If you ever thought Tamil cuisine meant just the same old Salem and Chettinad regulars half the Tamil joints around the city dish out everyday, then you're wrong. And to prove that point Malgudi offered The Tamil Nadu food festival, on till the first of July. The menu is to die for with brilliant vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes to choose from, accompanied with a completely traditional dessert section that appeases any palate. The restaurant has been revamped Tamil style and looks like the interior of an artistically decorated Kalayanam Mandapam. Jasmine strings and cloth-lampshades apart, the food is every Tamil food buffs fantasy. I tried out quite a few dishes and relished every morsel that went down my throat. Do try the Elanneer Kozhambu - Tender Coconut and Paneer simmered in a delicious gravy, and the innumerous non-veg delicacies including the Eraal Thokku – Prawns cooked in a gravy of onions and spices, and the Ambur Aattu Paichi Biriyani – a traditional mutton Biriyani. Another special that just cant be missed is the Vaazhapoo Parruppu Usili – Banana flowers and lentils, fried dry. And to end the surprisingly different meal, what is better than the deliciously milky Pal Kolakattai – steamed rice balls in cardamom milk. The festival also focuses on a hardly encountered Virudhanagar cuisine in several dishes such as the Kozhi Kothu Kozhambu – Minced Chicken in a Virudhanagar style gravy. So if you're in for a gastronomical journey through a cuisine hardly encountered in an ambience so well chosen, make sure you catch this food festival.
Meal for Two (3 courses); Rs 500/-
Chef's Secret: Vegetarians need to taste Kaikari Perrukkal – a lovely blend of Vegetables in a light gravy of Fenugreek and Fennel greens, while Non-Vegetarians can opt for Chuppal Kari Kozhambu – boneless succulent mutton cooked in an aromatic blend of spices.
… Chef Kumar
Location: Its on the Outer Ring Road, in between Silk Board and Agara Lake.