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What's up on Main Street?

The buffet at Main Street, The Residency Towers, is a classic spread of cuisines


EUPHORIA. THE dictionary defines the word as "intensely happy feeling." That is exactly how I felt last Tuesday night when I had that roast lamb with mint sauce. The thought of it still makes me happy. Being a generous soul and all that, let me tell you where you too can get euphoric. At Main Street, the 24-hour eatery at The Residency Towers (phone: 28156363) on Sir Thyagaraya Road, T.Nagar.

It is difficult to find a menu more stereotypical than the one at a coffee shop. So it was without any expectation that the evening started. I had made up my mind not to get sidetracked by the friendly service and the ambience. Oh, there is plenty of both here. Modelled on the High Street in London, the restaurant has a charming period look.

The menu confirmed my fears. But we were told that the buffet, available for lunch too, is the speciality of the restaurant. It was a classic spread with a little of everything, South and North Indian, Continental and Chinese. So far, there had been no surprises, everything moving smoothly on the beaten path.


The excitement began with the first bite of murgh rasitha kebab. It was perfect, succulent and soft. A kebab retaining its moist texture even after being constantly heated is itself a wonder. Totally hooked, I decided to give the buffet all the attention it deserved, which worked out to about six or seven trips to the table in about two and a half hours.

Starting with the salad section, the progress to the dessert table was gradual and systematic. There was no mixing of cuisines. Excellent palak lawabdar, black dal masala, paneer lal mirchi and kadai chicken made the Northern fare most distinguished. Wasn't I happy with my loaded plate! With the mutton biriyani in Mughalai style, my happiness rose higher. The climax was the roast lamb.

More happiness awaited me at the dessert table — banana crepes, bread pudding, aval payasam and Karachi halwa. The first three were simple and tasty. I was attracted to the flashy orange halwa as a moth to a flame. The bill too was a pleasant one, all these delights come at Rs. 300 per person inclusive of taxes.

MARIEN MATHEW

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