Dakshina Puram

After successfully abstaining from eating restaurant food for two FULL weeks, today there was a genuine reason to do so – Wife and kids away for the weekend and I had no choice but to eat out  😉
At least it sounds very reasonable rite?  😛
Or lets just consider this a cheat day 😀

Immediately the names of restaurants started to pop up in my head and thankfully I was short of time today so did not choose something elaborate. Had to meet a friend and converted that to a lunch meet. Since both of us were in Velachery, we decided to select an option close to our place. Friend had some restrictions on eating non-veg on a Saturday, so it had to be vegetarian. Sangeetha, A2B, Peaches, Pind, Haven Sampoorna were all done many times, so wanted something different. Decided to drive on the Taramani Road and we spotted Dakshina Puram. I had a pathetic experience when I ordered food from here for home delivery. Then I decided never to try this place, but today somehow convinced myself to do so.
This is the same place that had Kaaraikudi, The Dhaba and Freeze Zone earlier. The ambience was decent and neat. The restaurant is named so because it serves food from four Southern States in India – Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka. The interiors had a touch of Kerala with Kathakali wall-hangings, house-boat themed seating and so on. It was nice overall.
We ordered Kollu (Horsegram) soup, Chamagadda Borugulu (Arbi Fry) and a Vada Platter for starters. Friend ordered an executive meal and I ordered Chilli Parotta for Main Course. Now the starters came in reasonable time. The kollu soup tasted good, and chamagadda borugulu was awesome. The vada platter had 3 types of vada and punugulu and tasted quite good with the chutney. While we were still having the starters, the waiter showed up with our main course and there was hardly any space on the table and we needed at least 5-10 minutes to be finshed with vada. So had to politely ask him to bring it after we were done with the starters. After we were done, the main course was served and I could see that the chilli parotta was not hot, and when I tasted, it felt too hard to bite. The parotta pieces were not as soft as I would have liked. So I had to leave about half of it. It was apparently waiting until we finished the starters. Had there been better communication, it would have been hot and probably soft too. My friend said the executive meals was good and I liked the 6 varieties of pickles on the table. I tasted a bit of everything along with the appalam that came with the meals. It was really tasty and tomato pickle was the best!
Quite full to eat desserts, we decided we’ll drink something instead 😉 We ordered Jigarathanda and pineapple juice for desserts. Jigarthanda was a disappointment. Though it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t cold at all and had no icecream. Surprised that it was served like a smoothie/milkshake and not as how it should be. Pineapple juice was good.
The lunch set us back by about 900 bucks and it was an average experience. It definitely did not have the wow factor to woo us back again.
For those bored of Sangeethas and A2Bs, this is just another option for South-Indian food. Overall, I wouldn’t be very keen to visit again!