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Thattukada in East Ham

JFores | Oct 21, 200802:56 PM     58

So I just made it out to this wonderful Keralan joint on High St North per the recommendation of my bank clerk. Yeah, the guy who I got at HSBC while upgrading my savings account just so happened to be Malayalam and just so happened to give me this place. Much thanks to you Thomas.

I got there quite late to find a few tables taken by guys speaking Malayalam and Hindi. More came in and took tables while about twice that many got take away while I was waiting and eating. Cute little interior. Nothing special, but who cares. That's not the point.

I started with a salty lassi (1.50) which they made when I ordered it. It was a nice run of the mill salty lassi. Really thick. For food, we ordered rice and thattu dosas as our utensils and the Keralan fish curry and the king fish moilly as our mains (I am definitely killing the spelling of this in my mind. Oh yeah, despite my knowledge of Bangladeshi food, I'm a total retard when it comes to South Indian. Well, not total, but I'm nothing special knowledge wise. Just a warning.)

The dosas (not to be confused with the commonly assumed meaning of dosa, these are just delicious little flatbreads) were excellent. Reeeally perfect. Pretty much as good as I've had them. I had home cooked far South Indian on only one occasion at a Malayalam friend's house from high school and that's pretty much what caused me to go for the moilly. The Keralan fish curry was also another standby that I just felt safe with. I'll be more adventurous in the future.

The moilly was lots of nicely cooked kingfish submerged in a delicious coconut milk broth. It was loaded with green chillies, and fish, and vegetables, and goodness. All in all a nice dish and while it was 5 pounds (which was actually expensive for this menu), it was worth it.) Very large portion! The Keralan fish curry was even better. Delicious somewhat spicy red-brown gravy loaded with all sorts of things. Again, king fish. Excellent and I believe 3.50.

I'll be trying it again ASAP. Maybe as soon as Saturday. The employees and other guys in there especially recommended the chicken biryani which comes with a massive assortment of chatnis and egg curry. Also, I was given recommendations for a fried banana starter, something called pattu, and the danavan dishes.

That's about it,

Justin

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