Before you understand it for the Aahaar restaurant in Hotel Shelters, let me tell you this is NOT. This is a newly opened “Pure Vegetarian” restaurant in the same locality Mylapore. It is diagonally opposite to Sanskrit College or Yellow Pages.
The name confusion is something possibly owners of this new restaurant have to address and even google points to the one in Hotel Shelters.
Restaurant is located in the first floor and ground floor becomes the Car Park. Second & Third floors are yet to be fully functional. Third floor is the roof top aimed at Barbecues.
Settling down with the CFG group, first stop was to look at the Menu. We were greeted with Orange Juice as welcome drink. Their menu boasts of South Indian, North Indian, Chinese cuisines, and Tandoor & Chat items. One interesting item we found on the menu was “Dry Fruit Rava Dosa”, but we didn’t try it!
Our starter course had Cucumber-Onion Salad, Chilly Vegetables, Noodle Salad, Paneer Tikka, Baby Corn, Paruppu Vadai along with Tomato / Mulligatawny Soup.
Mulligatawny Soup is a good start and finely cut Cucumber-Onion Salad is a safe bet.
Chilly Vegetables had mix of vegetables like Cauliflower, Capsicum etc. It included some hard and soft vegetables. Cooked together with Sauce, some of them tasted a bit hard while some soft! This didn’t have anything “Chilly” about it!
Noodle Salad is a cold salad with slightly crispy & soft noodles with vegetables. Has a slight tinge of sweet (guess that is because of the sauce used). This is supposedly their Signature Dish and a good bet to try.
The consistency of their Paneer and the marination done in Paneer Tikka was good. Baby corn in Sauce again tasted a bit sweet and was tender.
Paruppu Vadai was with Coconut Chutney – an ideal combo for tea time snacks. Vadai was a bit extra crispy. Wish it was a bit soft.
From the Chat items, had the chance to taste Bhel Puri.
Next course started off with Podi Dosa served with 2 varieties of Chutneys and Sambhar. Sambhar didn’t taste like the “hotel sambhar” which we sometimes crave for L
Moved on to Mysore masala dosa and found the masala quite good.
Then followed Butter Naan and Paratha accompanied by two side dishes – Rajma Masala and “Milijuli Subji” and Shahi Paneer
Rajma Masala, I should say, was typical south-indian style of making and Milijuli subji was a mixture of vegetables in green gravy. Tasted ok! Shahi Paneer was the best among the dishes. Good side dish for Roti / Naan / parathas.
As part of the main course, we also had rice items – Vegetable Briyani which was matching the expectations.
Taste of Chinese cuisine included Fried Rice with Vegetable Manchurian (Gravy based), both vouching to the name “Chinese”.
After tasting and relishing those different courses, it was time for great dessert round. We relished Gulab Jamun, Carrot Halwa, Basundi and Vanilla Ice cream. Sweets tasted good and with Vanilla ice cream combination with the sweets topped it. Wish Basundi was a lot thicker in strength.
Ambience & décor was simple and service was quite fast from the time we started the courses, we had continuous servings. Pricing is also reasonable and doesn’t hurt your pocket.
In all, this restaurant has a good potential to move up the ladder if they continue what they are doing good and improve on their small deltas.
Mysore Masala Dosa
Veg Fried Rice
Veg Manchurian Gravy
Paneer shahi Korma
Mili juli Subji
Fresh Lime Soda