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Though the chefs at Karaikudi Chettinad Restaurant specialize in South Indian cuisine, they present favourites from the north and south regions of the subcontinent in their two colourful dining room and party hall. The menu is filled with flavorful palate-pleasers such as South Indian biryani, made with a choice of meat cooked in spices and served with onion and yogurt ($9.99-$12.99). Diners may also opt for the culinary climes of northern provinces with butter chicken in mild sauce ($11.99), complemented by naan garbed in myriad flavourful identities and fuzzy-mustache glasses ($2.49–$3.49), or choose from the seven house specialty dosas ($6.99–$8.99). Mango, salt, or sweet lassis chills taste buds and cool esophagi with cold, refreshing yogurt ($2.99). Imported rosewood pillars and curry-coloured crimson and yellows adorn the space with a festive feel and an open invitation to lick the walls.
Karaikudi Chettinad Restaurant
Inspired by the potent flavours of southern India, the chefs at Karaikudi Chettinad Restaurant season orders of chicken, goat, and vegetables with the Chettinad region's signature spice blends. These savoury morsels are soon roasted in the kitchen's fusion-powered tandoor oven or simmered in fragrant gravy. House-made servings of cottage cheese emerge steeped in butter sauce and travel to tables during dinners or weekday lunch buffets, which feature an array of meat-filled and vegetarian-friendly items.
The restaurant’s high-ceilinged dining rooms seat up to 100 guests, and feature an archway of recessed lighting as well as dark wooden columns that keep the floors from shaking hands with the ceiling. Leafy potted plants add verdant splashes of colour to the orange-hued space.