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The Over Rated Legend!

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By Colin D’Souza, Nikhil Pai, Rajat R [ Published Date: July 13, 2011 ]

The weekend nears and yours truly, the 3 hungry men decide to fire up another super review for our readers. This time we decided to go Hotel Abhiman, the pioneer of the chicken Ghee Roast in Mangalore. Since we were still hungry after our 5pm snack, we settle on dinner there!
The hotel wore a deserted look as we entered, but that was the least of our worries. Ambience was commonplace and not appealing, again the least of our worries. We were already pretty blah-ed (yes, it's a word) and hence we decided to put their boastful existence to the test. They weren't really helpful with helping us order so we decided to put our cards on the table and play the known vs unknown game.
Beverage menu was discouraging price wise. So we decided not to waste any time and order the starters without further ado. We placed the order which the waiter humbly took down and only after a painful wait of 30 minutes, our starters arrived.

Chicken lollypop was pretty good, but we could taste the thick masala that was greased around the chicken. It tasted something like the local Chinese guy type but their special ‘Chicken Keshav Chilly’ was fantabulous. The name however comes to the dish as a chef named Keshav cooked it. But before we savoured the taste of this dish, we dug into 8 bite sized pieces and looked back at the bowl to find only chillies and bones!
Thankfully the main course was pretty quick. We didn't want any more experiments and went for the safest 'butter chicken'. Half a portion for Rs.175 WITH bones? Geez... But the accompaniments were tasty alright, Naan and yummy Ceylon Parathas.
We had not more of problems with the service but while serving butter chicken, the impatient and ignorant looking waiter dropped some of the gravy of the butter chicken on Colin's phone and neither did he clean it up nor apologized but conveniently trotted off.
The biryani saved the day. It was tasty and moderately priced. The only satisfying thing besides the tasty caramel custard we ordered for dessert.
Pre dessert we were super unsatisfied with the quantity and decided to gorge on their legendary Chicken Ghee Roast. We then thought ‘dismayed’ and ‘disappointed’ would be an understatement. We had such good hopes on this dish but it completely let us down!
Unsatisfied and depressed, We just paid the bill and left.
All in all, we expected more from this hotel but you can come here only for the Biryani which most hotels cook and serve to you for a little lesser price. We had not noticed any signature dishes here as well.
Ambience: 5/10
Food: 4/10
Value for money: 4/10
Location: 8/10

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The 3 Hungry Men, India :
Yes Abhiman was good once upon a time, but not anymore the service and quality we got this time we went was DISGUSTING! and btw CGR was made in many other places too not only hotel abhimaan! thiers was the best yes, but that was once upon a time not anymore!
I agree with the u guys when u say that the Ambiance or food or value for money or service is below average.. but the Food u grade seems to be much harsher.. Common guys these are the ones who actually made CHICKEN GHEE ROAST known to every one.. today anywhere in town if CGR is served it is a copy of what these people served... Try SHETTY LUNCH HOME in kundapur its the same people i think.. good place to give a review...
Praseena, India :
Haven't tried the place in ages but now I remember why :)
Drona, India :
Mangalore has some other places worth visiting. May be we will hear from the 3 hungry men about their new adventure soon.
The 3 Hungry Men, India :
Karthik \'Shawarma\' Sharma

This place is called Abhiman Residency or Hotel Anupama, at Bunts hostel opp. Rama Krishna College

Please do try the food, we have no issues with it.
But am sure you will complain about the Over rated dishes + Bad service with not even a pinch of politeness

Apatna RAo
Yes the custard prized 40 bugs tastes Awesome , but check if its fresh. Order for one only if its fresh some times its over freezed and and the icy Custard wouldn\'t taste good

Dear Austyn
Thanks mate

Dear JDS,Kuwait
Yes sir we should and we would definitely take it in true spirits ,this would help us improve our language as well.

We went by the name of the place Hotel Abhiman which is a Restaurant.

Dear Venkatesh Pai, India :

Thankyou sir surely we would try the ghee rost at Shetty\'s Lunch home at Kundapur soon

Dear Drona:
Yes sir we totally agree with you am seeing your comment am sure you agree what ever we have written about the place
Karthik 'Shawarma' Sharma, India :
Excellent review as usual '3HR' :) but where exaclty is this hotel located? i would want to try out the food in this place once and see for myself if it really is as bad as u claim!
Aparna RAo, India :
Hmm..good one guyz!! luks like d overall rating is pretty low!!:)But d custard luks yumm....Gud luck u guyzzz!!!!Hog well!!;P
Austyn Goveas, India :
BURrrnnnnnn!!! :D nice one guys!!
JDS, Kuwait:
Dear CNR,

Your excellent column is well-liked and well-followed.

The right word to use here is RESTAURANT and not "hotel" (....all in all, we expected more from this hotel but....). This is typical Indian English and I too was no exeption to this usage until I went out of India.

Hope this is taken in the right spirit. Good luck.

Venkatesh Pai, India :
The pioneers of ghee roast in mangalore was anupam at balmatta road which had been closed down, now reopened. they may retort that one of the partners is managing abhiman.If u really want to taste ghee roast, try at shetty's lunch home in kundapur.
Drona, India :
Abhiman is somewhat indifferent with their over spiced dishes.They seem to think that people don\'t care what they are eating when couple of rounds of booze is rapidly absorbed by the hungry stomach.Customers know better and deserve better. I was not impressed with Abhimaan and have not visited that place for a while. However, if they improve, I have no hesitation in visiting in future.They need to get staff who are smart and customer friendly.A word of friendly advice to the restaurant management at Abhimaan. A good restaurant will get repeat visitors. That includes your hotel guests.
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