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Maayaa serves up South Indian coastal delights for office goers 

Maayaa restaurant, Bengaluru
| Photo Credit: Special arrangement

Maayaa has a warmly lit ambience with tropical-inspired décor, adorned with banana and palm tree wallpapers, golden cane lamps, and plush velvet-clad orange sofas that are in harmony with the chic black-and-white flooring.

Conveniently situated on the ground floor of a building that houses office spaces, the restaurant serves as a lunchtime haven for busy office goers. As a restaurant specialising in South Indian cuisine, it treats its patrons to a wide array of dishes from the coastal regions.

Our table is set on an elevated wooden deck, with a banana plant next to it. The ambience exudes charm with a display of multi-coloured four-tiered tiffin boxes on a shelf, origami bird lights, and refurbished vintage cabinets.

Maayaa restaurant, Bengaluru

Maayaa restaurant, Bengaluru
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Special arrangement

Lunch begins with a bowl of mango rasam, a warm soup originating from Tamil Nadu. This piquant concoction blended black pepper, mango, and coriander, resulting in a peppery profile, though it slightly missed the mark on the tangy sour notes. Nevertheless, we relished the dish served piping hot, complemented by the satisfying crunch of murukku on the side.

For our main course, we had the baby potato ghee roast, spiced with Mangaore-style seasonings. The dish proved to be a delightful match with the thin, soft neer dosa, which soaked in all the rich flavours of the roast.

Moving on to the Rayalaseema mutton vepudu, we were transported to the authentic Andhra spice roots, revelling in the blend of fiery spices that accompanied the dish. Pairing it with hot appams proved to be an excellent choice, though the appams were a tad thicker than they should be. Ideally, appams should have a dollop of thick, fluffy white batter at the centre, gradually thinning at the periphery, but that was not the case here.

Veg moilee

Veg moilee
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Special arrangement

The standout dish on the menu is definitely the creamy and thick vegetable moilee from Kerala, skillfully balancing the flavours of coconut milk with the goodness of carrots and beans. It is undoubtedly one of the star attractions on the menu.

The Mangalorean delights on the menu truly shine, with the chicken ghee roast and prawn urval stealing the spotlight. The former presents boneless chicken pieces roasted well with a medley of aromatic spices, curry leaves, and ghee. While the latter features succulent prawns cooked in a blend of spicy, nutty, and sour notes, delivering on taste and texture. Both dishes pair well with appams, making them a must-try combination.

To conclude our meal, we indulged in the elaneer payasam. This dessert harmoniously combined coconut cream with tender coconut, leaving a lasting impression. The restaurant serves as a suitable pitstop for regular office-goers seeking the comforting flavours of South Indian homes. With its diverse and flavoursome offerings, it aims to satisfy the craving for comforting South Indian coastal cuisine.

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