THE NUMBER of multi-cuisine restaurants sprouting in almost every neighbourhood is really impressive. The term `multi-cuisine' can be substituted safely with `Chinese-tandoori-Indian ' fare. Such middle-of-the-road joints make eating out affordable and most of them dish out fairly decent naturalised Chinese and North Indian food. On the flip side there is the problem of spreading one self too thin, handling more than a single style of cuisine. The result is the Garlic chicken-Gobi Manchurian-Tandoori chicken syndrome. The Great Dine, Nathans Arcade, L.B. Road, Thiruvanmiyur (ph: 4919777) is yet another addition to the multi-cuisine brigade.
The brightly lit place has a split level dining area. The underlying theme of the decor is simplicity and utilitarian. Dinner began with chilly baby corn (Rs.40) and fried chicken wonton (Rs.45). Both were tasty. The Indian side of the story is more interesting with wider variety. So we shifted allegiance with out any qualms.
Then, lasooni tangari kebab (Rs.70), shabaam mutter curry (Rs.50), dal tadka (Rs.35), gosht saagwala (Rs.70), peas pulao (Rs.40) and the different breads took over. The mushroom and peas, and mutton and spinach curries were yummy. The gravies retained their traditional flavours.
Dals have always been something of a touchstone for quality. The Great Dine's take on this issue is very interesting. The fowl didn't deliver all it promised. The lasooni element was missing. Charging Rs.70 for three drumsticks seemed a bit stiff when compared to the rest of the prices.
The rice and breads were very satisfying. The desserts can be improved.
The Date pancakes had to be returned as they had a rancid taste. The basundi (Rs.30) was okay.
The Great Dine has some interesting deals for lunch. It offers combo menus, Indian and Chinese, at Rs.49 for vegetarians and Rs.59 for non-vegetarian.
Post script: This is to inform that the Stop at Sam's restaurant which earlier had an outlet on the TTK Road and Sam's Kitchen, catering outlet is very much alive and kicking. It has no connection with The Big Apple restaurant on TTK Road. Any confusion caused in this matter is regretted.
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