-By Ameeta Agnihotri
It is grand. Done up in red, green and gleaming brass, Dakshin took South Indian cuisine to a new high when it opened its doors to the world in 1989. As you enter, the opulence that belongs to the South of India takes over your senses. Beautiful 'urlis' are decorated with fresh flowers. Looking around, you will see the restaurant's walls adorned with fabulous Tanjore paintings, and the food comes to you in regal style, served by waiters dressed in Panchegajam Veshtis. Whatever you do, don't miss out on the food from Iyer's trolley. It's legendary and has a completely captivating yum factor with recipes from Chef Parmasivan Iyer's treasure chest, and comes accompanied by freshly ground chutneys every one of them unique and distinct in taste. Your starters and main course is served to you from gleaming serving dishes on to your thali, which is lined with the traditional banana leaf, cut to fit. Somehow, food eaten with the fingers from a banana leaf has a flavour that no other can match. Vegetarian or non-vegetarian, Dakshin has something to everyones preference. Spongy, lace-y appams, delicately layered iddiappams, typically steamed rice, or Malabar Parottas bring flavours and tastes alive in gentle accompaniment. You must have the Yelaneer Payasam made from tender coconut flesh and top it up with the famous frothy, hot kaapi.
Review posted this month
Enjoyed the hospitality of Dakshin with their Madurai Virudhu menus: Hot soups, Crunchy Papads/Applams, Banana Dosa with variety of chutneys, Madurai Kari Briyani,
Very delicious is: Coconut Halwa and Amirth Kuzhal - very nice name and hats off for the name - it will go places.
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: Coconut Halwa and Amirtha Kuzhal
Review posted more than 6 month ago
Perfect place for dinner...
Review posted more than a year ago
Most of my meals at dakshin have been dinner, and what a feast it has been. The non vegetarian thali features a generous helping of fish, prawns, chicken and mutton dishes. service is excellent and food is worth every penny.
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