Today our drive from Bengaluru to karaikudi took longer than usual due to the Christmas holiday crowd on the highway. We had a late breakfast at Murugan Idli kadai near Krishnagiri and decided to try lunch at the famous Sri Priya mess after reaching Karaikudi. But it was nearly 4 PM when we reached the mess and were surprised to see it still open. This was my first lunch out at Karaikudi in 20 years.
I came to know that Priya mess has almost a 50 year heritage and now there are two branches run seperately by the next generation. We went to the one at Kalanivasal road. The cusine here is obviously Chettinad. The interior ambience was like any other small town eatery.
Since it was almost closing time, few of their signature non veg dishes were not available. The non veg meal option was simple. It had rice served on banana leaf along with 2 vegetable dishes. Today it was yam and bottle gourd poriyal. Both tasted good.
|Meals on banana leaf|
Then came a variety of thick gravies to choose from...we tried country chicken, crab and fish gravies. The gravies were really delicious, rich in chettinad flavor with well balanced spices.
From the available side dish options we went for mutton kolas, Fish fry, Prawns and Goat liver fry. My picks were the liver fry and Prawns that tasted perfect. The fish fry and mutton kolas were just OK.
The rasam tasted fantastic and I ended with my customary curd and rice. The lady waitress was extremely courteous which is rare to see now a days.
|Banana leaf design on the table|
We tried the Jallikattu brand Goli Soda in blueberry flavor. Nithila loved it to my surprise.
Overall a satisfactory experience. We decided to visit again someday at proper lunch time and try out some of their famed non veg chettinad side dishes...!