Irresistible, Lip smacking and Praise Worthy Taste of Machali Restuarant
After the hunt for the Top 10 Biryanis in Mangalore was over, our taste buds ceased to rest, still hungry for something more, something different, and something tasty. this time i was accompanied with two of my friends, Many of our friends on Instagram, Facebook and even on whats app, suggested us to try some seafood, try something fishy this time, something regional, something that speaks about Mangalore and its tradition. When it comes to seafood, mangalore has a very distint unique taste in its food culture, showing our diverse and strong communities who have blended together to make this cuisine rich. And yes, every Mangalorean loves this fact, and can go absolutely nuts for Mangalorean seafood cuisine and culture– well the most popular choice for such a restaurant was Machali.
Machali in terms of popularity is 10/10. Getting a table can be hard even on weekdays. Located near sharada Vidhyalaya, Navabharath circle. Lot of non-residents, and many who work away from Mangalore cannot ‘not’ come here when they visit Mangalore. Everbody usually go to Machali, as their food speaks so much about the fine Mangalore seafood food culture.
Since we reached around 8:00 pm we were lucky enough to find ourselves a table. We had Taru boothai fry, Anjal (Seer fish or King fish) tawa fry, we tried Manji (Pomfret) masala fry, Bondas (Squid) gheeroast, Fish thali which has 3 kinds of fish, Marwai sukka and Prawns biryani.
Squid ghee roast:
With this on a plate along with a great company of people as hungry as you are, you will never know when its done leaving only the masala on your finger tips, and the best part is the masala itself.
Anjal tawa fry:
if you are a Mangalorean non vegetarian, then its obvious that you have tasted Anjal atleast once.
Anjal is king fish in English and very popular amongst Mangaloreans. We asked Machali to get us their popular dish made with Anjal. The Anjal tawa fry was presented to us to taste. A simple cut, thick fat slice of Anjal covered with tawa masala and fried was served on a banana leaf with onions and lemons for extra added flavours. the meat and the tawa masala had that perfect blend as it is fried which makes you realise as you have, why everyone loves it so much. Though a little expensive compared to the other dishes we had, the tawa fry was indeed worth the value for money.
Taru boothai fry:
One of the important food fish of south Indian cuisine. this is a great conversation starter if you are with your friends, fighting for the last one of this crispy little fish as one would never satisfy you.
Manji Masala fry:
There’s a big picture of this dish as you enter Machali. it grabbed our attention which made us ask our waiter what is it since it didn’t have a name written on it. our waiter told us that it was Manji Masala fry and that its one of their special dishes. well we love trying special dishes and therefore asked him to get one for us. The fish was fully coated with this red Masala. To be honest it looked far better than the picture and of course tasted even better.
Well even after trying all these dishes our stomach was wanting for more. Thats when we decided to have Machali’s exclusive meal. well it had three kinds of fish in it Bhootai fish curry , Bangude pulimunchi and Kaane fry accompanied with chutney, beans sukka, dal and rasam. we also noticed that the majority of the crowd had ordered this meal.
We would suggest the best time to get a table would be before and at 8, unless you want to wait. 500 rs for two people is more than enough to have two fish thalis, Anjal tawa fry and bondas ghee roast.
Well our experience at Machali was delightful, the ambience and the crowd enjoying their meals is just fantastic and we would to go here more often than not, its definitely a must visit restaurant of Mangalore.
Been to machali? like to add up some more items to our must try list? feel free to share your experience in the comments below.
P.s: there are high chances for your conversations to be a bit louder than usual.
Machali Restuarant – A Glimpse of what Mangalore has to offer in terms of seafood.