Velachery gets its first midnight delivery service, courtesy Bhatinda Xpress on Link Road
After the success of Pind, the all-vegetarian Punjabi restaurant in Velachery, Dev Parwani, Divya Parwani and Neeraj Khatri decided to turn their attention towards non vegetarians. Step into Bhatinda Xpress and your nose is filled with heady aromas — a chicken tangri in the tandoor, pungent onions and garlic sizzling in a kadai and dollops of butter melting on fresh rotis. A live kitchen runs through the length of this 375 sq ft take away outlet, with a row of seats overlooking it, should you choose to sit down for a quick meal.
We notice guests intently watching the chefs in action. Everyone seems to love the rolls here and we soon find out why. It’s not that they use a chappati instead of paratha, or that it feels fuller and juicier than your average Frankie on a very good day — it’s their sauce that couples mayo with a secret ingredient they refrain from sharing. Their menu is a non vegetarian’s dream come true — from soup, through starters and gravies, there isn’t a mention of paneer or peas. Even the Indian breads has a kheema naan on offer. “For something vegetarian, Pind is just a small walk away,” Divya smiles.
Sipping on soup
They make it very hard to pick favourites from their kebabs featuring fish, chicken and mutton, but the Noorani that has a mutton seekh wrapped in chicken tikka fillet deserves mention. The chicken shorba is so comforting that even my vegetarian companion agrees it’s what the doctor ordered. As for the mains, the laccha paratha (wheat) and the tangy mutton rara have guests enquiring about their upcoming midnight delivery service. “We’ll be covering as far as Sholinganallur and Adyar,” Divya promises.
Meal for two at Rs 350. Details: 9962089228
— Ryan Peppin