From Grandma’s Kitchen
Visit Paati Veedu in Chennai if you want to get the taste of traditionally cooked South Indian delicacies, reminiscent of comfort food prepared by grandmothers down south
Paati Veedu, a standalone restaurant, was launched recently by actor Siva Kumar in the presence of Former Minister Raja Kannappan. It was no sooner that word started doing the rounds that this place is all about authentic traditional South Indian vegetarian cuisine, for connoisseurs of traditional food. A brainchild of collective friends, the space is created to elicit fond memories of our grandmother’s ancestral home and celebrate her delicious recipes. We decided to check out the joint. Located in the prime area of T Nagar (easy to access), the restaurant has a pleasing visual impact. Dubai-based architects Crea and Ashara, along with interior designer Chikky, have done up the place and it takes one through a journey back in time. Efforts have been taken to rope in elements from days of yore, right from the flooring to the décor. The feel of a typical Brahmin household articles and the doors and windows sporting antique patterns and designs are most certainly nostalgic and inviting. The concept in itself sports a psychological halo
and lure because generally a grandmother’s home is associated with love, care, warmth and pampering. The founders, Sridhar and Mohandas were very much around to receive us. “Paati Veedu entwines folklore and flavour to provide varied South Indian recipes that have long been forgotten. Our chefs have recreated recipes cooked using ancient methods and will serve you with dollops of maternal love. The space is a reflection of beautiful memories and takes you to a nostalgic trip back in time,” says Sridhar as we settled in the courtyard dining area. Bhakshana— the fine-dining space—is spread over the ground and first floors of this heritage bungalow. An outdoor seating area is set in the balcony and is called the Decoction Café—a cafe that serves easy nibbles, the famed filter coffee and more. And Bhakshanam— a quaint space that retails sweets and savouries with both traditional and contemporary twists made in-house—has a good choice of takeaways. The restaurant offers a set menu for lunch and dinner. The Poorna Bhakshana meal on the menu starts with a platter of healthy appetising natural refreshments. We were served some yummy Neem Flower Rasam and Pineapple Rasam to start with, followed by quick eats like a mini Idli, mini Appam, mini Vada and so on. The portions are carefully drawn up that suit most people by and large, though it is not limited serving. At the outset, the palate is pleasing. The main course included Sambar, Kozhambu, Rasam, Banana Flower Curry, Cabbage Curry, mixed Tamarind Rice, Vadams, plain rice and finally, Curd Rice with pickles and podis. I thought the curries were a bit bland. The Sambar, Rasams and Kozhambu were lip-smacking though. Elaneer Payasam was a prized dessert dish from Paati Veedu. The goodness of tender coconut with milk was relished. What more? Basundi added a refreshing finishing touch to the desserts. What followed was the crowning offer, that of an aromatic filter coffee! Apart from the food, the service of the staff could be better. Although we must admit that they are quite amicable, serving with a constant smile on their faces. Coming back to the food, the menu is authentic and tasty, and the portions served are ideal. A good mix of pleasing surroundings and good food, Paati Veedu is most certainly a great addition to the existing palette of Chennai’s restaurants. Go for it!
Bhakshana the fine dining space on the first floor
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