- Ambience : 9/10
- Food : 8.5/10
- Value for money : 7.5/10
- Service : 8/10
- Location : 8/10
- Hygiene : 8/10
- Overall : 8.5/10
Cravings make you go crazy and make you go distances too, this time we had a memoir of some good old food eaten at Thamboolam in Udupi a few years back and we just had to go back there to relive the nostalgia.
We entered to a world of change as we first noticed the traditional set up with a bullock cart and statues, not to mention the traditional wall which has been hand painted all throughout combined with dim lighting makes the ambience memorable.
We got right down to business with the starters. The papad rolls came first with chicken and veg fillings but mind you to tell them not to add color, taste wise fantastic.Then came the Soya Puddi Sukka which is a one of a kind dish meant for health freaks (the owner is himself one!) tastes actually like chicken and so yum and soft. Do try the Idli Mongolian stye or chilli style, you get totally lost in the dish because it tastes so smooth that you don’t realize what you are eating is actually idli.
For the Main course we decided to go traditional. First up was the Koyyal (Cockle Shells) with Genda da Adde (this is a unique type of idly/pancake cooked on coal)this combination was so yum it just leaves u wanting for more. For the veggies we suggest Nugge (Drumsticks) Pulimunchi, a dish with a twist of its own, some might say its too sour but you may love it too. Next up was the array of biryanis, they are famous for their Madike Biryani, Bucket Birayani and the latest addition is the Donne Biryani (its not French!) A unique style of preparation as it is completely dry, prepared with a different brand of rice with is traditionally used for other local rice dishes and the aroma is overpowering thus giving an exotic flavor to the dish. It goes great with the Mirchi ka Salan provided with it. A truly traditional biryani and a must try. A special mention goes out to Thatte Idli, definite winner for us, something like you never imagined, super soft and just melts in your mouth. Goes well with almost any curry but we reccommed the Spicy Fish Biselle Masala.
Before we knew it our tummies were full and it was time to go. We definitely will miss Thaamboolam and will be back for more again!
P.S: apart from the above mentioned dishes, they serve a host of other dishes which will leave u amazed, feel free to try and let us know if you stumble upon anything new.
Stay Hungry! Stay Happy!
Location: Thamboolam, Opp. Kalpana Theatre | Udupi District, Karavali, Udupi, India
Photo Courtesy : Sonal Karkera | Chief Photographer The 3 Hungry Men
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