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Simple décor, spicy fare

The menu at Thamarai Restaurant on Ramanathan Street is for those who love spicy food. Read on...


BETWEEN THE high-rises, endless traffic jams and bad roads, one hardly gets to see the charming city that Chennai once was. However, there are a few pockets where you can still recognise remnants of old beauty. Like T. Nagar.

In the middle of the jewellery and silk shops and the teeming multitudes, there is an unmistakable `feel' to the place. Though swanky lifestyle stores come up every other day, nothing can replace the experience of walking down the Ranganathan Street or the Mada streets of Mylapore. The hawkers peddle anything from safety pins to shoes. And food... luscious pineapples, jackfruit, mangoes, pomegranates, peanuts, jumbo gooseberries and the smell from the fast food outlets always lure one.

One example is the Thamarai Restaurant on Ramanathan Street (ph: 4327466). Green, that's Thamarai's theme — the walls and the paintings too, which looked as though they had leapt out of Chandamama pages. The wooden beams lend a traditional touch. The rest of the décor is purely functional.

The menu card (the restaurant is just a month- and-a-half old) too has a green border. The food is all meat and that too red, yes, chilli red. Whether it is crab fry (Rs.45), chicken chettinadu (Rs.47) or fish curry (40), why even the mutton biriyani (Rs.50), is very spicy.

Between grabbing tissues to stem the copious flow from eyes and nose and taking swigs of water to quench the fire in the mouth, one could barely taste anything. The only exception was mutton sukha (Rs.45), which somehow escaped the chilli bath.

MARIEN MATHEW

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