Indulge in an epicurean treat as ITC Gardenia showcases the pinnacle of Karwar cuisine

In the endeavour to showcase Indian Culinary concepts on a global platform, Cubbon Pavilion is presenting melting pot of cultures – Flavours of Karwar under the aegis of Kitchens of India. Karwar nestles in the rugged coastline of Southern India and stretches up to the sun-kissed beaches of Goa, which makes its cuisine distinct, rich and irresistible.

The spectacular and surprising aspect of the countryside is the cuisine of its many communities, which is confined largely to family kitchens. Curries are the soul of Karwar - created from a wealth of local spices, coconut, and sea food. Chef Mahadev has done a fantastic job highlighting the strong flavours from the land of Goa and Maharashtra.

The items on the menu was crisp and selective. It wasn’t exhaustive and didn’t go overboard confusing its diners as I have seen in most of the food festivals around the city. The festival is on till 15th day of October and the menu will change every day with some of the signature dishes being retained throughout.

Here is my pick of top 3 dishes you cannot afford to miss if you are dining at Cubbon Pavilion for Flavours of Karwar.

Kombi Rasa

This is a traditional Karwar style chicken curry with coconut vinegar. I mentioned earlier that curries are the soul of Karwar cuisine and this truly justifies the statement. This is a delight for the foodies, especially the ones who love their chicken. I would suggest you team it up with Kalingana Polo (Watermelon rind dosa) instead of the regular rice or chapattis.

Bhajilly Papleta

This one is a cracker of a seafood dish. The marinated and seared pomfret is right on the money with eruption of volcanic flavours with every bite. Chef Mahadev and his team has a done a great job in showcasing the beauty of Indian flavours through the Karwar cuisine.

Gardudya Payas

Well, I have tried different form of payasams representing different communities but this has to be the most unique of all. I have never heard of payasam made of Bottle gourd or Lauki (in Hindi). Surprised? Yes you read that right. I was reluctant to try this but glad I did. With right amount of sweetness, this manages to live up to the suspense and excitement.

The other notable mentions from the menu has to be the Sungta Kalimeerya (Prawn with Pepper) and Bangadyache Tepla Ambat (Popular Mackerel curry with coconut, Tepal, kokum and chilly).

What     :  Flavours of Karwar
Where  :  Cubbon Pavilion, ITC Gardenia
When    :  Till 15-Oct
Time      :  Dinner only; 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Price      :  INR 1950 plus taxes
Rating   : 3.5/5


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