Like each metro throughout the globe, Chennai too has been seeing a speedy improve within the variety of eating places serving worldwide delicacies. However very hardly ever does it really feel like we’ve got been transported to that nation for a meal.
We make our method via the bustling Sterling street in Nungambakkam to step into a relaxed and vibrant Morocco at Ignna by Midnight Solar. The sandstone colored partitions, teal decor, greenery and lighting that adjustments each day make the place selfie-friendly. “Morocco has a wealthy tradition and thriving nightlife and I wished to deliver that to Chennai. Once I was designing the place, I envisioned it to be apt for sundowners and romantic dinners to see the sky flip pink and purple. So we determined to call it Ignna which suggests sky in Tamazight, an area Moroccan dialect,” says Thirukumaran Roopkumar, artistic director and founding father of Midnight Solar. Because the climate will get cooler, the open roof atmosphere is nice and air blowers constructed into the partitions maintain pesky mosquitoes away. There may be an open bar counter and a wood-fired oven that fills the air with the nice and cozy aroma of freshly-baked breads.
First a bread basket is introduced in with a guacamole humas, and salsa. With warning to save lots of room for the remainder of the feast, we take it sluggish with the baked items. With each a la carte and set menu choices obtainable, we go for the latter. Soups are available first. The charcoal roasted twin pepper soup is creamy, mildly spiced with a heady basil flavour. Basic rooster Harira soup, a standard Moroccan soup had throughout Ramzan, can be served. It’s a tomato and chickpea-based broth served with a garlic skinny crust bread.
In Morocco, each meal is claimed to incorporate a salad with cooked or uncooked greens. We strive the candy, savoury and refreshing watermelon and feta salad which is tossed with cucumber and specks of pistachio.
“Our intention is to ship a close-to-authentic Moroccan eating expertise however for the Indian palette. With Chef Jugesh Arora’s expertise and notes from my journey to Morocco, we took a number of trials to finalise the dishes,” says Thirukumaran.
Intrigued by the substances, we strive the pan grilled sugarcane prawn truffles. The prawns are minced with chilli and a spice mix and are wrapped round skinny sugarcane fingers earlier than being grilled. As juices from the sugarcane seep into the meat, making it an fascinating dish to strive as soon as, the inconvenience of consuming it brings it to a fast satiation level.
Pita Social gathering
Heat and fluffy pitas are introduced in with a number of choices for dips. The beetroot hummus stands out with earthy flavours and a vibrant color. The prawn hummus is served with a prawn curry and is mildly spiced. Ali Nazik, a creamy baba ganoush can be served with curried lamb bits. It’s savoury and smokiness of the charred eggplant elevates the dip.
We additionally strive the seafood tagine, a deep broth, served in an genuine tagine (vessel) which is hearty and mildly tangy with prawns, calamari and a mixture of greens. It’s served with a facet of couscous.
The meal ends with crispy Kunafah and heat baklava filled with pistachio. Sugar syrup is served on the facet to cater to at least one’s desire.
Ignna is part of Midnight Solar, an unique members-only membership and will be booked for personal occasions. It additionally has a ballroom that may accomodate near 100 company and can quickly home Plouf, a French cafe.
Ignna by Midnight Solar is on 58, Sterling Street, Nungambakkam. A meal for 2 with out drinks prices ₹1800.