Zambar may sound similar to Sambar, but the Z here represents that zingy , zany twist to the south Indian coastal cusine.
If you love coastal food,This place is all set to transform you to the south coastal region of India. With the ambience that reflects a little bit of every place from swing sets from the houses of Chennai , cane deck chairs taking you to Goa and the wooden carving reflecting a bit of Karnataka in style. This place is beyond just the normal South Indian cusines where we only see Idly , sambar and Dosa as the south Indian food.
People with Traditional attire and Saaree claded girls with gajras in their hair transforms you to South India .
I personally love swings so we took a table by the swing. And started out coastal food culinary trip at Zambar.
# Kafir lime Rasam: priced at Rs. 180/- Rasam happens to be a appetizer thats just perfect to start food at Zambar. Served in a huge soup bowl with murukku & papadams. This is also a soul food that’s good for digestion.
#Srilankan Kothu Roti : priced at Rs. 350/- If you are a fan of Malabar paratha then you must try the tiwsted , tossed with vegetables version of a parantha. A signature dish from coastal cusine served with the coconut gravy , this is delicious and loaded.
# Nano Vada Pao : priced at 280/- Mumbai s famous Pao are served with Ghatti Masala. The roasted bajara and Green chutney enhances the taste and adds to the crunch.
Main Course :
Since I wanted to save myself for the dessert therefore we tried 3 different garvies with couple of chef recommended Appam.
I love Appam with south Indian gravies over Malabar paratha for a simple reason it’s lighter, healthier and absorbs the gravy perfectly to enhance the taste of the gravy dishes adding softness to every gulp.
Chettinad Veg Korma( Rs. 380/- ) , Malabar Veg stew ( Rs. 380/- ) & Mushroom Peralan ( Rs 390/-) – All three gravy dishes had a different taste and were very unique to each other.
Variety of Appams : I always loved Appam over Dosa, but this place has a complete Appam bar that serves a variety of Appams. Price ranges from 95 for plain Appam and goes up to 250 for non veg Appam . Let’s have a quick look on the Appams we tried here.
- Ragi Appam : You might not like it’s color as it’s made of Ragi, but the taste and Nutritional impact of this Appam is unmatched. Better than a ragi chapati and a Ragi quick.
- Butter roast Appam : if you like plain Appam then this one with butter and masala is pretty close to it.
- Coconut Appam : A coconut lover like me is always happy to see dishes with coconut as a major ingredient. And this Appam was loaded with fresh coconut.
Desserts : Best meals are always accompanied by better dessert and that’s one reason I always ask for dessert options before I order main course.
Coconut Jaggery pudding : priced at 160/- ,This was very close to a Misty Dahi and may be a moose but it wasn’t any. The Coconut jaggery pudding had the Egg yolk in it that made it very spongy. An excellent pick for the sweet tooth.
Ras Malai : priced at Rs. 160/- ,This is my all time favorite Dessert from the north Indian sweet house. And wasn’t expecting it in Zambar but they undoubtedly served one of the best Ras Malai I has recently.
So I would like to strongly recommend this place for people especially north Indian who want to experience south Indian food beyond the idly , Dosa & Sambhar. Zambar is the place to go for. Not just the cuisine is authentic the entire place is well designed to transform your experience into a memorable one.
In case you are confused about what to pick , just go by chef’s recommendation or let the staff help you select as they define each and every dish very nicely and suggest stuff that suits your taste buds and choices.
Address : Shop Number 310, 3rd floor Ambience mall DLF Phase 3, Gurgaon Haryana
Call : 9958564400