Being true to my Bangaliana, my obsession with fish is a story fit for a textbook on Regional Generalizations. But the only twist to it is that my love is not confined to bhapas, kalias and paturis. Rather it traverses geographical boundaries and spills on to kebabs, cutlets, grills, bakes and everything else too.
So when Coastal Macha opened in Kolkata, I knew I had to drop by. And before I could plan a visit for myself, I got invited to taste their food. I was impressed from the moment I entered the place for the session. The wicker baskets, sea-shells, the miniature boats and of course, the sand under the table tops reminded me of the Sea, and I couldn’t wait to sample their coastal delights!
The evening, full of laughter and conversations, was brightened up by the Kokum Cooler. I have an almost unused jerry-can full of kokum juice lying in my refrigerator but somehow never have the energy to pour out some of it in a pretty glass, add water and soda, and a pinch of sea salt or sugar or both, and enjoy the drink. Drinking the bright red juice here, I made a mental note to make good use of my concentrate at home.
The food at Coastal Macha surly reminded me of my trips to South India, with the sukkas, ghee roast and rawa fries. Encompassing the broad range of coastal cuisine of the southern part of the country is no mean task, but the peeps at The Coastal Macha have pulled it off with elan.
The quality of the ingredients were great, and the spice blends were intoxicatingly aromatic. The predominance of coconut, and curry leaves was evident in a number of the dishes, and being an ardent fan of both, I kept going for one mouthful after another.
The Rawa Fry was crunchy outside and firm and flaky inside, with the perfect amount of seasoning. But my favourite for the night was definitely the fluffy appams with the Prawn Sukka. They were a match made in culinary heaven, and will of course be something that I will keep going back for.
A meal for two at Coastal Macha, Southern Avenue will make the wallet lighter by around 1200 bucks, but it will be a meal well worth the money and more.
P.S. Their menu now includes some beautiful looking crabs which I am yet to check out.😊