No conversation about the Mediterranean region fails to bring to one’s imagination the azure waters, jolly delightful climate, charming people, rich cultural heritage and the marvellous cuisine; epitomizing the sense of joie de vivre.
Kryptos by Willi adds to the diversity of Chennai’s culinary landscape bringing the Mediterranean to Madras with an impressive expanse of Greek dishes served in a soothing and cosy ambience. The restaurant located in the shopping district of Nungambakkam provides a fine dining experience with large and comfy seating spaces for groups of family and friends in the centre of the hall and the corner tables for those in a small gathering.
Though my ability to comment on the authenticity is constrained by the limited knowledge and experience of this particular cuisine, it matters little for my taste buds as long their various temptations are comprehensively entertained and so they were with an eclectic assortment of salads, classic meze dishes, vegetarian and non-vegetarian main course, desserts and drinks. Starting with the starters I thoroughly enjoyed the crispy phyllo pastries with minced lamb filling and the delectable shredded emu in a brilliant concoction of spices followed by the scintillating flavour of chicken breast roasted with garlic and marinated in lemon juice and mint and a small serving of Halloumi cheese filled ravioli from my vegetarian friend’s plate which he was quite reluctant to part with. There is also a range of classic souvlaki and kebabs on offer and I was indeed intrigued by the beef tenderloin chunks filled with slipper lobster and was more than glad to have opted for this gastronomic experiment. Then came the most important part for a sweet toothed person like I and the opportunity was well exploited with the classic baklava which I can say was perfectly authentic as I have been a fan for long. There is also a variety of beverages on the menu which we had to miss out on as unlike the heart, the tummy had had a fair share of indulgence for the evening but I promised myself to try the Greek Lantern, the Greek version of mojito, on my next visit.
Same as the delicacies, the service being impeccably professional deserves a commendable note. The meal costs approximately 650 INR per person which is justifiable for not only the lovely ambiance but for the experience in itself!
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