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Calicut Paragon
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Paragon is popular, and for good reason. The Keralan food menu is varied, but the seafood is a speciality. Crab Thusar is a thick, spicy sauce with a full crab broken up inside, it isn’t dainty but it is delicious. Mop it up with appams, pancakes made from fermented rice and coconut milk. The Pollichathu is also recommended, a fish in a masala rub and cooked in a banana leaf. Portions are plentiful and service is excellent. This is food to delve into and enjoy, leave any inhibitions at the door and take a trip to Southern India.
Open daily 7am-1.30am. Opposite Lulu Centre, Karama, (04 335 8700). Other location: Near NMC Hospital, Al Nahda (04 298 8858).

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