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

Society - - MELANGE - | By BY CSS LATHA |

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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PInEAp­plE Rasam


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