Momos, medhu vadas and mutton rogan josh share space at Vignesh Ravi’s Chennai 90 and Curry Home Hurry
Our visit to Chennai 90 in Besant Nagar is long overdue. Owner Vignesh Ravi extended invitation nearly two months ago, but that was just before the city went underwater. So as we step in for a quick meal and meeting on a not-so-busy Monday, we expect he’s had plenty of time to iron out those initial operational creases. Turns out Ravi, who has a 15-year managerial background in the food & beverage industry (with Taj, Hilton and Le Meridien no less), has been operating Chennai 90 and a vegetarian take away counter, Curry Home Hurry, with equal success. “Curry Home Hurry is for no frills, home style food that is easy on the pocket,” he says, as we peruse a menu offering breakfast, lunch and dinner at less than Rs 70 a dish. You also get a snacks (like the vazhaipoo cutlets we are treated to) and a selection of idlis and dosas (from ghee roast to banana dosa).
At Chennai 90, Ravi has kept the interiors basic, but offers a menu that will satisfy almost every Chennaiite’s palate. The mix of Indian and Oriental favourites includes everything from biryani to momos and thalis to Thai curry. And as we sample helpings of mirapakai chicken (tossed with both green and red chillies), dragon squid (crunchy, sweet, spicy and a bit oily too) and chicken kebabs in various colours, we agree that this is heaven for lovers of spice. After a basket of soft phulkas and naans covered in nuts, it’s time for dessert and we’re presented with banofee pie, cinnamon coffee mousse and a chocolate cake. Full marks to the mousse that spelt satisfaction in every spoon. If we’ve convinced you to head there for dinner, consider this. Chennai 90’s menu is a fraction cheaper if you choose home delivery over dining in.
Meal for two between Rs 500 and Rs 700. Details: 9841656655
— Ryan Peppin