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It's variety galore

Pudhinam, the new multi-cuisine restaurant in T. Nagar, offers Chinese, Continental and Punjabi menu, besides a Chettinad platter.

MULTI-CUISINE restaurants still confuse me. The menu, which represents almost every popular cuisine, keeps you occupied for at least 20 minutes. After years of ordering and re-ordering, now I simply ask the waiter. The strategy pays off 90 per cent of the times.

On Friday night, it proved useful yet again. Pudhinam is the new multi-cuisine restaurant on Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan Salai, T.Nagar. The menu has Continental, Punjabi and Chinese fares, besides a separate menu for Chettinad dishes and another one for the unlimited platter deal, on for a month.

There was no way we were going to sift through the menu at 9.30 p.m. to order and cool our heels for 20 minutes. So advice was sought and given.

We began with the unlimited platter of kebabs (Rs.190), which become limited if shared. Though the menu promised four or five types of kebabs, there were just two — those with chilli powder and those without. The only difference between tangri kebab and reshmi kebab was the colour... one was white while the other, green. Two naans and a gravy are served as accompaniments to the kebabs.

Since we were told that Chinese and Continental were the strong points, the next choice was grilled chicken steak (Rs. 110). Of late, many restaurants have started Continental fare but with varying degree of success. Pudhinam can certainly improve.

The Chinese spread turned out to be the best of the lot. Fried prawn noodles (Rs.50), lamb crispy with oyster sauce (Rs.70) and paneer bullet fingers (Rs.50) were in the true Indian Chinese tradition, yet tasty. The bullet fingers were paneer in spring roll wrap and deep-fried.

Vegetarians will find it hard at Pudhinam because the choice is very limited. It doesn't go beyond fried mushrooms, paneer and vegetable manchurian and Gobi 65 in the Chinese selection. They are totally absent in the Continental list.

The desserts comprise only sundaes and ice creams. `Pudhinam fentastic' (Rs.65) — spelling is another area that needs to be looked into — was a combination of different flavoured ice creams, nuts and fresh fruits.

MARIEN MATHEW

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