I am adding this as a new topic because I wasn't sure if it would get lost if I just added on to the current thread.
Husband and I had lunch at CholaNad today. We had a very enjoyable experience. I am looking forward to going back to try more items on the menu, especially the lamb and mutton dishes.
The chef said he is going to continue the "soft opening" for some time to get the kinks worked out. He is hoping to avoid getting slammed until they have their act together. He also said he is trying to present the food he craves when he is at home (street food??) and is going to try to keep prices in an affordable range.
We started with a small bowl of boiled peanuts (compliments of the house). Really, really good and I usually hate boiled peanut. Lots of nice spices, coconut and a bit of a burn. We both gobbled them down (Probably looked like we hadn't had a meal for days). They are apparently going to be offered as a snack at the bar.
Husband ordered the sauteed bread chops $8.00. Sounded weird but was the winner dish (though by just a hair). Here is the description--
"Soft layered bread chopped, worked with eggs
with a drizzle of chicken curry,"
It was a very pretty presentation and very tasty. Husband compared it to a savory bread pudding; I thought more of a Thanksgiving stuffing for an Indian turkey. We both loved it.
I was going to get a dosa but got swayed by vegetable kurma with nan $8.00
The piece of nan was huge and came very nicely blistered with lots of tempting brown spots. The kurma was a pale yellow creamy curry with carrot strips, peas, limas, and green beans. Our waiter said that is what his mom fixes for him. It was quite rich, but also good. Just not as unusual as the bread chops.
The lunch portion was of a size that we both brought home leftovers though I could have kept on eating.
I have tried to attach photos (don't know if it will succeed).
Friday and Sat dinner they will be offering a Thali ("re-enactment of Tamil Feast") with endless rice. It sound like it would be a great group dish.
All it all, I hope they do well. The dosas are calling my name.