Maplai restaurant is quite popular and needs no introduction at all to our Chennai makkal.
Especially if you’re a hard core Non-Vegetarian with a huge appetite, don’t miss out on their Maplai Virundhu, a grand feast with over 50 items UNLIMITED!!
If you live away from the city, you can check out their recently launched restaurant at ECR. I visited their Nungambakkam outlet and this review is based on that experience.
LOCATION & AMBIANCE
Located in Nungambakkam right on Sterling Avenue, it’s hard to miss. As you approach Sterling Road from Loyola College, take right which leads to Valluvar Kottam and you’ll find Maplai on your left, just opposite Just Casuals, the apparel store. The interiors are kept simple. Nothing great to mention about the ambiance.
The Mango Monster shake, truly a monster in size is a must try if they still have it in their menu. Freshly cut mangoes topped with mango pulp and mango ice cream is simply out of the world. The ice cream which is made in house tastes so natural and fresh. It was simply divine.
Maplai’s menu is quite different and elaborate. Some of the dishes in their menu are a rare sight to find even in our own kitchens these days.
The Karukke Murukke Vendakai is a crispy fried okra dish eaten like a snack or starter. It was quite different. The Paneer Pepper fry tasted a little similar to the Brian fry we carnivores devour.
Among the Non vegetarian starters I enjoyed the Chicken ka Thakali and the Guntur Prawn Fry. The former is a little sweet but it is also tangy enough that balances the sweetness. The latter is very spicy but the prawns were juicy and I loved it.
The Nattu Kozhi Masala was spicy and tasty but I liked the Nadan mutton curry the best. It’s a Kerala style curry typical with the flavor of coconut. The mutton was cooked well and the gravy was spicy enough for me. It went well with both the kal Dosai and Malabar Parotta.
The desserts were very impressive and was unlike anything that we get in other restaurants. They’ve tried fusing our local ingredients with some famous desserts and created magic. I enjoyed the Coconut soufflé and their famed Maplai Falooda. Their Karupattimisu, which is tiramisu with Karupaatti vellam (palm jaggery) is a must try.
An impressive and different menu. Go for it.