Want to go on a coast to coast ride with some regional fare from Kerala, Goa, Karnataka and parts of Maharashtra? Drop in to The Coastal Macha at 55, Southern Avenue (next to Atlanta gym). The restaurant is the brainchild of Sabrina Mukherjee and Piyush Menon, friends who spent many years in Bangalore and who wanted to give Kolkata a taste of authentic coastal cuisine.
In Kolkata, it is tough to get good coastal food. Some of the hotels come up with special promotional events once in a while but there was no restaurant solely dedicated to it. And that is why I’m so thankful for The Coastal Macha. Now, I can get my fix of Sol Kadhi, Chicken Ghee Roast, Prawn and Mutton Sukka anytime I want to!
I was invited by Sabrina to a bloggers meet at the restaurant and we tasted some of their specials. What I loved about the place was the bright and cheerful atmosphere. It is done up in shades of blue and white and the tabletops are filled with sand and sea shells. Beach vibes all around!
We started off our journey with Sol Kadhi, the popular Kokum and coconut drink from Maharashtra. The tart, fresh flavors of the drink provided the perfect start to the meal. I felt the Rava coated Fish Fry could do with a bit more salt and can be paired with a spicy chutney. I gave my heart to the Chicken Ghee Roast, a dish where the chicken is fried in ghee and then tossed in a paste of chillies, coriander, cumin and fenugreek, also roasted in ghee. The Prawn Pulao with the big juicy prawns was a close second followed by the spicy squid curry and the mutton pepper fry. Most dishes on the menu are quite spicy, so you might want to ask the staff to turn down the heat if you don’t like it so fiery.
The Coastal Macha is also available on zomato and you get 15% off if you order online. Become friends with The Coastal Macha soon!