September 02, 2009

Onam Sadhya - Kumarakom

We are a bunch of enthus..would never miss an occasion to go out and hog. After some hectic parleys on where to eat out on Onam, we decided to celebrate our national integration feelings at Kumarakom, velachery [None of us are from god's own country..u get the drift?]. At 12.30 p.m kumarakom was brimming with festive crowd..we joined the fun with Rs.200 per head..We managed to find a table for six and I adjusted with an extra chair. With amazing speed plates were served..porclein plate for rice and platic/thermacol (not sure) plates for side dishes !, plastic cups for water!..we should have sensed what was coming..the GRAND ONAM SADHYA was just reduced to just spoonful of assorted kootus, avaiyal and poriyal. It tasted good ok, but the quantity was abysmally less..It was supposed to be unlimited, but getting to serve the extra dish was painful..[can you get that light green dish?] And even though we were mentally prepared for the red-kerala rice, when it was starring at us, we were kind of unsure about our decision. But then there was no option to look back..with some sambar, rasam and buttermilk, we made a mixture of all dishes (didn't know what to eat first, eat with rice or not?) and had a go at it..The worst case was the crowd was building up every minute and the waiters were clueless about managing the crowd [ but they were dressed up nicely, we couldn't differentiate them from the customers who were wearing ethnic dress]..We finished it quickly and were back to office even before the closure of our usual lunch session. The lone consoler was the payasam.
Lesson learnt: Never eat 'onam sadhya' on onam...that too in a restaurant. With a tongue that is eight foot long - nurtured by full plate tamilnadu meals, it was a wrong decision to try out bland coconut stuff.

7 comments:

akhilnjaya said...

Very true suganthi,

He could have at least arranged cups for the side dishes and bigger plate to eat the rice. 200 Rs for this lunch was just way too high. You forgot the highly ridiculous poster which had salt as its first item. Only two or three of the 15 and odd items served were nice to have and ask for a second serving. By next year onam, we must get a mallu friend who will invite us to their house for lunch and eat onam sadya in their house :)

Jaya.

sugan said...

Yeah..Salt was the first item in a menu was the most atrocious thing that I have seen in recent times..
..next onam sadhya..thats the spirit jaya ;-)

Deepali said...

But the best part was though salt was mentioned in the list as one of the item but still we had to ask him to get it for us for adding it in the dishes.

Archana said...

I live in VCY as well. Was almost cursing my self for not being able to have Sadhya. Wanted to make it to Rasam atleast, but ran super short on time that day. Looks like I have not missed much! The salt bit was sheer mockery of us who pay through our noses!

sugan said...

Hi Archana...Rasam was on also on our list..but had to go to mylapore so settled for kumarakom ...

Mandar said...

Good one.

Mandar said...

Nice one.