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A restaurant for everyone

The restaurant has also plans to introduce diet food from this month for those health-conscious customers".


Neither is it too big nor too small, but a compact and pretty restaurant. It is the five-month-old Kalpataru Restaurant, located at No.4, LIG Colony, K.K.Nagar, Madurai - 20.

Just as you barge in, you are welcomed by the aroma of different dishes - North Indian, Chinese and Continental - that kindles the taste buds. Sure your mouth will start watering.

Designed like any of the restaurants in star grade hotels, the outlet is spacious enough to house 50 persons at a time. About 6 to 7 cuisines are available at this joint, besides the traditional south Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. Whether it is the fish in non-vegetarian section or the ordinary rasam in the vegetarian section, everything is prepared as per the customary recipe in its original taste.

For those who are water-conscious, the good news is that only mineral water is supplied in this outlet.

While the luncheon is dominated by employees of Government departments, court, executives of the corporate establishments etc., in and around the locality, the evening session is taken over by the walkers, who come to the nearby course around the Vandiyur Teppakulam, and the local populace.

"One interesting thing I have noted in our restaurant in the evening is that they come here to have a light fill, but end up with a full meal", points out Rajasekaran, MD, Kalptaru Restaurant.


A newcomer on looking at the atmosphere, the menu and various other things may feel that a grub in Kalpataru could be a costly deal. But, the surprise will be hidden in the bill. The rates are highly competitive that it can suit anybody's pocket. The customer feedback form, supplied along with the bill, stands testimony to this as most of them have opined that the rates are reasonable and have also praised the ambience of this joint.

"I worked in Ashok Hotel, New Delhi, for three years and then in its branch in Madurai for four years, where the idea of opening a restaurant of the same kind providing dishes at a nominal price flashed in my mind. But, it took nearly 5 years for this idea to come alive", explains Rajasekaran.

Rich in ambience, the restaurant can be a perfect choice for any clan to party in. And for this, the Kalpataru has tailor-made menus, which comes in four different packages, Deluxe (15dishes - Rs.150), Semi-Deluxe (12 dishes - Rs.110), Executive (12dishes - Rs.90) and Standard (11 dishes - Rs.80). "Only the number of items differ, but the quality remains the same", opines Rajasekaran.

"The Kababs served in our restaurant are the favaourites of the food buffs", he says, adding, "we are also planning to introduce diet food from May onwards for those health-conscious customers".

Not just for merriment with colleagues, the Kalpataru Restaurant is also a right destination for family get-togethers to have a sumptuous feast. All you need to have is a big belly to stuff all the delicacies available here.

M.R.ARAVINDAN

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