This restaurant needs no introduction! Ponnusamy is famous for the typical South Indian style with the South Indian spices. Like everyone else in the is city, I grew up eating the food here. Ponnusamy has been THE PLACE for biryani lovers for ages.
I recently visited the place with my family after ages and after the renovations at the restaurant.
The restaurant has invested in a a lot of wood work and glass and has amazing air conditioning! Much needed facility while you eat hot and spicy food! The restaurant has two floors (the ground and the first floor) and can accommodate around 50 to 60 people at once.
The tables are close to each and you might hit the hand of the person next to you or in the next table. Theres hardly any place to move between the tables as well. But that didn’t stop the Chennai people from coming back to this place!
1. Chicken/ Mutton Biriyani- the restaurant is known for their biryani and this was bang on!! Very flavourful with the right amount of spices!
2. Chicken 65 - chicken marinated with spices and deep fried. It has a punch of lime as well. Tasty and yum!
We loved the mutton and chicken curries this came with as accompaniments. Dunk your eggs in this and eat!!
3. Prawn masala - This was a disappointment :( prawn was not deveined:/ and it was simply boiled and then added to a pre made masala. The prawns did not have enough salt or spices and we had to return the dish!
4. Mutton Sukka - This dish is absolutely tasty! Small bite sized mutton pieces are tossed with onion, tomatoes and South Indian spices and cooked until the mutton is tender and absorbs all the spices.
5. Nethli fry - I loves the way the nethli fry tasted. Huge pieces of nethli or anchovies are marinated with spices and deep fried. I am still surprised as to how the huge fishes did not have huge bones and had more flesh! These men know how to pick their fish!
6. Fish curry - I love fish curry and rice with pappad. I would say that the restaurant has one of the best fish curries in the city! Perfect amount of spices, onions and tomato and tamarind juice. You know how to make a good fish curry when you know how to strike a balance between all three. This was perfect!
7. Fish poriyal or sura puttu - this famous dish made from shark is a must try! We had to literally fight for the dish with our parents