A taste of “God’s Own Country”

The food lover that I am, I try and make it a point to visit one new restaurant every week. This time I turned towards Kumarakom in Adyar for lunch. I leaned towards the fish curry meal, as anyone with coastal roots would. And to spice things up a little, I added a couple of more dishes. A seer fish tawa fry, and a beef fry with coconut pieces. Wait, it wasn’t all for me. There were 2 mouths to feed.

Of course the meal came with its own collection of specialities. The optional Kerala rice. Fish curry. Sambar. Buttermilk laced with ginger and curry leaves. Bitter gourd fry. Avial. “Chemeen podichadh” (I haven’t a clue how else to describe it. Powdered prawns is the literal translation, but that’s not quite it.) And a pink chutney which I didn’t try and therefore can’t throw much light on.

The icing on the cake however wasn’t on the table. He stood at the end of the dining room with a mike in hand, lending an outstanding voice to karaoke tracks of popular Malayalam film songs. Superbly complimenting everything that had been laid out for consumption.

To sum it up, yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

4 Comments so far

  1. Ratan Jhaveri (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 12:02 am

    Hello Manoj jacob Sir,
    Where it is this plcae? Being new to Chennai City, I would love to explore new and innovative places where famous and weelknown advertsing personalities vist often. Please suppy full adress and also if possivble phone numbers. are they also having dal makhani?
    Thank you,
    Ratan Jhaveri
    Vishwakarma Communications
    Chennai City

  2. Parthasarathy (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 7:26 am

    Quite well described, Manoj

    Except that the price makes it out of the reach of 70% Indians.

    The ‘pink chutney’ that you describe is the Kerala ‘chammandhee’. It is simple to make – ground coconut paste – and the essence of traditional malayali food.

    A similar meal in Kerala would cost half the price in a non a/c restaurant. But ethnic food is the new craze for the neo-rich.

  3. G V Balasubramanian (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 8:28 am

    Kumarakom is there in Velachery now, on Velachery Tambaram Road. In the same building Nathella is located

  4. Bijoy John (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 2:08 pm

    Kumarakom is in Anna Nagar & Kodambakkam High road also… In fact there are TWO outlets in Kodambakkam High Road. In Anna Nagar, its in the Shanty Colony.

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