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While Avartana has made waves with a new-age rendition of South Indian food, Ayna has gone about modernization so quietly that most of the city has not noticed. To be honest, the older Ayna was never a popular choice. Its Pan-Indian offerings, while competent, were overshadowed by better-known names in the price range. However, this new Ayna definitely deserves some attention. I begin with 'Kathal', done three different styles in 'Mung-dal Papad Rolls'. While the pulled, stir-fried and mashed Kathal is interesting, it misses the intense flavour of the tropical fruit. Next course is 'Haleem' served with 'Seekh Kabab'. The texture of the Haleem is a tad pasty, but not something you would notice while scooping it up with juicy kababs. My next plate is even better - a 'Mille-Feuille' of sorts with filo pastry, crab meat, crispy calamari rings and shrimp. However, the standout dish is a clever 'Prawns Khichdi'. The juicy bits of prawns in smooth khichdi pairs perfectly, and the dish comes crowned with 'Tandoori Prawn'.
It is always fun when a restaurant reinvents itself. By taking past lessons in stride and much better grip of the clientele, the restaurant enters the culinary ring determined to make impact. Today, we are celebrating the evolvement of one such restaurant that has always been brimming with potential. Coming back with an entirely new concept is ‘Ayna’, a plush fine dining curry house emerging as a strong contender on Chennai’s fine dining map. The new Ayna is much bolder and has gained a contemporary vision to portray it’s menu. By turning a new leaf, Ayna has become one of the popular places to be seen at in Chennai. You will find Ayna housed at Hilton Chennai, J.N. Salai, Guindy, Chennai.
Ayna is luxury personified and it takes exactly that into it’s menu. The Pan Indian food served here has a modern flair to it, stepping it away from rest of it’s curry-serving peers. The restaurant adapts unique dishes from across India, keeping some of them modernized while sustaining the originality in rest of them. Choose a drink off their bar menu and dive right into the gastronomy through the appetizers. Worthy of being on your plate are, samundari jal pari, einchor er chop, curry leaf grouper, nazrana-e-gosht, chapli kebab, Hyderabadi marag, kappa vada, edi karware, makai mirch masala, dori kebabs, khumb galouti and anjal fry. The fun doesn’t stop here. The menu leads you further into the main course entailing, sangri ke kofte, nalli rogan josh, peethala pulusu, paneer lazzat, gosht tar tar, triplicane kozhi biryani, motiya chaman, dal Ayna, kavipoo Pattani korma, thakur barir mangso and nimuda kukkad.
Pick a paronthi naan or masala kulcha to polish off the curries. If you want to try little bit of everything then ask for Ayna thali. Ayna brings equal versatility to it’s dessert section. Help yourself into a delicious sugar coma by tasting, anjeer aur dahi ki lauj, Daulat ki chaat, gulab jamun, masala chai crème brulee, lab-e-shireen, benami kheer and badam aur gehun ka halwa. Ayna is a luxurious, sophisticated property, designed to immerse you in opulence. It may cost hefty but it’s worth every penny. Their dining room is a beautiful mesh of modern and traditional. Delicate traditionally motif screens sections the dining room into smaller nooks, offering the guests privacy. Ayna beckons you with a variety of seating styles, choose what draws you.
Keywords: Hilton, Chennai, Pan Indian, Expensive, Modern, Sophisticated, Opulent, Fancy, Bar Menu, Luxury, Fine Dining.
Summary: Ayna is replete with luxury. It’s menu spans across India, handpicking unique dishes you don’t often get to experience. In a plush, sophisticated environment, Ayna offers you an expensive but memorable fine dining experience. Drive to Hilton in Chennai to enjoy Ayna.