Phone: 044 30205671
Address: 60 & 62, Gopathi Narayanaswami Chetty Road, Thirumurthy Nagar, Satyamurthy Nagar, T. Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu India
Time: 11am – 11pm
Meals for two: Rs. 1500
Cuisines: Asian, European, North Indian, South Indian
Facilities: Full Bar Available, Indoor Seating, Table booking recommended, Free Parking, Valet Parking Available, Live Sports Screening
Kommune, T. Nagar, Chennai: Decor
Why do most outlets on higher floors have tiny lifts? I am thinking, but before the answer materializes, I find myself in Kommune, a large space spread over two floors. I leave the heat behind, as inside, it is dark, yet comfortable. Wood everywhere, with splashes of colour. Naturally, the bar is the best-lit part, complete with gleaming bottles and busy bartender.
The mellow lighting bounces off polished wood. I like the fact that the tables are not too low. Then, when I sit at one, I find aesthetics meet utility. The lower portion of the table holds neatly stacked cutlery. The rest of the colour scheme is blue, grey and brown.
Kommune, T. Nagar, Chennai: Food
Soft paneer always wins my heart. And this one absolutely does. In fact, I like how a dip in the tandoor lets the pineapple juice seep just a bit into the paneer. Of course, the result is a slightly crusty paneer, and dripping pineapple chunks. A dash of mint chutney adds to the very Indian taste.
Another winner is the cold pressed Karumbu mocktail. It has the usual ginger but what adds to the sweetness is the bitterness of the dehydrated limboo slice that comes along. Tangy, bitter and leathery bites in between sips is the way to go.
Peshwari Barra Kebab is made using local lamb which is supposed to have less meat and more flavor. But this one is dry, and no amount of Karumbu can moisten the meat . Redemption comes in the form of the Zafrani Murgh Malai Kebab, which is soft with an overtone of garlic. Thanks to the eight hours spent in a marinade that includes cream, saffron and malai, I find the flavors have seeped right in, and the salting is perfect.
Marinated for 24 hours in red wine with veggies like leek, peppercorn, fresh garlic and spring onion, the Braised Pork Ribs take me completely by surprise. The meat literally slides off the bone and I must say, the veggies in red wine do their best to enhance the whole pork rib experience.
Not yet on the menu, the Paan Mousse is available on request. It arrives in a jar, topped with the traditional gulkand, colored trutti frutie pieces and shredded coconut. Finally, the Kommune bartender gets out his interpretation Baileys, made using his secret recipe, a combination that is sweet, creamy and potent.
Plus & Minus:
A lot of considerate planning has gone into the Kommune decor that includes a bespoke bar, hidden away from the public eye. It ensures privacy, meeting all bespoke expectations. However, the food needs more attention.