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|Good pickles including carrot and ginger ones|
As always… pretty high. The amount of research I do pre going to curry restaurants always means my mouth is watering days before visiting. My research flagged up that Kerala was going to be something completely different to anything else anyone can savor in Bradford… Southern Indian Food.
On first inspection of the menu it was immediately obvious we were out of our Bradfordian comfort zone, with a board of fare stuffed full of new to us dishes. On further perusal, and reading of the descriptions more carefully, some familiarity could be gleaned. The bread section is a perfect example… no chapattis, naans, etc, but descriptions revealed the breads on offer were ‘like chapttis’, ‘like naan’.
|Vada's with coconut dip|
So on to starters. After poppadom’s that were served with a good selection of pickles, which included a ginger and carrot pickle – excellent - I chose vada’s. I’ve not had vada’s before but remembered the Hairy Bikers once cooking them on the telly, and understood them to be essentially a kind of deep fried chickpea doughnut street food type of thingy?? My vada’s were served with a coconut dip and, to be honest, I didn’t really like them – they seemed a little bland? Now, before I go further, I have no vada experience, so can’t really comment. They were well cooked and had a nice chewy dense texture, but perhaps needed a dip with a little bit more oomph? It’s all down to taste at the end of the day I suppose? Other options such as fish and chicken fries were also ordered, and were well received.
|The Dosa's are as big as they look!|
My main of Lamb Masala Dosa, although slightly collapsed by the time it arrived, was excellent. It was massive, and heartily stuffed with a mild and very tasty lamb and potato masala. A thin lentil soup/dip/sauce was served on the side. I’ve had dosa’s before and love the concept. Kerala Café’s dosa was no exception and I loved it all. A dosa is traditionally made from a slightly fermented batter, and has a slightly sour taste, and is nice and crispy. A much lighter option compared to Bradford’s usual massive naans etc. I don’t know the technique for eating but I just dive in!! Pour the sauce over the whole lot and go for it. A dosa is an excellent experience if you’ve never had one.
The dinning environment is good café style. It is basic, with no bells and whistles, but clean and tidy. There was a lot of glass to the front of the café, and it was a sunny day, so was pretty hot – just like Kerala I guess? I think twelve of us turning up unannounced slightly startled the staff, and there were some gaps in the courses, but as a whole they managed a sterling job so hats off.
|Cool cafe interior|