When in Mangaluru, dine as the Mangaloreans do. Any trip to the coastal town is incomplete without devouring a wholesome seafood meal at some of the many restaurants that dot the charming city. We’ve featured some for you. By Karan Kaushik
Best seafood restaurants in Mangaluru
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The best in town, Machali, as the name suggests, dishes out the most delicious fish delicacies. Ask for their evergreen Tawa Fry Pomfret and thank us later. They are famous for their wholesome fish thalis. A typical platter at Machali features rice, a vegetable, sandige fritters, and fish curry. Wash your meals down with a glass or two of fresh coconut milk. Their Prawns Ghee Roast is also a bestseller.
Where: Machali Restaurant, Behind Ocean Pearl, Sharada Vidyalaya Rd, Kodailbail, Mangaluru
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Established in 2002, this family-owned restaurant has a special place in the heart of Mangaloreans. They are almost synonymous with ghee roast. Some of their most-loved specialities include Chicken Ghee Roast, Chicken Uruval, Crab Ghee Roast, Anjal Tawa Fry, Bangud Naked Fry, and Boothai Nippat. They also serve yum caramel custard. Pair your ghee roasts with a plate of crispy Neer Dosa and fall in love with coastal food all over again. They also serve Chinese and North Indian fare, just FYI.
Where: 1st Floor, Trade Centre, Near Jyothi Circle, Bunts Hostel Road, Balmatta, Mangaluru
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One of the most iconic restaurants in Mangaluru, Giri Manja’s has a separate fanbase. Tucked away in the city’s Car Street, this modest eatery is flocked by patrons and tourists throughout the day, who don’t mind walking a bit to come here for their Fish Tawa Fry. Some of the bestsellers on their menu include Muru Tawa Fry, Anjal Tawa Fry, Nang Tawa Fry, Koddai Tawa Fry, Bangude Tawa Fry, and Prawns Tawa Fry. Fair warning, be prepared to wait to get a table here.
Where: Kalikamba Temple, Azizuddin Cross Rd, Bhavathi, Bunder, Mangaluru
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Gajalee is a name synonymous with seafood. With successful outlets in Mumbai, Singapore, and Mangaluru, the restaurant chain is loved by seafood lovers. Housed inside an old colonial bungalow, the restaurant promises a delightful dining experience. Some of their bestselling dishes include Bombay Duck, Tandoori Lobsters, Schezwan Lobsters, Bombil Fry and Butter Pepper Pomfret. Their prawn delicacies and tawa-fried fishes are crowd pullers too.
Where: Circuit House Compound, Kadri Hills, Mangaluru
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Every town has that one eatery that never goes out of fashion. For Mangaluru, it’s Hotel Narayana. The nondescript eatery has recently been renovated. However, one doesn’t visit such food joints for their ambience. It’s the lip-smacking food that works wonders. The restaurant serves amazing fish platters with rice, fish curry, and fried fish. The fish they fry depends on the catch of the day. They are jampacked during lunch hours. Popular items include Sauthekayi, Pulimunchi Fish Curry, and White Pomfret Fry.
Where: MPT Road, Behind Indian Overseas Bank, Bunder, Mangaluru
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Popular among families, Pallkhi is one of Mangaluru’s oldest fine dining restaurants. They score well in terms of both aesthetics and taste. The rooftop dining area offers beautiful views of the coastal town. Coming to their seafood offerings, order the Kadhai Prawns, Chicken Ghee Roast, Koliwada Fried Prawns, and Sear Fish. They also serve delectable Goan curries. And seafood is not all that’s on offer here. They make sumptuous North Indian and Chinese too.
Where: 3rd Floor, Tej Towers Balmatta Road, Opp. Jyothi Cinema, next to Kasturba Medical College, Mangaluru
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Is it even possible to talk about Mangaluru and not mention the Shetty community? At Shetty Lunch Home, they serve classic coastal cuisine and biryani dishes from Mangaluru. Ask for their iconic Kane Masala Fry which has the goodness of local spices. The dish was invented by Shetty Lunch Home. Their Chicken Ghee Roast is also a must-try. You will also like their seafood thali which features Prawn Curry, Squid Ghee Roast or Bondas, Marwai Sukka, and Neer Dosa among other dishes.
Where: Shetty Lunch Home, Don Bosco Hall Cross Road, Hampankatta, Mangaluru
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Madhuvan’s Village is a Mangalorean-themed restaurant serving global dishes and seafood in rustic digs with a thatched roof. Their spacious dining area is chock-a-block on weekends. They also have an interesting section at the entrance called Grab your Crab, where huge live crabs are put inside a glass box. The staple here is their mouth-watering Chicken Ghee Roast with chapatis. Do try their seafood platter to make the most of your visit. They have an attached bar too.
Where: Airport Road, Yeyyadi, Mangaluru
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