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Two-month-old Biso in Kottivakam offers a multi-cuisine menu and a getaway for Chennaiites

Though Thiruvanmiyur beach has always drawn its share of walkers, bench warmers and drive-bys, the Water Land Drive Road could never match up to Elliot’s Beach when it came to food joints. With the exception of the Italian farmhouse cafe, Bella Ciao, you had to head back to the Thiruvanmiyur main road to grab a good meal. But now, there’s hope. Our destination: the two-month-old Citrus hotel and their multi-cuisine restaurant, Biso—the latest dining option on the strip.

BISO7Mix it up
With 48 covers, the restaurant has a balanced spread of Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine. To begin with, our mocktail is served  in a carved watermelon shell, definitely taking the concept of ‘fruit-based’ to an interesting level. However, there is nothing exceptional about the cream of broccoli soup that follows. So we jump to the starters: the paneer tikka is soft and well-flavoured and the chicken 65, though a tad greasy, does not disappoint. We also fill up on their tararey jhinga (spicy prawns) and give their fresh, crunchy Greek salad a thumbs up. Their menu is exhaustive, offering options like golden fried prawns served with garlic and chilli dip, hummus with crispy kuboos and fish fingers with a jalapeno tartar. We also find usuals like the bruschetta con pomodoro and Mexi-can nachos.

Case for Indian
For mains, we are served a thick and spicy kadhai paneer and a delicious combination of green peas and mushroom— the dhingri mutter. The aromatic mutton rogan josh brims with the flavour of fennel and is a striking red. While their gosht dum biryani is high on BISO9spice, their vegetable pulao is unremarkable. From their Indian selection, the sarsonwali mahi ke tikke (fish, char grilled with fresh mustard leaves) and malai khumb aur desi gobi (cauliflower and fresh mushrooms from the tandoor) are the fast movers. Those craving something flavoursome and tangy will like the Allapuzha meen curry that uses seer fish. Moderately spiced, the gravy of  freshly ground coconut, ginger, and raw mangoes is a must try.

Their Italian line-up includes grilled chicken and an aubergine lasagna that is a popular choice. According to Jude Michael, the resident manager of the hotel,  the cheese-stuffed chicken steak and rosemary-rubbed beef tenderloin are major attractions from their grills. To end on a sweet note, we settle for their rich brownie with ice cream.

Dinner for two costs Rs. 1,800 and their buffet is Rs. 450 per person.  Details: 24515435

-Mrinalini Sundar

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