Courtallam Border Rahmath Kadai

The Courtallam Border Rahmath shop is one of the most famous eateries in Courtallam and it’s definitely a foodie’s dream come true to find a branch of it in our Chennai. They’re finally here and their first few days have been excruciating. Food forums in social media platforms slammed them for their service and most of the reviews I saw were negative. Though I haven’t tried their original restaurant, I was more than eager to try this branch. Given below is my take on Courtallam Border Rahmath Kadai, T Nagar.

The Courtallam Border Rahmath Kadai is located in GN Chetty Road. It is exactly opposite to Murugan Idly kadai. There is ample car parking space and it’s manned too. There isn’t much to talk about as far as décor is concerned. It’s a two floored restaurant and we decided to occupy the top one. The reused grimy looking air conditioners does look out of place as the rest of the restaurant looks sparking clean. On a Thursday evening it was pretty astonishing to see a restaurant completely packed but fortunately we got our table with minimal waiting period.

We sensed that there was a rush for the tables so we placed our orders quickly. Chicken Kothu Parotta, Parotta, Kaadai (Quail), Chicken fry, Pepper Chicken and Kalaki were what we ordered. The kothu parotta had a melt in mouth sensation and it was delicious. Would’ve preferred boneless chicken pieces in it but apparently that’s the way it’s served at their original shop. The parotta, for which they’re known for, were extremely good. I didn’t personally like the salna but the parotta was excellent with other curries too. We got the deep fried version of Kaadai and it was flawless. Their chicken fry must be their best side dish. It was succulent and perfectly spiced. Pepper chicken was more of pulled chicken meat with spices and it was good too. Their Kalaki wasn’t as spicy as I expected it to be but nevertheless it was yummy.

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Service, something for which this place received bad reviews, was surprisingly amazing for us. The person who served us was super friendly. We originally asked for biryani and when he sensed they’ve run out of it, he presented us with hot parottas and told us to enjoy this while the rest of our dishes were getting ready. This isn’t a fine dining restaurant and if you expect that level of service, you’ll be deceived. The service here is very personalised and courteous. Even a brother from North, who was clearing used banana leaves struck up a friendly conversation. If that wasn’t enough, a person at the billing counter asked us how our meal was. I prefer this type of service any given day.

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The aforementioned items costed Rs. 1868. I find it to be slightly on the higher end of my scale. But for the amazing food they served and the quality they provided, I guess it’s worth the price tag. Finished a lovely meal with a beautifully made sweet paan from the opposite side of the road, outside Hotel Virudhunagar. Overall, it was a really good experience and I can’t wait to try them again.

Location:- 4.5/5
Parking:- 4/5
Reception:- 3.5/5
Food:- 4/5
Customer Service:- 5/5
Ambience:- 3/5
Price:- 3.5/5

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