In a city that boasts of the fabulous South Indian restaurants, led by the 5-star hotels fighting for supremacy, Savya Rasa holds its own as a standalone South Indian focusing not on states, but specific regions of South India and bringing alive some classic recipes to life. Fancy a nice spicy 'Chettinadu Nandu Saaru', a timeless 'Crab Soup' or the challenging 'Mutton Gola Urundai' - a minced mutton dish with no binding agents, held together by a banana leaf string, Savya Rasa’s menu, along with its knowledgeable waiters can ease you through the complex menu that aims to showcase the best of celebrated South Indian food. Dishes like the 'Kori Gassi' from Mangaluru and 'Chettinadu Sukka' have not been tampered with and are reasonable reflections of the original. Instead of an expanded staples menu, you get a focused set of breads showcasing the best from the region, like the fluffy 'Bun Parotta' from Chettinad or the 'Neer Dosa' from Mangaluru, but rice lovers have not been left behind, with more than 12 carefully curated rice dishes. After all, rice is still the staple dish in South India.
To visit Chennai and devoid yourself of it’s traditional regional food is a sacrilege of the first order. The city is a playground for eateries that are mastering the art of traditional cooking and for trying out recipes handed down generation to generation by their grandmothers. By dining in one of the eateries, you will get a better sense of what gastronomy in Chennai is all about. One restaurant has made a niche for itself amongst all the regional restaurants in the city, i.e. ‘Savya Rasa’. This family-style restaurant is a mecca for regional flavours and is almost always full with families and groups of foodies coming down to taste their fare. Follow the food-fanatics to Gandhi Mandapam Road, Kotturpuram in Chennai, where Savya Rasa is located.
Savya Rasa’s menu covers Pan South Indian region by adapting dishes from various southern provinces. Chettinad, Andhra, Kerala, Mangalorean, the influences of all these cuisines can be seen on the menu here. The dynamic kaleidoscope of flavours keeps the diners coming back for more. Menu is quite varied, featuring enough choices to dazzle your mind. Skip the booze and settle for a South Indian cooler to pair your food. Begin feasting with, Chettinadu nandu rasam, pallipalayam mutton, Guntur pandu mirapakaya kodi, rava vadai, anjal rava fry, pacha masala meen fry, kuttanadan beef varattiyathu, mutta chutney kebab, yeral varuval, urulai podi varuval and mutton sukka. This flavourful gastronomic journey moves onto the curries like, gongura mamsam, kori gassi, bendakkai gojju, yeral vazhaipoo kuzhambu, gutti vankaya masala, milagu kozhi chettinad, kalaan thirattal, saiva veral kuzhambu, mutton phaal and tamatar guddu pulusu.
Even their rice dishes are a meal in itself. Opt for a regional flatbread to polish off the curries. Muttai appam, bun parotta, godhi rotti would do fabulously. A sweet creamy payasam infused with coconut would make a perfect end to this glorious meal. Prices are a little on the heavy side but considering the top notch flavours it seems justified. Savya Rasa is a lovely traditional restaurant that flows into different rooms, each replete with the traditional décor of South India. From matted chairs, carved pillars, murals depicting South Indian landscape, gilded mirrors, regional artwork and banana leaf covered brass utensils, everything in Savya Rasa is designed to exude the South Indian culture. Choose to sit in their private dining area if you are part of a large group.
Keywords: Traditional, Kotturpuram, Chennai, Regional, Curries, Lovely, Family, Medium Pricey.
Summary: A lot can be said about the food served at Savya Rasa. This traditional South Indian restaurant focuses on the recipes from across Southern India and presents them in their authentic manner on the menu. The restaurant is located in Kotturpuram and is one of the finest places to have regional food in Chennai.