For this New years, we were a group of friends debating on where to go to spend an evening catching up with everyone.A friend of mine suggested this place and I was initially skeptical since I hadnt heard anything about it.
So the first time I go and bang on, fell in love with the place.For new years it was a buffet spread and it was totally worth the bucks!!
Ambience: Chettinad style bunglow converted to a restaurant with cane chairs and nice cushions to give the authentic south Indian look.A nice waterfall outside and swings to relax in the open place outside. You can choose to dine inside or outside with another option of eating inside the pool(yes this is the thing that made me go bonkers about the place)Nice paintings and neatly done up.
We were unfortunate the first time we went that we didnt get the pool table yet the place was wonderful.
A lot of hep crowd coming in
Reservations:easy to make, and they try to accomodate you when you wanna be there and not when they are free
People: Very friendly, Courteous and understand how to treat customers.I once ordered a paneer gravy and it turned out to be very salty(am a person who takes less salt) and the waiter agreed to take it back and got me another gravy.Second, we wanted crab for starters and the waiter said its not fresh today so I dont suggest it-How many places actually do that?
Food:First of all the place is a fusion place- where you get authentic chettinad as well as continental food- from cornucopia which has merged with Crimson chakra here.
Soups: very limited variety but must try.A great way to begin your lunch or dinner here.
The Fulkas are the best and extremely soft.
The veg kaaikari urundai offer a taste quite unique for the vegetarians.
The aapams with any chicket gravy(chettinad or Nadar's kozhi curry) are awesome and a must try.
The tangy meen varuval is a treat to the fish lovers
The prawn starters are delicious too.
For the main course, Rotis, aapams and smoked chicken/Fish/Prawn rice are available and I assure you that nothing will let you down.
The continental side has a lot of steaks, pastas which are also worth trying.
The smoked chicken rice is cooked to perfection and can serve a person adequately.
Desserts:Though the dessert section is limited, the USP of this place is the tender coconut souffle .You could also try the Prune and Caramel Upside down cake which tastes yummy or the chocolate brownie with ice cream
Juices: Yes this part is also good, when you are waiting for your food they suggest for some fresh juices and I had the fruit punch which was kick ass.
Pros and Cons:
The food is prepared fresh in an semi-open kitchen and the ambience is great.The pricing is a little on the expensive side and can be looked at without compromising on the quality.
Also, the menu is the same, so consider adding some options to it by bringing in something new once in a while.
Would be nice if a branch opened up somewhere since I stay in Anna nagar and its pretty difficult going there everytime:)
The candle Room:The candle room is a small room with a table and two sofas facing each other.It is a totally romantic one for people wanting to propose to the one they love.Completely lit by candles, gives a great ambience. The room can be booked at Rs.3000 for few hours with unlimited supply of food and beverages.
For more details get in touch with Crimson Chakra @9677277900
P.S I have been to this place more than six-seven times since Jan'2010 and enjoyed it time and again.Anyone I have taken along have also throughly enjoyed the place and the food.