Viswanathan Chettinadu Hotel

When it comes to food, though I don't mind trying various cuisines, my heart goes out for South Indian elai sappadu (meals served on banana leaves) whenever I need that ultimate satisfaction. On one such day, I decided to treat myself with good meals and we headed straight to Viswanathan Chettinadu Hotel. Located in the PV Koil street, the same lane of the car entrance for citi centre, this is a small hole in the wall kinda place. When we went by 1pm it was fully packed. Four 4 seater in the non-ac section and 5-6 4 seater in the ac section (yes they do have air conditioned space). We waited for 5-10 mins and got a table in the ac room.

Quickly ordered a meals, mutton biriyani, prawn thokku, fish fry, mutton chukka and omelette. Mutton chukka was very good. The way chukka should be. Dry with perfectly coated masala, the mutton was tender, full of flavours. Prawn thokku was mind blowing. I love the south Indian style dished in onion tomato base. This was no exception. Plump-y juicy prawns swimming in a onion tomato based thokku was lip smacking delicious. The addition of crushed garlic and mild hint of minced ginger here n there, lifted the dish to whole new level. I got few chunks of tomato in the dish which was heavenly. Mix this with some white rice, take a mouthful of that wrapped in omelette, OMG - one can experience what foodgasm is :D 

Fish fry - vanjiram (seer fish) was perfect in all ways. Fresh, thick and big slice of fish, well marinated and cooked to perfection was literally melting in the mouth. We went for one more portion of the fry :) Mutton biriyani was spicy. But it had lot of irritants like lumps of masala, stems of mint n corriander n all. It missed the punch/flavour from the rice. May be using seeraga samba or basmati would fix that.

Meals comes with a veggie (raw banana poriyal), spinach kootu, pickle, chicken/fish/prawn gravies. Everything is unlimited. Both the veggies and the pickle was very good. I started with the fish gravy which was delicious on all aspects. Tangy gravy with loads of onions and tomatoes with that beautiful aroma was simply yumm. The prawn gravy was the same one we ordered as side with the only difference being consistency. It had 2 small prawns in it (none of the other gravies has meat in it). They gave a small portion of crab gravy (I'm not sure whether it is a part of the meals) which was stunning. It screamed pepper and nothing else. Blended well with plain rice and it was super tasty. I finished off the lunch with some buttermilk.

Service is quick, attentive and friendly. The place is pretty clean and well maintained. After the food, you have to walk up to the counter to pay. You just say what you had and pay for the total amount. Waiter won't get the bill for you, nor assists you and even the items are not cross checked with the waiter. Our total bill, including a water bottle and a soft drink was 1240 bucks which is absolutely worth the money. I was totally satisfied and complimented the person behind the cash counter for the yummy food. He was very happy and said they are running this place for the past 15 years. Now I know where to go when I crave for some south Indian non-veg meals.

Place         : Viswanathan Chettinadu Hotel
Location     : Mylapore. From RK Salai, take a left at the citi centre signal. Keep going straight and this place comes on ur left past the MRTS flyover.
Cuisine      : South Indian (Chettinadu style) non-vegetarian fare
Cost          : A meal for two should cost 600 approximately

P.S : The write up is based on personal experience only. Viswanathan Chettinadu Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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