Alavikutty is a value for money South Indian restaurant opposite the Choithram warehouse factory in Al Quoz Industrial Area 4. It’s the last restaurant I visited prior to the Coronavirus lockdown. I knew I was doing something stupid from the minute I stepped into its labour camp canteen style interior. Not that I have a problem dining at such places; some of the best meals I have eaten have been at the most basic restaurants. It’s just that, from the look of things, hygiene wasn’t terribly high on their list of priorities. Nor was what has now become a mainstream phrase of our vocabulary – social distancing. I ended sharing the empty table I chose to sit at with three total strangers. Again, this is not something I have had a problem with in the past, but now…hmm.
South Indian breakfast for me starts with an idli-vada dip and moves on to a masala dosa. And that’s what I ordered. In place of my “dip” I got two idlis and a vada served with sambar and chutney (separately) in a stainless steel partitioned tray (typical of canteens) and a flimsy plastic spoon which snapped in two as soon as I tried to cut my vada. I used my hands after that. I also cancelled my dosa; neither idli nor vada were particularly good. What was really good, however, was the fresh milk Karak Chai – superb. Service was friendly and super-fast. That said, I will probably not go back after things reopen. Nor will I order from them should they be open during the lockdown. There are too many better options in Al Quoz.
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