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    A�A new restaurantA� on the ECR is all setA� to pamperA� highway regulars

    CHAKRA6HEADING out of the city, situated on the busy stretch of the ECR, the bright neon signs make it hard to miss the newly-launchedA� Chakraa. Offering parking for about 15 cars,A�owner Shanthi Prince believes that their unique drive-in-dining concept will draw families to stop for a quick bite on the highway.CHAKRA34
    Chakraa, although new to India, has a storied international past. Beginning quite humbly, in 2011 in a diplomatic enclave in Itaewon,A�Seoul (which still exists along with a couple of other branches), this pioneering multi-cuisine Indian-fare restaurant became a hit with the local as well as expat communities in the South Korean capital. Now on their own turf with theirA�range of South IndianA�and North Indian classics, one wonders if the same success will follow them home. Sampling a selection of their food straight off the menu, I find the tastes to be clean and familiar all at once. Served out to your car this could certainly strike a chord with weary travellers and maybe even the large expat community on this stretch of the ECR.

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    We tried some Kaadai 65 (quail) and some Chettinadu mutton curry with appams, both of which wereA�very authenticA�.The selection of food from the AndhraA� Pradesh and Kerala cuisines are the highlights on this menu, saysA�Prince, having carefully nurtured the restaurant herself in its formative years in Seoul. Also coming to Chennai, from Seoul with them, is a Korean food concept restaurant that is soon to be launched on the premises. That may well be worth the drive I tell her! If inA�a large group ask forA�their drive-in menuA�(their dine-in facility seats 50 in all) A�a��A�which also features a a�?meal for 4a�� family portion that is economical and can be parceled out.
    Meal for two at Rs 600,A�Details: 24491911

    a�� Niren Saldanha

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