SF Chowhounder Steve is visiting this week, so 5 of us had dinner at Thattukada tonight in honor of his visit. This was my second visit, and we had some of the same things as last time, and also some new items.
We each got our own egg appam, since this was my favorite last time. They were good again, although some had overcooked eggs. Too bad, since last time the eggs were cooked perfectly. We also had chapati and paratha, and I particularly like the paratha. As an appetizer, I kept JFores tradition of ordering the netholi fry, which was good as usual - especially the crispy onions. I ordered one fish curry thali (this time they wouldn't let us substitute breads for rice), so this came with Keralan rice, various veg side dishes, dahl, pickle and maybe a few other things? I didn't think the fish curry was anything special though. We tried the beef fry, which was sort of similar to the netholi fry, but not nearly as good. We ordered cauliflower manjurian, which was really good - it was fried with onions, and almost tasted caramelized. Come to think of it, this was one of the best cauliflower dishes I've ever had (although I'm not a big fan of cauliflower usually). Another hit was the Kerala prawn curry - it had a coconut/tomato base, and reminded me very much of a dish I ate in Cochin (made with calamari instead of shrimp). I wrote about that dish here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/267286
We got the chicken biryani, which was very good, as it was last time, and also a mutton curry, which I thought was just OK, and then a bright orange chicken dish that I don't think I even ordered! We think it was Manchurian chicken. Spicy, but not all that tasty. Later, when we looked at the bill, it seemed like we weren't charged for it either, so perhaps they just felt like giving us a free extra dish for no reason. Hmm.
We had more food than the 5 of us could finish, and total bill before tip was £52 (including 1 beer). Really good deal, and some of the food was excellent as well....I think once I come here a few more times, I'll be better at knowing which things to order and what to avoid.
Also, this time the Overground was working, so it was much easier to get to from N. London! On the walk from Woodgrange Park to Thattukada, I noticed a Indian-Chinese restaurant that looks quite nice. Limster said he's noticed it before too, but hasn't tried it....I think we should have a chowdown there sometime soon! Maybe their Manchurian Chicken is better!