The latest addition in Haus’s empire is Amma’s Haus, a name that like the rest of the sovereign states – Sushi and Asian – needs no explanation.
A pleasant man on Amma’s Hotline – which we gladly save on our phones – helps us with our order, early evening. He’s polite and encourages us to lightly loiter around the suburbs of our dietary comfort zone. Our resulting dinner arrives promptly and in the exact state he describes: “hot, organised and fresh.” Classic of the Haus brand, several sealed boxes are packed in to one large cardboard box; a little clutch-size bag holds appams, meticulously separated by thin sheets of paper.
We lay the table as soon as it’s legitimately dark outside, with half a desire to sit crossed leg on the floor, with tuberoses and candlelight. Maybe next time. For now, we tear through the meal that brings less sophisticated but equally important things: tissues, mild tears, an urgent call for beer, and lots of approval.
The star of the show is Chicken Chettinad. The spices are sharp, but in perfect balance with each other – you can taste the peppercorns, the red chilies, the coconut both separately and together. We’re also big fans of AH recommended Crab Curry. Blood red, the dish packs an ample chunk of the crustacean; we take great pleasure in destroying the soft shell for every bit of that green chili and tomato infused meat. We’re happy with, but a little less ready to riot for Mango Curry, which when compared to the other dishes is one thumbs up rather than two. We suspect that if the raw mangos were traded in for ripe, we’d be all gung-ho about this one too.
The star of the show is Chicken Chettinad. The spices are sharp, but in perfect balance with each other – you can taste the peppercorns, the red chilies, the coconut both separately and together.
When our appams start to dwindle, we polish these curries off with gunpowder idlis – each is a gunshot in the mouth on its own, and we actually recommend this strategy to both clean off the plate and temper the tears.
Even before the meal is over, we know the conclusion: Amma’s Haus is great. Especially on a weekend night when we want to go to Coast for this taste, but can’t, because the city has made the village impossible. We’re sure to try the rest of the dishes on the menu, many of which remain embarrassingly unfamiliar despite our years in Tamil Nadu. There’s definitely potential for a new cult here.
Getting there: Call +91 9810043556, +91 9555130130, Rs. 2,520 for three at dinner + half tomorrow’s lunch.
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