Eli and Joe's Kitchen - Blissful Dining Experience

Beautiful view of sea with fishing boats setting their sail, breezy and lush green atmosphere, awesome collection of A.R.Rahman competing with the sound of waves and lip smackingly delicious food. What more one can ask for? A blissful dining experience is what you get at Eli & Joe's Kitchen in Mahabalipuram.

Eli & Joe's Kitchen run by Liz Thottan does not fit into the formal definition of a restaurant/cafe. It's more like a friends place, where you can just lay back, relax and have some amazing food. There's no fixed menu. Food is prepared based on the fresh catch & meat supply (mostly pork & beef) of the day. It's always better (infact advisable) to call them up, check for the availability of food. Rosh & Shab writing about the food and her FB post on Sunday menu (loads of beef & pork dishes) left me craving for meat. We called her up 3 days prior to our visit. We told her that we would like to have pork chops and beef steak. This place is located off Othavadi street in Mahabalipuram (Second right after moonrakers and first left, this place is in the first floor of the house at the end of the street). We landed there for lunch and was welcomed by few pet dogs and the staircase to the dining space has a cute little garden.

We started off with a Kumquat drink. Chilled citrus-y drink with mild fizz was so refreshing. Before the meat, we were served pesto pasta on the house which was delicious. Liz told that the basil was from her own garden. Pasta was cooked al dente and the pesto was perfect. Loved it. Then came the beauty in a plate. Pork chops and beef steak were served with curried potatoes. Beef was juicy and was melting in the mouth. But the star of the meal was the pork. Beautifully cooked in it's own fat, with crispy edges/crust it was mind blowing. The meat was a tad bit dry but wasn't hard or chewy. The marination with whole peppercorns rendered a mild spicy flavour to the meat. I relished it with some English mustard sauce. Worth travelling all the way to Mahabalipuram just for this :) The curried potatoes was good with a hint of rosemary. Friend loved it. Fish was fried to perfection with spicy marination. It was so fresh and tasted delicious.

Dessert was a surprise. Liz served her own version of falooda which had strawberry ice cream, little bit of semiya, chopped apple, tutti fruity and walnut muffins smashed into it. It was like dessert in a cup. Though it sounds weird, the taste was delicious.

Paid 1500 bucks for all these. (Pork-400, beef-350). Keep in mind that this is not a restaurant which stocks food. Liz prepares food as per the availability. It's better to call her at 9840740840 to avoid disappointment. E.L.I's Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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