Chennai’s newest bistro Hundreds, has dal makhni pizzas and mutton galouti tacos

by Ismail Hodge
Chennai’s newest bistro Hundreds, has dal makhni pizzas and mutton galouti tacos

Lots of Bistro on Harrington Highway is warmly lit, laidback, and slowly filling up with its first diners for the night. Some tables have already got cups of espresso with biscotti on the facet, and at others, diners pore over the menu to weigh in on choices for the night time. 

Muddasar Malik, one of many companions, says that this isn’t their first foray into the world of meals. This bistro belongs to the bigger ‘Lots of’ group that started Vellore’s first main fine-dining multi-cuisine restaurant, Lots of Heritage. Chennai is a brand new turf although.

Seekh kebabs
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“We need to do justice to Indian flavours right here. Our Neapolitan pizzas have dal makhni, prawn hariyali, and seekh kebab, and now we have brioche bun pavs with Lucknowi paneer and mutton salli to select from,” he says. 

Our ears perk up when the dal makhni pizza is talked about. Fusion meals involving Indian flavours, is as a rule, clickbaity (assume the mutton keema truffles and chocolate ice cream dosas you hurriedly scroll previous). It’s particularly laborious to get proper. 

Chef Kaushik S (aka The Mad Chef) of Eatitude consultants, who has curated the menu for Lots of, tells us that the meals was deliberate maintaining in thoughts genuine Indian flavours, however with totally different shows. “The dal makhni as an example, is simmered in a single day on the tandoor however will likely be served on a pizza. There are kebabs in tacos, oven-baked kulchas and hen wings in quintessentially Indian flavours,” he says. 

Mutton galouti tacos

Mutton galouti tacos
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Maintaining with the vibe of a bistro, the menu is a mixture of coffees, milkshakes, pizzas, pavs, and hearty kulchas and biryanis, encouraging individuals to stroll in any time — be it for a fast chat over a espresso, or a extra elaborate meal. Chef Kaushik tells us each component, from the fermented sourdough within the sandwiches, to the berry compote within the milkshakes, the sauces, gravies and every little thing else are all ready in-house. 

We begin off with a candy, indulgent coco biscotti shake topped with a cloud of cream and coconut shavings in a tall glass paying homage to Archie’s Pop Tate’s. Minutes later, we’re greater than grateful for this candy aid after biting right into a paneer cheese kebab marinated in bhut jholakia chilli. The sharp spice hit is one which spice tolerant fiends will discover fairly scrumptious and others, eye-watering.  

Mutton salli pav

Mutton salli pav
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The mutton salli pav, comes with a beneficiant portion of mildly spiced, flavourful mince between buttery brioche buns. The parts listed here are large, and except you go together with a good friend or two, you may not have area left for his or her a lot hyped kebabs. The mutton seekh kebabs include a facet of bone marrow butter you can both drench your kebabs in, or just dip into. We additionally pattern some melt-in-your-mouth galouti kebabs, in a crunchy taco.

It’s evident that the meat at Lots of is cooked with care. The wait employees eagerly volunteers to indicate us how tender the mutton is within the nalli biryani, the place the meat greater than makes up for the flavour that the rice may have achieved with. The accompanying creamy raita nevertheless, feels a contact too thick and heavy. 

Rasamalai tres leches

Rasamalai tres leches
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It’s only befitting that we end the meal with a dessert closely impressed by an Indian favorite. The rasamalai tres leches has a spongy milk cake drenched in a deliciously candy milk concoction, and comes with a dollop of cream studded with slivers of pistachio. Make certain to scoop up all these totally different components every time you dig into the dessert. 

Lots of Bistro’s singular focus, on highlighting Indian flavours and opting to go the bistro route, works of their favour provided that this format lends itself to an array of faster meals like their sourdough sandwiches, pizzas and kebab starters. “When Indian flavours and delicacies appears to be travelling all internationally, it felt befitting that we discover it higher right here,” Muddasar says. 

Lots of Bistro is situated at Harrington Highway, Chetpet, and is open from 11am to 11pm. A meal for 2 prices ₹2,000. 

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