Adding another cuisine to Koramangala's bustling food scene is the charming Moplah's, a fine dining Kerala restaurant that specialises in Mappila Muslim (or Moplah) and Coastal Malabar cuisine. We've been here a couple of times already and it's fast becoming our favourite. Before we dive into the spread, we have to talk about the tastefully done space. Tropical and floral artwork hangs from the walls with coloured glass windows, and pretty tiles give the space a very Insta-worthy look but also a very charming, relaxed ambience. There's one spot that's ideal for date nights, you'll know it when you see it.
Getting back to the food, the menu isn't extensive but it's there's a lot to try and savour if it's the first time you are having Moplah or Coastal Malabar food. If you're a seasoned veteran like we are, then you know you're in good hands. Both the times we were here, we started our meal with the Kulukki Sarbath, a popular Kerala drink which is essentially an iced lemonade with different flavours. It packs a nice punch with the kandhari (bird's eye chilli) infused. For starters, we loved the spicy Mutton Kurumulagu, a Syrian Christian-inspired dish with tender lamb chunks braised in coconut and crushed black peppercorns. The Payyoli Chicken Fry is another starter that gets our stamp of approval — deep-fried goodness!
For mains, the Allepey Meen Curry and Kuttanadan Tharav are what we have tried and loved. The meen (fish) curry has a tangy, sweet, and sour flavour, courtesy of raw mango and coconut milk. The fresh green chillies add a nice kick to the dish. Coconut milk reigns supreme in the Tharav or duck curry that packs so much flavour from the shallots and spices. We paired the meals with Nei Choru (ghee rice), flaky Kerala Parottas, and Ari Pathiri (traditional Moplah rice flour flat bread).
Desserts on our next visit definitely!