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Kerala Kitchen-Much ado about........

toby1355 | Mar 15, 2008 09:58 AM

Went to KK with much anticipation and curiosity last nite. All in all, the experience was lacking in many respects.

First off, Much of the menu is NOT Southern, let alone Kerelan/Malabar centered. As a result of not being aware of this we ordered dishes that only later were we told were Northern Indian.

Second, the food itself just okay at best.

Openers Beef patties, re-heated ( luke warm) served with onion relish and ketchup (yes, ketchup). I may be wrong but I've several Indian cookbooks that I use regularly (J. Sahni and M. Jaffrey) and they never mention anything like ketchup as an Indian ingredient/relish. The patties themselves, had they been sufficiently heated, would have been fine.


Chicken Tikka Masala ( not my favorite but tablemates wanted this). It was standard fare, nothing more.

Potato Curry. We were told that this was akin to a Chinese/Indian hybrid. It was lumpy mashed spuds with some heat, black mustard seeds, fresh curry leaves and onions also. Served luke warm; Had it been sufficiently heated it would have been fine. But not South Indian, by my reckoning.

Pork Vindaloo; REALLY fatty and for a dish that is supposed to be one of the hottest in the Indian lexicon of dishes, it was bland. I don't understand why the meat was not properly butchered. As it was served, the two women I was with immediately refused to eat it.

We also ordered Roti, Malabar porotha ( their spelling ), and Naan. The porotha was the best of the breads.

As we were literally the only people in the place, the issue of luke warm food was inexcusable.

We live in Nassau county and have pretty much given up on places on B'way/106/107 in Hicksville. The exception is Dosa Hut. Most recently went for lunch, buffet, at the new place in the Patel Brothers Plaza. Ordered the buffet to get a sense of the place....again, more of the same Blah Indian. The Sino-Indian place nest door also had a buffet that looked really mediocre and we passed.

On the optimistic side, we did notice that WEST of Kerala Kitchen, towards the city line, there were several other Indian places that might be worth a try....Hope Springs Eternal.

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