I'm sitting here more or less ready to die from the amount I've eaten (I didn't realize how full I was until I started downing a papaya Rubicon) so this seems like a good time to get the ball rolling.
We had an absolute feast which went rather well despite it's last minute (literally 30 minutes or so before for some) size reductions. We went from 16... to 13... to 16... to 13... to 10... to 8... all in about 2 days. Thank you London Underground. Thank you. And for Dave MP, thank you London Overground. You work every weekend.
Food! Limster, Deansa, my girlfriend and I all got there a bit early (aka on time) so we started with an order of netholi fry and some beer. Netholi are basically whiting and the dish involves them being fried crispy with very little batter and a whole lot of onions. It's probably my favorite fried dish at Thattukada to be honest.
Once things filled up and reunited our group things kicked off. 6 thalis (4 veg, 1 mutton, 1 chicken) were ordered and rice was substituted for bread on 4 of them. You can do this if you ask. It keeps costs down.
This basically meant beet and cabbage shaks as well as sambar and a cold yogurt "curry" with plantain in it which is closest in consistency to Gujarati kadhi.
More fried stuff came! This time mussels which were tasty, but rather soft compared to how they're usually done. Around this time a fish moilley also arrived sans bread, though we managed to mop it up later on. All in all excellent moilley and the portion was a lot better than the last time I ordered it (aka this time we got one massive steak and one smaller one whereas last time I only got a medium one in it.)
The third or so wave consisted of kappa biriyani, puttu kottu (veg) and puttu kottu (chicken.) Finally a veg biriyani finished us off. Oh yeah... we had chicken biriyani way earlier on too...
The two actual biriyanis (veg and chicken) were moist and flavorful. The chicken was much improved from when we got it at the last chowdown (an incident that left me feeling silly for hailing it so much as it's just about my favorite biriyani anywhere but it just wasn't feeling it that day.) The kappa biriyani is not really biriyani at all. Rather, it's kappa (crushed casava) studded with the complete contents of Thattukada's beef fry (that fiery beef thing you have with todi if you're Gordon Ramsay in Kerala.) It was awesome. An instant favorite for me as it was my first time having it. It's also heavy enough to kill a small child and probably the hottest thing we had.
The kothus are pretty much street food chop ups and both were quite good, though there was a general consensus that the veg one with chickpeas was actually better. It's basically puttu (rice and coconut flour steamed in bamboo) given a quick chop up halal cart NYC style with in one case chicken and the other black chickpeas. Tasty and another viciously filling dish.
In total it came to 72 quid with a 5% or so deduction made by our waiter.