Find a motley of cuisines, from the German Schnitzel to Sambar Sadham at The Slaves

With a mix of Chettinad, Continental, German dishes and its quirky interiors, this week-old restaurant offers an ode to travel and deli food
The Slaves
The Slaves

The latest addition to the slew of restaurants on Avinashi Road is quite the eye-catcher with its loud exterior, courtesy its royal blue and black wall and graffiti. But what makes you do a double take, even as you drive by this eatery that sports a Tomorrowland flag, is its name sign all lit up in blue-neon lights — The Slaves. Second, in the line of restaurants from entrepreneur Babu Prasath, this creative restaurant takes pointers from its Pollachi counterpart that opened five years ago. Bohemian in design, the restaurant is brightly lit; sports murals of Roman statues, Indian women, and Egyptian hieroglyphics, and is decorated with eclectic Karaikudi doors that act as room dividers. 

Fusion essentials
 “The decor and the food are inspired by our travels,” shares Babu who is also an IT Consultant for Price f(x), adding, “Each portion of the dining area is divided into a region depending on the ornamentation and colour scheme.” A quick tour of the 4,000 sq feet restaurant throws up multiple selfie worthy spots. We especially love the British area that comes completely decked up with a mantelpiece clock and a replica of Excalibur. As we sink into our brass-backed chairs, we are presented with the menu that is a motley of cuisines, Continental, Pan Asian, Chettinadu, and North Indian. “Our chef here is quite the master of fusion food. The menu is an outcome of all our experiences with food over the years. The fare we offer is inclusive of everything from sambar sadham to German schnitzel. We aim at serving every whim of our customer, which is why we call ourselves The Slaves.” 

Starter pack
Before our starters arrive, first up on our table is the Chinese-Indian staple Manchow soup. Rich in scallions, chicken and heaped with crispy fried noodles, the steaming bowl of soup is a buttress against the nippy evening air. We begin our dinner with the chicken roast. A fiery start to our meal, the roast, which is made with whole spices, is fragrant and has a hot tang of chilli and ginger. The baby corn golden fry is perfect for anyone who is indifferent to the vegetable but loves the texture of the batter-fried goodness. Tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce, it is a memorable starter and has us asking for seconds. Among the other starters, the must tries are the Grilled Fish — a mildly spiced seer fish that is marinated with the dry spice rub, the coconut chicken that reminds us of the Kerala chicken stew, and the Paneer Tikka which is accompanied by a tangy mint chutney. 

It’s that simple 
For mains, our choice is the Fusilli pasta in a white sauce, a dish that ticks all the boxes when you are craving home-styled Italian food. Each bite is a mouthful of warm comfort food.  

The mains course menu is quite extensive with a varied selection of Indian bread, pasta, noodles and salads. With little space left for desserts, head chef, S Prabhu suggests we try the Mango German Cupcake. Filled with rich butterscotch eclair custard, the warm sticky centre is offset by the crunch from walnuts and a cold scoop of vanilla ice cream — making it the perfect ending to a rainy evening. 

Approximately Rs 1,000 for two. At The Slaves. Details: 9894779945

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