M and I started off with – the Carribean Twist with tender coconut was subtle and refreshing. The Strawberry Mojito was great too – I especially enjoyed the taste of Tulsi leaves (Indian Basil) muddled into it. We browsed through their extremely exhaustive menu while sipping on our cocktails and decided to stick to their seafood specialties for the night.
Our first entree was their Crab Butter Garlic – succulent steamed crab meat was cooked to perfection. The garlic was crisp, without being bitter. It is easy to see how this is one of their most popular dishes.
We followed the crab with the tawa- fried Bassa served with a side salad, lime wedges and Pudina chutney. It was my first time trying this fleshy white fish and the MHL spicy marinade coating the fish was the perfect way to start.
Our server helped us in recommending my favourite dish of the night – Pomfret Malipuram. This green preparation of coriander, curry leaves and green chillies went beautifully with the sweet flesh of the pomfret – perfect for the tandoori rotis we ordered alongside. We missed having Phulkas/Rotis or even Bhakris (traditional Maharashtrain home-style flat bread) and I’m hoping this is something they would add to their menu in the future.
A nice contrast to the lightness of the pomfret, was the earthiness of the dry clam suke, mangalorean style. Its consistency was different to my previous experiences with this dish, more so compared to the way us Goans make it. But the MLH recipe worked as just as well, if not better, with the clams.
As we dragged our feet out of the restaurant in our seafood coma, I knew I was going to come back. The restaurant officially opens its doors to the public on Dec 4th and I’m excited at the prospect of more frequent visits!
Address: Mahesh Lunch Home, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed St, Karama