Chennai has many restaurants serving delectable food but if one is actually willing to trade the comfort of velvety interiors and air conditioning for a rather authentic experience, the food makes it absolutely worthwhile.
North East Kitchen in Chennai’s Egmore area is quite deceptive with its interiors; however, the food will eliminate all doubts once you have taken the first bite. Almost always packed, getting a table at the restaurant for dinner can be difficult but is worth the wait.
The restaurant is bare and simple with white interiors, and a few potted plants livening up the place; the seating area for diners is made up of varnished chairs and tables. The vast menu, on the other hand, speaks volumes, with a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options to serve, the latter obviously more than the former. It is divide into north-eastern and Korean dishes, which is certainly a delight.
The extensive non-vegetarian menu offers momos, noodles, rice and thukpah in chicken, beef and pork options. The restaurant also serves traditional North Eastern thalis with meats including even fish, among others.
We decided to start with a favourite and ordered momos. The Pork Steam Momos (Rs 120) – a plate of seven dumplings are perfect with spiced and minced pork packed and served steaming hot along with a spicy red chili chutney.
Instead of getting lost in the menu, we simply decided to order the Pork Thali (Rs 320) from the North Eastern thalis section. The thalis are served in small, normal and big portions; the normal is the most ideal option for an average eater. It comes with a bowl of steamed rice, a traditional spicy pork curry and a dry dish of pork chilli. The tender pork blends perfectly well with the spice and is a perfect combination. The dish is also served with Eromba (mashed potatoes and dry fish with chillies) and salad the side.
North East Kitchen is an ideal no-frills place for hungry diners to feast on north-eastern food and its different cuisines in Chennai. It clearly relies on its food to do all the talking or rather keep people quite while relishing it. The Korean food served is an added bonus and a comparatively cheaper option than many others in the city for both locals and expats.
Must-try: Pork Steam Momos, Pork Thali, Beef Chilli
Meal for Two: Rs 800 + taxes
Time: 12 pm – 11 pm