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'Street' food

The ambience was perfect and the food, simply out of the street, at Thattukadai food fest, on till April 14 at Raintree, Hotel Connemara.

AT THE Thattukadai festival, on till April 14, at the Raintree, Taj Connemara, a sanitised version of a village market greets a visitor. Tamil film posters, cycle tyres, fish-carts loaded with tender coconuts to be served as welcome drinks, and Tamil film hits playing softly and waiters in lungi and colourful shirts with a bright hanky tied around their neck... it's all there. As soon as we started on some excellent Nethili varuval, Chicken 65, Urukai idli vathakkal and baby corn fry, the entertainment started. In keeping with the theme, Karagattam and Kavadiyattam were featured. The performance of Madurai Muthu and troupe was nothing short of fascinating.

The vegetarian spread in `paisa pakri nasta kadai' were more interesting than the non-veg. Ennai kathrikai and vendakkai melagu stood out from the rest and combined very well with the idlis from the Muniyamma idli kadai. Idiappams, appams and dosas too came under the idli kadai section. The vegetable korma was tasty.

Kozhi kozhambu, muttai omlette, kadai or quail roast, kothu paratha, kari (lamb) chops were available at the Muniyandi kari stall.

How can a street food fest be complete without noodles and fried rice? Hence, the Bruce Lee fast food stall. But it served only the staples, no gobi manchurian or garlic chicken. Despite the variety, the non-veg section was dull. The lamb chops were almost bland. What happened to the hot-sour zing of our roadside food? Another thing lacking was the newspaper. At least the snacks served by the `maami' could have been served in newspaper lined with banana leaf.

Kulfi and pusanikai halwa dominated the dessert spread. The pumpkin halwa was simply lip-smacking. It's the type you wouldn't mind atoning for by skipping lunch for the next two days.

The buffet is priced at Rs. 499 plus taxes. The price of hygiene!

MARIEN MATHEW

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