I thought I was missing something in life by not visiting the latest mall that has come up in Chennai and the restaurant offering a wide variety of delicious dishes. We recently visited this much talked of mall our city boasted and the massive structure appeared quite impressive from the outside. We entered through the second level (B2) of the car park taking the elevator to the first floor. Since none of us was aware of what we were looking for or expected to find, we headed to Big Bazar once we spotted the name and its location which was one floor below. Yes, there was everything as its name suggested, to satisfy the requirements of all ages and tastes with the added attraction of “buy one get one free” for the sari lovers who had a weakness for bright and gaudy colours! The food court nearby didn’t appeal to us vegetarians and we headed straight to the much hyped and advertised Rajdhani (the hype was more from our friends).
When we sought some guidance to reach this restaurant, one exhibited ignorance saying “I just join” and another was kind enough to give directions which we followed faithfully walking through a messy and smelly maze to reach our “destination.” We discovered subsequently that we took the “route” that was nearest to the kitchen.
I found the ambience is not much to speak of but the waiters flitting from one table to the other gesturing silently to each other reminded me of Pakwan, the restaurant in Ahmedabad where they all communicated only through signs,without uttering a word.
We had a choice between Jain food and a combo of Gujarathi and Rajasthani food. Some preferred the first and a few among us chose the second.The phulkas and puris were served hot but the side dishes failed miserably with no vegetable content except potato and paneer used liberally.( Can one eat fluffy rotis with dhall although? I wonder !) Of course one had a choice of the dessert (about five varieties) but none exclusive to the two States. We had to observe silence during dinner, not out of choice though. It was because we realized the futility of attempting any conversation while we were being entertained to live and loud north Indian music to the accompaniment of the tabla.
Tail piece: When you visit a new restaurant for the first time, go with an open mind or no expectation. If you are lucky You may come out satisfied and with a feeling of revisiting the place.
n.meera raghavendra rao