An addition to Chettinad restaurants in Bangalore

Even as I write this, the quote of a well known filmaker recently in a magazine known for its ‘stings’ comes to mind. He said “….that many things happen by chance, we have no control.” Sort of how I discovered this restaurant last week. To avoid a traffic pileup near Begum Mahal on Ulsoor Road, I took a detour onto Gangadhara Chetty Road. At the 2nd entrance to Haudin Road, my gaze was riveted by this small building, almost like a converted outhouse, that had been done up in a very traditional way. Apparently, a Chettinadu restaraunt – Naachiyar’s – was being opened in 4 days time. I couldn’t help but smack my lips. You see, cosmopolitan Bangalore…er, make that Bengalooru (pronounced Bengalooru) has eating places running into hundreds covering 40+ cuisines beginning with A for Andhra and upto W for Western [ Pity, Z for Zoroastrian is not available unless of course, you’re ok with P for Parsi! ;) ] but very few truly Chettinad food places seem to operate. So, this new addition had me all excited.

Me and fellow Metroblogging colleague Sharath visited the place on its opening day for a filling, almost ‘home cooked’ kind of meal. Due to some hiccups, the menu was restricted to vegetarian meals only with one side dish. On a glistening plantain leaf, we were served steaming rice, dal, brinjal curry, spicy rasam, beans poriyal and papad. Pickles and curds were sorely missed. Still, it was soul satisfying food. I dreaded returning to office as I was sure it would be difficult to ward off sleep! Anyway, what was admirable was that the restaurant (dining area) covers around 200 odd sq. ft and has about 6 or so tables. Yet, word of mouth ensured that all tables were occupied and there were a whole lot of techies (the new reviled class, if you believe another ‘respected’ magazine! ) waited outside. We could only imagine the rush once all items on the menu become available. One could not help but appreciate the guts and gumption of M/s Udayakumar and Senthil, the restaurant’s promoters. Best part was, being the opening day, none of the diners were billed! A tactical decision, if ever there was one, to garner goodwill from Day 1.

Here are some pics from our culinary adventure.






We think it will be worth your while to check out this place for authentic Chettinadu food! Bill or no bill!

8 Comments so far

  1. Radman (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 10:38 am

    please educate me. what does “Chettinadu type of food” mean? your meal sounded very typical south indian. thanks.

  2. Ravi (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 10:52 am

    Radman: Do take a look at this link for info on what ‘Chettinadu type of food’…er, Chettinadu cuisine is about. Cheers!

  3. Viewer (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 11:04 am

    Luv the interiors … i am sure there should be a chetinad rest nr by at my place in Mumbai :)

  4. Ram N (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 11:23 am

    It gives gr8 pleasure to see our (read : chettinadu) cuisine continues to conquer the culinary space ….. but the actual (read : as cooked in the 96 villages of the “chettinadu” region) is still to reach and delight the foodies …. though a small few offer them in chennai, karaikudi etc …

  5. Charles Haynes (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 11:33 am

    Ravi, can you explain in more detail what made *this* mean “Chettinad?” I read the wikipedia article, and I have some idea what Chettinad cuisine should be, but I can’t tell from your description what about this restaurant was typically Chettinad, and makes it stand out as an example of Chettinad cuisine.

    I’m also surprised since I was under the impression that Chettinad food was known for it’s variety of non vegetarian dishes, and your thali was entirely vegetarian.

    Enlighten us please!

  6. Ravi (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 11:50 am

    Viewer: Do let me know if there is one..will visit the place while in Mumbai next

    Ram: 96 villages, eh? That’s new. Will check it out

    Charles: Should have known my post will catch your eye. Here are some articles from a fav. publication of mine: Outlook Traveller that will give you lots of info. on the Chettinad region and its cuisine. Click away! ( read the article in the box by Vikram Doctor

  7. Periyar (unregistered) on December 19th, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

    I hate this Tamil food, One of the worst dishes on earth.

  8. HDK (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 11:00 am

    Yes, I agree with Peryiar-avaru. I personally favourite with Raagi Mudde and yesterday’s saaru!

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