Note: This was an invite but I paid for a few items. Portion size may be different from what is in the picture.
I don’t think I’ve ever written about Parambriym before nor do I remember visiting the place, before this. No particular reason, but just that it never happened. I’ve known Chef Vijayakumar Manikandan for a couple of years now. He and his partner Naveen (who is also a Chef) have been silently killing it (all their other projects included) in the Chennai food scene. One thing, that I’ve always loved about Chef Mani’s food is the presentation. One can see a lot of effort in his plating and it certainly isn’t easy to bring together elements in a plate that looks as well as tastes good.
The meal started with a on-the-house drink “Inji Kashayam”. The welcome drink keeps changing everyday, I was told. I loved the warm Inji Kashayam which carried the strong flavour of Ginger, Jaggery, Pepper etc. The idea to add Lemon Foam in this drink is brilliant.
The Nei Thaalicha Tomato Rasam (₹95) with it’s mild Tangy and Butter-y taste was a winner all the way. Naadan Karuvepillai Mutton Soup (₹115) had a very tasty broth. The Naadan Mutton that was part of the soup was spicy. I’m sure there are many takers for it but for me it was a little too spicy to handle.
More than the Thengai Kadalai Vadai (₹120), it’s accompaniment Walnut Chutney was what I was impressed with. Not to forget the Capsicum Chutney that came with the Neitha Kori (₹195). Among the two Prawn Starters, the Rasa Podi Eraa (₹235) was brilliant both taste wise and presentation wise. It was interesting to see so many elements accompany it – Charcoal Mayonnaise, Beetroot Mayonnaise, Mint Mayonnaise. Eraal Karuvepillai Porichadhu (₹235) was not bad either but I’m not a fan of such thick outer layer in any kind of deep fried dish. Chinna Vengaya Mutton Chukka (₹205) needs to be specially mentioned for it’s special element which is part of the plating – the Chilli Garlic Fried Idiyappam. Master stroke! Mutton Sukka, as such, was good but the Mutton texture needs to be looked into.
Charcoal Appam (₹55) and Spinach Appam (₹55) may sound different but taste wise they were good. Interesting!! Parottas (₹45) were usual. Elam Kozhi Varutha Kozhambu (₹255) had a nice Ginger based Curry. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I was totally impressed with Eraa Milagai Elumichai Curry (₹295) because of it’s brilliant idea and execution. It was more like our answer to the Thai style curries. It had a faint Lemon Grass taste/smell as well as the incorporation of Bajji Chillies in the gravy made it irresistible. No complaints on the Parambriym Special Mutton Biryani (₹235). I was exactly how it was supposed to be.
Not to be missed Dessert, is their Godhuma Halwa (₹130) which comes with a yummy Smoked Cardamom Ice Cream. They also have a variety of interesting Ice Cream flavours like – Panjamirtham, Karupatti &Thenga, Beeda etc.
Paid around ₹900 and odd for a few dishes. Rest were complimentary (part of tasting session).
Address and location:
W Floor, 3rd, 126, 1st Street, Santha Avenue, Anna Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600040
044 2626 5557