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“A bit disappointing”

Keralam South India Restaurant
Ranked #108 of 663 Restaurants in Southend-on-Sea
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A bit disappointing”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

We had a takeaway for the first time last night. although they advertise they do a local delivery, we had to collect it ourselves.. We had the mussels for starter which were very rubbery and overcooked, also the Kingfish in the curry was also overcooked and dry - tasted as though it had been cooked a couple of days ago. Having said that, the beetroot dish, veggie curry, and tarka dhal were all excellent. We will definitely try another takeaway or eat in, but will stick to the veggie dishes as they were delicious and very good value, whereas the fish dishes were expensive and not worth it.

Visited November 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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“Food is great but the service is terrible”
Reviewed 26 October 2013 via mobile

This is the fifth time I have eaten here over the past few years. The food continues to be excellent and very tasty but the service has gone to the dogs. Our starters took over an hour, we constantly sat with empty glasses and the restaurant was not busy only three tables in use in the front and a very small group out the back. The food was only just great enough to win the overall experience two dots on here. There are better places to go won't bother again.

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United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Delightful South Indian food”
Reviewed 20 October 2013

We've been here a few times, but until I tried the Kerala I didn't really distinguish between Northern and Southern Indian food. However. this place was a revelation. Other reviewers have commented that the location and atmosphere is really nothing to write home about, but the food is delicious - fresh, light ingredients beautifully presented by knowledgeable staff. and lots of choice for vegetarians. It's the sort of food that lights up the palate and satisfies hunger, without burning its way down the gullet, or filling you to the point of bursting! If I had one tiny quibble, it would be that staff can sometimes be a little too attentive in their desire to make sure you have the best possible experience. Ah, that all quibbles should be like this!

  • Visited April 2013
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london, england
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“Good food”
Reviewed 6 October 2013

Visited last night, me, husband and son. It is cafe/bistro style, Indian music played in the background, which was good, and incense burned. Waiter service was good, and they were informative, as previously mentioned by another reviewer dishes were recommended as an up sell, but no pressure.
Menu was varied, few of the usual, and some different dishes. We enjoyed our meal, the food was very tasty, it did look slightly unappetizing on first viewing, a bit bland looking, don't let that put you off, the waiter explained they do not use the usual colouring's that most Indians use, which is quite frightening to think what other places are using !! The taste was certainly not bland, every dish was out of this world, really tasty and nicely spiced.
There was quite a wait for the starter, but I don't mind that, I live by the philosophy that if you want fast food go to McD's, if you want good freshly cooked food go to a nice restaurant.
This place is definitely worth a visit, just lose your pre-conceptions of what your usual Indian is like, and you will have a lovely experience.

  • Visited October 2013
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“Go on - Try Something New!”
Reviewed 26 September 2013

From the outside, this restaurant looks nothing special but we went in on the strength of previous Trip Advisor reviews; we are so glad we did! The place is small and 'bistro-like' in character, clean and tidy but not 'plush'. The difference really is in the food. The menus contain several curry-house classics, but also a lot of southern Indian specialities you won't find in your 'local'. The proprietor will be very happy to explain these, and will gently encourage customers to try something a little different - not the usual sales pitch intended solely to sell more side-dishes etc. Indeed, he offered to replace anything he recommended if it turned out not to our taste. My fried squid starter was delicious, as was the Malabar Chilli Lamb to follow. My wife had a more 'mainstream' chicken shashlick, which she also found to be excellent. The chutney tray included some less familiar items, and the superb lime pickle was home-made and very different to the usual restaurant (or Patak's jar!) offering. The Plain Dosa (rice pancake) was also an eye-opener and something we will look for in future. In short, this is a small, friendly, restaurant which offers some unusual dishes, superbly cooked, as well as many of the more familiar dishes. We will certainly go again if we can find an excuse to visit Southend. But be warned: your usual curry house dishes may seem a little dull after this!

  • Visited September 2013
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