Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Mouthwatering Memories


From my Foodie Archives:

Mouthwatering Mumbai Memories  of a Foodie Adventure many years ago...

Can someone please tell me whether the place is still going strong...

If you happen to be in Fort area of Mumbai and are famished and hungry for a sumptuous lunch and are in a mood for Kerala cuisine, try Fountain Plaza.

There a number of eateries who derive their names from the erstwhile Flora Fountain (now Hutatma Chowk) and I am not referring to the more famous upscale Fountain Restaurant opposite HSBC Bank which is a Sizzler and Steak place, or Fountain Inn, the Mangalorean seafood eatery in Nanabhai Lane.

I am referring to Hotel Fountain Plaza, on RD Street off DN Road, near Handloom House next to Eastern Watch Company, my favourite Kerala Cuisine restaurant in South Mumbai.

There is plenty to choose from for the hungry carnivore -  Fish, Chicken and Mutton.

But not much of a choice for vegetarians, except in the snacks department, which you can try at Tiffin Time in the evenings.

To start off, I like the Fish Curry in white coconut gravy with Malabari Paratha (Parota) with a fried Pomfret on the side.

I pop a piece of the succulent fish on my tongue, followed by a generously soaked portion of the soft paratha in the delicious rich gravy, close my eyes, and press the juicy food between my tongue and palate.

Never bite, just press the tongue upwards against your palate and savor the heavenly taste as the fish disintegrates releasing the delicious juices and spicy flavor.

Next we order  Chicken Korma and Mutton Stew with Appams - it is a truly delicious combination which evokes nostalgic memories of Ceylon Bake House in Ernakulam.

We end the meal with a nourishing and wholesome Malabari style Mutton Biryani.

There are a large number of dishes on the menu including Chinese and Mughlai, but at Fountain Plaza it is better to focus on Kerala Cuisine.

In the morning on your way to office you can have puttu, poori bhaji or eggs bhurjee and while heading home in the evening, stop by for tiffin, and enjoy an evening banana based snack like banana roast, banana fry, banana bonda and banana pops which are the speciality of Fountain Plaza with a cup of tea or coffee.

I like Fountain Plaza.

It is a  no-nonsense Spartan eatery.

Mouthwatering food. Nourishing snacks. Lip smacking gravies. Satiating meals.

Value For Money eating.

So, Dear Fellow Foodie, the next time you are in Fort, Mumbai, do find out whether the place still exists, have a Kerala Style meal and tell us all about it.

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VIKRAM KARVE educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU, Lawrence School Lovedale, and Bishop's School Pune, is an Electronics and Communications Engineer by profession, a Human Resource Manager and Trainer by occupation, a Teacher by vocation, a Creative Writer by inclination and a Foodie by passion. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles in magazines and journals for many years before the advent of blogging. His delicious foodie blogs have been compiled in a book "Appetite for a Stroll". Vikram lives in Pune with his family and pet Doberman girl Sherry, with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We just got back from Kerala and was wondering if I could get Kerala cuisine in Mumbai. Will check out the place you mentioned for sure, thanks