Anna Mess in Kodambakkam has roped in chefs from the temple town, and has the city’s most popular drink, Famous Jigarthanda
It is said that the average Madurai native consumes at least three glasses of jigarthanda a day. And a visit to the 15-day-old Madurai Anna Mess Redefined (not to be confused with Madurai’s Amma Mess that has a cult following) on Kodambakkam High Road reveals that it not only helps battle heat, but also the spice-laden cuisine that the locals love. With a team of chefs brought in from the third largest city in the state, advertising professional Charles Solomon realised his dream of opening a restaurant serving Madurai’s much-loved cuisine. He has exercised a bit of caution with his menu, offering just a selection of dishes popular in the region, but promises more soon.
Take your pick from a list of curries featuring mutton, chicken or fish — nalli elumbu kuzhambu, naatu kozhi kuzhambu and Madurai meen kuzhambu, being favourites. Pair these with staples like veechu parotta, kothu parotta, chicken or mutton kari dosai (thick, embedded with a generous helping of minced mutton) or egg appams. But if you really want to eat like a native, order at least two sides — from mutton chops to kudal fry and pichi pota kozhi varuval to brain fry and karandi omelette, Anna Mess has the most popular delicacies covered. And in case the rice lovers were wondering, yes, they do offer biryani and meals as well.
Meal for two at approximately Rs.500. Details: 24730006
For that authentic experience, Solomon has roped in Madurai’s Famous Jigarthanda, who have been making the drink since 1977. Currently supplying to Anna Mess, one of the brothers behind the outfit confides that they will be setting up shop in T Nagar soon. Till then, you can enjoy the concoction of milk, almond resin, basundi and sherbet at Anna Mess, for Rs.60 a glass.