At our last visit back home to Mangalore, our family was treated to a meal at Guthu Hospitality. The meal was excellent yes, and the ambiance definitely made the taste buds work at their best! There’s something about tasting a cuisine in its hometown, cooked with authentic local ingredients, and eaten in an authentic setting, that makes the culinary experience extremely delightful!
Promoted by Sandeep Shetty, and managed by Sylvester Rai, Guthu Hospitality is all about eating an authentic Bunt** meal, in an authentic setting. The restaurant actually has 3 levels – the “Atta” (the Tulu word for attic) level which is made with a thatched roof and other locally available material, the “Panchayat” level, on which this post is all about, and a more modern level which is like a regular well done-up restaurant.
“The Panchayat” caught my fancy because of the rustic setting. The use of everyday things in the décor make it oh so ogle-full! If you visit the village home of any “old and moneyed” family in and around Mangalore, you are sure to see all these things, some of them in the garden, some of them in the shed, and some inside the main house itself. I’ll point them out in the photographs* as we go along 🙂
|Rattan chairs, copper vessels and cutlery – such a simple table
arrangement, yet so perfect!
|Quite a center piece there – furniture, kitchen implements and brass heirloom lamps.
Let me know if you need help recognizing these items.
|Bunts are traditionally an agricultural community. It is very common to
see bullocks ploughing their fields, and bullock carts were an absolute necessity
especially when it was time to take produce to the market.
|The water well, the lifeline of every rural community. Don’t miss the ‘kodapana’
or the copper pot used to draw water.
|These “ari mudis” are common sights in village homes during the harvest season.|
|A picture of a Yakshagana’ artiste. Yakshagana is a popular
dance-drama art form in Mangalore’s coastal belt.
|On the wall here, are the rope and lashes used in
the “Kambla” or buffalo race – which is a popular and ancient local
sport in this part of the country.
*Thanks to Mangalorean.com for willingly sharing the pictures of Guthu with me. Only the last two pictures are mine. Some of the interior work was still in progress during my visit at Guthu, and when I found their pictures more ‘complete’, Roshan was very co-operative, and gave me instant permission! Many thanks, Roshan!
Thanks also to Padmavani Karkera and to my dad for supplying the Tulu words for the descriptions in the pictures, and for chipping in with some editing suggestions on this piece.
**FYI, the enterprising Bunt community is responsible not only for the famous Udupi and Kundapur restaurants all over the world, but also for its contribution to India’s Celebrity A list – Aishwarya Rai, Suniel Shetty and Shilpa Shetty!