Dishing out delicious delicacies
"The dishes are prepared in such a way that they don't harm the eater. In fact, we prepare dishes of medicinal value."
BORED OF tasting the same old stuff? Would you like to `have a go' at some of the delectable mouth-watering dishes? One place, which can be deemed fit to clear your culinary doubts is the `Amma Mess', a restaurant where you could see the perfect blend of south Indian and Chinese delicacies.
To sample a few, fish omelette, crab boneless, crab soup, chicken omelette, pigeon fry and rabbit fry are some of the delicacies that can kindle your tastebuds.
Situated in a cramped space, this restaurant has all the essential features of the traditional south Indian eatery with the aroma emanating from the kitchen to attract the passers by.
Rummaging through the menu card, one could not hide his or her wonder at the variety of dishes on offer, all homemade preparations cooked under the supervision of the womenfolk.
"I started this joint in the name of my mother Ammathai, who was the brain behind this project. If I receive encouraging feed backfrom my customers, the credit should go to my mother and my wife, Sumathi. My mother was the fulcrum who had finalised the menu and trained my wife, Sumathi, in this field. After my mother's retirement, now my wife has taken the mantle and is doing the job creditably well," says Senthilvel, proprietor of the Amma Mess.
The speciality of this mess is an emphasis on servicing. "Servicing is the essential part of any hotel. Unfortunately, it has not been followed in some hotels.
But here I spur my boys to satisfy the needs of my customers. You could see the distinct difference in servicing. We treat our customers as our kin," notes Mr.Senthilvel.
"Utmost care is taken to maintain the masala mix. Here, we do not grind our masalas in mixer grinders or in wet grinders but use manual grinders using hands," he avers.
"As the restaurant is aimed at creating a homely atmosphere by providing love and care for the customer, the dishes are prepared in such a way that they don't harm the eater.
In fact, we prepare dishes of medicinal value.
For example, the goat pancreas fry can cure stomach ulcer and the pigeon meat can get rid of gas trouble and arthritis. Besides, the goat bone marrow is good for health as it has rich calcium content," says Appu, Manager.
Apart from these dishes, the favourites of the customers are the Japan Quail fry, `ayirai' fish gravy. But then the restaurant is open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
"Following repeated requests and enquiries from my friends and customers, I decided to open evening service from 2000," says Mr.Senthilvel.
The Amma Mess By-night offers range of tiffin items, which are unique. Some of them are prawns dosa, `ayirai' fish dosa, chicken dosa and mutton dosa.
The response from the customers is overwhelming. The restaurant attained star status when most of the VIPs visiting the Temple City never miss to visit this joint. On tasting the palatable dishes at this hotel, the poet Vairamuthu had lavishly praised the restaurant for providing a good traditional meal.
"Even tinsel hero Kamal Hasan, who visited this place recently on his visit to this City to attend the film launch function, had the taste of the dishes and was impressed by the preparationof `ayirai' fish gravy," says Mr.Senthilvel.
His customers include, film director Bharathiraja and `TV fame' Vishali Manoharan.
"I take orders for private functions only on request from my friends and I limit myself as I want to do justice to my customers," says Mr.Senthilvel.
It has been more than 12 years since the restaurant started, but still it is rated one of the best in this part for the love and care it offers to its customers.
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