The best Chicken Ghee Roast on Earth

Over the last five years or so, I had been hearing of a legendary eatery in Kundapura named Shetty Lunch Home. Their signature dish is the Chicken Ghee Roast. But I was unable to visit the place even as more and more people raved about the Chicken Ghee Roast. At one point, I even got a parcel delivered to my home. Even though I relished the dish, instead of satiating my desire, the Chicken Ghee Roast ended up adding fuel to my desire to visit the eatery. Fantasies about the eatery and its signature dish were frequent. In my fantasises, I had formed an image of the eatery, the seating for customers, the way meals would be served and so on.

Eventually, in December, I managed to fight my way to the eatery, overcoming a chakravyuvh of questions on why I need to drive 40 kilometres for a meal. Some people need to watch TLC!

So, there I was, after a couple of stops at temples. And, when I arrived, the place was nothing like what I had imagined.

The place is close to the Kundapura bus stand. The town is small, but even if you get lost, anyone will direct you to this restaurant

It is a modern structure, with a separate section for families that is air-conditioned. The restaurant serves liquor. I was a tad disappointed, as I imagined something like a small eatery with small tables.

Anyway, all of that was pushed to the back of my mind once the server informed that they had to check if there was any Chicken Ghee Roast left for us. We had reached at 2 p.m., which is late for lunch.

Luckily, they had one portion, which I nailed before someone else did. Another group walked in a few minutes after us. Also, there were some people outside the family room, which heightened the risk of returning without tasting the legendary dish.

Apart from that, we ordered fried pompret and a lady fish. There were some more dishes, but these three were the ones that counted.

Chicken Ghee Roast…mouth is watering even as I write this


The Chicken Ghee Roast at Shetty Lunch Home is a large dish with about 15 pieces. And it was the best I have ever had. Finger-licking delicious. You must try this. The seafood was also very good.

The restaurant was started a few decades ago by a couple. They are no more. Right now, it is run by their daughter. Their signature dish is prepared with a lot of care. While I do not know the inside details or the recipe, I was told that there is no compromise whatsoever in how the dish is prepared. When we asked an additional four portions for takeaway, we were informed that they had run out, but could prepare the dish, which would take exactly one hour. They suggested calling in advance if we had a large order.

Dhiraj Shetty

Author: Dhiraj Shetty

I am a journalist based in Bengaluru. Every day, every moment, each one of us sees a different aspect of our home, the planet Earth, and its people. Sharing them enables others to indulge in our point of view. Star of Nowhere is my blog about my view of some interesting developments in the world. Could be on any development that piques my curiosity. Centre of South is about my experiences in travel and food. I relish local food and conversations with people in places I visit. I share some of my travel stories and about the food I try. Yea... I guess sometimes people do wonder why is this chap clicking pics of his meal! I would be happy to offer tips or guidance in south India. Most visitors to India are drawn by the Taj Mahal, which is one of the wonders of the world, and the forts of Rajasthan. I invite you to look beyond these two places, at south India. I will be writing about the interesting places in this highly developed part of India, where the people are better educated, enjoy a better standard of living as compared to the rest of India, have built a reliable network of roads and transport services, and can count on state-of-the-art healthcare infrastructure. South India is safer than any other part of India, and the gateway to south India is Bengaluru (aka Bangalore). Where do you want to go in south India? I would be happy to be of service to fellow travellers

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