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    Saaral Residency in Mogappair houses a fusion restaurant that mixes things up delightfully

    It’s not everyday that a new restaurant opens up in Mogappair. So needless to say, we had to pay a visit to Chillies when we heard it was just a few minutes away from our office. Located near the JJ Nagar Police Station in Mogappair East, the 48-cover restaurant is part of the two-month-old Saaral Residency that also has a presence in Coutrallam. Stepping in, we are welcomed by a setting dominated by family tables capable of seating eight each.

    With an open mind, we peer into their menu and discover names like the machali Chettinad and basil tikka. Hesitantly, we place our orders and what follows is a welcome surprise. The Banoli lamb kebab (marinated in yoghurt, tamarind and mayonnaise pulp) melts on the tongue with creamy traces of stock and burnt garlic. The Andhra Murgh Madras is a cross between butter chicken and spicy Chettinad, with a twist of coconut.

    Great with their kheema paratha that comes generously stuffed with minced lamb. Their biryani in variants of lamb, seafood and chicken, is aromatic with grains of basmati caressed with the yellow of saffron. Save for the slightly bland fish in the machali Chettinad, we can safely say that Chillies delivers on their promise of Indian fusion.
    Meal for two at approximately Rs 550. Details: 26566001

    — Ryan Peppin

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