Even if I am there for a day(which rarely happens)we squeeze in time for Dwaraka.Almost always,our order is the same.I love it when the friendly waiters recognize us and nod their head with a smile when they take our orders,been going there for years now.
Dwaraka is a very popular and old restaurant on M.G.Road,famous for the delicious vegetarian fare they've been churning out for decades.
We start our meal with a Thayir Vada/Curd vada.Soft and fluffy vada is soaked in curd which is seasoned with green chillies and curry leaves.At times,it is served with crisp boondhi on top,but I prefer it plain.The curd is not very sour and that according to me is the base for the best curd vada.
As soon as we finish the vada,comes the platter of chutneys.There are three types of chutneys-coconut chutney,thick coconut chutney with onions and a onion-tomato chutney.Sambhar is also served in a pretty alladin-lamp kind of a bowl,which again has been there for ages now.With only ulli/shallots and tomato,the sambhar has a slight sweet-sour tinge and tastes delicious.
Masala dosa comes next smelling delicious with a distinct aroma of ghee.Thin dosas with a wonderful potato-onion masala inside.Paired with sambhar and chutney,I think I can gulp down 2-3,or so I wish.I am always full after the first one and pack one for later,to be indulged leisurely at home.Ending the meal with a coffee,I often wonder when the next visit will be.
More than the food,I think it is the wonderful nostalgic memories which pull me there,of course the food is delicious too and consistently so.
A meal for two cost us INR 280.Dwaraka is at M.G.Road,Ernakulam.
Food - 9/10
Service - 9/10
Ambience - 8/10
Value for money - 8/10
Disclaimer-This is not a paid review.I liked the restaurant and thought of sharing my experience with my readers.