Malaysian food is so tasty, Molly. All those spices and whatnot condensed into the sauces. The flavours, the heat. It's not my fault, Molly, is what I'm trying to say.
Everything about Chennai is pleasing: the room is inviting, the staff are helpful and the food is excellent. They're still in their early days which means they are trying to impress, and they certainly did that. My only complaint would be that the food came out very quickly -- pauses between dishes would have been appreciated. The menu is yet to be finalised -- I hope the chicken biryani and goat curry make the final cut -- and they are waiting until then to launch the website.
They'll become a local favourite, Molly, doing a strong trade in roti, laksa, curry and takeaway. They are open for lunch, and have some cheap deals (around $8 I believe) to lure in daytime locals. It's a big restaurant, with two rooms, so let's hope they earn enough to pay that King St rent.
Now, I hate to bring it up, Molly, but the bill came to $99.50 for three. I know, I know, I ordered too much food and I messed up the stake-out. But it was a business expense, and I completely avoided steak puns and didn't even think about a raita/writer gag. That's gotta count for something.
Case file 20110929 [unsolved]
22-24 King St, Newtown
See also: Mamak