Since our last visit, Café Chennai has relocated to a larger place along Main North Road that is a bit closer to the city. Thankfully, the quality of their food has not changed, with very efficient service as we did not have to wait long for our food to be served. During this visit, we ordered the Vegetable Biryani, Okra Curry, Chicken Varuval, Masala Omelette and Chicken Parota.
The Vegetable Biryani is a vegetarian version of the Chicken Biryani that we ate during our last visit, featuring a medley of vegetables and tofu replacing the chicken. The rice was fluffy and the firmer vegetables added an element of texture to the dish. It also had a milder taste compared to the Chicken Biryani to prevent the flavour of the vegetables from being overwhelmed. It came with a serving of yogurt sauce that can be spooned over the biryani to temper its spiciness a bit.
Presentation of their curries is quite unique, with the curries served in bucket shaped bowls as opposed to the usual bowls that Indian restaurants use. The okra in their Okra Curry was cooked just right with the right amount of bite to it with its flavour enhanced by the curry gravy. The medium level of spiciness we chose was just right for us but you can choose to have it milder or hotter if you prefer.
Considered to be one of their signature dishes, Chicken Varuval is a dish that consists of chicken cooked in gravy made from tomatoes, onions and various spices. The chicken was tender and as with the Okra Curry, the curry gravy rounded out the flavour of the chicken without overpowering it. The taste of the gravy was also quite unique, having a delectable slight salty taste.
Their Chicken Parota had a slightly longer wait time compared to the other dishes we ordered, but the wait was worth it. The crispy Parota was a wonderful contrast with the softer chicken filling that had the right amount of seasoning to enhance its flavour. It came with a serving of curry gravy that can be spooned over the Parota to give it a bit of zing.
The Masala Omelette was fried to golden brown with the eggs being fluffy and light. It also had a bit of bite to it from the potatoes that was mixed into it before it was fried. If you prefer, they also have a plain and onion version. Rather surprisingly, the omelettes were mentioned by the staff to be a popular breakfast dish for Indians.
The décor and larger space of the restaurant gave it a more luxurious feel compared to their previous location with the tables spaced a good distance apart from each other. A decent amount of parking space is available along the streets near the restaurant.