Seafood that tastes like home food

A great seafood joint at Udupi

Good seafood is not easy to get. A friend recommended Hotel Timmappa at Karavali Junction in Udupi. It is a simple-looking place on the road leading to Malpe.

From the outside, the place looks small. But once inside, you can see a lot of seating. There is even a special section for the office crowd. I saw several groups of men and women inside. I sat outside, in the middle room, facing the main seating area and the frying plates.

The fishes were being cooked right in front of customers and served piping hot.

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The meal is served on a plantain leaf. Once you have washed the leaf, you are served pickle and a sabzi. This is followed by rice and fish curry. That constitutes the basic meal.

Then servers make the rounds offering various kinds of fish. I tried everything that was available — surmai, kalluru, bhangda and disco fish. You can also get pompret, but that day, fishermen could not venture far due to Cyclone Ockhi.

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The meals tatstes fantastic, to say the least. It’s nice to see the fish being cooked right in front your eyes before being served to you.

The restaurant was started by Timmappa and his wife about 50 years ago. Now, it is being run by their sons. The masala is home-made and the fish is fresh catch. You can tell by the taste.

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In fact, when I was done, I felt why did I come here when I could have got all of this at home!

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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