The Skewers restaurant packs some heat with its multi-cuisine dishes and the signature peri peri chicken
Located near Thottipalayam junction, is The Skewers restaurant owned by Monica Bala, along with working partner Harsh Lalka. With neatly done interiors, the restaurant can seat 80 people comfortably, with a built-up area of 3,000 sq ft. “The restaurant is named after a popular South African dish — peri peri chicken. Our aim is to provide good food, especially the signature peri-peri chicken at an affordable price,” says restaurant manager Bharani, Monica’s father.
Straight from SA
The signature dish is the lava-grilled peri-peri chicken with sides, inspired by Afro-Portuguese cooking that was predominant in South Africa and gained worldwide popularity in the middle east. The peri-peri, that is sourced directly from South Africa, is added to a handful of herbs, spices, a squeeze of lemons and a dash of garlic to create the homemade peri-peri sauce which forms the base of the dish. This traces back to its South African roots (Sosatie) cooked in the skewered meat (sate) with spicy sauce (saus).
The chicken is cooked on a lava grill with homemade peri-peri sauce applied and served as a Portuguese-style chicken espetada on skewers along with crispy french fries and delicious egg fried rice. Chicken pieces on the skewers were generously juicy, delicious and scrumptious. The best part is that you can order the dish in two flavours. You don’t have to be a lover of spicy food as you can order the dish in both medium and spicy variants, with extra hot peri-peri sauce.
Cue to comfort
It’s that charred flavour of the grill mixed with the heat of the sauce you get in the peri-peri chicken, which makes it so unique from all the other foods served. The idea of cutting into the meat that is hung from the skewer along with vegetables as tomato and onion give us the satisfaction of barbecuing and excites us. The Skewers also serve multi-cuisine dishes including South Indian, North Indian, South African, Chinese and quick bites like seven different types of shawarma roll and three different flavours of Al-faham, a Middle Eastern chicken dish.
Price for two is `450 onwards.