Padma Restaurant, Kolhapur...a place where taste meets tradition! 

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Credits - Saumitra Shinde

Photo of Padma Restaurant, Kolhapur...a place where taste meets tradition! by Saumitra Shinde

30 years ago when my grandfather went to Kolhapur and ate the mutton thali at Padma, he set a tradition in the family. Now even after 3 decades, a visit to Kolhapur is incomplete without a wholesome lunch/dinner at this special restaurant called Padma.

From the exterior, Padma looks like a very simple restaurant, but in the inside, there's something cooking. It's nothing extravagant, but a mere gastronomic delight of meat and spices that have blended so perfectly that even the cooks here can use blindfolds while preparing it.

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Credits - Saumitra Shinde

I experienced a sudden burst of emotions as I took my first bite of chapati and soft meat drenched in a secret gravy. For years the cooks here have maintained the same taste, and yet I feel that it tastes a notch higher when I visit here every year.

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Mutton Thali. Photo credits - Saumitra Shinde

While the traditional mutton gravy pleases your taste buds with its heavenly taste, the fried mutton here is an absolute wonder too. The meat is shallow-fried and served in a thick gravy. The taste of both these dishes is alleviated further by the slowly cooked meat fat, which I think is the key to this extraordinary taste.

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Mutton Fry. Photo credits - Saumitra Shinde

It may feel as if the mutton dishes do the job for you, but wait for the iconic Tamda-Pandhra Rassa (Red-White Curry). It's like a broth cooked from the meat and seasoned with various spices and flavours. Unless you have this combination of red-white curry, your meal is incomplete.

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Tamda-Pandhra Rassa. Photo credits - Saumitra Shinde

It's a myth that Kolhapuri cuisine is very spicy but in fact, it's more about the taste and the unique blend of different spices. And Padma represents it in a very authentic and traditional manner.

Tradition or legacy is like a giant dictionary that we use to find meaning in life. Without this dictionary, life won't be as tasty as that mutton thali.

Padma's story is very similar and the current generation has used this dictionary very wisely. Started on the morning of 15th August 1947, this iconic place in Kolhapur is the flag bearer of the culture specific to this region.

Colonel Nanasaheb Dattajirao Ingle is the founder of this restaurant and from the last 72 years, the family has continued his dream to decorate Kolhapuri culture through the food. Just like the taste, the interiors of this restaurant is true to its inception. The furniture made out of Saag Wood is still intact even after so many years.

Col. Nanasaheb Ingle. Credits - Padma Kolhapur

Photo of Padma Restaurant, Laxmipuri, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India by Saumitra Shinde

Col. Nanasaheb Ingle. Credits - Padma Kolhapur

Photo of Padma Restaurant, Laxmipuri, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India by Saumitra Shinde

The dining hall. Photo credits - Saumitra Shinde

Photo of Padma Restaurant, Laxmipuri, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India by Saumitra Shinde

Credits - Saumitra Shinde

Photo of Padma Restaurant, Laxmipuri, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India by Saumitra Shinde

The walls of this restaurant will take you back in time with the black and white photos of the family and different occasions hung throughout the dining hall and besides the stairs that take you up to the hall.

The dining hall. Photo credits - Saumitra Shinde

Photo of Padma Restaurant, Kolhapur...a place where taste meets tradition! by Saumitra Shinde

Credits - Saumitra Shinde

Photo of Padma Restaurant, Kolhapur...a place where taste meets tradition! by Saumitra Shinde

Credits - Saumitra Shinde

Photo of Padma Restaurant, Kolhapur...a place where taste meets tradition! by Saumitra Shinde

The staff here is very polite and will guide you while selecting your menu because wasting food is disrespectful to the cook and the restaurants legacy.

Credits - Rutuja Belgaonkar

Photo of Padma Restaurant, Kolhapur...a place where taste meets tradition! by Saumitra Shinde

Apart from the Mutton Thali, you should definitely try different thalis on their menu like the Green Mutton Thali, Mutton Kharda Thali, Rassa Mutton Thali, Rakti Mundi Thali, and many more. There Mutton Loncha (pickle) is worth trying apart from the main course.

Since the last 5 years, I have been going to Kolhapur to eat at this special place. It's the traditional touch that attracts me to this place. Today the restaurant business has become extremely competitive and running a place that serves food with tradition to its core can be very tough. But in spite of the resistance, Padma stands proudly like a fortress guarding the values of the family and giving it back by serving the most delicious possible food in Kolhapur.

Padma Restaurant

Must haves: Mutton Thali, Chiken Thali, Tamda-Pandhra Rassa, Mutton Loncha (Pickle), Mutton Kheema

Cost - INR 400 to INR 1500

WiFi - No

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you can also go to Hotel Opal or Hotel Garva. both the hotels are on the highway itself.
Tue 01 15 19, 03:38 · Reply · Report