Restaurent Review : Karavali, Taj Gateway…

Friday evening’s when most of the ‘wine and dine’ places are flooded, few gateways like Taj Gateway offers a ‘true’ gateway to unwind yourself from busy week schedule,we tried ‘Karavali’ restuarent offering authentic Kerala food along the candle lit ambience…


The interiors of Karavalli are inspired by a traditional Mangalorean house, featuring a wooden ceiling, furniture, antique seafarer’s maps, and a variety of antiques from times of the French and English occupation of India. We tried the alfresco dining, which offers an open-air courtyard, a verandah and, garden.


Signature dishes include Kane fry ( Lady fish), Coorg fried chicken, Alleppy fish curry, and Prawn Balchao along with Appams, The Karavalli has been a recepient of many awards, the latest accolade being “The Times Food Guide award’ for the best sea food restaurant of Bangalore.


The experience was really nice, with good food, great service. The food we tried was ‘Idiappam’, ‘Neerdosa’ with Alleppy fish curry and Mangalorean chilly chicken… yum!

Idiappam, with fish and chicken stew ….served on banana leaf…

Gateway Hotel on Residency Road
No 66, Residency Road, Bangalore 560 025
Tel: (91-80) 66604545
Fax: (91-80) 66614542

17 Comments so far

  1. slash (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 11:43 am

    nice review. but you missed out on the all important part: how heavy on the wallet? (considering it’s Taj, one wud expect the heaviness, but still it’s nice to know a figure)

  2. Ravi (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 12:47 pm

    That pic of the flowers is fabulous, Sir!

  3. Charles Haynes (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 12:51 pm

    Hi Rajesh,

    We went to Karavalli last week and loved it. Only had a few dishes – starters of tiger prawns and pomfret fried in a banana leaf, then the main event – the Karavalli curry crab. Fresh crabs in a delicious kerala style curry. Sweet and succulent. We loved it and will be back.

  4. VS (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 1:56 pm

    In view of the growing number of restaurant reviews on Bangalore MB, I would suggest adding a disclosure along saying whether the meal(s) was paid for by the restaurant or not. :) Just kiddin man !

  5. Deepa Mohan (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

    Ooh that first photograph is lovely! Karavalli is not so much for us vegetarians, though…sigh!

    And I wish VS’comment comes true and the restaurant starts paying for our food….! But then, the comments wouldn’t be the same, would they? We would be constrained to write only good things and our comments would become suspect…

  6. Chitra (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 7:01 pm

    Wonderful pic, the first one. Yep, true what Deepa says about Karavalli and vegetarians. However, I have once eaten from their limited menu (for people like us) and liked it.

    Deepa, even without anybody paying anything for our reviews, we still seem to attract suspicion! I would rather forego the paid food. :)

  7. Ravi (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 11:00 pm

    Deepa / Chitra,
    Can’t help but laugh out aloud at the bit about the ‘payment’ part by restaurants for our reviews! Ha, if only some people knew!

  8. Bala (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 3:12 am

    Ladies & Gentlemen,

    A toast to the hungry bloggers of Bangalore who are never satiated!

    Modus Operandi:

    Keep a mobilephone camera handy and click some poor resolution pics, you have a blogpost ready. Reminds of a Mohinder Amarnath comment about Indian selectors. :P

  9. Bala (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 3:39 am

    yaaawn and alvida..

  10. Mytri (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 8:02 am

    Yes. Thanks Bala for you informative comment! We will surely ask Rajesh et al to carry video cameras and post to youtube!

    Never mind the useless comments Rajesh. I had been there many many moons ago. Since I was sick only hubbie dearest was ordering food. So not sure if I remember the taste, but I have been talking about taking the kids now to that place. Ofcourse it is expensive!! Sigh. It is Taj after all. I remember eating some small dosa-like object that would be brought fresh to the plate. It had a very Malayalee flavor. That was all that I remember.

    I still love shopping at that Gujju place opposite Sapna.

  11. Bala (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 9:18 am


    Can you please provide useful information about shopping in Gujju place! What eclectic taste you have.

    I shall leave this place to be haunted by a coterie of audience who deserve what they get.

    After alll who says Metroblogging Bangalore represents the ethos of Bangalore.

    Yaawn and alvida.

  12. Mytri (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 10:11 am

    Bala Sir
    On the top floor of Gurjari complex there is a shop for salwars with lots of Kutchi/Gujarati handwork and Lucknowi Chikan kurtas. Ofcourse it probably is not esoteric enough for you, but I prefer that to shopping in Forum/Garuda Malls ;-) I am a saree/salwar/skirt wearing person. Since I have 2 sons I dont have to worry about saying No Jeans to daughters ;-) Narrow-minded, no!

    Kabhi Alvida Na Kahena, Bala Sir. How boring would the world be if all of us were interested in the exact same thing and discussed only matters of great importance to city/state/country. What would lesser mortals like me do? :( Do not grudge us the pleasure of looking at these pictures and thinking back fondly at times past. Chaliye, aap bhi kuch naashta karke aajayiye. Phir milte hain!

  13. Rajesh (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 9:03 pm


    just digested the karavali apitite with great comments! I wish if Karavali pays off the bills unfortunately bloggers still have to pay from their own purse!!

    Bala, life is boaring. will you not live…the food and frolic brings in the fun when you tinker your taste buds ‘making’ it an experience. Keep reading. beware all comments going personal against author and other commenter will be deleted!

    just back from commercial street, tryed shevpuri from Anand and settled the spices with cold badam milk,,Burp!!


  14. Bala (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 10:45 pm

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  15. Bala (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 11:56 am

    Did you delete my comment coz it was personal?

    I never mentioned your name. Some freudian slip?

    Its surprising that a few comments from my side rattled you guys so much that everysingle post has pictures of pani puris and one so defensive it has a picture of someone clicking a pani puri.

    Dont get so overtly defensive guys, do your stuff & but be open to criticism. I wrote alvidaa but since there were 2 comments personally calling out my names I was compelled to reply to them.

    The power of the blog medium is in its interactivity and if you want just wah-wah as comments you should just say so.

    I would suggest that you dont drag my name again, I shall leave you guys in peace in your blissfull epicurean bangalore

  16. Rajesh (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

    Bala, take a Chill pill.

    You are welcome to comment your opinions about the post related issues. Going personal is waht we all should deter…

    If you don’t like the food categories enjoy other posts, do send us your suggestions over a story or topic and one of us will beglad to have a post on it! let us work on a positive note.


  17. Bala (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 2:37 pm


    On a positive note:

    * Passport office is now shifted to an airconditioned comfortable locale in Koramangala with lotsa parking space.

    On a negative side:

    * Construction of flyover has made Hosur road commute a nightmare yet again.

    You guys can keep your eyes open on this or soak in the gastronomic delights with eyes closed.

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