Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Southern not-so-Spicy

We hosted a friend of ours recently from California. It was her first visit to Chennai (she has lovely insightful stuff to say about India in her blog). We went to a nearby southern Indian restaurant, Southern Spice. Let me start by saying that the food was very good. We had a yellow chilies and corn curry which was spiced just right and the appams were crispy at the edges and soft in the middle - just as it should be.

But I think that was all the good I can say about it. The entertainment was first the nadaswaram. And then a 5 minute interval, followed by a dance performance. Both were far too loud. We could hardly hear each other! And since we were enjoying catching up, this was really difficult. We had to wait for the 5 minute intervals, and then start talking really quickly before it started up again.

And next to us was a fortune teller with a parrot that was also making loud sounds, inbetween all the music! I have to say that unless I'm going with someone I really don't want to make conversation with, I won't go there again. Or I will reserve the "inside" room meant for private parties.

On a last note, the food was very good and the wine (though we sent the 1st bottle back), was also very good as was the wine selection.


Preethi said...

As you can see I am hooked on.. reading your older posts.. am really impressed with all the info on the eat out joints in Chennai.. am visiting in a couple of weeks. My husband keeps raving about Southern Spice.. should try it out this time

Arundathi said...

Preethi - do try it. its quite delicious! :)