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“Fantastic experience of South Indian Cuisine”

Chettinad Restaurant
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Ranked #295 of 24,404 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 7 - US$ 34
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Fitzrovia
Description: Welcome to Chettinad, the world of phenomenal South Indian cuisine. Chettinad is a small village in the Southern Tamil Nadu State of India. Chettinad is known for its culinary delicacies and now is one of the many reasons why people get to know Chettinad. We are a no fuss, no frill, stylish, laid back diner, who just speaks of truly and honest South Indian food in the heart of Central London. We only know how to cook-up good home comfort authentic food freshly made to order with understated approach to service. No meal is complete without traditional Dosa, lentil pancake eaten any time during the day. Well! Certainly it isn't just another Curry House!!! "Ideal place to try something new if you are a South Indian food virgin" Back home in Chettinad, your dishes are served on a huge fresh banana leaf, a disposable platter. Contact with your food is direct and tactile as you eat with your right hand, mixing wet into dry ingredients - a messy business for the uninitiated. In Chettinad Restaurant here, we want you to experience authentic original flavours, therefore you would find some of our dishes served with fresh banana leaf. Today we appreciate and respect that you have entrusted your palate to us, we will take great loving care and take your taste buds on a journey where each mouthful sings a new magical ''WOW'' note. Enjoy your meal at Chettinad- The Village Restaurant, where "QUALITY MEETS TRADIITON"
Reviewed 5 May 2012

We were early and a little concerned as the restaurant was empty when we went in. The concern turned out to be in our favour as the manager (Irman) took the time to explain the menu and the philosophy behind the cuisine.
The tastes are different to what we get in our Indian restaurants at home. The lamb and chicken dishes we had really had some fantastic flavours and this is most often what is missing, particularly as I like the hotter end of the menu.
Two main courses, rice, bread and 2 beers was good value at under £40.
The restaurant was packed by the time we left at 7 pm.
Would I recommend to a friend - Absolutely

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Reviewed 4 May 2012

My oldest daughter loves Indian food, so on our London visit we made a dinner reservartion @ Chattinad's. This was the first time my younger daughter & I had sampled Indian cuisine. We all really enjoyed our meal...we tried to sample some of everything! Since I have no previous experience with Indian cooking, I can't comment on the authenticity of the preparaton, but the food was flavorful and delicious. The service was outstanding! I am definately a new fan of Indian food!

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Reviewed 3 May 2012

It was our first time in an indian restauraunt and we chose Chettinad as there were only good comments. The service was absolutely fantastic. The waiter tried to convince us to taste all different dishes of indian cuisine and fortunately we did it. The food was fantastic and semi-spicy as asked. The environment of the restaurant was a surprise for me as well. It was a good night and we would recommend it to anyone:)

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1  Thank shriy r
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Reviewed 3 May 2012

So pleased we went...service and hospitality was second to none. Food was impeccable...a real taste of authentic South Indian home cookery. The menu is interesting and prior to ordering it was explained to us in detail, I chose the Chattinad Aadu curry, which is a lamb dish cooked with 23 different types of spices,
A prawn dish which she stated was probably one of the best curries she's ever tasted, the side dishes saag paneer pototo poriyal were equally as good,
The service was first class with a friendly approach, the restaurant was not to formal and had a nice relaxed atmosphere.
There will definately be return visits, we both had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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Reviewed 2 May 2012

As massive Indian fans we were excited to find a restaurant in the area that had such positive reviews and we weren't disappointed. and to say I found the service to be excellent. In particular it stands out as offering real value for money and in providing interesting variations on the often standard Indian restaurant food.The food is fantastic although not your usual Indian fare so if you're looking for naan bread and other regular menu items you may be disappointed. We absolutely recommend the dosa's however that are similar to stuffed pancakes.
The maneger recommended the Jaggerry Dosa, a pancake smothered with warm cane sugar and nuts, served with ice cream. That dish alone is worth the detour!!! Do leave some room to try it out, you won't regret it! We will definitely return to try out other items on the menu.

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1  Thank lorance j
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