Tired of the daily grind,
pollution and traffic. Tired of seeing the same
faces, going to the same places. Eating out, tasting
different cuisines, but still feel dissatisfied and bored.
Take a break, pack your bags and take a trip to Coorg.
or Madikeri as its called now is the largest town
in this coffee growing district. Economic development coupled
with the large influx of tourists has taken its toll on this
once quaint little hill station renowned for its clean air
and large swaths of evergreen forests. But thankfully there
are still some places that have been left untouched by the
vagaries of time.
One such place situated in Mercara is the Eastend Hotel.
It is housed in an old colonial building (a remnant of the
Englishmen) and serves some of the tastiest and mouthwatering
One of my earliest
memories of hotels was going to Eastend in the evening in
the freezing winter cold and gorging on hot Keema dosas. The
cuisine is nothing new to write about, but the place and the
old world ambience, where you can sit in a private room and
eat in peace, more than makes up for any misgivings you might
The menu consists of the
typical rice, chicken, mutton, fish, etc. (vegetarians can give
this place a miss!). Their chicken kebabs, and fried rice will surely
leave you satisfied. For the coastal food lovers, the fish fry is
excellent. The place still operates on strict timings.
Lunch is from noon till 3:00 PM. Tea, where you can tickle your palate
with piping hot dosas, cutlets, etc., starts at sharp 4:00 P M. You can
wash down your snacks with some pretty good coffee or tea.
The evening menu is
generally the same as afternoon.
More importantly, the
place, notwithstanding its years, is impeccably well maintained
fact, it is one of the cleanest eateries in Coorg). For people who
want to beat the heat or the cold (depending on the weather), a well
stacked Bar (liquor counter) provides a wide variety of choices to satiate
your thirst. All this comes at surprisingly very affordable rates.
So, go ahead, rejuvenate your taste buds in a refreshingly clean and
Contributed By: Manjunath
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