Lattice offers an eclectic range of cuisines on its menu, and a steal on their domestic spirits!
If you haven’T been to Lattice in Adyar yet, you should. For one, their Chinese-origin executive chef Francis Lim delivers an eclectic menu — which means you can start with Lung Fung soup, move on to Mexican tacos and then switch over to a Pudina Mutton Seekh Kebab. And second, this is probably one of the only restobars in town that we’re told pulls its biggest crowd on a weekday — courtesy ‘MRP Tuesdays’ where you can order a peg of whiskey at Rs 39!
“We envisioned the space as a fair zone,” says owner Sreemanth Reddy (35), when we get a chance to chat with him later. He elaborates, “What we mean by this is that the prices we quote are on the lower end even for the most expensive options because we want people to enjoy themselves, rather than constantly be checking their wallets. With a background in the granite business, this is Reddy’s first outing in the food business and the name Lattice, takes a cue from the road it sits on — Lattice Bridge Road (now Dr Muthulakshmi Road). “Much like the road, this space is all about bringing people together to enjoy a great ambience, go on a culinary adventure and enjoy a nice delicious beverage while they are at it,” he tells us about his vision for the place.
We put down our refreshing vodka-meets-peach cocktail for a quick tour and quickly discover that apart from the 100-seater resto-bar, the property also boasts a 120-seater restaurant on the floor above — both under the same name and management. This isn’t counting, the 40 odd seats in the VIP lounge, where we get deeply engrossed in a game of pool, post-lunch. But we digress...
Back upstairs, our first dish is called Pie Tee — a Malaysian pastry dish filled with diced chicken and seasonal vegetables including some fresh sprouts for crunch. Top with a drizzle of sweet and sticky chilli sauce and we are hooked! A popular favourite among regulars with good reason, we definitely recommend you give this appetiser a go. A platter of Kodi Chips is up next, and we’re curious as you can imagine, the moment we hear the name. This one is a great snack to go alongside a pitcher of beer, we discover at first bite. Crisp, spicy and possibly addictive — letting go of these batter-fried chicken chips doused in Peri Peri might take some will power!
The Kashmiri Lambargh (lamb chops) marinated in yoghurt and a mix of in-house spices is just as impressive, with succulent meat and delicate flavour notes. We’ve unwisely filled up on appetisers so our sampling of the main course is not as elaborate. To make the most of limited room, we decide to opt for a quick taste of curries from two different cuisines — a classic Red Thai Curry and the much-loved Butter Chicken. The latter with its unapologetically indulgent ‘buoyant butter’ could well make your heart stop — literally. But for now, with the warmth of flaky parathas, we have no intention of stopping any time soon.
Meal for two INR 1,200 approx (not including beverages).
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