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Charming touch of Chettinad

`Anybody can come here and enjoy the food and there is always a great liking among the Maduraiites for the Chettinad meals'



Curlery and other articles, used in Chettinad household on display at the "Nattukottai" restaurant.

IT IS a bonanza for customers of the Taj Garden Retreat at Pasumalai in the City.

The hotel has opened the `Nattukottai' restaurant, an exclusive Chettinad cuisine, on its premises.

Each and every article, right from the pillars erected at the restaurant to the menu list, presented on palm leaves, which is largely used by the Chettiar community, have a touch of the Chettinad's traditional ambience.

The restaurant, located on the lawns of the hilltop hotel, functions from 7 pm to 11 pm.

While the non-vegetarian food is offered at Rs 180, the vegetarian food costs Rs 140 and the menu differs every day. The meal, which begins with three varieties of rice, coconut, tamarind or tomato, ends with a payasam. Beetle leaves and nuts are also provided after food. Women are given jasmine flowers as they enter the restaurant.

The food is served on plantain leaves, placed on a brass plate designed in the same shape.



One of the attendants dressed up in Chettinad costume.

"What is surprising", according to Mr. Karthik, Assistant Relationship Manager, "is the response from foreigners to the Chettinad food. They express a great liking for the chicken pepper fry and `mutton kola urundai kolambu'. The locals order more for the `garlic kolambu' and `rasam".

He further points out, "it was a big bang on the inaugural day because it was a complete sell-out."

"Anybody can come here and enjoy the food and there is always a great liking among the Maduraiites for the Chettinad meals", says Karthik adding, "it will also provide a relief to our customers and tourists from the routine food such as dosas and idlies".

To give more of a Chettinad touch to the new food house, various articles, including cutlery, kitchenwares, manual grinders and other households used in Karaikudi, Kanadukathan, etc., in Chettinad, have been displayed here. The attendants explain the importance of the articles placed here to the visitors. Besides, a book on Chettinad is also available for visitors to know more about the land.

The highlight is that the servers and the kitchen staff are also found in the `Chettiar' costume. Apart from these, another attraction is that every day there will be a Bharanatyam dance concert.

This bistro is sure to lure customers in a big way as it has a traditional touch in everything here connected with its name, Nattukottai Restaurant.

MRA

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