The Best Meal I Had In Karnataka In 2011

A thirst for trying local beer everywhere can lead one to discover bigger things. Despite having had a lunch looking at the Bangalore skyline from a restaurant on the 13th floor of Barton Center and a meal at a Singaporean restaurant, and despite having eaten authentic Andhra food from a banana leaf with my hands and a dinner with a view of the Tungabhadra River in Hampi, the best meal I had during my Bangalore-Hampi-Gokarna trip was at a cheap bar in Gokarna Village.

Wanting to cool myself after a walk in the market, I asked a wine shop owner if he had RC. He didn’t, but told me to sit in the bar that the wine shop was an extension of. Mohan Bar was a small room with men taking their afternoon drinks, and liking the setting, I told a waiter to get me a pint of every beer they had.

The beers were strong and not much else, but it was a hot afternoon in a state where people don’t care about a lot as long as the alcohol content in their beer is high. The food, though, was a delight. What they called ‘chicken biryani’ was a pulao of sorts. Served in a steel thali, the rice had pieces of boiled chicken in it, and it came with a coconut curry. This, along with a deep-fried mackerel in a thick gravy, was by far the most satisfying meal I had in that one week I spent in Karnataka.

So drunk was I after those strong lagers at Mohan Bar that I was admiring fields on the way back to Om Beach, convinced that people who don’t drink alcohol can’t see true beauty even when it’s all around them.

15 Responses to “The Best Meal I Had In Karnataka In 2011”

  1. 1 Abhishek
    December 5, 2011 at 05:49

    You actually ordered every single beer they had eh? xD man what’s your budget?


  2. 3 21@23.com
    December 5, 2011 at 06:33

    ” convinced that people who don’t drink alcohol can’t see true beauty even when it’s all around them.” — HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA mast 🙂


  3. 5 metalnavin
    May 17, 2012 at 11:19

    nice read man.
    lol @ “so drunk was I”


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