Hotel Safari

There are few places in the city that stands with time serving amazing food. This place was in my wishlist from the moment when I heard big shots in food industry raving about their food. One fine day we decided to check this place for an early dinner. Located opposite to the Govt hospital, near to the signal, 4 wheeler parking is impossible. They have two dining areas. Non ac on the ground floor and air conditioned dining space in the first floor. We went to the ac hall and we were the only customers as it was just 7.30pm. Place was neat and clean. 

We ordered fish pakoda, mutton cutlet and kerala chicken (this was suggested by the staff). Fish pakoda was mindblowing. Chunks of fish (seer) in a thick besan flour batter mixed with onions and green chilli was so good. Fish tasted fresh, pakoda was crispy in the outside with well cooked fish and the chopped chillies giving a kick of heat in every bite. Mutton cutlet came in as a single huge piece. Dark and crispy outer layer that tasted of bread with minced mutton and potato filling. My 9 year old said "This is good, but you can't call it as mutton cutlet. We can name it as potato cutlet" after tasting it. I don't have anything more to add to it. We hardly could taste the mutton. The kerala chicken fry was a disaster. No flavour nothing. It was like they cooked the meat and deep fried it. We asked for soe mint chutney but the one we got was very bad than the dish itself. Some green colour stuff with onions which had nothing to do with mint or even corriander for that matter.

Before reaching this place itself we decided the main course. We went with pepper paya, a parotta, a plain aapam, a bulls eye aapam and a portion of fish biriyani. Paya was thick and very good with strong notes of freshly ground pepper. Aapam could've been better. I like aapam with crispy edges and soft centre. It wasn't like that and no golden colour too. But the paya made up for it. Parotta was flaky as well as soft. Fish biriyani. Ummm well I don't think we can call it biriyani. It was more like spiced up pulav/fried rice with few chunks of fish. It was spicy and good but even then I can't fit it in any type of biriyani I've had.

Service was decent. Total damage was 1200 bucks. I'm still confused on the vfm part. But the fish pakoda at 200 bucks was totally worth it.

Place       : Hotel Safari
Location   : Royapettah High Road, Royapettah (Opposite to govt hospital, near the signal)
Cuisine     : Veg & Non-veg south Indian, chinese
Cost         : A meal for two should cost 800-1000 bucks approximately

P.S : The write up is based on personal experience only. Hotel Safari Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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