New Menu at Crimson Chakra

Crimson Chakra is one of my favourite places in the city. Even now when I go with family my orders are still the same. Smoked rice and elaneer souffle :D I've been here umpteen times and not even once I was disappointed. This time, I was desperate to try their new menu. That too after seeing few pics of the dishes I was drooling over them. After couple of failure attempts, we made it for lunch yesterday. Weather was so lovely and the table we chose was a perfect place to enjoy the weather through the huge glass windows.

For those who frequent Crimson, the entire menu has changed. We started off with spiced chicken and lemongrass & mutton kaima soup. Chicken soup was delicious. Generous amount of tender chicken in a coconut milk base, flavoured with lemon grass and coriander was much needed for that weather. We ordered quite a lot of starters. Andhra chilli chicken was tad bit salty. But the meat was tender and juicy, well marinated with roasted garlic and chilli dominating the show. Phuket fish was cooked perfectly, crisp at the edges and the dark soya sauce was rendering beautiful taste to the dish. Thai crispy beef was mind blowing. The meat was juicy. The sweet sour and spicy sauce in which the crispy fried beef was tossed was creating a medley of flavours in the mouth. Portion was pretty huge and we couldn't finish it. Mutton kola urundai was very different. Unless like the usual ones I've had so far this one had great texture. With fried onions, roasted gram and minced mutton this one was spicy and we loved it.

We were so full by the time and we took a small break with meat. Washed down everything with a iced tea and blue marina drink :D and we had little space left for main course as we wanted to try a particular dessert. After lots of thoughts, we had herb grilled crusted fish with chimichurri sauce. Fillet of basa, grilled to perfection topped with chimichuri sauce was yummilicious. The sauce had a strong herb-y note with parsley and garlic and a mild citrus-y flavour. Perfect balance and the crispy grilled edges were awesome. Initially I was thinking we overstepped with the orders and won't be able to finish even half of the fish. Boy we were so wrong, we ended up finishing it as we couldn't stop eating it.

It's a crime to leave Crimson without having Elaneer souffle. Ordered one each of poached pears and elaneer souffle. Souffle was yummy as usual. Poached pears was divine. Pear was poached in a cinnamon & sugar liquid perfectly that we could scoop it out with a spoon. Yet it had that juicy crunch to it. Served on a bed of crushed biscuits along with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, this is the perfect way to end the meal.

Service was quick and efficient and the staff know their menu like the back of their hand. They know what they are serving and were very patient while we were clicking pics. The bill was close to 3K for this along with a portion of curd rice. Given the quality, quantity and taste I felt it to be absolutely worth the money. I'm definitely going back for that poached pears and few more dishes that has caught my attention :)

Place       : Crimson Chakra
Location   : Adyar, Gandhi Nagar
Cuisine     : Indian, Asian and Continental
Cost         : A meal for two would come around 1200 bucks

P.S : The write up is based on personal experience only. 


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