A couple of weeks back a Friend and I were listing out options for 'Meals' in Chennai and 'Madras' was up there on my list. A coupleof days back i saw an advert for 'Thai Virundu' meals at this restaurant in the supplement of the paper and I decided to check it out.
Pleasant with relatively dim lighting. There is a three piece Indian Carnatic classical ensemble that plays pleasant live Carnatic instrumental music in the evenings.
I have to make a special mention about the 'south Indian' caricatures on the plates at the restaurant. Have documented a few below.
We were welcomed with 'Vasantha Neer' which is a favourite of mine. I have been tasting this for years at the Taj and ITC hotels. This restaurant has also perfected it and is a 'must have'. It is a concoction of Tender Coconut Water, Jaggery, Honey, Lemon and Ginger.
An Assortment of papads along with a set of Chutneys were also kept on the table.
- Amirtha Pongal (The sweet Pongal with dry and fresh fruits)
- Kara Pongal
- Ven Pongal (the tradtional Pongal)
We were then served the thali in a Thattu with a plantain leaf with the following accompaniments
- Muttakos Poriyal
- Thakkali Masiyal
- Kathirikkai Kosumalli
- Chakkaravalli Podimas (Sweet Potato)
- KaiKari Podimas
(I had incidentally also requested a Kal Dosa off the menu because I had always liked their Kal Dosa.)
Every dish was perfect and not a single one had a bad day !!
We were served the follwoing three desserts
- Elaneer Payasam
- Badam Halva
- Pepper Ice cream
I loved the pepper ice cream and the Elaneer Payasam. The Badam Halva was very authentic but personally speaking, I am not a great fan of that sweet.
I loved the meal. Chef Prabhakaran of the Rain Tree was very kind to explain the dishes as i am usually an extremely inquisitive diner.
Don't miss this traditional 'Pongal' meal at the Rain tree Anna Salai, available till the 17th of January.