Tea Stall Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai

Andhra Food Festival at Spice Jar, The Residency

Diverse cuisines, as diverse as its cultures, exist across the length and breadth of the country. Celebrating each cuisine for its individuality is something we’ve always found comfort in. One such cuisine that’s close to us especially for its fiery deliciousness is that of Andhra (collectively). Spice Jar at The Residency has come up with an Andhra Food Festival for this month, till the 29th of January.

Bullock Cart Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai

It’s located in the hub of the city. Ample spacing and comfortable seats cover the large buffet area and smooth music keeps you engaged in the background. Service is as expected, prompt and attentive to cater to your needs. The festival is up for both Lunch & Dinner Buffet.

As you enter, the elaborate decor to connect you to their Andhra theme is a tremendous effort. The setup resonates rural Andhra vibes with its Tea Shop, carts, clay pots and festive decor all around. Neat, traditionally dressed staff fill the room, again echoing the Andhra theme. The buffet comprises of Chinese, Thai, North Indian and of course, the speciality of the week Andhra cuisine which is synonymous with extremely spicy and tangy food prepared by Chef Srinivasa Rao.

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Starting with appetisers from the live counters like the Mirapakkaya Bhajji and the piping hot Andhra Fried Chicken, the hit of spice was exactly what our tastebuds required. The live counter was also filled with other options like Pesarattu – a dosa made with green gram with diced onions as a filling & served with ginger chutney and the Perugu Vadulu, an Andhra style Dahi Vada.

Mirapakkaya Bhajji Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Mirapakkaya Bhajji
Andhra Fried Chicken Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Andhra Fried Chicken
Tandoori Arbi Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Tandoori Arbi
Tandoori Chicken Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Tandoori Chicken
Royyala Veppudu Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Royyala Veppudu

Salad Bar Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai

The buffet was filled with many options, something for everyone. Vegetarian options were a lot more than the non-vegetarian. From the former, there was Ulava Chaaru, Carrot and Beans Veppudu, Aratikaya Fry, Gutti Venkaya Koora, Gongura Pappu and Kobbari Annam to name a few. Loved the Gongura Pappu, Gutti Venkaya Koora and the Kobari Annam for it’s simple yet vibrant flavours. From the non-vegetarian there was the Guntur Mamsam, Royyala Vepudu (Prawn Fry), Mutton Biryani and Warangal Kodi Kura. Each of the non-vegetarian dishes was unique and went really well with the rice. As always, the Podi & Pickles were also a major part of the Andhra feast and there were the Pandu Mirapakai Patchadi, Chinthakai Patchadi, Mamidi Thokku, Allam Pachadi, Gongura Patchadi and Pappu Podi, Nulugu Podi and Karuvepaku Podi. All this with Ghee and Rice was epic and as authentic as it could go. The Chilly Pickle was my favourite of these.

Pickles & Podis Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Pickles & Podis
Sambar, Rasam and Vathakozhambu Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Sambar, Rasam and Vathakozhambu
Carrot & Beans Veppudu Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Carrot & Beans Veppudu
Aratikaya Fry Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Aratikaya Fry
Gongura Pappu Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Gongura Pappu
Gutti Vankaya Koora Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Gutti Vankaya Koora
Kobbari Annam Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Kobbari Annam
Guntur Mamsam Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Guntur Mamsam
Navrathna Pulao Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Navrathna Pulao
Nethili Fry Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Nethili Fry
Mutton Biryani Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Mutton Biryani

From the large dessert spread, the Semiya Laddu, Gajji Kayal, Maida Halwa and Arisalu were representing Andhra. Loved the Cashew dessert (Gajji Kayal) to bits. To wash all the food down, from the beverages showcased in clay pots, we had the Panagam and the uber refreshing Neer Mor (Buttermilk).

Neer Mor Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Neer Mor
Panagam Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Panagam
Arisalu Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Arisalu
Maida Halwa Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Maida Halwa
Semiya Laddu Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai
Semiya Laddu

Desserts Andhra Food Festival Spice Jar The Residency Chennai

There’s a week for you to indulge in sumptuous food from the spiciest region in the country. For reservations and further queries contact Spice Jar, The Residency at 044 28253434 or 7401296003.

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