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Chettinad Calling

We were in Chennai on the weekend to attend a wedding. We remembered our own wedding which included Bengali and Tamil ceremonies and felt happy. We also met four of our friends who had attended our wedding. The best moments from the wedding included a photo session where I was constantly being instructed to not show my teeth. I was laughing my head off at the ludicrous poses that the photographer was asking me to give. All our friends stood around us laughing while I was asked to feel Mahesh’s heartbeat, hug a chair, and look shy. Those pics are embarrassingly entertaining. While the professional photographer was composing his pictures, a friend clicked a pic of me standing on pillows to gain height!

Gaining height!

Gaining height!

We were staying in T Nagar and wanted to eat Chettinad style food. Zomato came to my aid and I zeroed in on Amma in T.Nagar. The place has a lot of history. It is apparently owned by MGR’s personal cook and as per the auto guy who dropped my friend to the restaurant, been the venue of many important political meetings in the past. By the way, autos now run by meter in Chennai now. This is is big development in the State.

We ordered two mutton biryanis, one meal, nethili fry, crab lollypop, turkey 65, fish curry, and Amma Special Chicken.

We were served a complimentary chicken soup which was average.

Complimentary Chicken Soup

Complimentary Chicken Soup

Our starters were crab lollypop, nethilli fry, and turkey 65.

Mutton Biryani, Turkey 65, nethili fry, and thali

Mutton Biryani, Turkey 65, nethili fry, fish curry and thali

The turkey tasted just like chicken. The nethilli fry was crunchy and yum and the crab lollypop was yum. I first thought it was maida with very little crab. To my delight it was all crab with a very thin coating of maida.

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The thali came with sambhar, rasam, dal, a vegetable, and curd. Chicken curry was served on the side.

Thali dishes

Thali dishes

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What really stood out was the nethili fry, fish curry, and the crab. Another interesting thing was that there were three chicken curries on the table which were all very distinct in taste. I preferred the fish over the meat though. Our meal cost about Rs 1500.

The following day, we lunched at Mudaliars Arcot Kitchen in Mylapore. This is basically a joint that operates out of a home and serves home style food.

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We went with their recommendation and ordered the Picchi Potta Chicken (shredded chicken with spices), Sankara Fish Curry, Fish Fry, Arcot Special Chicken, and 2 plates of rice.

The picchi potta chicken was outstanding and went very well with rasam and rice. The fish curry tasted exactly like the one Amma makes. Mahesh wiped it clean.

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The fish fry was average and there was nothing special about Arcot Chicken. It was Chinmil (Chinese + Tamil?) dish and we struggled to finish it.

Arcot Special Chicken

Arcot Special Chicken

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Our meal cost us Rs 595 and was more than worth it.

We also caught a glimpse of Amma while entering the Marina beach. There were cops on the road and traffic had been halted. We knew it had to be her. We waited barely for a minute and there she was – in the front seat of her SUV with her hands folded.

At the beach, we chomped on my second favourite beach snack – steamed peanuts. We also saw a mobile van by the State Fisheries Department serving seafood. Very very tempting. But, we decided to leave it for next time.

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Our last stop in Chennai was Buhari Hotel in T Nagar. It has been around since 1951 and claims to have invented the legendary Chicken 65. Their menu also features a “Chicken 90” and “Chicken 2010”. We were still recovering from our lunch at Mudaliars. I ordered a Mutton Pepper Soup and Mahesh ordered for an appam, idiappams, and paya.

Mutton pepper soup

Mutton pepper soup

Paya, idiappams, and appam

Paya, idiappams, and appam

The paya was outstanding – the trotters were soft and the curry hit all the right notes. It was sour and spicy and went well with the idiappams. All this along with a bottle of water cost us Rs 350!

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Caperberry

I haven’t felt inspired enough to update the blog in a long time. That doesn’t mean I haven’t done my fair share of eating or cooking. I’ve tried three types of Ambur Biryani, eaten goat head (not brain) fry, made mini chocolate croissants, and some more. The microwave at home stopped working three weeks ago. All my baking (yes, I bake in a micro with conve(i)ction) has come to a halt. I am itching to bake something. Is it time for a new micro?

Meanwhile, here’s my experience at Caperberry which is touted as one among Bangalore’s best restaurants.

We had the three course fixed menu at Caperberry as part of Times Gourmet Week over a month ago. The meal kicked off with a tangy beetroot gazpacho, freshly baked bread, and creamy basil pesto.

Beetroot Gazpacho, fresh bread, and creamy pesto
 

The pesto was addictive. We then had the poached chicken sou vide salad with orange and the duet of parsley crumbed calamari rings and paprika and cumin grilled chicken.

Poached chicken salad

The salad was light, crunchy, and full of flavour. The citrus of the orange segments worked wonders. The calamari rings were spectacular – it was almost like biting into butter. The cumin grilled chicken paled in view of the other two dishes. It was decent but not as yummy as the calamari.
Calamari Rings on the left and grilled chicken on the right

For mains, we had Picada Grilled Halibut and the Chicken Risotto.

Risotto

I was quite let down with the Risotto. The chicken stock that must have been used to make the risotto completely overpowered the dish. I wish some parsley had been added to mask the overwhlemingly chickeny flavour of the fish.

Halibut

The fish on the other hand was chunky almost meaty and went really well with the mixed beans. It was beautifully plates as well.

For dessert we had mango mousse, coconut jelly, toasted coconut, candied rose petal and churros. The mousse was gelatinous and the candied rose petals were not fragrant at all. This was quite a dissapointing dessert.

Mango mousse
The churros and the warm chocolate on the other hand were very nice.

Churros
The meal ended with a yummy little tiny raspberry tart. While on the whole I enjoyed the meal this was nowhere close to my experience at Indian Accent or Olive in New Delhi.
Petit Four : Raspberry Tart
Priced at Rs 750 per head plus taxes, this meal was definitely value for money.

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My list of places to eat at in Delhi

In the first week of May, Mahesh and I relocated to Bangalore. I was sad to leave my parents and good friends and yet excited to set up home in a city I have grown to love. Before leaving Delhi, I had a couple of restaurants/food I wanted to eat at and managed to cover most. Interestingly, majority were places that I had been to before. The ones I missed were Al Kauser and the Khao Suey at The Kitchen.

Here is the list of restaurants that I went to in the last few weeks/months before I left Delhi :

1. Yum Yum Tree, New Friends Colony – The dimsum and sushi buffet. I’ve blogged about their Sunday Brunch at YYT here. I LOVE the asparagus sushi (veg sushi is yum!), prawn tempura sushi,  and the prawn har gao here. This was my last and best restaurant meal in Delhi.

2. Karim’s, Old Delhi – Breakfast of nihari and paya with soft tandoori rotis. Surprisingly, the weather on the last Sunday morning in April was absolutely splendid. It made our journey to Old Delhi and back very very pleasant. I’ve blogged about my experience at Karim’s before.

3. Asian Haus – This is located in Zamrudpur, Greater Kailash and you can either do take away or have them deliver the food to your place. The way in which they pack the food and deliver it is quite interesting. I love their Khao Suey, Otak Otak, and Sesame Chicken. Recently, I had them deliver these very dishes to my parents as a surprise Sunday lunch 🙂

Neat Boxes of Food

Neat Boxes of Food

Otak Otak

Otak Otak

Khao Suey

Khao Suey

Khao Suey Assembled

Khao Suey Assembled

4. Indian Accent – I’ve blogged about my “experience” at Indian Accent before. Luckily, they featured again in Restaurant Week in April. This time around I went there with my parents and we loved the food. What I really enjoyed were the bacon wrapped prawns, the pao bhaji, the tender coconut creme brulee and the doda burfi tart. Here are the pictures of what we ate.

meetha achaar chilean spare ribs, sun dried mango, toasted kalonji seeds

meetha achaar chilean spare ribs, sun dried mango, toasted kalonji seeds

tandoori bacon prawns, wasabi malai cream

tempered ricotta vada, pao bhaji, kafir lime butter pao 'chowpatty in a bowl'

tempered ricotta vada, pao bhaji, kafir lime butter pao ‘chowpatty in a bowl’

slow cooked baby lamb shank, california prune and mulberry korma

rice crusted john dory moilee, market green and pine nut poriyal

rice crusted john dory moilee, market green and pine nut poriyal

tender coconut and palm sugar brûlée, berry chaat

tender coconut and palm sugar brûlée, berry chaat

warm doda burfi treacle tart, homemade vanilla bean ice cream

warm doda burfi treacle tart, homemade vanilla bean ice cream

besan ladoo tart, mithai cheese cake, winter fruits

besan ladoo tart, mithai cheese cake, winter fruits

mishti doi cannoli, amaranth ladoo