The name MotaFish gives a Keralite feel and that’s what I experienced when I visited this place last week for lunch. It’s a simple, compact outlet located in a residential area of Barsha, with both indoor and outdoor areas. The outdoor area is covered with transparent plastic which was nice as it provides protection against dust and flies, since it’s on the roadside. Lunch time was pretty busy and I was told it happens everyday as they have a lot of loyal following ….. I’m impressed 😊
Lunch at a Keralite restaurant must include some staples like biriyani, fish fry and payasam and I tried these and much more. Started off with Netholi Fry, netholi is a small fish which becomes crispy when fried and is a much-loved starter for food and conversations. I’m a sucker for prawns so I had to have the Fiery Prawns. It’s stated as very spicy in the menu but not something that a Malayalee can’t handle. The presentation with all claws and head was a good one, creeped out my lil one (silent laugh) but he too enjoyed biting into those delicious prawns.
For mains we had, Crab Roast, Bamboo Biriyani and Chemmeen Mango Curry. The Crab Roast was sweet and spicy and bang on flavour. Breaking the bones to get the meat is hard work but totally worth it in this case. It tasted good with the Kerala Porotta. Chemmeen Mango Curry is a coconut-based gravy prepared using prawns and raw mango. It is a unique and mouth-watering combination and I loved it with the porotta. Would taste yumm with appam too.
There is so much hype around Bamboo Biriyani, that I decided to give it a try. The Bamboo Chicken Biriyani is steamed in a bamboo stem and served as is on a platter, and then pushed onto the plate using a thick stick. The visual is very appealing and tempting though the chicken pieces could have been a little more juicier. The quantity is huge and can easily be shared amongst two. It was served with raita and pickle.
For dessert, I had Semiya Payasam (one of my all-time favourites) and Gulab Jamun. But I felt the payasam lacked sweetness and flavour probably due to the large-sized vermicelli.
But I would definitely go back to try more of what they have to offer as their best-sellers are non-vegetarian dishes. Can’t wait to visit them for dinner and try their beef fry!!! They serve breakfast too!!!