Thattukada's going to be moving to a new location down the road and I felt I should give the old location the justice of an update. I'm going to be looking to get a Chowdown together for the opening day of the new restaurant as soon as I know the date (early January.) Email me if you're interested.
The menu is now quite a bit simpler than it was in the past. The enormous hidden menu that they had a few years ago has largely been included on the current one, abandoned or added to the specials board that they have up on weekends. Still, they may have anything on any given day so if you want Keralan crab curry on a Wednesday it wouldn't hurt to ask.
Recent additions that are quite good include the fish 65, the crab fry, the brain fry and the fish egg fry (though that's been around for a while.)
The fish 65 has become a particular favorite of mine. It's a very large portion of battered and deep fried fish covered in a similar spice mix to that of a chicken 65. It's basically Keralan drinking food (like a lot of the menu) but it's one of the fries at Thattukada that just takes it to another level.
Another thing that should be highlighted is just how good the basics are at Thattukadda. I rarely order their fancier stuff unless I go with a group and the meal plans I was on only included a set number of dishes so I'll elaborate on those a little.
The "basics" highlights are pretty much the beef curry with chapatti, fish curry with kappa and their veg meal. All three are literally as good as the Keralan food I've been getting at home almost every day. The fish curry has been varying from day to day lately, but they do an Indian mackerel one with massive amounts of kokum. It's incredibly smokey and pairs perfectly with kappa (mashed tapioca.) The beef curry is one of the single hottest dishes on the menu these days so it's not for the spice intolerant. Nonetheless that with chapatti is pretty much perfection. One of the single best things I've ever eaten at an Indian restaurant.
The chicken curry and mutton curry have both changed quite a lot over the years and I'm not a huge fan of either one these days. Their parathas are still exceptional though.
If anyone has any questions about practically anything this place serves (or could potentially serve) just ask it on this thread.
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