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The journey and fortunes (no pun intended) of the old Chola Sheraton are best captured at the Earthen Oven. It began as the very first outpost of Peshawri in 1978, which itself is a moniker for a branch of the legendary Bukhara at ITC Maurya. At one point of time, patrons waited around the circular lobby in a queue to get inside the cosy, rustic dining rooms. Now, solitary whispers echo through the restaurant, which seems to be caught in a time warp. Which, may not be a bad thing for you.
The beauty of some restaurants rely not in their décor but in their menu and very few restaurants are accomplished both in food and décor. Their success is based on delicious food whose memory stays with you for years, bounding you to come back whenever you have a chance. Northern food especially has a way to comfort you and the sense of peace or fulfilment you get after having North-Indian food is unbeatable. Today many restauranteurs have come up with these wonderful menus that features old-fashioned untried dishes lost in time. Finding and preparing these recipes have become a challenge they execute beautifully, giving us a meal to remember. ‘Earthen Oven’ of My Fortune hotel in Gopalapuram of Chennai, is one such place. You might remember the name from the legendary Bukhara at ITC Maurya. Earthen Oven has the same gist as the iconic restaurant and is much more accessible.
Carrying this age old iconic name from ITC Maurya, Earthen Oven has a responsibility to perform by reaching the same high quality standards as its namesake. Earthen Oven is much more budget-friendly and less formal than the older restaurant. First thing you notice as you step in is the sprawling space that meets your eye. The vast space is used to break the room into wide nooks that act as private dining room. Wooden carved screens does the job of dividing the room neatly to form secluded spaces for diner to sit and relax in. Ambience is a bit formal yet laid back. There is nothing striking or loud about the furnishings. Everything is subtle, timeless and elegant. It’s a good place to pick for quiet family dinners or an important business meeting when you want to impress the client with a touch of class.
Earthen Oven explores the Peshawari side of the North-Indian cuisine through its menu. You will get plenty of options to choose from, each one more mouth-watering than the other. Begin your meal with an assortment of kebabs such as, doodhiya kebab, murgh kadak seekh, mirch ke kebab, barrah kebab, tandoori subz bagh, murgh malai tikka, tandoori gobhi, khaas seekh kebab, ajwaini paneer tikka, mahi tikka and sikandari raan. Opt for a nimona pulao or a naan to mop up the delicious curries. Murgh akbari, tursch-e-paneer, Awadhi nihari, mirch aur baingan ka salan, keema chaap and barah gosht is exceptional. Finish with shahi pakodi, gulab ki kheer, bharwan gulab jamun and kesari shabnam.