UDAYA LUNCH HOME
Grateful! Overwhelmed! For your responses to be my #Foodieblinddate in #Chembur. I could coordinate my time to meet only a few of you who emailed. But thanks to you, what delicious discoveries…from the well-known Sindhi specialty ones, best Kulcha cholley, Sindhi chaat to the famous plump spongy gulab jamun. From the ever popular trendy café to a fitness café too. All thanks to my #Foodie blinddates, Rachi Gupta and Megha Purohit. And to other charming Chemburites Raj Anand, Rishabha Bhandari and a surprise guest, yet another Chemburite, Anupam Gulati, the executive chef of a leading five star hotel.
Today’s column is dedicated to my most favourite cuisine of Kerala.
And leading me to this Chembur icon is Rachi Gupta. She is a trained chef from Aurangabad and Ducasse, Paris, an entrepreneur of healthy desserts business and a full time foodie. We also have the good luck to benefit from two decades of experience of Chef Anupam Gulati, who meticulously rates each dish from the point of view of flavour and freshness of ingredient.We all give Udaya a thumbs up
Leading off the cacophonic Chembur main road is this tiny lane which ends at a squat bungalow like structure. Walk in and choose to sit in the airocnditioned section. Simply but pleasantly done up space.
Zero in on Kerala, by pass Chinese (you right that correctly) and North Indian.
Begin with baby pomfret fried to perfection, bite through the tasty, crisp crust into the soft, snowy white fish. Silken, mellow, coconutty Fish Moilee aromatic with whole spices is a must order. Though the appams should’ve been served hot off the appam pan, they were none the less tasty and paired brilliantly with the mild
Mutton stew, which had the perfect infusion of spices.
Robustly spiced, tender boneless, mutton attirachi fry with notes of freshly pounded black pepper.
Chef Anupam found out all about how they get their whole spices from Kerala especially black pepper cinnamon and green cardamom
Jaggery infused Payassam made for a sweet ending.
My favorite Karimeen fish not served here. Overfried, nardan chicken Chilli, lacklustre Kerala biryani chicken
Very few options for vegetarans (Kadala curry, Ghee rice to name a few)
No parking. No alcohol.
We fell hook line and sinker for Nitin Balan of Calicut’s Kerala eatery. Mumbai needs more such regional Indian cuisine restaurants. Happily, Udaya Lunch home, Chembur serves up authentic food from Kerala though it slips up on a few dishes & could do with more vegetarian ones. Keeps it’s price points low and standards consistently good. If in the vicinity… drop anchor here.
Udaya Lunch home
Ground Floor, Sharma Safalya Building, Govandi Road, Chembur, Ph 2521 4628
Open for lunch and dinner
RATING FOOD 3.75 SERVICE 3.5 DÉCOR 3
MEAL FOR TWO RS 1500