BR Mathsya Restaurant, Thanigachalam Road, T Nagar
Mathsya is a name synonymous with fine Uduppi vegetarian dining in Chennai. Till a month back they had only one restaurant, at No.1, Halls Road. There was always a waiting period involved unless you had reserved your seats earlier. Their Uduppi Thaali with 3 varietied of Dosa and Bisibelabath is one of those things that make life worth living. So when I read that they had opened another restaurant in Thanigachalam Road, T Nagar I was ecstatic. It is hardly 5 minutes from my house. So we decided to go to the T Nagar Mathsya for lunch this Sunday. And it was a disaster.
The restaurant is situated in a newly built complex and is far more spacious than the Egmore one. It is also well lit and has tastefully decorated interiors. And those are the only two positives about it.
The disappointment started with the menu card itself. It is a mulit cuisine restaurant – with the regular Naan, Panneer butter masla, schezwan noodles, Gobi Manchurian stuff. The Uduppi fare had about 4 or 5 items. We ordered Mangalore Bonda as starters. Instead of the golden brown, soft and hot bondas what arrived was the darkened and shrivelled bondas which must have been atleast an hour old and cold. Next we ordered Uduppi Thaali, the one we had been dreaming about since we decided to come to Mathsya. And they didn’t have it. Neither Uduppi Thaali nor the Kara Uppu puli Dosa. Then why name it Mathsya, synonymous with Uduppi fare. So we ended up with Bisibela baath, Naan, Kulcha and Babycorn Curry. The Bisibela baath was a disaster with the rice standing out instead of being slightly mushy. The other items were just about average.
Then we moved on to desset and ordered Elaneer Paayasam, trying to get some taste of authentic fare. “No Sir, there are no desserts, except Ice Cream and Lassi”. In such mulitcuisine places, you will be reasonably satisfied if alteast the service was good. Here there were many waiters, but all moving around like chickens without heads. When I asked a waiter to clear my plate, he started removing the plate from which my daughter was eating. And finally the credit card reader didn’t work. It was that kind of day.
So, sincere advice to Mathsya fans. If you think of visiting the T Nagar branch, think twice. And why did Mathsya have to dilute its brand name with this offering?