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Karaikudi Indian food in Chantilly

anakalia | Jun 21, 2012 08:02 PM

We were excited to see the opening of Karaikudi, a restaurant that specializes in Chettinad food, from Tamil Nadu, in Chantilly (next to Lotte Plaza). I'm wondering if anyone else has had the chance to try it? I'd searched the web, but found nothing about this place, so my husband and I decided to order take-away from there last night.

Their menu includes some items that other South Indian restaurants in the area don't have, like crab soup, various egg curries, avial, mutton sukka varuval, shallot and coconut tamarind curry, Chettinad quail, etc. Unfortunately, they were out of some of these dishes (like a shredded parotta and vegetable dish) on a Wednesday night -- it seems like the menu listed on their web site is a special, weekend, menu.

So my husband ordered the mutton biryani, and I got the egg biryani. Both came with a tomato-onion raita. At first, we were disappointed with the size, which seemed smaller than most other places. But, in retrospect, we were both full after eating about 3/4 of the dishes, so the size was fine. And the taste was completely different than biryani from other local restaurants -- it was spicier and richer in flavor, a bit "wetter" and much more similar to what you would actually eat in Tamil Nadu. The biryani got two thumbs up from us, and we're looking forward to trying other dishes from here to see how they measure up...

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