A new restaurant on the ECR is all set to pamper highway regulars
HEADING out of the city, situated on the busy stretch of the ECR, the bright neon signs make it hard to miss the newly-launched Chakraa. Offering parking for about 15 cars, owner Shanthi Prince believes that their unique drive-in-dining concept will draw families to stop for a quick bite on the highway.
Chakraa, although new to India, has a storied international past. Beginning quite humbly, in 2011 in a diplomatic enclave in Itaewon, 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 their range of South Indian 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.
We tried some Kaadai 65 (quail) and some Chettinadu mutton curry with appams, both of which were very authentic .The selection of food from the Andhra Pradesh and Kerala cuisines are the highlights on this menu, says 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 in a large group ask for their drive-in menu (their dine-in facility seats 50 in all) – which also features a ‘meal for 4’ family portion that is economical and can be parceled out.
Meal for two at Rs 600, Details: 24491911
— Niren Saldanha