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Sample South Indian dishes and cookies at the new Dakshin Kitchen on ECR

The Cup O Café on ECR has metamorphosed into Dakshin Kitchen, with a strong South Indian menu. Only some cookies remain as a reminder of the cafe. Owners, Praveen DAKSHIN11Kumar Athikesavan and his partner Gowtham Challani opened the restaurant under their main brand, Vintage Beverages N Foods Limited. “We have three Cup O Cafe outlets in the city and wanted to try something different —what better than South Indian food. The ECR stretch is a great place for a restaurant and so we worked on the concept of Dakshin Kitchen,” says Athikesavan. A good place to pull over for a snack, the 60-cover restaurant offers 11 varieties of dosas. We start with their Dakshin Special roast—served as six separate pieces filled with cheese and paneer. For those who don’t mind the strong flavour, their garlic roast—sandwiched with spicy garlic paste— is recommended. We also sampled their medhu vada served with coconut, onion and mint chutney (the spicy onion chutney is addictive) before moving on to a bowl of sambar rice, served with a papad.

To satisfy the sweet tooth, try their butter and chocolate cookies from Cup O Cafe. And in true South Indian style, end the meal with a cup of steaming hot filter coffee, served in a bronze dabara. “We get the coffee powder from Parry’s Corner. Our coffee is very popular even amongst foreigners,” concludes Athikesavan.

A meal for two costs Rs400. Details: 27444324

Mrinalini Sundar

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