Pan Asian, continental and a midnight delivery service – Anna Nagar gets a three-in-one deal
SHAACK in Anna Nagar, according to its co-owner, Deepak Williams, was inspired by the famed Goan beach huts. But save for the ‘little bit of everything’ menu and the rope accents on the ceiling, this place is far removed from what you will find on the Calangute stretch. To start with, the place is well-appointed with a mix of sofas and chairs, the music is unobtrusive and you will be greeted with a wet tissue dispenser. Besides steaks, burgers and pizzas, there is a fairly decent selection of pan-Asian and, for the die-hard Chennaiite, dum biryani too.
Hint of kaffir
Williams ran Casa Piccola on Khader Nawaz Khan Road, so the Continental offerings here make the cut, with the beef from Bangalore and plans for mini burgers, croissants and Tiramisu underway. But what has folks from Anna Nagar (and Kilpauk) cheering are the pan-Asian options that have eluded this part of the city for a while. Yes there is Burmese, Chinese and Thai in different pockets of this quarter, but getting a decent pad Thai can be a challenge. In that respect, Shaack served up a robust version of the dish (Rs 250) when we visited on a crowded night – high on spice, and generous with the fish sauce, peanuts and bean sprouts.
A side order of moreish Thai fish cakes, rubbery in texture, with bits of kaffir lime leaves and red curry paste, is very welcome. A good takeaway option on a drinks night, we think, as is the chilli beef (Rs 220) or the battered fried prawns. There have been consultations with Bangalore’s The 13th Floor and Crimson Chakra and it shows.
The sweet spot
The compact restaurant is open from 11 am till 11 pm, and does takeaway and delivery till 3 am. That’s good news for people from this side of town. And for the real beach shack experience, he is setting up an outfit in Besant Nagar soon. Meal for two at approximately Rs 350. Details: 45542929
— Team Indulge (Pics – P Ravikumar)