Chettinadu Virunthu @ Hablis Hotel, Oct 10 to 19′ 2014 – My review

I happened to attend the ongoing Chettinadu Virunthu at Hablis Hotel, Guindy as a part of CFG showcase. I was introduced to my host Mr. Maxwell and also to the Executive Chef Vellaisamy Ganesh who gave a briefing about the fest. The fest has a varying menu on each day and it is blindly obviously that they have handpicked each & every dish. I particularly clicked the menu & the man behind it for you to take a look at.

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All the dishes were served in traditional mud pots at the counter. The chef disclosed that there will be changes in the entire set and even the costumes of the staffs too, in the coming days.

Welcome Drink

Inchi Puthina Saaru   🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Quite refreshing drink prepared with mint & ginger extract. It was mildly chilled which satisfied me.

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Keerai Saaru ( Veg ), Nandu Sothi, Hot and Sour Chicken Soup. I opted for Nandu Sothi.

Nandu Sothi  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

A mild hot crab soup with tiny chunks of crab flesh made me elated. I have never clean swiped a soup bowl before.

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Main Course

Let me talk about Non-Vegetarian dishes first..

Pudina Varutha nethili 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Quite flavorful crunchy fried nethili fish was perfect starter after the soup.

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Varutharaicha Vanjaram Meen Kal Varuval 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Medium sized boneless seer fish well coated with raw spices roasted & blend in perfect proportions and most importantly fried with very little oil. They were good, however I was not able to eat more than one.

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Kutharisi soru 🙂 🙂 🙂

This Biriyani was made with handpound rice having few chicken pieces here and there. It was mildly spicy and healthy but it could have been more tastier.

Aatuiraichi paaya 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

The mutton paaya was a perfect textbook paaya. They tasted the best with hot appams from the live counter.

Shangai Squid 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

being a squid lover, I personally loved this. It was well cooked in tomato based curry with copious masala coat of squid.

Naan or Rotis 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Don’t miss them. I have never tasted such thin soft butter naans. They were excellent.

Live Aapam Counter 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Loved the aapams, I went ahead and had two. Aapams came with coconut milk and garlic chutney. I added aatukaal Paaya too, which was bliss.

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Moving on to the vegetarian counter…

There was Varagarisi Kanji/millet rice kheer which I missed to taste. They were stored in chettinad pot covered with banana leaf. I sincerely regretted missing that!

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Aama vada 🙂 🙂 🙂

Small parippu vada crispy & good. Came with a chilly garlic chutney. Nothing much to rave about.

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Karuncheeraga vazhapu piratiya soru 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Rice sauteed with roasted Jeera and Plaintain flower with a nice aromatic thazhipu/tadka. This was the one dish that made me fall in love with the authentic chettinadu cooking style that night. Proud of my TamilNadu Cuisine 🙂

Thengai mulakatti 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Sprouted beans stir fried with roasted coconut. For the heap of coconut chunks with each bite, any Malayali will fall in love with it. It was good, healthy & also tasty.

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Sundakai Vathal Kuzhambu 🙂 🙂 🙂

Usual homemade vatha kuzhambu. It was good and nothing much to say about it.

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Maravalli Masiyal 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Tapiaco cooked & smashed with dal, it was a good accompaniment to the vatha kuzhambu rice. It was cooked soft with right spices.

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Vazhaikkai Podi Varuval 🙂 🙂 🙂

Raw banana slices roasted with hand blend spices. It was quite okay.

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Desserts   🙂 🙂 🙂

There was paasi paruppu kali which made me nostalgic. It was too good. Motichoor Ladoo was quite normal.

Kaoni arisi sweet was totally different to me. It is a traditional chettinad sweet made with thick black rice.

Pal Paniyaram was fine.

And finally I became a happy kid to see the nostalgic pori urundais too in the dessert counter 😀

Pori Urundai

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Kaoni Arisi sweet

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Pal Paniyaram

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Dessert platter

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Besides these they had variety of salads, homemade thokku, pickles, thick curd in pots, fish stir fried in wild basil, mutton kheema and couple of other North Indian delicacies too.

Overall, this buffet was excellent, nostalgic. Most of the dishes were from villages of Chettinadu, Some could have been made a bit more tastier to make it a perfect royal fest.

Price : Rs . 850 plus taxes

Address : No.19, Grand Southern Trunk Rd, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600032

Contact : 044 2233 4000






2 thoughts on “Chettinadu Virunthu @ Hablis Hotel, Oct 10 to 19′ 2014 – My review

  1. Most of the items they have given are not at all Chettinad, Very few are in this category (Kavuni arisi, pal paniyaram, sunda vathal kuzhambhu) Me belonging to the Chettinad community my BP raises when I find some thing tagged as Chettinad when they are not actually 😛 If I would have been in your place I don’t know how bad I would have reacted 😛 These restaurants simply use Chettinad tag…

    • Dear Malar, thanks for highlighting the authentic chettinad dishes 🙂 They have the dishes from other cuisine too to cater to the needs of their in-house guests who travel from various parts of the world. Anyways every dish had the freshly ground spices as in chettinad cuisine, which personally attracted me.

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