Hotel Majestic is one of the very old and famous names in the Chennai food scene. It is situated bang on Anna Salai in Nandanam. Now the better way to refer to it would be to say it is right next to the Audi showroom 🙂 After a complete renovation, this restaurant has been named ‘Majestic 1963’, the year when it was started.
After meeting a few friends, myself and another friend were heading back to Velachery and wanted to eat something for dinner. Since it was already 10:30PM, pretty much all other options were ruled out. Immediately we decided that our dinner was going to be at Majestic 1963. We reached in about ten minutes and the place was quite busy at that time! This is one of the few places that is open a bit longer than the other restaurants.
As we entered, the place looked wonderful and was nowhere like what it used to be earlier. The interiors were nice with catchy wallpapers and the lighting was good. Overall, it was clean and welcoming and looked totally family-friendly! The car parking is just okay for a couple of cars. Probably they have a valet, I am not too sure as I went by a two-wheeler.
We had a quick look at the menu, meanwhile back of the mind, I already decided what we were going to order. Food-wise, this hotel has a similarity to Hotel Deluxe in Pondy Bazar or Hotel National in Parrys, and I think it is to do with the owners being Keralites. Since I’ve been here earlier, immediately ordered 2 Parottas, Egg Pepper Masala, and a Madras Chicken Egg Parotta a.k.a Kothu Parotta 🙂 I asked the waiter to suggest a good chicken starter and he suggested Half portion of Pepper Barbeque Chicken.
Most of the waiters were from North-East, barring two who seemed like old-timers with this place. The service was attentive and they served water as soon as we finished a glass. It was definitely worth appreciating. Pepper Chicken Barbeque came first and I should say it tasted much better than how it looked. I was initially skeptical thinking it was a bit on the charred side, but it was juicy and soft. They had squeezed some lemon on it and along with the pepper, it was very tasty. The Kuboos that came along with it was dry and I mistook the mayo for hummus and got fooled on the first bite of kuboos. Just skipped that right away. Egg Masala looked inviting and I took a piece of Parotta along with it and it was very yummy! Next came my favorite – Kothu Parotta. Loved it! It was tasty and the portion was large. I had to request my friend to share a bit of it. Overall everything was tasty and we loved the food.
The only disappointment was that the Dum Tea was not available 🙁 I love tea here and couldn’t taste it this time. The AC could have been a bit better, and most of the places in Chennai struggle with this during peak Summer. Asked for the bill and it came to Rupees 545 and in my opinion was absolutely worth it.
I was paying by card and I had to walk to the cash counter to enter the PIN and I think they should get the 3G-enabled devices that can be brought to the table. Just had a brief pleasant conversation with the Manager Mr. Mohan Edward while I was leaving and told him about the food groups on Facebook 🙂
Overall a wonderful dinner and a good place in the heart of the city.