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India Today - - SIMPLY CHENNAI -

Ki­pling Masala is tucked away from the city on East Coast Road, this North In­dian restau­rant is just a year old, and is an ex­ten­sion of the older Ki­pling Café, lo­cated in the same premises. The restau­rant has 46 cov­ers and an amaz­ing out­door seat­ing area, with each ta­ble housed in tiny huts.

The dé­cor is dis­tinctly In­dian with tra­di­tional mo­tifs painted on the walls and earthy lamps. The am­bi­ence is cozy and best for nice, lazy din­ers. Ki­pling Masala of­fers spe­cial­ity North In­dian dishes to Chen­nai’s ca­sual din­ing crowd. We would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend the ke­babs. “We have over 11 va­ri­eties of ke­babs and have cre­ated a dif­fer­ent mar­i­na­tion for each,” says se­nior sous chef Mani­gan­dan. The Afghani Chicken Kebab is the win­ner here. Do not miss the Mut­ton Roghan Josh, Mut­ton Boti Kebab and Gosht Galawati Kebab. For vege­tar­i­ans, the Pa­neer Kohla­puri Tikka, mar­i­nated in red chilli paste and tan­door- grilled, are a must- try, as are the Sar­son ka Saag and Dal Makhni. Do dig into the Stuffed Cheese­and- Gar­lic Parantha that is per­fect even if it’s just be paired with green chut­ney.

In­sider tip You can al­ways ask the chef to tweak the food to suit your spice pref­er­ences. Where No. 16, L. Jey Av­enue, Akkarai, East Coast Road

MEal for two Rs. 1,200

Tel 24530040

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