Found a place close to home to satiate my craving of Appam & Veg Stew. Yes, I am aware of Banana Leaf but food there leaves me a tad disappointed.
The Tanjore Tiffin Room was my choice when we – Dhaval & Sushant – decided to meet for dinner on a weekday. Located right at the corner of the road heading to Versova, the restaurant needs to highlight the name. You can miss it unless you are walking. A small door will candle-lit walls on either sides welcome you to a beautiful place with alfresco & indoor seating. We chose to sit indoors on the comfortable sofa. The walls are adorned with old Tam-Bramh photo frames. The lamps in traditional designs catch attention. The menu is crisp showcasing the popular chettinad & tam-bramh preparations.
We started our evening with Marina Beach Sundal – The Chennai Timepass.
I thoroughly enjoy a sundal & expected this one to be made with Kabuli Chana with mild flavours & fresh grated coconut usually served as Prasad at the near by Ganpati Temple. To my surprise this was served hot with chopped onions in it. The onions were a surprise for me but overall the taste was really good.
Next came Yam Cutlet & Chilli Garlic Potato Fry.
Made of Suran, the yam cutlets were served with a tomato chutney. Soft on inside, coated with bread crumbs & deep fried – these were an absolute delight. Paired with the chutney, we absolutely loved it. When served Chilli garlic potato fry didn’t match my expectation. I expected bite-sized potatoes in red-chilli masala, but this one was coated in pepper-based masala & tossed in the onion-curryleaves tadka. But, one bite & the pepper flavour kicks in. Perfect when paired with a beer or any aerated drink. Liked this one too.
Then came the tasting platter, which according to me is an amazing idea.
You can taste all the gravies & rice preparation they have to offer. Post which you can choose which you wish to order basis your taste. Our mains included Veg Stew, Paneer Chettinad with Idiappam, Appam & Malabar Parotta.
The distinct fragrance of the appam hits before it makes its appearance. Crisp on the edges & fluffy n airy in the center, these were perfect with the mild veg stew. The soft chunks of paneer cooked in the spicy chettinad gravy was loved with the Malabar parotta. Idiappam was soft, loaded with fresh grated coconut but lacked salt. Dunked them in the stew & gobbled them in quick.
With no room left, we didn’t order the dessert. But we were served a bowl of Payyasam & small bananas. The payyasam was good for my taste as it was mildly sweet.
Except of the Idiappam, the food here impressed me. The portion is good & is VFM. The service needs a little improvement though. The ambiance will ensure you have a great time with a feel of sitting in traditional south-indian home. I am heading here soon for my dose of Appam, Stew & Yam cutlet.