Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Kerala Cafe’s journey began in 2015, when three passionate friends, Gim George, Justin George, and M Tanaraj, set out on an adventurous road trip in Kerala to explore their Mallu roots. These guys immersed themselves in the culture and the history of Kerala cuisine.

They found out that Kerala is known as the land of spices for centuries because of the quality of spices.

This attracted many traders from across the globe. Because of its rich trading heritage, over time various foreign cuisines have blended with Kerala dishes adapted to local taste.

Kerala cuisine has more than 1100 dishes to offer. The cuisine also has a global appreciation due to the same reason. They knew right then that they had to make Kerala cuisine accessible to everyone. They came back bearing gifts in the form of Kerala Cafe. The best thing that could happen to them.

In 2016, the first Kerala Cafe – a 70-seat restaurant was started with an investment of 50 Lakhs. Their unique offering, consistent quality and focus on the guest experience made them a crowd favourite. Now they serve 3 Lakh guests annually through 5 outlets in Pune and Mumbai.

They have even received multiple awards in the South Indian cuisine category.

As the name suggests, Kerala Cafe is an authentic Kerala cuisine family restaurant you will find outside of God’s own country.

Don’t let the word ‘café’ mislead you, Kerala Café is not about Western standards and expensive fancy dishes, it’s a South Indian family restaurant through and through. Every item on the menu is dominated by mouth-watering flavours of Coconut, Black Pepper, Chilies, Curry leaves, Mustard seeds and Tamarind. Their menu has more than 169 dishes! The best thing about Kerala Café is that it’s not just about the food but it’s an entire cultural experience.

Their signature dish is the Rs.190 Unlimited Sadhya which is served every day between 12 PM to 4 PM on a Banana leaf and it presents you with 14 dishes that work amazingly together. This meal comes in Veg and Non-veg and leaves you with your heart, stomach, and wallet full. As heavy as this feast is on the stomach it is surprisingly light on the pocket.

Gim George, Justin George, M Tanaraj

Before starting Kerala Cafe they were in the automobile and entertainment industry. Interestingly, they had no background in the hospitality industry but have management degrees in Marketing, Computer Science and Business Management.

Talking about experience Justin George says that “Initially, we were dependent on our experienced staff and realised that this won’t be sustainable.

My dad always said on-ground experience is the best teacher so we got on the floor and worked in every department to get real-time guest feedback and understand the needs of our employees.

This way we improved our knowledge, our processes and our work culture. Fortunately, our strength is business management so it was easy for us to create effective systems to standardise and scale operations.”

Kerala Cafe has plans to spread across India and also to International cities.

After opening their first restaurant in 2016, they have been spreading the Kerala cuisine and culture in Pune and Mumbai. Kerala Cafe invites partners to join them in spreading Kerala cuisine and culture.

Savour an unlimited multi-course meal of 25 dishes at Kerala Cafe this Vishu.

Rich flavours, appetizing aroma, and unlimited veg servings of 25 authentic Malayali dishes – Kerala Cafe is all set to treat you with divine delicacies this Vishu with their exclusive Vishu Sadhya.

If you are looking for an unforgettable gastronomical experience,  Kerala Cafe has once again curated its annual Vishu Sadhya with delicacies from across God’s own country.

Vishu is a festival celebrated in Kerala, India, marking the beginning of the traditional Malayalam calendar.

It is observed in April and involves offering prayers, preparing a special arrangement known as “Vishukkani,” and feasting on traditional delicacies. Vishu is a time for exchanging gifts, bursting firecrackers, and celebrating with loved ones.

A community sitting welcomes you at the restaurant’s outlets with banana leaves adorning each table to serve this healthy and hearty meal. A quintessential experience of the Vishu Sadhya, rice is the first dish served out of the 27 traditional dishes. Banana Chips, Jackfruit Chips, Sharkara Chips, Banana, Mango Pickles, Lemon Pickles, Puli Inji, Inji Tayir, Bhindi Kichadi, Avial, Beetroot Pachadi, Olan, Madhura Curry, Erissery, Cabbage.

Alongwith, Thoran, Payar Mezhukupuratti, Kootu Curry, Pulissery, Parippu Curry, Moru Velam, Rasam, Sambar, Rice, Semiya Payasam, Palada Payasam, Ada Prathaman, Papaddam – each of these dishes are then served following the ayurvedic science behind the plating and order of eating the sadhya.

 Roll up your sleeves and get ready to dive into this delectable vegetarian feast which is to be relished with your own hands, as each of the 25 authentic dishes will be in unlimited quantities for all food connoisseurs.

Traverse to God’s own country with this lavish feast that will be served on the 15th and 16th of April 2023 across all of their outlets- at Kalyani Nagar & Baner in Pune and Chembur, Vasai & Thane in Mumbai.

Savour the unlimited banana leaf Sadhya priced at Rs. 690 plus taxes for dine-in and Rs.1200 plus taxes for takeaway.

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Courtesy : In Conversation with Gim George, Justin George & M Tanaraj – Restaurateurs at Kerala Cafe, Mumbai North ,Vasai, India