Nellai Vairamaligai, T.Nagar

Couple of weeks back few people notified me that VairaMaligai restaurant, a famous and iconic restaurant in Tirunelveli has opened in T.Nagar. Though they couldn't confirm the franchise/originality of the one in Chennai, they vouched for the taste at Nellai branch. Me and my PIC zeroed in this place for our dinner meet. This place is located on Thirumalai Pillai Road, T.Nagar opposite to Vidyodaya school. Brightly lit and a simple interior with about 4 tables at ground floor. I guess they do have dining space at first floor too, but isn't fully functioning yet.

Very limited menu could be a setback to get repeated customers. Few varieties of parottas, dosai and nattukozhi roast are the things available. They serve chicken gravy and veg kuruma along with what they call as chicken podi/chicken thokku/kuzhambu (yep. Three names from two waiters :P). We ordered Naatukozhi roast and cutting chicken. The big difference between both the dishes is that the former is the leg of the naatukozhi roast whereas the other one is the same cut into pieces (That meesai vecha chandiran, meesai illana indiran moment :P). Duh!! So much for variety eh? Well about the taste, all I could feel was the strong coconut oil flavour. Nothing else.

Regarding the parotta, it wasn't upto the mark for a place which claims to be specialist in parotta. The gravy too didn't have much flavours to talk about. Veechu Parotta was better out of all the stuffs we had. The ceylon parotta had the same nattukozhi roast as stuffing along with egg. Again except the coconut oil domination nothing home to write about. Salna parotta was decent with the parotta soaking up the salna very well. Egg dosai was okayish. Could've been nice to see some seasoning sprinkle over the egg. But that's my personal preference.

Service was quick and attentive. Total bill was around 700 odd bucks. Though the parottas works out cheaper than the other leading chain from Kutralam, I would prefer the later anytime for parotta and gravy. With limited menu and missing wow factor in their USP dishes, I'm not keen on going back again.

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