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Located at Nungambakkam, this outlet’s interiors are simple yet very elegant with an eye-catchy wall. The ambience is great for a meal with friends or family. Maplai is an ultimate one-stop destination for cuisines like Chettinad and South Indian. Feast on Brain Fry, Crab Soup, Non- Veg Thali, Mushroom Ularthiyathu, Chicken Kondattam, Super Spicy Andhra Chicken and Nethili Fry.
Just along Sterling Road a little way from the Loyola College end, the road takes a curve right and as you take the curve, you’ll see Maplai on your left. The place is the brainchild of Sakthi Vinod Rajan whose hometown is Madurai. While Madurai staples are the foundation, the restaurant has gone on to fuse cuisines and cooking styles. The five of us were here for lunch on December 30, the last Sunday before the New Year, and the place was packed to the rafters. We stood outside for about twenty minutes before we could all sneak into the air-conditioned foyer and grab one chair for the senior most member of our group, who is all of 83. During the next twenty odd minutes, we managed to commandeer one more chair which two of us shared. The other two just had to stand. Eventually we did get ground floor seating which was a relief, since it would have been tough on the seniors to climb the narrow steps to the first floor. We started lunch with most of us opting for Neer More (spiced butter milk) while the others had the more traditional Mango Lassi. Starters was the rather novel Thanjavur Kair Katti Gola - shredded mutton ground with onions and a dash of masala rolled into a ball, then tied with banana fibre and deep fried. The Prawn Muttai Podimas, scrambled eggs with prawn, was our other choice for starters. For vegetarian starters we went for Paneer ka Thakkali – cottage cheese in a sweet Coorgi sauce. Then it was soups - Nandu Rasam (crab in peppery broth) for some of us, while the others went for Naatu Kozhi Egg Drop Soup (spicy country chicken broth with egg drop) For the main course we decided to stick with the breads. Malabar Barotta and Veechu Barotta teamed well with our choice of gravies – Chettinad Muttai Masala (boiled egg in a Chettinad pepper gravy), Varutharacha Kozhi Curry (chicken with coconut milk cooked Kerala style), and Nadan Mutton Curry (mutton gravy Kerala style). Dessert was Karupattimisu – a palm jaggery dessert inspired by tiramisu that’s a classic original. Some of us opted for the Coconut Souffle – creamy souffle made of tender coconut with a sprinkling of brown sugar which too was heavenly. One of us was keen on the dessert beverage that is all Madurai – the rich Jil Jil Jigarthanda. We took the better part of two hours over lunch. Barring a preparation or two that some of us found a little too spicy to handle, we were happy with the food for the most part. The desserts were the high point of the meal for sure. Maplai serving staff are helpful and willing to assist diners navigate through unfamiliar items on the menu. The restaurant is certainly on the medium-high expensive side, good for the occasional family meal and for taking guests out for lunch or dinner. Valet parking is certainly a plus – the long wait times a minus. Business hours for Maplai are 12pm-3pm and 7pm-11pm on all days of the week.
Maplai is a famous South Indian restaurant for their unlimited Biriyani and parotta and chicken dry and the ambience and service was superb and the desserts mango melba and falooda tasted wonderful!
Maplai is prominently located in sterling Road exactly opposite to loyola college and I have always wanted to visit them. They have valet parking available and a reception area to wait incase of table unavailability. On weekends it's better to reserve your seats. Do take a pic with their mascot - a tiger painting on their wall. Also their interiors are painted with puli aatam in this branch This review is based on my visit for their manapaati food festival. Manapaati is a village 60km from madurai and its famous for male cooks who specialise in cooking non veg food for bigger crowds. Now for this food festival, these cooks have arrived to chennai and prepared these yummy limited edition food items 😊😊 Mutton chukka, chicken chukka, mutton briyani, naatu kozhi kulambu are the special manappatti items. They are available at a cost of 179rs each. Also there is a combo thaali including all these dishes along with a parotta, white rice and rasam at 499rs which is worth a steal for those who wanna try all their preparations. Both chicken chukka and mutton chukka tasted very good. Mutton chukka was bit more spicy. And coming to mutton briyani, it was mixed with cashew paste to suit a medium spicy taste. Naatu kozhi kulambu was very tasty with very soft chicken pieces. This festival will continue till November end. Do try this. And am waiting for their next food festivals. To finish our meal, we ordered their special desserts from their regular menu. 3 way vattalappam and karuppati tiramisu are the must try here.
I recently visited Maplai, Nungambakkam, Chennai. Excellent experience in affordable price. Restaurant is designed in a duplex home. The seating is comfortable. The menu has wide range of south Indian cuisine. Chettinad to Kerla and Malabar to Andra. I ordered chicken chettinad and mushroom chettinad perry fry. Amazingly delicious. Soft and crisp Appam. Since Appam is selling like hot cakes here, soon this was out of stock. We ordered malabar paroth instead. This too is great in taste. Served hot and super soft. Sugercane juice and butter milk is refreshing. Service is par excellence. Dhreen, a polite fellow made every attempt to make our evening special. Suggest right dishes on menu and took great care. This restaurant is must visit in Chennai for food lovers.
you can order anything from the menu and everything tastes great. went there couple of times during my recent trip and did not have any issues both the times and ordered different things each time and everything tasted great, Little pricey, but in the end since the food was awesome, no complains at all, Try the deserts too, yummy!
One stop destination for South Indian cuisine is how we like to define Maplai. This attractively designed family-style restaurant is a great place to catch up with friends for a cozy meal. If you have romance in mind than simply pick a corner table for your Special Occasion rendezvous. After all, it will be much more private. Taste the traditional regional flavours of Chettinad region by feasting at Maplai. Food is authentically prepared and is quite fantastic to taste. To taste little bit of everything, opt for their thalis. Maplai is pocket-friendly as well. A bonus!