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The euphoric triumph of modern Indian cuisine is highlighted by the fact that Indian Accent (New Delhi, No. 9) and Gaggan (Bangkok, No. 1) are now the best restaurants in Asia! A second wave continues to sweep across the casual dining segment, with the likes of Farzi Cafe and Masala Bar establishing themselves as the hardest tables to snag in Delhi and Mumbai. The movement has finally hit the shores of Chennai, and how! Bred from the venerable stables of tiffin-kings Namma Veedu Vasantha Bhavan, comes the snazzy new VB Signature. In spite of the genre’s overwhelming success, serving basundi with liquid-nitrogen to formidable Saapad-fans in Chennai, is a bold gamble. Familiar geeky techniques, and some predictable twists aside, VB Signature is the first real attempt at contemporizing South Indian food.
Indian cuisine is more than ready to take over the world with its inventiveness and zest to become even better. Past few decades have been revolutionary for Indian cuisine as the fare has hit a new mark of success by turning modern. More and more new passionate chefs have sworn to take this cuisine to another level by playing with classics and bringing in new techniques. Chennai too has grown with us. The city is much more adaptable towards modern inventions now and the diners have acquired a taste for modern gastronomy. Liquid nitrogen is used liberally now to infuse oomph factor to this ancient cuisine. Stepping up to the modern gastronomy trend is Chennai’s ‘VB Signature’ which has mesmerized the city with its geeky creativity. No longer is the food boring and one dimensional, rather it has turned snazzy with its new-found twist.
If you decide to explore the modern side of Indian gastronomy then take our suggestion and drop down at VB Signature in Nungambakkam. Located in a hip and trendy vicinity qualifies the restaurant as an instant success but location is not the only thing at play here. The establishment has a reputation of its own gained by constant brilliance. Décor wise the restaurant has created a cosy little interlude away from the bright noisy invasion of the city. At VB Signature everything is undisturbed and intimate. Interiors seems down-to-earth and alluring due to simple exposed brick walls highlighted by peppy wall art and dim lighting. Small round tables and comfy chairs are placed attractively beaming in pale yellow light thrown by the overhead lamps. If you want a little privacy and more room to laze around then ask your server to snag you a secluded booth.
There are three major factors that define the menu of VB Signature. First is its play at modern gastronomy, second is that it’s completely vegetarian and third is that it’s affordable in bargain. You will be able to experience the modern versions of Indian and Asian classics. Starters section features, coriander peanut pesto vadai, floret mussallum, char sui paneer bao, jaituni paneer tikka, dragon smoke popcorn, mushroom biryani arancini and karupatti paniyaram. Tackle the Indian curries with their buttery flaky breads and Asian gravies with fragrant fried rice or noodles. Do save some space for the dessert course which promises to be a gastronomic revelation.
A lot can be said about VB Signature but if you want us to sum it up in one word, it will be – genius. The restaurant is an unconventional approach towards South Indian cuisine in Chennai, a first in anywhere in India too. You may be used to seeing a lot of modern twists to North Indian food but VB Signature’s contemporary take on South Indian food is refreshing. Without charging the earth, the restaurant lets you sample Modern Indian gastronomy in Chennai. If you want to be gastronomically adventurous on your date for a Special Occasion, this is the place to be.