Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Saturday, May 14, 2005

About Us
Contact Us
Metro Plus Delhi
Published on Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays

Features: Magazine | Literary Review | Life | Metro Plus | Open Page | Education Plus | Book Review | Business | SciTech | Entertainment | Young World | Property Plus | Quest | Folio |

Metro Plus    Bangalore    Chennai    Coimbatore    Delhi    Hyderabad    Kochi    Madurai    Mangalore    Pondicherry    Tiruchirapalli    Thiruvananthapuram    Vijayawada    Visakhapatnam   

Printer Friendly Page Send this Article to a Friend

Road rage, blissful aftertaste

There's nothing like good food to bring the smile back to your face, says RAHUL VERMA



DELICIOUS FARE: Aarathy restaurant in the New Tamil Nadu House serves delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian food Photo: R.V. Moorthy

It was one of those days when words were flying like pigeons at the Jama Masjid. The wife and I were on the road and bickering about where to stop for lunch. She was in a hurry and wanted to go somewhere where the service was quick. I was insisting that the food be good. But we both were in accord on one issue - we didn't want to spend oodles of money on a quick lunch. That was when I remembered Amar Mishra. He is a music lover and a foodie, and had told us several weeks ago about the food at Tamil Nadu House. He had assured us it was not just excellent, but had several good non-vegetarian dishes to offer as well. So we quickly made our way to the Tamil Nadu House on the road near Samrat hotel where most of the State Bhawans are situated. That was, however, the wrong stop.

New location

A friendly waiter told us the place we were looking for was the new Tamil Nadu House just opposite Chanakya cinema. So we landed up there, finding the imposing building without much of a problem. It is right there, in a lane next to a petrol pump facing the cinema. The restaurant in the new Tamil Nadu House is called Aarthy. It is a neat little place, and we were welcomed in by the helpful staff who placed a bright green menu card in front of us. I was happy to see that apart from the usuals - the vegetarian thali, dosas, idlis and utthapams, there was a long list of non-vegetarian dishes, ranging from different kinds of biryani to fish and chicken.

I asked for a non-vegetarian thali with fish curry. And my wife ordered rice and sambar, with mutton fry. Within minutes, the food was in front of us, and we were digging into it. The thali consisted of two types of vegetables, sambar, karakuzhambu, rasam, curds, pooris and payasam. Along with all this came a plate of pomfret fish in a thick gravy. There were two plump pieces of fish, which my wife and I shared amicably.

Aarthy was, indeed, a discovery. The food was delicious. The vegetables were mildly spiced but excellent, and the fish was fresh and spicy. The mutton fry was just what we wanted - hot and tender, and lip-smacking good. The papadams worked as palate cleaners, and as effective foils to the spices.

Cloud nine

There are some friends of mine who believe that there is nothing quite as tasty as hot rice and sambar. I think they have a point there. I ended the meal with my wife's left-over rice and the aromatic sambar, and realised the true meaning of cloud nine.

Aarthy was what we were looking for. The service was excellent, the food simply delicious and the rates were great. A vegetarian thali costs Rs.50, as does the mutton fry and the fish curry.

The most expensive dish there is the boneless chicken for Rs.70. This is a favourite dish of mine. It's hot, tangy and curry-leaf-flavoured and keeps you happily licking your fingers.

By the time the lunch was over we had smoked the peace pipe and buried the quarrelsome hatchet.

Since then, we have recommended the place to a few friends, and they have all come out smiling. Good food seems to do that to you.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail

Metro Plus    Bangalore    Chennai    Coimbatore    Delhi    Hyderabad    Kochi    Madurai    Mangalore    Pondicherry    Tiruchirapalli    Thiruvananthapuram    Vijayawada    Visakhapatnam   

Features: Magazine | Literary Review | Life | Metro Plus | Open Page | Education Plus | Book Review | Business | SciTech | Entertainment | Young World | Property Plus | Quest | Folio |


The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | The Hindu Images | Home |

Comments to : thehindu@vsnl.com   Copyright 2005, The Hindu
Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu