First of all, I’m so sorry about the picture quality of the photos in this post. I didn’t expect to write about this restaurant when we planned to go for a simple dinner so I didn’t bring my good camera. But when we went inside, I knew immediately that I had to share this with you. What a bummer!
Last Friday, Sadik’s uncle, came to town for a brief visit. We took him to dinner before he went back at the very same night. I suggested us to go Zambar, a South Indian Restaurant in Phoenix Market City. I’ve always wanted to visit this place, but my skeptical husband always said, “Kerala food is only good in Kerala.” Anyway, it was my lucky night because I finally convinced them to go there.
I really love the design and ambiance of the restaurant. It integrates traditional South Indian style and modern dinning so wonderfully. A very attentive lady welcomed us and asked us to choose the tables inside or outside the boathouse. Oh my God, like I wasn’t going to choose to have dinner inside a cool boathouse. The lighting was very warm and cozy in there. And as soon as we sat down, a waiter gave us the finger-bowls to wash hands, shots of Rasam (Spiced thin soup) and a basket of Papadams (Crispy lentil crackers) were served.
The service was very spontaneous and attentive. The menu at Zambar is beautifully crafted. There are a great spread of spicy dishes from the Southern coastal region, humble Malabar home cooking to the melting delights from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
We had some Malabar Pepper Chicken, Konkan Fish Curry, Coconut Flavored Rice and Kerala Chapati. The portions were very generous. I loved Konkan Fish Curry. It had such a bold and bursting flavor. I wasn’t a fan of Malabar Pepper Chicken there because I enjoyed a different version we usually have in Kerala. Coconut rice was good too, I loved the generous sprinkles of grated fresh coconut in it.
Our entire experience at Zambar has been positive. The food was amazing, making you miss home cooked food from the South. But what really stands out in this lovely restaurant has to be the ambiance. It’s so cozy, clean and comfortable.
The price is slightly on the high side. It’s about Rs. 1,000-1,500 for 2 people, and it’s pretty much depends on what you order. But yeah, the meal is definitely worth the price.
2nd Floor, Phoenix Market City Mall,
Viman Nagar, Nagar Road, Pune
Have a nice day,