Then over the years as Madras transformed into Chennai, the hotel industry underwent a shift, with the focus on large lobbies, grandeur and opulence. ITC meanwhile had newer properties to develop and market and somewhere down the line this historic property fell by the wayside. It went through couple of name changes and rebranding exercises.
At present the hotel has been christened the ‘Welcom’ hotel. The old ‘Peshawari’ has made way for ‘The Earthen Oven’. I was invited for a tasting session of their menu and the launch of their set menu.
It was a nostalgically overwhelming experience! The food brought memories of Peshawari of days of yore, with every item from the menu blending in to lend that touch of satisfying the yearning of long time ago. Priced at 1499 with a beverage, in my opinion it was absolutely worth it, as a gratifying experience is priceless. I loved it so much that I was back there a couple of days later with my family and needless to say the food was splendid , the service topnotch.
I have documented the dishes that I had as part of the set menu.
In the compound that houses the Welcom hotel stood the beautiful house of Kasturiranga Iyengar, who later bought The Hindu, and became its editor. Rajaji had rented this house and while Gandhiji had visited Madras while gathering support for his anti-Rowlatt bill, he stayed at this property. He had the idea of hartal while staying here as Rajaji’s guest.
Subramania Bharathi had apparently come here to request Gandhiji to speak at his meeting at Marina. Gandhiji declined, citing another appointment. Bharathi blessed Gandhiji’s movement and left in a hurry. Gandhiji asked Rajaji who he was, and Rajaji said, “Desiya Kavi.” “Take good care of him,” said the Mahatma, smiling. The day was March 23, 1919.” The house where Gandhi spent time is now the ‘WelcomHotel’
The Non Vegetarian Unlimited platter is Rs 1499 nett along with a beverage.
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