- Food: 9/10
- Ambience: 8/10
- Hygiene: 8/10
- Value for money: 8/10
- Service: 8/10
- Overall: 8.5/10
Review by Akshaya R Pai, Official Team Member, The 3 Hungry Men
Yes, like you might have guessed, this is a seafood specialty place and coastal here refers to Mangalorean cuisine.
Finally South Bangalore gets a place where you can savour not just your usual Ghee Roast & Sukka, but also Konkani Delicacies such as Dalithoy(Dal with seasoning of Mustard Seeds, Curry Leaves, Asofoetida and red chillies), Hinga Udda Randhaiy(coconut based curry with generous helping of Asofoetida), Cabbage Ambode(Cabbage Fritters), Butthi(Dish with onion and semi dry coconut gravy), Ambat(Coconut, Red chilly, Tamarind Gravy) etc.
Started by a Konkani Family, this place is hardly a month old and not only have we eaten there 3 times, but everyone we have recommended it to have loved it. Saturdays and Sundays get crowded as expected and you will end up meeting all amchigeles ( Konkani speaking people ) that have settled down in South Bangalore. It is a quaint place on the second floor of a building which actually is a covered terrace but is nicely done up. The owners Mr. Mallya and his wife are always around, talking to guests, getting to know them, suggesting dishes and in general making you feel welcome and at home.
Coming to the food, we ordered Bangude Tawa Fry, Chicken Ghee Roast, Silver Fish Rava Fry, Marwai Sukka, Crab Gashi with Boiled Rice, Neer Dosa and the day’s special Shevai (Rice Noodles) with Prawns Hinga Udda. Ghee Roast was simply too good. It was as good as what you get at popular joints in Mangalore. For vegetarians I would recommend the Baby Corn & Mushroom Mix Ghee Roast, very delicious. The Fish Fry and the Shellfish Sukka were tasty too. The Prawns Hinga Udda with the Shevai(Konkani Style Thin Rice Noodles) was exquisite. Only the Crab Gashi was a bit let down. Not that it was bad, but the other dishes were much better. But from what we have heard from others who tried it, they said Crab is yummy too. Maybe we had an off day.
Given that Mr. Mallya is a vegetarian, they have good choice of Amchigele ( Konkani ) style vegetarian food as well. The cabbage ambade is a favourite among customers and so is the Dalithoy. The Vatana Ambat(Green Peas in coconut, red chilly, tamarind gravy) and Batata Humman(Potato curry similar to Hinga Udda Randhaiy) are available only on specific days of the week. You will find Upkari(Stir Fried Vegetables with a seasoning of Mustard seeds, curry leaves, & red chilly) and Song(Spicy & Tangy Dry dish) in the menu. They also offer Ragi Mani(Ragi flavoured Pudding) and Doodhpak(Konkani Rice Milk Dessert) in desserts among the usual fare. Monday to Friday you get Thali Meals as well.
The pricing is not too high but not too low either. It does not burn a big hole in your pocket. Nevertheless, irrespective of the cost, at the end you are so satisfied with the meal you know you have got your money’s worth. They do offer Home delivery for Minimum order of 400 upto 3 kms from their hotel.
Next time you are in Bangalore and crave Amchigele jawann ( Konkani style food ), just head to Coastal Mama!
Address : Coastal Mama, #312, 2nd Floor(Above Café Coffee Day Lounge), 15th Cross, 100 Feet Road, 5th Phase, JP Nagar, Bangalore.
Phone : 080 41723334 /41733334