Feast for a beast

The couple run the place themselves. This is less of a restaurant and more of a home. They serve their guests personally

A friend told me about Namma Veetu Saapaadu. The place serves a meal with about 20 varieties of non-vegetarian dishes. I looked the place up on the internet. The photographs were good enough to convince me to visit.

Several plans were made, but none of them worked out till one day, I decided to simply go. I called the hosts the previous night and informed them that I would be coming for lunch. Since the place is about 300 kilometres away from Bengaluru, I said I would come early so that I could leave early and reach home by around 9 PM at least. So, I informed that I would arrive at 11.30 AM since they open at 12.

However, the host insisted that I not come before 2 PM. I assumed that they must have a lot of bookings.

So, I left at the planned hour, but took a longer route: Bengaluru — Kanakapura — Chamarajanagar — Sathyamangalam — Perundurai. The route is scenic and the roads were good throughout. Due to low traffic, I did not have any difficulty driving on the two-lane route. Restaurants are few. So, it would be a good idea to carry some snacks.

The first decent place I got was Hotel Shringar Sagar in Chamarajanagar. Tried the rava dosa and tea. They were good. Nice place to stop for a snack. The place is clean, but don’t expect a loo.

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Then came the most scenic part of this route: the Sathyamangala Ghat whose highlight is 26 hair pin bends.

There were some eateries at the end of the ghat. I was hungry and tempted to eat. I stopped myself by reminding myself of the photographs of the meal that was awaiting me.

When I reached Namma Veetu Saapaadu in Perundurai at 1.30 PM, there was a couple on a bike and another in a car. On enquiring, I learnt that our hosts — the couple who run the place — had just returned from a family function elsewhere and were making arrangements to serve their guests.

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Then I understood why I was told not to reach before 2 PM. The couple run the place themselves. This is less of a restaurant and more of a home. They serve their guests personally. I was very impressed, to say the least.

Talking to the others who were arriving as the hand on the clock inched closer to 2 PM, I learnt that people had come from Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Erode, Karaikudi and Sivakasi. All had heard of this place from others before checking it on Facebook.

At 2 PM, the door opened and the people who had come from farthest were seated before the others. The couple greeted every guest before applying vermilion on the forehead.

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The food was to be served on a plantain leaf. Each leaf was to be shared by a couple. It might seem like a practical thing to do, but there is a story behind this. In some communities, the first meal of a married couple is eaten on a common plantain leaf. Each one may be served separate meal, but the leaf is common.

The food was personally served by the couple. There are only five items for people who do not eat meat or fish: rice, rasam, sabzi, pickle and curds. The rest is a meat story, or what I call a meastory (pronounced: mys tory).

The food is very tasty. You must come here with a huge appetite. They serve around 20 dishes. Sorry, I lost count. It is not unusual to be overwhelmed by all the food in front of you. Even for the most ravenous of eaters.

This is not a meal: it is an experience. Something everyone who loves a good meal and a good host must experience.

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Route map


I went to Perundurai via Kanakapura and Chamrajanagar.

On the return, I took the Salem route.

Places nearby

Erode – 25 km

Coimbatore – 75 km

Palakkad – 120 km

Ooty – 130 km

Kodaikanal – 175 km

Bengaluru – 290 km

Chennai – 435 km

 

Dhiraj Shetty

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Author: Dhiraj Shetty

Some people just love to travel. We all do this for our satisfaction. Quite often, what we see, don't see, hear, eat, experience becomes a talking point. We connect through our experiences on the road. This is where I connect with you. Welcome to my trip log. I am a journalist based in Bengaluru. I relish local food and conversations with people in places I visit. Yea... sometimes I guess people do wonder why is this chap clicking pics of his meal! I write some of my travel stories and about the food I try. And I hope all the silly, stupid and embarrassing things I do come of some use to fellow travellers. Thanks for reading. I would be happy to help if you need tips or guidance in south India. Most foreigners who visit India are drawn by the Taj Mahal, which is one of the wonders of the world, and the forts of Rajasthan in north India. 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? Look for the interesting places. And, I would be happy to guide fellow travellers

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