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The Kings of Freddies - Mangala Restaurant and Bar

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By Colin D’Souza, Nikhil Pai, Rajat R [ Published Date: September 17, 2011 ]

On September  18th The 3 Hungry Men will complete 3 months of food reviewing therefore we would sincerely like to thank all the hungry people out there and of course for your continued support! We have changed a lot in the past 3 months. But we can assure you that our passion for food has remained the same! We like to salute our readers for their continual support and love. We love you too and promise you more and tastier reviews!

For our 10th review we decided to give our readers something special. Yes, that’s right we are talking about the Legends of the Mangalorean cuisine! “Mangala Restaurant and bar” located at Valencia.

We were craving for some authentic Mangalorean food! And the only response we heard from people was... “You guys should go to Mangala, Their food is AWESOME” so we headed there to see or rather to taste for ourselves!

The entrance was pretty shady, so we were slightly depressed about that but the welcoming scent from the kitchen besides the entrance made us forget about it! And we headed in!

We saw some of the real deal Mangalorean specialties. And we were hungry too! Coincidence? We think not! As we browsed through the menu, we saw a tempting  Rs. 100/- cocktail menu. So we ask the bartender for the best 3! Pat came the best 3! Mango Mojito which is a spicy drink and well prepared followed by the cranberry special which was another good mix..followed by the drink which won our hearts.. The long Island Ice Tea. This cocktail was made to perfection. It was so well prepared and the taste so was authentic and smooth that we challenge a better replica of this! All this prepared by a bartender trained in the art of making cocktails from Goa.







All that drinking had made us hungry! So we choose to eat the Paneer Mushroom Chilly, Squid Tava Masala and Prawns Ghee roast! Along with some sannas and appams for a kick start!

These dishes had floored us! The paneer and mushroom was so well spiced, the squid unusually were awesomely soft and not rubbery! And the prawns big and juicy just as we love it! It was the prefect Mangalorean food we were looking for! This is the life, we say!

Despite the decent quantity the starters had vanished in a jiffy! Then it was time for some main course our tummies said! So we went for some varied biryanis one of each we demanded! i.e fish, chicken and veg. now we r pretty selective about our biryani! These biryanis had their own unique incomparable taste to them! There was an awesome touch of Mangalorean masala to it! This surprise was worth the wait!

Our tummies were full but our hearts were not full! So this time we decided to listen to our hearts! And we were sitting right in front of a poster that read “FREDDIE” now I’m sure some mouths are watering as we said that word!

Since none of us were willing to share we ordered a chicken, fish and veggie FREDDIE each!

Now some of u might be wondering what a “Freddie” is! Sorry we are not going to tell you as we want you to taste this godly creation YOURSELF! (but we will give you a picture to drool over!)

This was by far the awesomest dish we had that day! This one made a tattoo in our heart! Never did we eat something so nice in between a bun! Which is why The 3 Hungry Men like to call it a FINGER LINKIN’ FREDDIE (its so good that once u finish eating you can’t break the link made by your fingers, you just want more of it in your fingers!)

STRICT WARNING: Don’t leave Mangala unless you’ve tried a FREDDIE!

We had no place for desert so we were forced to leave!
Personally, we never believed in first impressions! Today was proof! We entered slightly disappointed but we left on cloud 9.

A week later someone from London asked us where he could get some authentic Mangalorean food when he came to Mangalore? The reply from us was ““You should go to Mangala, Their food is AWESOME!”

The 3 Hungry Men rate the Legends Mangala like this:
Ambience: 6/10
Value For Money: 7/10
Food: 10/10
Hygiene: 8.5/10
Service 8/10
Location: 7/ 10
Overall 7.5/10
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Original R.Pai, USA :
Hello the3hungrymen,

I have been reading your reviews though I am not interested in most of those places serving heavily on meat items. I like the way you look for certain things such as hygiene, service, ambience in addition to taste.

Here is my suggestion if you don't mind:

- Most of your places seem to serve the same type of greesy food with over dosage of spice and bright colors. Could you please visit some places where some 'regular' items are served with good quality ?

- Are there any small places run by family, serving a nice home cooked food? Usually they tend to be much better than restaurant-style greesy stuff with bright colors!!

- Could you please visit some places that are unique in the region? For example - Kalladka has unique rim-jim Coffee, KT (Kalladka Tea). (well, please remember to mark 'N/A' for hygiene factor when you visit those places ...smiles).
Sanjay Shetty, USA :
What a load of tosh??

I've been to Mangala a few times and love their food and service. I've even been to the upstairs bar section and loved it too.
The waiters are polite and kind and even suggested dishes for me. I did tell them that I am Hindu and didn't eat beef at the time so they tailored the menu for me and got me some awesome fish and chicken dishes.

What more can you ask? Mangala is brilliant!

Arrol D\'Mello ( Head of Operations/Events @ Mangala Restaurant & Bar) , India :
Thank you all for your Constructive criticism.
We have already looked into the issues posted by our guests. We will assure you that you will have a different dinning experience the next time around.
"Help us to serve you better"

santhosh d costa, Ireland :
Food is not so bad but value is not Worth i visited this place last month i even called the police as well to inform about the price, they are charging against the normal charges. if you go to any surrounding hotels you will be getting beter food.
Santosh, India :
Talking of Hygine - Just visit the rest room of any of these hotels - you will puke ; the less said about the standard of cleanliness in the kitchen the better. Drona is right - the cooks and waiters give a damn about using gloves / spoons while handling food - basically this complacent attitude is due to the fact that there is no regulatory body that strictly enforces cleanliness or check the quality of the foodstuff. Writing a review and raving about the resteraunt is one thing, the facts are otherwise - so gentlemen I would suggest you go "Unannounced" at least a few times and then give your verdict. I would put on record that I have seen Roaches near the sink of one of the first few places you wrote about. Don't be afraid - after all as foodies / journalists you have to do a professional job !!!!
Drona, India :
All said and done, it is not easy to review restaurants in Mangalore and Udupi areas. First of all, the concept of hygiene is not that great in our twin districts eventhough it is much better compared to some other districts.Much needs to be desired. If you see the kitchen, you may not like to eat.

Secondly,transmission of amoebiasis is very common. The culprits are the waiters who carry the amoeba cysts. They pass the cysts and the same lodge in their finger nails. When they dip the hands in water glasses, poor customers drink it and ingest the cyst.Like one candle lighting the other, this infestation goes from person to person.

The waiters and the cooks need to be treated for this. They need to be taught hygenic methods. They need to be taught to wash their hand with soap each time they visit the toilet. They need to be taught to wear disposable gloves while preparing food.
Clean cutlery/disposable cutlery needs to be used.

I generally order freshly prepared items like masala dosa and avoid ordering stored items.

Good luck guys. The very fact that you guys survived one more day shows that you have some immunity.
Sweety, Dubai, UAE:
Sorry, 3 hungry men, this place is dingy, dark and their food was not up to the mark, lot of improvement needed. Please take this as a positive criticism, i have nothing against you or restaurant.. just that we need a clean place while we are on vacation and good hygienic food...
Bennet Vas, India :
A couple of weeks earlier I had posted a comment on this site suggesting that the Three Hungry Men - make 2 or 3 visits to a particular Food outlet prior to their publishing thier review. This was probably deleted by the Moderators as I had also mentioned that the ratings given to some of the joints were not at all realistic. Now having read the comments from readers (Mangala) I am convinced that These 3 hungry men have to be more accurate in reporting and not get carried away as most often they seem to go on hungry stomachs and any crap given may taste fantastic. I am a Foodie and love to try out various types of cuisine / resturaunts etc., and it would be advisable if the ratings / opinions expressed are done in a more professional way - more so as it is a question of one's tummy and purse. On a lighter note - Maximum sales at Mangala is for Pork items relished and downed with a Peg mostly by guests who don't get to eat it at home .....
miriam, India :
Drona, hopefully they do.
Nashvin, India :
@shereen: Well i do know why the pork is not mentioned but since ur a critic you have to taste everything not stick to some particular favorites of ur choice alone. Say if u go to a Muslim restaurant and you don't taste mutton, then it will be really bad coz that is their speciality.

@the hungry men: Though there is nothing against you guys but seriously this place doesn't deserve the ratings you gave.
DRONA, India :
Miriam, don't be so strict yaar. Give them some time to fix the things. I am sure they have already got the message.
Isubu, Indian Ocean :
Great Guys,

Feel like your reviews are exaggerated a bit, but interesting to read.

Will try out on your tips!!!
Antony, UK:
One more comment: I consider your articles not so much as "food critique" but more like entertaining reviews of food joints more like the "Highway On My Plate" show on NDTV-Goodtimes. There is no problem with that except that you need to be more specific in terms of why you think a particular food item gets 10 out of 10.For example the Prawn Ghee Roast which you can get in many Restaurants,why is this one so special and what are the specific ingredients that make it special etc.
Shereen, India, India :
dear hungry men

Constructive criticism should always be well taken guys!
as for mangala, i did find the place a bit dingy. but its a thumbs up on the food. i do understand why you;ll have not mentioned the pork bits, but its okay!

we look forward to 3 happier hungrier men! cheers.
miriam, India :
Three hungry men, I have been upstairs with my family in the month of april, and it was dark and dingy. I shall go there again this month again to see if they have changed.
Nashvin, India :
@ 3 hungry men: dude if you go there as a critic obviously they will serve the best. Don't let the owners know that ur a critic. plus ur a food critic never be so generous and since ur a critic your suppose to state in your review as to which ingredient is missing or which ingredient should be added to make it better. Plus pork is a speciality of the mangaloreans so you have to mention something about it.
Secondly you stated in your review about craving for some authentic mangalorean food? how does a burger and paneer mushroom chilly come under the mangalorean dishes.
Chetan Shetty, UAE:
It s pleasure to read all the reviews, also visit Lalith Resturant in the city, the fish food is really good.
Ashish, India :
Hey Hungry guys.....

You guys need to chill....cop a lil bit of constructive criticism. I do enjoy your write-ups. Today you are just 3 guys writing a weekly food review on M'; mebbe tomorrow you are destined to bigger things in the same field. Keep your fans close....your critics closer. In the end, they are the ones who push you to do better at each foray of yours. Good Luck.

....and yeah, I would like to read your review on Madhuvan's Village....and Sagar at Kuttar (on way to M'lore University :))
Antony, UK:
I have enjoyed reading most of your reviews. Please keep it up. A little more detail about the location would help since especially this restaurant is hidden in a bylane. 2001 was the last time I ate at Mangala. It sounds like it has improved now. I will certainly go there next time. I am also interested on your views of the Madhuvan Family Village restaurant.
Prashant R Rao, Saudi Arabia:
HI Three Hungry Men,

I am an avid foodie like you and visit Mangalore annually. I would love to go this restaurant based on your recommendation and tempting review, can you please let me know the address/landmark? In fact, it would be really helpful if you can add it to all your reviews so that people who dont know the location can then make note of it.
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