Sunday, October 02, 2016

Dinner at Peshawari

Whenever Elliott travels he always calls me and tells me about the amazing restaurants he gets to go to, and without fail always says he wishes I could be there with him. One of the most exciting parts of this trip is that the kids and I can actually go to one of the restaurants he loves.

Peshawari is located in the ITC Grand Cholla. It showcases authentic cuisine from northern India, and apparently to have a really authenic experience, you have to eat everything with your fingers (so we did!)

The first thing Elliott ordered was a giant naan. We were warned ahead of time that these take extra long to cook, but Elliott knew the wait would be worth it. There weren't too many other people in the dining room while we were there, and I think little blond kids are such a rarity in India that the wait staff had fun with Henry and Sophie. They took them on a tour of the kitchens to see our naan bread being prepared, and the chicken tandoori being cooked.

 chicken thighs and legs on the skewer.

 Looking into the pit where the naan was cooking.

 The naan was as big as Henry, so everyone had to document it!

Henry enjoyed soaking his fingers in the warm lemon water
so much that they brought him a second bowl of it.
Eating with your fingers is messy business. Afterwards, everyone got a bowl of water with a lemon in it. You squeeze the lemon with your fingers and use it to help get all the grease off your fingers.

Elliott was right, the food was amazing, at least for me and him. Besides the naan, it was much too spicy for the kids, a theme I fear will appear over and over as we travel through this amazing country. We are supplementing with packages of ramen and dino oatmeal that we brought with us.

A few more pictures of our hotel, the ITC Grand Cholla in Chennai:
 Emma loved the beautiful entryway flowers.

 Sophie loved the horse! The Marwari is indigenous to India,
and Sophie was really happy she got to see some on the beach in Chennai.

 The peacock is the national bird of India. Hanging a peacock feather in your home is supposed to bring good luck and prosperity.

 The stairs all had this delicate carving on them. It was gorgeous. (Click to enlarge)


Brent said...

Yum--naan and spicy Indian cuisine

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

I love the giant Naan! With Henry for scale.