Opening a new restaurant is like playing dice. You never know whether you’re going to win or lose. But when you have an established chef like Ganesh Rao of Bangalore’s reputed Searock and Sea Route, the Mecca for South Indian coastal cuisine, just setting up shop in the capital city’s Connaught Place, you kind of know which way the dice is going to roll.
The table is set and may the music begin, is precisely the way you’d feel when you set step inside Rao’s labour of love, the Searock Cookhouse & Bar in CP. Sedate, classy, muted interiors and good service is what greets you inside this new eatery, that is attracting quite a lot of eyeballs and palates too. “We’ve been around for 30 years in Bangalore as we have been in business since 1985 and I decided to open in Delhi, because I felt it was the need of the hour, says Rao who along with being a chef, is an avid traveller and explorer of cuisines.
The menu may look confusing at first glance for people unfamiliar with coastal South Indian cuisine that has a wide variety of both non-vegetarian and vegetarian options too. But simply speaking, the food here is from the coastal regions of Karnataka (Mangalorean), Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu (Chettinad). That should demystify it a bit.
Just ask the service staff to select the best of the lot for you and you are on your way to a grand, soul satisfying meal that is bursting with myriad flavours. Non vegetarians can try the famous Mangalorean Fish Curry, the Chicken Ghee Roast, the Appams with Mutton Sukka and Vegetarians can opt for the Paneer/Mushroom Ghee Roast, Malabar Avial, Malabar Parota with Veg Curry or even the comprehensive Veg Thali. End your meal with the sweet, delicious, dessert Ragi Manni that uses organic jaggery with Ragi grains.
Each dish is excellent and distinctive and my personal favourites, since I am an All Eatatarian 🙂 were the Tawa Fry/Rawa Fry seafood items, the Mutton Sukka, the Chicken Ghee Roast, the Crab and Pomfret dishes teamed with breads like Idiyappam, Sanna and the Neer Dosa. They are yet to acquire their bar licence, but that shouldn’t stop you. The only problem here I would say is that it’s not a place to go to, if you are dieting, because you simply can’t stop eating.That’s really all the more reason for hardcore foodies to park themselves here. I’m all for it though I possibly gained a few extra kilos hence!
Searock Coastal Cookhouse & Bar
L 3-4, Connaught Place, Delhi