What – North Indian ( Punjabi )

Where – #6, Velacity Luxury Serviced Apartment, Ground Floor, Ramagiri Extension, Tharamani Velacheri Link Road, Velachery, Chennai – 600042

When- 11AM to 3PM to 6:30PM to 11PM

How Much – Casual Dining Restaurant – Approx. cost 1100 INR for two people.

Must Have Dishes – Kesar Pistey Wali Lassi, Shikanjvi, Mausam Di Sabzi, Kadi Pakoda, Phirni

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Tadka Talk  Sunday Brunch Review

Discovering A Punjab In Namma Velachery !

Tadka Talk Velachery was on my ‘must visit’ restaurants list for a longtime and somehow the distance ( from my place) kept pushing my plan away. However, one fine Sunday I went on to check out their Sunday Brunch. This resto is cuddled in one of the surprisingly quiet streets of Velachery and the ambiance of this place is pretty good . The wall decor and art is definitely going to catch one’s attention.

The Tadka Talk Sunday Brunch Saga

The Starters

The Sunday Brunch was organized in a buffet style and the sight of a live pani puri ( golgappa ) counter excited me. I started the brunch with the pani puri as I couldn’t resist the temptation . The pani was absolutely perfect ( for those who like it to be spicy ) and there were three fillings to go in with it. The only disappointment was the poori, which didn’t seem to be fresh or crisp . After gobbling up 10-12 pooris, I settled down with the aloo chaat and the paapdi chaat. Loved the taste of the aloo chaat, while there wasn’t anything really exciting about the paapdi chaat.

The paneer shahi tikka looked pretty inviting but it definitely wasn’t the best paneer tikka I’ve had. The paneer was a tad hard and it was pretty bland. The hariyali tikka was okay and it could have been a brilliant starter provided the quantity of salt was reduced. They had these bread bajjis and chilli bajjis under the assorted pakoras section. I really liked the chilli bajji which was made of the actual green chilli and not the big ones which are usually used for the bajjis ( if you don’t mind eating green chillis , you are going to like this for sure ).

Tadka Talk stands out with its exceptional lassi and shikanjvi. The kesar pistah waley lassi was thick, rich and the best part was its balance of sweetness. The chaas ( buttermilk ) was really good and the fact that these desi drinks are open for unlimited servings makes it even better. The shikanjvi is more of a hajmola flavored juice which is another Punjabi specialty which cannot be tasted in many restaurants, here in Chennai. The cranberry juice was okay and there was nothing special about it ( suspect it to be Tropicana ).

 

The Main Course

The main course started off but the tummy was almost full, thanks to the generous helpings of lassi and chaas. Talking about the sides, the kadai paneer was good, hot and I loved the paneer in it ( much softer than the paneer in the paneer shahi tikka ). I really liked the flavor of mausam di sabzi and the aloo & capsicum was decent enough too. The kadi pakoda was another personal favorite and this is the first time I’ve tasted this dish ( I’ve tasted kadi separately though ).  The pulao was piping hot and the rice was cooked pretty well. Liked the touch of spices ( pepper and cloves ) in the rice. The assorted Indian breads didn’t disappoint except for the roti which was hard and you literally had to use both the hands to tear them apart! The kulchas and naan were outstanding. Would definitely go to Tadka Talk at least for the hot stuffed kulchas which came out directly from the live counter.

The Desserts

There’s not much on offer when it comes to the desserts in the sunday brunch at Tadka Talk. The gulab jamun looked yummy and tasted the same way too. The texture and the size of the jamuns was something worth the mention. The phirni was one of the desserts which I’d been waiting to try, at an authentic Punjabi restaurant and finally, the time had come. I personally loved the phirni , but the problem was it was not actually like the actual phirni which is not supposed to be dense as this one was. The phirni actually resembled and tasted like an Indian innovated custard, but at the end of the day it was tasty and that’s what matters the most. I could easily do justice to two cups of this lovely Indian dessert ( I’m feeling guilty to call it phirni again! )

Service

In my opinion, Tadka Talk looked like a restaurant which was well staffed and by well staffed, I mean in terms of courteousness and swiftness in service and not the quantity of staff, which is pretty good to see. We were gifted to not witness any goof up when it came to the service.

The Price

The sunday brunch is priced at INR 495 + taxes. I wouldn’t say it is not worth the money , but its pricing ( for the sunday brunch ) is very close to the restos like Barbeque Factory which offers an extensive buffet at around 500-600 bucks. I know it is not a really good comparison to do, but for somebody who is open to any cuisine and is in the mood to hog, options like the latter could prove to be the better one.

Tadka Talk also has an exclusive set lunch menu which is priced at INR 199 + taxes and it is also available for dinner from Monday to Thursday. Though the picture actually looks pretty inviting, I personally won’t have my tummy filled with a lunch thali of this size. The problem with the thali is that the number of main course  dishes( 2 Indian breads + a small portion of rice ) is duly dominated by the number of sides.

 

Tadka Talk Punjabi Thali @ INR 199!

The Final Word 

To wrap it up, Tadka Talk Velachery is definitely a good option for people who are considering to test out some authentic Punjabi stuff. This restaurant is definitely not bad but it does lack that ‘wow’ factor or to put it layman terms, there’s nothing tempting for a person who lives within the heart of the city to travel around 10 kms to this place. However, this is one of the best restaurants to have Punjabi food if you live anywhere around Taramani or Velachery.

PS: The brunch menu is subjected to change and this particular post is only about the Sunday Brunch of Tadka Talk.

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