Sri Lankan Cuisine on offer and that too in Besant Nagar made for an interesting combination that certainly had to be tried. After many failed attempts finally decided to skip dinner at home and decided to check out this place instead.
Located above Cafe Coffee day Lounge. We went a bit late and initially had trouble finding the place as I couldn’t find any name boards suggesting the existence of this place. A call to the restaurant revealed they had changed their name and The Kandyan was actually the new name. Only after talking to them did I notice that this info was actually mentioned in the signboard below and I had neglected the fine print. Parking space is available on the side of the building. Quite dark with no lights so proceed with a bit of caution if it’s late in the night.
Up we went on a flight of stairs with the wall covered in some rather interesting artwork. It was a house converted into a restaurant. Glass walled kitchen on one side and the rooms were all used for seating. More artwork can be seen adorning the wall all over the place.
The menu along with having the sri lankan items, also offers north indian fare. Having read up a bit on what’s good, we ordered Deviled Prawns along with Paneer Sticks. Deviled Prawns contained a lot of onions and capsicum but the quantity of meat kinda felt less. Tasted wonderful though.
Paneer Sticks really impressed me a lot. Long slices of paneer deep fried. There was absolutely no evidence of oil residue on the dish and the paneer was really soft. It was perfection as far this dish was concerned.
For the main course, we ordered Red Puttu and Red Idiyappam. These were steamed items with Ragi being the main ingredient. Red Puttu is steamed with a lot of shredded coconut in between. Boneless Chicken gravy helped up gobble up the idiyappam and puttu. It was a spicy onion-laden gravy with chunky chicken pieces.
For dessert, we wanted to try something authentic and off the menu, we were suggested Watalappan. Watalappan was a pudding of sorts made of jaggery, egg and condensed milk. It was very similar to the Chettinad dish called Thirattupal which doesn’t have any egg in it.
Service was reasonably fast. The person taking the order was very helpful as well. The meal cost us 850 which is quite reasonable. Overall good food at affordable pricing coupled with a distinct cuisine makes this a winner.