A curation of the most European dishes ever, a restaurant like Aristos is the breath of fresh air in the culinary scene of the city. Unexpectedly we were here for a weekday dinner; unexpected because as opposed to the usual boring weekday dinners, this one was super fancy in every way. Being on a very central road in that locality, its vivid sign board is sure to catch your eye. The subtle setting of the place – lighting, seats and decor set you right in for the elite dinner that is the European feast.
As you set into this vibe, they present you with an even fancier menu – a menu that’s filled with dishes that are traditionally famous and loved in the Continent. Special mention to the variety in their menu, be it with the vegetarian dishes or the non-vegetarian amply covering chicken, red meat and seafood (they’re known for their Seafood specialities). France was the first region we visited with their traditional Bouillabaisse. The soup was light and herbaceous. With the assortment of seafood in it, it was the perfect start to the continental feast to follow. Then came the galore of appetisers.
- Veg Cheese Rolls
Kicking it off were these simple rolls with the humble gooey cheese encompassing vegetables.
- Mushroom Canapes
The canapés were not quite the traditional ones we were used to. A deep fried version, the creaminess of the mushroom and the cream was totally delicious though the fried exterior made it a little too heavy.
- Prawn Vol Au Vents
Another traditional hit, the bigger buttery crust was spot on, the best appetiser of the evening! The prawns were creamy and flavour packed, the punch of the prawns making their mark.
- Chicken Tenders
Yummy, comfort food, this one was munched on with no reservations. The dip and the zing of lemon that it came along with just increased its appeal – YUUUMMM.
The quantity of the appetisers was a lot and we were already filled with those. But the mains were where the traditional European dishes came in and we just had to try those.
For the mains we had:
- Chicken Cacciatore
On a bed of some stringy, soft spaghetti, the tangy braised chicken went seamlessly well. It was quite a big portion and it was extremely filling, easily enough for a table of 2. The juicy meat was too deliciously soaked with the flavour of the sauce.
- Chicken Coq Au Vin
Served along with rice, this was SO good that despite being filled we had three servings of it. Smoky and subtle, the succulent meat with the thick gravy was perfect with the rice.
- Fricassee de Veggies
This one is for all those creamy, cheese sauce lovers. Layers of yummy gooeyness, it was slightly too heavy especially with the herbed rice after a couple of servings.
For desserts, we had the Baklava and the Oreo Cheesecake. The Baklava was as heavy as it sounded but its richness was just perfect. The portion again was pretty big so it got a little cloying towards the end.
The Cheesecake despite sounding too heavy, was the better of the two desserts, the dessert that made us keep reaching for another spoonful despite being SO filled. It was light, creamy, a little chocolaty and not too sweet, perfectly checking all the boxes for a perfect dessert.
Aristos is just the place to fancy your guests, friends and beloved ones with proper European food, something that is not too common in Chennai right now. With the VFM being just right for a fine dining sort of dinner, you know where your next fancy date is gonna be.
WTF METER FOR ARISTOS, ADYAR:
Ambience – 8/10
Service – 7/10
Quality & Taste – 7/10
Beverages – 8/10
VFM – 7/10
Reservations – Recommended