Came back to Kerala Restaurant in Johor Bahru for their popular traditional Indian rice meal served on banana leaves.
I love this traditional way of serving curry vegetables scooped from a stainless steel caddy. I am glad that Kerala Restaurant still serves curry vegetables this charming old school way.
I love my curry vegetables, and wow! I love this fried fish very much! The outside was fried to a golden brown crisp and had a gentle masala spice flavour. The inside though almost dry, still had a nice fresh fish taste. This fried fish is what I remembered most from today's meal.
The fried Mackerel fish and fish cutlets are fried in small batches and a staff will carry the large plate to offer them at the customers' tables - similar to the way fresh dim sum is served at dim sum restaurants.
My friend John like the fried fish belly - I shall try that next time :-D
The fried fish cutlet is made with different types of minced fish. Love to try this at the next visit too.
We also had curry sotong (squid). The curry sauce was nice - not too spicy with well balanced flavours and aromas. The squid was cook till quite stiff and chewy.
The curry chicken is the same - very nice spices while the meat is cooked slightly stiff.
We had a curry fish head. The curry was good with a blend of flavourful and aromatic ground spices which is mild and not overpowering. A Sea Bass head is used. (Personally, I prefer Ikan Merah for curry fish head.)
Kerala is a small shop lot restaurant. Simple, humble and basically furnished, Kerela Restaurant is comfortable and popular with locals. You can smell the pleasant spice aroma when you step into Kerala Restaurant.
Current owner Joseph took over Kerala Restaurant from his brother-in-law (who earlier took over from his dad who started the eatery in the 1949 along Jalan Ibrahim in old downtown JB). Kerala Restaurant moved to it's current location at Jalan Storey about 10 years ago.
I will definitely be back when I crave for white rice, curry vegetables and fried masala fish served on a banana leaf. Yummy!
I have to come back to snap a photo of Kerala's shop front for your reference ;-p I couldn't take a picture during my visit as it was raining heavily.
->> One of JB's oldest Indian restaurants still serving traditional Kerala dishes on banana leaves. Home cooked style dishes with fresh ingredients and gently spicy aromatic flavourful spices.
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Restaurant name: Kerala Restaurant
Address: 77, Jalan Storey, Kim Teng Park, 80300 Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.470596, 103.762912 / 1°28'14.2"N 103°45'46.5"E
Hours: 6:30am to 7:00pm (Closed on Sunday)
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert
Date visited: 26 & 27 Jan 2012, 29 Dec 2015
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