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La Shakahari

















I was asked to review la Shakahari quite some back, but I kept postponing it to accommodate my other invited reviews, some of which were time bound. Also, let's be honest, a pure veg eat restaurant was not on my priority list. When I finally landed there on a short notice with a fellow foodie,we were rather remorseful that we did not give the place the importance it deserves.

Very nicely done interior in an upmarket but quiet space just off Haddows road, the restaurant is quite inviting. The menu is round in shape and tries to portray a multiple cuisine picture. A third friend joined us and we got ourselves a kebab platter to have a taste of all kebabs. What came out was an excellent platter that was just right in every sense. The paneer tikka, the veg sheek, the stuffed potato and everything about the platter was good. We also had a very different soup called the coconut basil soup which was something like the cousin of Tom yum soup and I quite enjoyed it. For the main course, we ordered naan and paneer gravy from the Indian section, and a white sauce pasta and stuffed pasta from the Italian section. The general consensus is that the Indian food rocks here, just rocks and I did not miss meat at all. The Italian and the baked stuff were alright, but I totally missed meat,but I am guessing that the vegetarians will be quite happy with them.

We ordered three desserts, The gulab jamun being served with a basunthi like liquid and not the sugar syrup and I totally loved it, while the carrot halwa was quite good too. The phirni was alright and it had to get a little colder and harder to enjoy, but in general the food was far above my expectations. Service is quick and attentive,so no complaints on that front. Pricing is quite attractive with the main courses being priced around Rs. 175 each.

It's a great new addition to the pure vegetarian eating scene in Chennai and the Indian cuisine is definitely up there. Apparently they are setting up a non veg restaurant in the first floor and I hope I am invited to try that out as well.

Food 8/10
Ambiance 8/10
Service 8/10
Price 9/10

La Shakahari is on pycrofts garden road off Haddows road in Nungambakkam.

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10 comments:

  1. This is such a contrast to the review i had seen in the TOI few weeks back.. they had thrashed the place and rated it 2/5... Infact a friend who'd been there said it was very below avg and she found it quite expensive...

    Shd chk it out !!

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  2. u left me for this review :(... ur giving the info very late......

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  3. even i heard its okay only.....

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  4. Yes, the TOI review literally tore them apart plus I didn't like some pseudo personal comments made by the reviewer (guess it was Geeta Doctor).

    Otherwise, do you think the pricing is on the higher side? I know upmarket location and all.. but ..

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  5. Oh.......wow! Vinay and me did the review here and both of found it very good..........

    Main courses were priced at Rs. 175 approx. Cream center is priced much higher for similar food.

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  6. The Food is ok. Bt the pricing is really too high for the portions.Not worth it. The pasta is def a devaition from what most ppl would define as a pasta dish. Would not recommend the place to any one either !

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  7. I am left speechless........did they make the food extra carefully because we were reviewing it?

    I was not impressed with the bakes and pasta and the likes, but the Indian stuff was very good for me......

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  8. Oy, the Indian food truly was excellent. The continental stuff was hit-and-miss, but the veg sheekh kebab, the stuffed potato, the "Shakahari Sabji", the Indian breads and the basil and coconut soup were very good. The gulab jamun with rabdi was excellent as well. I doubt anyone would go wrong ordering any of these items on the menu at least :)

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  9. Doc ...to be real honest the food was good ...but it was more like food made in our homes...more so the continental bit(very experimental )..the dal makhani was brilliant ...real nice....I was a bit disappointed coz a few things that was on the menu was not available ...:(....i think overall just an average place to eat

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  10. Hmmmm.......to me the Indian food there was not just good but excellent. Like I mentioned the continental stuff was alright and I did miss meat, but with the indian food and desserts, you probably cannot go wrong as Smith has mentioned above.......I seemed to have ordered exactly what he has had there such as kebab and Indian breads and the coconut basil soup and the jamun with rabdi and all that......

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