This place is the latest in a string of Indian restaurants that have occupied the same location on Cambridge Street. Chettinad Grill, however, provides a larger selection of lunch buffet items, a preponderance of which are vegetarian, than did its predecessors. I was pleasantly surprised. When I went there for dinner last month, my choice of entree apparently signaled to the server that I belonged in the “advanced class” of non-Asian diners, so he asked if I would like to try the “special” condiment, and though the little bowl he brought was way too spicy for me, I appreciated the consideration.
The place was almost empty so I easily heard the departing table’s raves over their meal. I asked the manager what they had ordered. He explained that they ordered many items but were especially enamored of the special frozen dessert, which included cake. So I ordered it too. When he asked how I liked it, he was clearly pleased that I identified it as kulfi with bits of cake mixed in, and that I enjoyed it.
I think Chettinad Grill may give Ritu Ki Rasoi a run for its money. (I love RKR, but in summer the place is just too hot for me.) Long may they both live!