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.
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.
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