Triana, Valasarvakkam

The only time one can eat  freely without worrying about the cost,  is when someone else is giving a treat. I was out on one such occasion to enjoy my friends birthday treat. We had decided on Triana Valasarvakkam, since we had received a flyer about the restaurant, on the previous day. On reaching there, we asked the waiters , since that restaurant had been opened to the public. When the waiter replied 6 months, we were surprised, since none of us knew about the presence of this restaurant. One sore point was that the restaurant lacked electricity when we had reached around quarter past 1pm. We were informed that it would not be back until 2pm.

We were the only ones in the restaurant for the lunch, we dived right into placing the order. Since this was the first time for us we took the help of the waiters. They were really helpful in suggesting us some dishes and were able to answer our queries. For starters we ordered Beijing Pepper Chicken, Pahadi Chicken, Chicken Wontons and Crispy Fried Baby Corn with Mushroom. Beijing Pepper Chicken was the first to arrive. I am not sure on the authenticity of the dish, nor the ingredients used, but I can surely say, it tasted great. It had the right amount of spices, was also very tender. 

Before the other starters could arrive the vegetarians were served with the Hong Kong Noodles, which was part of their main course. Not that they minded about it. Flavor of the noodles was not very authentic, but it was palatable. The Cheese Naan which the vegetarians had ordered was the next to arrive. The vegetarians seemed really happy that they were being treated better than the non-veggie, who sat waiting for the next dish to arrive.

After quiet a bit of waiting, Chicken Wontons were served to us. The wontons were crisp, with decent amount of chicken stuffing in it. Crispy, crunchy & yummy.

Then came the Crispy Fried Baby Corn with Mushroom. One might wonder at the amount of Chinese dishes we had ordered in a North Indian Speciality restaurant. The Crispy Fried Baby Corn with Mushroom was fantastic, we even went on to order another portion of the same. After the crispy baby corn, finally came our Pahadi chicken. The pahadi chicken tasted like concoction of chicken tikka and tandoori chicken but with a little coriander seeds added to it and served along with mint chutney. The taste felt very much like a chicken tikka.

After the neat round of starters, the veggie finally got their gravy to go with the cheese naan. They had ordered the Stuffed Capsicum curry. I had a sample of the naan along with the capsicum curry, I must say it was quite nice. I really liked the mild flavor it had.

We non-veggie (Warriors) had ordered Chicken Chettinadu, Butter Chicken Masala and a Bread Basket to feed the lot. Since they had a big selection of biryani, we ordered a Mutton Biryani. The Mutton biryani was the first to arrive. This biryani can pass off as a masala rice with hard and uncooked mutton pieces.

The Butter Chicken Masala was all right, but I felt it lacked  richness. The pieces of chicken too, were small. The Chicken Chettinadu on the other hand, was spicy and oily. The mixture of both the gravies along with the roti was delightful. Somehow it seemed to compensate the error in flavor of both the dishes. Just when we were about to be done, we decided to have a Tandoori Chicken. Tandoori chicken was a little over  cooked, with edges of the pieces being charred. Overall, the food,  in-spite of not being authentic and true to its name, was delicious. Then coming to the final factor - the price, which is the most important factor to consider when you have to dole out money to  treat to a group of ten, is pocket friendly

The place is located in an off shoot road in Valasarvakkam. Parking as such, is very limited. The place had neat white interiors. But at the time we had gone in, the place lacked electricity and when we had inquired, the waiter reported to us that they had power shutdown between 12 & 2pm. The restaurant  has been open for 6months and it still lacks a current generator  which seems a sore point.

The waiters were knowledgable, and knew the right dishes to suggest to the group. They also had the right idea about the portions of each dish.

As I had said earlier, the entire meal was pocket friendly. The meal for ten cost the birthday boy Rs 3140/-, which works about Rs 314/head.

Food - 6.5/10
Ambiance - 6/10
Service - 8/10
Price - 8/10

Triana is located in Valasarvakkam next to TMB bank ATM. It can be a little hard to locate the restaurant.

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*A review about a place holds good only for 6 months as there can be a change in quality and quantity of the food, the service and the staff, due to reasons best known only to them. So kindly consider these factors while visiting the places.

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