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Flavours of the South

Statesman News Service |

Every state in India offers exquisite flavours — whether you are a vegetarian or non-vegetarian. Whether you eat spicy or bland food, there is something for everyone in the regional cuisines of our country.

So here we are talking about Surfire —The Coastal Cafe, which fast gathering a loyal clientele for its South Indian dishes with a magical twist. I have been exposed to South Indian food since childhood and so, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to drop in.

The restaurant is an amalgamation of the cuisines of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Goa. The moment I entered, I was overwhelmed by the coconut oil fragrance and the sight of Masala Idli at the counter.

First up, the Potato Tornadoes were perfect for vegetarians. It was simple to make and tasty. We have tried Plain Dosa and Masala Dosa stuffed with potatoes but in The Coastal Cafe, one can sample dosas stuffed with mutton, chicken, egg and also chorizo, which are spicy goan sausages. It was just mesmerising!

The signature innovation of the place is Thattukada Mutton. Even after days, the memory of the soft creamy mutton is fresh in my mind! The item is a roadside food of Kerala and a must-try! We must have eaten fluffy idlis several times but the Masala Idli was simply fabulous — an interesting mix of spices make it a tasty treat.

As we all know that Bengalis love fish but the Fish Kozhambu is a typical Tamil Nadu fish curry served with rice or Idlis. The taste of the curry was too good! Mutton and fish lovers will be left spoilt for choice but chicken lovers need not fret as well! Chicken Kothu Paratha, a Tamil Nadu speciality, is just perfect either as a starter or meal.

On the other hand, if one is a seafood lover, like me, the Butter Garlic Crab is an absolute must-try. To top it off, Sharjah was the one of the best beverages that I have tasted. It was a yummy blend of milk slush and bananas.

Quick facts


24, Rajani Sen Rd, Lake Range (Near Mudiali Club and Menoka Cinema), Kolkata 700045


11 am to 11 pm

Pocket pinch

A meal for two would cost Rs 800 (approx)

For reservations

Call 033-30990345/ 08697143007