Paying heed to the much hyped chain of 'Mahesh Lunch Home', we finally decided to give it a try. Coming from a family who regularly enjoys Konkani variety of seafood at home, MLH really had to please my tastebuds to even offer an average review.
Come to order and we straight place an order for sole kadhi for all of us and two sea food platter. Given that the platter offered a wide variety of sea food, we thought it would be the best option available. Along with the platter fanfare, we also ordered butter garlic pepper versions of Lobster and prawns, pomfret tawa fry and Squid Ring Garlic. The Lobster was well cooked, prawns were delicious, pomfret was a delight and squids were a treat. The sight of the platter was overwhelming (comprising of prawns koliwada, prawns tandoor, 'bangda' fry, pan fried basa, ravas fry, ravas tandoor and tandoori crab). The prawns and crab were what pleased us. The crab lovers on the table were very happy with the tandoori version of crab. Rest of the fish seemed rather too bland with little or no masala and some of the fish did not even seem that fresh.
The already ordered food was enough to fill us up. However, we could not leave without trying the appam and neer dosa. Combine a chicken ghee roast and prawns gassi with neer dosa and appam and it is a much better meal than the platter. Neer dosa were very thin while appams were crisp....a 5 star for these two food items.
The service was good and no complaints on that front. We were seated on the upper level which provided us a good atmosphere to have a chatty discussion in our group of eight. However, the seating downstairs is much more comfortable and would be pleasing for a smaller group. The ambience of this place is relaxing downstairs and is good for a gastronomic experience upstairs.
Overall, I like MLH for the experience but food wise it might be the only visit i make here. Like i say, it is always difficult for restaurants to please Konkani and Mangalorean guys.