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Sizzler Ranch - Sizzling Food American Way

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By Rajanikanth Shenoy, Kudpi [ Published Date: January 23, 2010 ]

Photographs: Nithin Rao Kumblekar

Indians, especially Mangaloreans are gastronomically rich in their habits. For those who watched cowboy movies in the Sixties and the Seventies, authentic American food is not new. Of course globalization has brought little bit of the West to the East.

We have watched Chinese food catching up in the Seventies with a big bang, Italian food invading the palates of younger generations in the Eighties and now, American way is catching up on discerning connoisseurs of Mangalore.

A short walk of two minutes from The Mangalore City Corporation building in Lalbagh on MG Road, through Nehru Avenue Road before reaching Hindi Prachar Samithi, brings us to a cozy, clean and tastefully decorated A/C and Garden ambience of the only place in Mangalore serving authentic Sizzlers at most competitive rates, Sizzler Ranch. Cool Country music by Hank Williams Jr.,  Willie Nelson or Kenny Rogers may greet you and lead you through swinging glass door to a ground level lounge and elevated seating deck with matt finish wooden Tables and spacious Cane chairs with plush cushion work. Once you settle down there, you feel like just lazing and munching on some tit bits, sipping a tall refreshing mocktail in your hand.

Sizzler Ranch has a seating capacity of around 65, 35 inside and 30 outside. The interiors are pleasantly designed and the garden is too homely and comfortable to relax and eat with your family and friends. Every evening is a crowded evening and at the weekends, one may have to wait for at least an hour to get seat.

The name itself suggests that this is THE place for authentic sizzlers. It was started by a local young enthusiastic Hotel Management Degree holder from HIT Mumbai, Balakrishna who studied the pattern in which similar restaurants are run in the USA. He has 10 years of experience in running restaurants.













Sizzler Ranch was opened in the year 2008. Initially they had a few sizzlers, a few Chinese dishes and beverages on their menu. Within six months, the response from the customers was so overwhelming, they introduced many more sizzlers and snacks to suit the taste and budget of every class of people frequenting there. Today, most of the visitors are students, IT experts, businessmen, doctors and other professionals and of course local families.

I have tasted couple of sizzlers there like Chicken with veggies, French fries and mushrooms and lamb pepper steak with mushroom and cheese. The meat literally dances in your mouth and the smell of sizzling butter is divine!

As for starters, they have Chicken Wings(Lollypop) with hot garlic dip at Rs.80-/, dry Garlic Chicken  balls coated with crumbs or Chicken Nuggets, favourite with the kids at Rs. 80/- and Rs. 100/- or boneless Pepper Chicken at Rs. 60/-  and Lamp Pepper at Rs. 140/-. Lamb used here is very tender and juicy. For bigger portions of meat or chicken, try their Grilled diced lamb At Rs. 150/- , Grilled Chicken with chips or Crispy Chicken legs both priced at Rs. 90/-

For seafood lovers, Butter fried Squid is a heavenly dish with amazingly tender squid shallow fried with herbs, spices and butter to perfection. Squid rings melt in your mouth, as you wash it down with a beverage such as fresh lime with soda, Gingerale or Ice Cream soda. Grilled fish and prawns are available and are seasonally priced. Fish fingers with mayonnaise dip is too good.

For vegetarians, they have Baby corn and Mushroom pepper/ginger, Veg/Paneer/Mushroom chilly or Manchurian, all priced at Rs.60/-.

Soups range from Rs. 30/- for a Roasted Tomato and cream soup to Rs. 50/- for Meat Scotch Broth. Of the soups, Tom Yum Soup priced at Rs. 40/- is a bit spicy and goes well with South Indian taste buds. However, Manchow soup seems to be hot favourite with Mangaloereans at Rs. 40/-.

"We use pure spices and authentic ingredients that are mostly available in the local market but we have to get some special ingredients from Mumbai or even import them from the USA. Sizzlers here range from Rs. 120/- to Rs. 255/- but their taste and quality is uncompromised with", says the owner.

Making sizzlers is an art, and they have well trained cooks and helpers arranging the food on the platter and well mannered waiters serving them as fast as possible, so that most of the food is consumed by the customers while it is still hot and sizzling.

"This is what I like the most about this place. Sizzling hot food any time!" says Jivakan Jeremiah, a medical student. Pritam Dugar, his colleague appreciates the quality of food served here. Manu Prakash also agrees with them but they all say, shortage of seating arrangement is a worry for them, especially on weekends. Being students staying in hostels, they have time restriction and they feel it difficult to wait for the seats to get vacant.

"We do have plans to expand, and are looking for a bigger place. We also have plans to open branches in other parts of the city", Balakrishna is firm about it.

"We reserve tables for families and groups, but they have to be on time to occupy their seats so as to avoid disappointment to other clients. It is very difficult to expand the restaurant in the present premises. It also helps to place the order over phone and have them at the table as soon as they arrive" says the manager Santhosh and the Captain Suresh Shetty.

Some of the regulars like Kulyadi Priya Pai and her children Pallavi and Shravan simply love the food here. Their favourites are Fish 'n Chips, Mixed Grill Sizzler and Chicken Sizzler with mushrooms and oyster sauce.

I spoke to three Dental PG students of a renowned Dental College who were seated next to our table. Dr. Anas Abdul Khader, his wife Dr. Amal MB and Dr. Irfan say that they simply love the food here, especially lamb sizzlers. It is a complete meal with lamb chops, veggies, French fries, potato mash, cheese and eggs, they say.

Sanoor Shashidhar Kamath who resides 1KM away says Chinese food is too good here. They normally order soups for children 2-3 starters and 2-3 main course Chinese dishes. "Children do like sizzlers, but are not particular about having them every time" says Mr. Kamath.

Sizzlers Ranch has free door delivery (Within a reasonable distance) and undertake party orders, as per their menu. I normally would order food over phone for my nephew Sweekar Shenoy and bring them myself, since the restaurant is very close to my home. Sweekar likes Grilled Chicken with chips and Lamb fried rice the most. Whenever he visits Sizzler's with his friends, he orders any good sizzler and drink and finishes off the meal with Sizzling brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream.

For kids, they have a special package called "Bounty in a Basket". It has Chicken breasts stuffed with cheese, served on Noodles veggies and fries.

Roshan Rao an amateur photographer comes here often to taste different kinds of sizzlers but his favourite is Chicken Steak Satellite which has mostly mushrooms, cheese and French fries. He also like pepper chicken and his favourite drink is Strawberry Scoop on Coke with cream and crushed ice which costs Rs. 60/-. Videographer Sukumar, who was seen with Mr. Rao said, it was his first visit to Sizzlers Ranch and he liked Chicken Shashlik that has grilled Chicken, fries and veggies served on a bed of rice. It is more than a meal for me, he says as he sips his Gingerale to digest the food.

Arnold comes all the way from Jeppu to taste food here. He says, he was mostly brought up in the Gulf and he is fortunate enough to find such good stuff at most reasonable rates in Mangalore after he settled down with business. Govindaraj who is a young investment consultant likes the Crispy Chicken legs, Lamb Pepper Dry and Butter Fried Squid. In main course dishes, his favourite is mixed fried rice that costs Rs. 60/-.






















Srinivas an IT expert from Bangalore says its Chicken sizzler with Oyster sauce any time for him, while Kriti, an intern likes Sizzling Chicken with mushroom and garlic and pepper.

One could see a large number of Muslim men and women frequenting here for the meat is halaal cut and is authentic. The quality of lamb is excellent, opines Sheik Nawaz, a businessman from Bhatkal who makes it a point to visit here with his family, whenever he visits Mangalore.

All said and done, Mangalore is fast growing and the demand of Mangaloreans as far as good food is concerned, is endless. From road side eateries to 5 Star facilities, Mangalore has something to offer to all sections of people.

Of all the sections, the middle and the higher middle class people prefer Sizzlers Ranch for the cool atmosphere, good food, value for money and most of all, friendly and efficient staff. A casual visit to this cozy place is just the beginning in one's life. You will feel like having more and more!

For food order and reservation, Contact:
'Sizzler Ranch',
Nehru Avenue Road, Lalbagh, Mangalore 575003
Phone: 2459008
Timings: 11.30 to 3.00, 6.30 to 10.30.

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Francine Mohammed., Brazil :
hi friends, I'm Francine here in Brazil, I had the privilege of visiting this wonderful restaurant several times there in Mangalore in 2009,veryyyyy good food, I miss the good moments I lived for this country and this city, was a pleasure to meet you guys.

Obrigada pelos bons momentos.
Francine Mohammed.
Yojana, India :
Hi was in mangalore few years back and used to frequent sizzler ranch .now me and my family missssssss being to the ranch .....hope we have it here...
NM, India :
Dear Ronald Almeida, if you want to eat authentic Mangalorean food in Mlore please dont forget to go to MANGALA Kankanady /valencia. you get all mangalorean food or periera hotel in hampankatta. you will get everything like home made food.
Ronald Almeida, India :
Where can one eat authentic Mangalorean food?
karthik, India :
this is d grt place to hav food, as i a very foody person would love to visit sizzlers ranch as its close to ma place , guys if u hav not visited o tasted yet ? den do pls visit soon :)
sapna, India :
I love this place, sizzling chicken in oyster sauce is tooo gud
Priya, India :
I love the dine out section. Gives us mangaloreans information about new places to dine out.. keep coming with more articles. Disappointed that this section doesn't get updated frequently.
shwetha , India :
nice food.
Ivan, UAE:
Infact i was there to taste this time. Be aware better you order from home & enter.

Rquired more exhausts too.

Nice sizzlers.
saniya, USA :
super sizzlers i just love the sizzling chiken with oyster sauce mind blowing wish i cud be home town next to sr
Ummer kunhi Perinje, UAE:
my next vacation (june10) i will visit with my family to SIZZLER RANCH, it totally looks like Dubai style RETNT.
Kudpi Rajanikanth Shenoy, India :
Thanks Ashraf for the appreciation! I always value genuine people supporting someone with genuine service!

I wish Balakrishna and his team all the best in making Sizzlers' Ranch much sought after in Mangalore for fine dining experience!

Let me thank our webmaster Roshan D'Souza and our web Editor Queenie Mendonca for the support they have given me so far, in uploading articles like this!
sk ashraf, UAE:
wow man i stay in dubai but this is awesome!!!!!its a world class restaurant its high time we have these kind of restaurants in mangalore............kudosssss to balu and his concepts.................
Kudpi Rajanikanth Shenoy, India :
Just last evening I ordered food parcel for my home from Sizzler Ranch.

The quality remains the same, unlike many flashy restaurants in Mangalore!
Shareef Moideen, Mangalore/Jeddah, Saudi Arabia:
Thanks for your encouraging words Mr. Rajanikant.
Kudpi Rajanikanth Shenoy, India :

A.S.Mathew, USA : The beautiful pictures of the dishes, and the price makes it very attractive and tempting
Thanks Mr. Mathew. I am sure, reading such encouraging comments; Balakrishna will deliver better service in the years to come!

GAUTAM, India : whenever i'll go 2 mangalore i'll definaltely chk out this place
Thanks Gomzii....happy invasion!

Silvia, India : A little better space and ambience would make it nothing less than a 'A' grade restaurant.
That's a big issue with most of the people, Silvia. I fully agree with you.

Ananth Acharya, India : Really nice photography by Nithin, and excellent article by Kudpi Mam
Thanks Ananth. I'm sure; Nithin must be feeling good about your comment too! :-D

onil D'mello, UAE : Mouth Watering dude will surely come when in India.
Yeah. You'll simply love it man!

Nagendra Shenoy, India : This place needs to be on a street where there is heavy vehicular movement
Nagendra, as it is, they are finding it difficult to adjust space. I hope, they will find a bigger space than that. My personal opinion is that it is the orientation of the place that matters most. It is perfect for such a restaurant as of now!

SHENOY R, India : venthough I am not a great fan of American food as such, the presentation looks good
Shenoy maam, I am also not a great fan of American food, but I liked their presentation and honesty in serving clean food in a good ambiance, liked by many youngsters. I'm sure you'll love their fried rice and Pepper Chicken!

Anitha Prabhu, India : Fantastic lip smacking pictures of sizzlers made me wonder if I could fast forward from Jan to May within a second.
Anitha, I shall take you there. It's a promise!

Konchadi Vasanth Pai, India : The article as well as the photographs are simply mouth watering !!!
When that comes from my GURU, a connoisseur in taste, I must accept it as a compliment!

DONY LOBO, Doha, Qatar : Cruelty is thy name
No Dony Baab! Modesty is my name! :-D

Shareef Moideen, Mangalore/Jeddah, Saudi Arabia : will make sure to visit this restaurant during my next trip to Mangalore
Shareef, I am sure, you won't be disappointed any time. Thanks for the good words about the article.

Rohan 63, Kuwait : Way to go Bro! Hats off! My wife loves the food there!!
You'll also find it fork licking good, Rohan!

Winston Martis, India : Next vist to Mangalore. SR, here I come
They are waiting for you, Winston! I hope, their menu will expand when you visit them!

San, Kuwait: I have already noted and will visit with family when I am in Mangalore
I'm sure; you'll enjoy the food, San. Thanks for the compliments!

Susheel Kumar, India : The owner owes you a favor, buddy
Susheel, the owner is our colleague's son. Yeah. Owner’s father is working for Syndicate Bank. He’s my good old friend!
Now, when they give me discount without asking for, favour is already done!

Chris Rego, UAE : Lekin iska ilaaz hai mere paas
Raaz ki baat hai Chris! Guess you'll reveal your plans much before we meet next!

Shaly Pereira, India : Another branch would be most welcome
Shaly, I knew it that you have already visited there! The owner is positive about expansion and let’s hopes, he will open branches convenient to you and other friends.

Prashant Rao, Saudi Arabia : 1. I have been avidly following all your articles from Car Street- Balli's podis
Thanks Prashanth for the kind words. It is not my article, but those who struggle to give the best for Mangaloreans who deserve big thanks!
2. by the way the owner needs to give you a lifetime pass for free dining for this article.
Just think that I am here with my write up because they are there! Nothing more or less, Prashanth! :-)

Dr Sai Giridhar Kamath, India : nice to see my photo in your article
I saw you Doctor, but you were so busy relishing the food with your lovely family, that I didn't feel like asking you questions! Thanks for the encouragement.

M.Rajaram Bhat, India : Surely I meet you next time when I come to Mangalore to share with these dishes and beverages.
Be my guest, Rajaram Maam.

Original R.Pai, USA : 1. Why don't you start making little video clips on interesting places in M'lore
If time permits and if I prosper, I shall definitely do that thing, Pai Maam! Same answer to Shenoy maam.
2. You need to smile more in those pics
I don’t have a good director like you to guide me Pai Maam! Hope, you’ll join me some day and make me a better actor! :-D

Ruchi, UAE: sizzlers are good.. but not those authentic one
"Lokobhinna Ruchi!”

I guess, I have replied to all the posts satisfactorily! :-)
SHENOY R, India :
Why don't you start making little video clips on interesting places in M'lore and present it in your own unique style?
-O R Pai

There are very good viodeos by Sanjay Thumma [Vah Chef]. Mr Shenoy can definitely do similar videos mainly on Konkani and DK specialities. Again he can interview our women who can be shown preparing their signature dishes.[Pattoli, madgane,channa ghashi, the list is endless]
Ruchi, UAE:
I had been to this place..... the place is good and clean..... sizzlers are good.. but not those authentic one.... guess they will improve and get International taste...
Original R.Pai, USA :
Dear Shenoy,
I don't know how I missed this report. I saw it just now. Great pictures and write-up. Thank you for the virtual tour. I always enjoy good reviews of eating joints.

Two suggestions if I may:
- I know you post videos on youtube. Why don't you start making little video clips on interesting places in M'lore and present it in your own unique style?
- You need to smile more in those pics! ;-)
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