Deira is notorious for traffic jams and lack of free parking spaces and hence it is an area that I don’t visit quite often. But I was happy to visit Skillet Restaurant a few days back because they provide free parking at the supermarket right next door. Plus points for that!! The restaurant is relatively new and serves North Indian and Keralite dishes and can easily seat around 40-50 people at a time. A good thing about this outlet is that they have different chefs for the north and south Indian dishes who are specialized in their field. The menu is extensive and includes Chinese dishes too.
We started the evening with Kulukki Sherbet and fresh Watermelon Juice. The sherbet was too spicy, but the juice was perfect. Next up was a traditional mutton leg soup called Aattinkaal Soup. Warm, spicy and with balanced flavours, this one was appealing.
Starters were Paneer Satay, Chicken Hariyali Kebab, Chicken Malai Kebab and Mozzarella and Chicken Stuffed Balls. The kebabs were decent though the chicken pieces could have been a bit softer and succulent. The balls were yum and loved the combination of cheese and chicken.
Mains were extravagant with Beef Ularthiyathu, Prawns Roast, Methi Chicken, Goan Fish Curry, Veg. Handi and Paneer Butter Masala along with Appam and Kerala Porotta. The veg. dishes were surprisingly delicious and that speaks for itself. My favourite was the prawns roast with its tangy and spicy flavours. The fish curry with its coconut-based gravy delighted the Keralite in me. Appams were a slight disappointment as it wasn’t soft and fluffy as it’s supposed to be.
I also had the opportunity to be first among the few that tried their version of Fuljar Soda, the crazy new drink that has taken Kerala by storm. This one was not as spicy as I had envisioned it to be and it ended on a sweet note.
Also tried their Tandoori Chai, which is chai served in clay cups that were kept in a tandoor for some time. Would have loved to see the theatrics as shown by other places serving the same. Taste-wise too, I felt it lacked the smokey flavour that comes when it’s placed in the tandoor. Had mentioned all this to the management and they were receptive to the suggestion.
Overall, a decent place to try some tasty dishes and spend time with friends and family without having to worry about parking renewals and the time 😊