Chennai Restaurant Reviews

Sree Akshayam, Velachery

Sree Akshayam is the new kid in the Velachery Food Scene, making all right moves to woo customers in and around Velachery!  Opened quite recently, they had a promotional 20 Rupees mini breakfast which was a huge hit.  Now they have the same one running for 30 Rupees.  I had already visited a couple of times after they opened and blogged about it here.
This visit was for lunch, along with wifey.  They had four variants of Thali Meals – South Indian Meals, North Indian Limited meals, a more elaborate South-Indian Special Meal and a Quick Lunch.
We ordered one South-Indian and one North-Indian Thali Meal.
The usual condiments were there on the table, we didn’t try.
Heard from wifey that South-Indian Meal was very tasty and she loved everything in it.  

The other meal that was brought to the table didn’t look like North-Indian, it was the more elaborate South-Indian Meal, had to politely send it back and ask for North-Indian Meal again.  The photo opportunity was good though 🙂

North-Indian meal started with a Tomato Soup, that was yummy with nicely deep-fried bread crumbs!

The Meal Thali was very nicely presented, visually appealing!  Naan was served with it by default, I wasn’t asked a choice between Roti and Naan as mentioned in the menu, never mind.  The Naan was soft and I enjoyed it with Paneer gravy and Dal Tadka.  Both were wonderful!  One complaint with this was the quantity of gravies.  Now I was left with two variants of rice – Pulao and Jeera Rice and no gravy to eat it with.  It was dry and difficult to finish.  Had to borrow a bit of curds from my wife’s South-Indian Meal and manage.  Request for little more gravy was not entertained!  They could have had a Raita instead of curd rice in the Thali.  A simple gravy subzi instead of Gherkins dry subzi (which was common for South and North-Indian meals) would have been better.  That was a bit of dampener.     

The Sweet was yummy, and the water melon juice was okayish, watery and just passable.

If I was eating out Thali meals, 9 out of 10 times, I’d choose North-Indian Meals.  I don’t specifically remember running out of gravy and being denied some anywhere!  I’d definitely like them to be a little more considerate with their portions and a little ‘extra’ gravy sans paneer will not skew margins so much, I think. 🙂
Paid 336 bucks in all, a very nice lunch except this minor complaint.  

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