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Drive in to dine out

Dotted with royal palm trees, the outdoor arrangement of Aarathy is perhaps more sought after than the indoor seating.



Relishing the delicacies

WANT TO unwind in natural surroundings in the midst of city's din and daily life? Then motor down for 20 minutes on the Tirupparankundram Road and hit the GST Diversion Road. On the left you will find this illuminated complex - the Aarathy Drive Inn, not the usual kind of restaurant you get to see in the hub. But, much more!

Aarathy has already gained a reputation among the city's food buffs who apart from tingling their taste buds are also on the look out for fresh and new surroundings.

Unique location

The drive-inn has a unique location advantage. Close to the Madurai-Virudhunagar railway line, it provides an awesome sight of chugging trains in the darkness of night. Children particularly enjoy the moment watching the lit up coaches roll by. Once the trains are gone, kids can turn to gooses for more fun. Earlier, rabbits were also housed - which have been temporarily shifted owing to some ailment.

Besides, a mini playground with swings, slides and see-saws keeps the children happily busy as their parents dig into the menu which ranges from South and North Indian to Chinese, Chettinad and Continental, and a variety of desserts and hot and cold beverages.

What G. Vishnu Ram, the proprietor, sees as the highlight of his place is the "lush green lawn carpeted with Korean grass."

"I see many of my visitors enjoying a walk barefoot or many choosing to relish the food sitting on the grass," he says.

Dotted with royal palm trees, the outdoor arrangement of Aarathy is perhaps more sought after than the indoor seating.

The main hall too is interestingly done up. It is open from all sides only with a roof cover and has a small artificially created tank complete with a fountain at the centre. Children are enthused at watching the fish swim and play in the water.

There is an air-conditioned hall too for those who want to be closeted in cooler environs.

Aarathy special masala

Though all items of the chef move well, he still chooses to list the variety of dosas in South Indian section, paneer masala among North Indian dishes, Chinese pakodas and aappams as hot favourites. And crowning all these is the Aarathy special masala.

To give a different taste, this masala, which is made of vegetables like carrot, cauliflower, capsicum and a few others, is mixed with cashew, dry grapes and cherry. Its spicy and sweet taste goes with all types of taste buds.

While Aarthy becomes the natural choice for a weekend or for an evening outing for many families, the drive-inn also comes in handy for the rushed ones.

True to its name, the staff serve the order to the customer even in the parking lot by fixing an ad hoc eating table to the vehicle.

To sum up, it is an interesting place suiting all categories of customers pocket-wise, taste-wise and ambience-wise.

M.R. ARAVINDAN

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