappointing part of the dinner was the Pomfret Fry (Karimeen) which wasn’t up to our expectations. Fish was a little chewy and not like the ones I’ve had in my native (my roots are from Karnataka-Kerala border :)). Nevertheless, the spices tasted good. Chicken Sukka is an absolute must have and to die for!