Saturday, May 28, 2016

Konaar's Biryani - Kodambakkam, Chennai (3/5)

Madurai food is something I am particularly fond of and when I saw this newly opened restaurant near home, could not resist trying it out. 

Food (3.5/5)

Interestingly, the restaurant offers around 8 biryani combos, each with a different starter (includes chicken 65, kadai, fish, mutton kola urundai, tandoori chicken, etc). 

I ordered a south Indian biryani combo. This comes with a bowl of biryani, raita, brinjal curry, mutton kola urundai (minced mutton fried and served in a ball shape), sweet and a soft drink. 

Portions: Initial thoughts on the biryani was the rice quantity was not sufficient; however, as a combo it balances out. With 4 large kola urundai's, anything more would be too much for an average eater. 

Taste: found the taste of biryani rice just about average. The raita and brinjal curry did not significantly impress either. That said, the large chunk of meat which was served with the biryani was tender and very well cooked. 

On the contrary, the kola urundai was lip smacking. The crust of the urundai crumbles as you bite into it and it is easily among the best I have had. One observation was that it had small bone pieces (not sure if it's intentional or traditionally made so). 

Coming to soft drink, I was impressed that they had bovonto as an option and I am sure it have more takers than pepsi. 

Ambience: the dining area was clean and well maintained. Seating - though a little cramped, was moderately comfortable. 

Cleanliness around the hand wash area needs attention and tissues refills need to be monitored.

Pricing: the combo I had was priced at INR. 260. I would consider it good value for money. 

Service: I first wondered why it took them ten minutes to serve a biryani order. However, one bite into the kola urundai and I knew exactly why (hot and freshly made - I am sure they need preparation time for it). 

On a summary note, while the biryani was not too impressive, this place serves the best kola urundai's I have tasted. Definitely going back for more of those and probably to try some tiffin and parota combinations.

Konaar's Biryani Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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