3, Coles Road, Above KC Das Sweets, Frazer Town, Bangalore.
July 7. 2012.
Seafood. Having stayed for a considerable time in Mumbai, my love for seafood overtakes everything else. I have little or no preference for chicken/mutton most of the times that I eat out. I can’t imagine anything better than Crabs, Prawns, Clams, Squids, oh the list could just go on so I’ll stop here.
Mangalore Pearl is a seafood restaurant tucked away in Frazer town. For someone who is not familiar with the area, you can follow what I did. Open Maps application on my phone and followed it to the restaurant. Thank you Airtel 2G For those who prefer directions, just head towards Coles road and ask for KC Das sweets, the place is next to it.
The entrance is a bit cramped under the stairs and I almost turned back but on entering, its a complete surprise. The place is quite big inside, recently renovated I heard! There are neat spaces where you have bigger tables but we headed right to the end of the restaurant close to the kitchen in fact. The place here was cosy and quite artistic!
The walls in Mangalore Pearl have a bit of their city’s history etched on them. It made for a innovative and wonderful ambience. Quite like a museum!
The food arrived so quickly that we were surprised. Inspite of the crowd, the service was really good. Full marks to them.
Generous portion of fresh white Prawns intertwined with caramelised onions, capsicum, spices and pepper. They were mouth wateringly delicious and although not very spicy, definitely cured my cold for a while. Somehow prawns have that quality of tasting different in various dishes, be it in a gravy, fry or rice. Just perfect!
Seer fry was a big piece of fresh fish, nicely marinated in masala and fried. It was a rich color and tempted me to taste it. Of course my better half wouldn’t hear of sharing after he tasted it although he did mention he wanted to have the rawa fry version. Oh well, another time!
Crab. The very mention of this word is sending me into foodie heaven. Being someone who loves this more than any other seafood, I specially ordered this first from the menu. The crab was quite decent in size and cooked very well, it was in a coconut milk gravy. Do you need me to say it? Yes, it was the star of the dinner menu
Neer Dosa is a delicacy which I have never prepared at home so I always make sure I have these outside. They are the perfect accompaniment to seafood gravies. Soft, delicate, just the correct size, they just melt in your mouth. Delicious. We ordered at least a couple of the Neer Dosa plates to polish off the crab gravy.
Solkadhi. Primarily made of kokum and coconut milk. Blended into a very unique tasty drink. Yum. We had 2 glasses each, although the second I had felt a bit spicy to my sore throat.
The service is friendly, fast and attentive. The second round orders were on time ensuring the food was not eaten cold.
The meal costed close to 660 (Rs.) with all the taxes thrown in. I was rubbing my eyes in disbelief when I saw the amount. With such incredible food at rock bottom prices, its a seafood lover’s dream destination!
Value for money: ****1/2
Rating Guide: ***** (Excellent) **** (Good) *** (Average) ** (Bad) * (Avoid)