Phone: 044 42827882 / +91 9003133880
Address: 57, 2nd Main Road, RA Puram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Time: 12 Noon – 11:30 PM
Meals for two: Rs. 2,000
Cuisines: Finger Food, Pizza
Facilities: Home Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar Available, Wifi, Karaoke, Restricted Entry, Indoor Seating, Smoking Area, Nightlife, Live Sports Screening, Valet Parking Available
The Velveteen Rabbit, RA Puram, Chennai: Decor
The Velveteen Rabbit (TVR) grew from a tiny basement lounge into a proper resto-bar with exotic drinks and sensibly planned finger foods. This, if you remember was once the space occupied by a rather nice, cosy restaurant called L’Amandier that served European food.
I like it’s metamorphosed new personality and attitude: sassy and easy. Daytime is easier, but as evening descends, TVR is packed to the gills. People of all ages gravitate to their seats in this double-storeyed space. You’ll see lights hanging from the high ceiling, adding touches of brightness to the blue, green and gold surroundings. On the ground floor, a long wooden community table takes centre stage, while upstairs, there are smaller dining areas with comfortable sofas. The bar is, of course, the hub of all activity.
The Velveteen Rabbit, RA Puram, Chennai: Food
Maggie Chilli Pao was a first for me. It looked like an innocent Vada Pao, but with a split personality. It uses Maggie noodles as its main ingredient instead of boiled and seasoned potato that is the norm. Adding to its packaged seasoning is Amul cheese, making it even more appealing to the Indian palate. The besan deep fried coating and pao are the only two ingredients that are familiar. Not a great fan of two minute noodles, I find myself liking this one when I leave my inhibitions behind, especially as it is accompanied by a homemade tangy tomato sauce. I must admit, it goes well with the refreshing Eldor Sour.
Blue Cheese Chicken Tikka is exactly what it says it is. Strength follows strength, beginning with the familiar statement of garlic, followed by the unmistakability of blue cheese. The chicken becomes memorable because it is grilled in the tandoor, so there is a little char, lots of flavor. Otherwise, the chicken, poor thing, plays only a bland, but necessary supporting role. The base is a naan. So, the name of this dish is Nanza with assorted vegetables. Strips of bell peppers and broccoli pretty it up, along with the saltiness of olives. The stringiness of Mozzarella blends nicely with feta and our dear desi cheese.
Made using almond flour, the Flourless Chocolate Fudge is meant for the chocolate lovers of the world.
The Velveteen Rabbit, RA Puram, Chennai: Plus & Minus
The Velveteen Rabbit is the result of a lot of effort. Carefully planned the food is easy on the palate, yet filling. Housekeeping, though, needs more attention.