DiMoRa in Velachery encourages happy patrons with an upbeat attitude and a mixed bag of pasta, curries and Chinese
Allow us to save you the trouble of deconstructing DiMoRa. “It’s a combination of the first syllables of the partners’ names,” begins manager Stalin who, like the rest of the crew at the two-month-old restaurant on Velachery Bypass Road, seems perpetually cheerful — even at rush hour on a Saturday night. And make no mistakes, the cheer is contagious; we left our table in splits. But back to the partners — Dinesh (a somellier), Morgan (aka Murugaananthan, into restaurant management) and Ramasamy P (a chef) opened their first restaurant (also DiMoRa) in Trichy in 2012. Earlier this year, they decided it was time to bring their mix of Indian, Oriental and Continental cuisine to Chennai.
Crust and card
The restaurant is spread across the second and third floors of a three-storey building, while at the ground floor, that houses a 2,000 sq ft kitchen, you are welcomed by a large wood-fired pizza oven and images of thin crusts laden with cheese and crowned with basil. As is the case with most multi-cuisine restaurants, their menu is extensive. But the management, who are quite clear that they offer only popular global cuisine, have ensured that you’re met with mostly familiar names on the cards. So expect pastas (in the usual shapes and sauces), biryanis, fried rice (both Chinese and Malaysian), sizzlers, curries, rotis and a list of mocktails and healthy juices too. Before long, we were pulling apart slices of an eight-inch devilled chicken pizza. It had us licking our fingers, but could do with some structural adjustments — if only the chef did not take the words ‘thin crust’ a bit too literally, it would have been able to support the large pieces of chicken.
Mix it up
From here on, it was a merry mix, as we alternated between a malai chicken, mutton uppu kari, chicken momos and devilled fish. The momos were standard fare and the uppu kari was spot on, but while my companion was raving about the juicy chicken, I found its smokey flavour a bit overpowering. For mains, it was an Alfredo and a nasi goreng (loaded with protein — egg, prawns, chicken), after which, by recommendation, we ended with a chocolate pasta (a bed of linguine doused with a bitter-sweet cocoa concoction and topped with a scoop of vanilla). Our only qualm was that the lounge-like seating of the first floor was not too comfortable to dine (the second floor has a proper dining set up), but Ramasamy assures us that they are already working on getting this fixed. Sadly, we were a week too late to try their western breakfast. Though it found takers, the numbers were too few to make it sustainable, we’re told.
Meal for two at approximately Rs. 750. Details: 45566775