Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mana Andhra, Nungambakkam (3.5/5)

Was visiting Chennai for a couple of days and after a heavy breakfast at home, I was looking for a light lunch. However, could not resist the temptation of trying this new Andhra restaurant which I happened to pass by. More so considering the dying scene of restaurants serving Andhra food in Nungambakkam and adjacent localities (Dakshin Spice closed down and Sankranthi moved to Anna Nagar). 

The restaurant is located in the basement of the corner building in the road connecting KNK and Wallace Garden roads. 

Service (3/5)
The staff were friendly and service was quick. However, their knowledge on some of the dishes was below par and this would be an essential considering their unique offering. 

Pricing (2.5/5)
The food is priced slightly on the expensive side. A veg meal cost us around INR. 350. Also, the chicken curry was over priced for what was served - it was an overload of bones in a spicy chicken gravy. 

Food (3.5/5)
Considering my limited appetite I was hoping to try out biryani or breads and curry combo. However, since they did not have either had to go with the meals. Not surprisingly, the meals had an extensive spread and was overbearing. The food was of good standard. 

1. The key items in the meals were:
Poori, kuruma, sambar, rasam, curd, dal, garlic gongura, aloo poriyal and variety rice. 

They had two powders (dal and dhaniya I assume). 

2. Chicken curry
The dish was from their side dishes cart. It was not served hot and had an overload of bones. 

Ambience (4/5)
The interiors are well planned of. Though simple, it brings out the theme of an Andhra restaurant. The seating is comfortable and they have andhra music and gemini tv playing to support the theme. 

Would recommend the place for its meals and I might revisit, with my family probably.