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For chicken lovers

At Colonel Food, the accent is on variety

Non-veggies enjoying their meal Tempting spread (below) Pics: S. Siva Saravanan

IF YOU are a non-veggie and love chicken, then you can probably try this. It's chicken galore at Colonel Food, the restaurant that opened recently on T.V. Samy Road (East), R.S. Puram. Apart from the regular chicken items (more than 30 varieties), `Colonel' has lined up quite a few new delicacies.

When one stepped into the restaurant on a rainy Sunday afternoon, the place was filled with people, who had come in for the buffet lunch. The buffet menu, which has 18 items (both vegetarian and non-vegetarian), changes every week. The 44-cover restaurant, a unit of Sri Sampoorna, offers buffet lunch (Rs. 150) on Sundays. "As this lunch has become quite popular, we are planning to introduce it on other days too," says C. Soundararajan, proprietor of the restaurant. Though the regular menu is not expansive, it has quite a few items that would pamper the tastebuds of non-vegetarians.

Chicken sans masala

I started with the tomato soup. It has a natural flavour due to the lower cream content. Then, it was time to sample the chicken delicacies on offer. It is hard to think of chicken (fried and otherwise) without the usual dose of masala. But at `Colonel', you can actually get one without the regular masala overdose. No colouring agents are added for the fried chicken offered here. Chicken meat rolled in corn flour and maida is put inside a pressure fryer. What you get a few minutes later is a bland and crispy chicken delicacy (thankfully the oil content too is very low). The fried chicken was good and the garlic sauce (combination of garlic, vinegar and boiled chillies) was perfect accompaniment. Tomato sauce also goes well with this. The other non-vegetarian dishes in the restaurant too go low on spice.

Biriyani menu

"People have become a lot more health conscious. Even non-veggies don't like spicy food these days. That's why we decided to reduce the usage of spices and masala," Soundrarajan explains.

A non-vegetarian menu is incomplete without biriyani. And what is biriyani without a nice aroma (and of course the appropriate mix of masala and rice)?

The lip-smacking Dum biriyani at the restaurant offers all this. The authentic preparation made it truly delicious and left you asking for more. You can also try Colonel noodles (mixed with minced mutton, chicken and fish).

The vegetarian pizza is heavily topped with cheese and masala to suit the local palate. Go for the chicken nuggets and chicken tikka roll in the snacks section. They are really scrumptious. The Vegetarian Manchurian was probably the only spicy item in the entire menu.

"We will come up with an expansive menu shortly. We are also planning to introduce lawn service." For bookings and door delivery, call 0422-5365858, 98430-23955.


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