Hotel Kurinchi, Egmore

There are very few places in the city, that carries the tag "legendary places". One such place is Hotel Kurinchi in Egmore. This place functions along with boarding and is thronged by politicians. One fine day we decided to check out this place for lunch. Have heard raving reviews about their food and my expectations were quite high. Place has two separate dining spaces. One air conditioned and the other one without it. We settled in the air conditioning space which was fairly occupied.

Quickly placed orders for a portion of mutton biriyani, meals, vanjiram fry, prawns thokku and nattu kozhi fry. Everything arrived pretty quickly. Vanjiram fry was simply divine. Perfectly spiced and cooked, thin slice of vanjiram was so delicious we ended up ordering one more. Prawns thokku was very good with fresh and juicy prawns in a mildly spiced gravy with dominating cumin flavours. The best dish of the day was the nattukozhi (county chicken) fry. A semi gravy type with huge pieces (leg piece) of county chicken it was finger licking good. Meat was tender and falling off the bones. Gravy was spicy with minced ginger adding extra kick to the heat. It went well with the white rice. Non-veg meals was served with a curry and keerai kootu. Keerai kootu was spot on. The gravies (chicken/mutton and fish) were very average. Rasam was quite good. The only disappointment was the biriyani. The moment it arrived, the very looks of it I was disappointed. It looked white in colour. With well cooked juicy mutton pieces the biriyani (I hate calling it like that) looked like ghee rice and tasted like brinji rice. Even the accompaniment, the mutton gravy was very average in taste.

Paid around 1000 bucks for all of these which I feel worth the money sans the biriyani. Service was quick and friendly.

Place       : Hotel Kurinchi
Location   : Egmore
Cuisine     : South Indian, Non-vegetarian
Cost         : A meal for two would cost around 500-600 bucks approximately.

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