While traveling, I love finding little hole-in-the-wall or mom and pop-style restaurants. Eating the way the locals eat is usually the surest way to get the most authentic and delicious home style food. So when I was taken to swanky Dakshin (inside the ITC Hotel) I was more than a little skeptical. A hotel restaurant? Why I never…
Per the suggestion of our tour guide, I ordered the vegetarian thali. Dakshin specializes in Southern Indian food, and the thali would give us a taste of everything. They started us out with two pancakes – one with bananas and the other with peas – served with tomato, cilantro and coconut chutney.
Ginger and lemon is one of my favorite flavor combinations, so when I saw this spicy, refreshing drink on the menu, I had to order it.
Presentation and service were spot on and my favorite parts of the meal were the homemade yogurt and the freshly made appams. Crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle. Perfect for soaking up the coconut curry.
We ended the meal with a palate cleanser called Paan, made from fennel, sugar, cloves and other aromatics wrapped in a betel leaf.
Overall, this was an amazing meal and I’m happy to report that after a week of eating in India, I still haven’t fallen victim to the dreaded Delhi Belly.
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