Sri Paandi, Sri Grand City is another legend. Legend in the sense it has been in this area for the longest time and can be considered as our favourite restaurant as well. Usually we are here with friends for tea-time for the good spread of goodies like vadai, karipap, kuih-muih etc etc. And we do pop in for banana leaf lunch. Then along the years, the tide diverted because we uprooted our roots to never-never land and this restaurant was forgotten.
On this Sunday, I was suppose to cook but looking at that I was not feeling well, my beloved imperfect soul-mate felt sentimental and emotional. He wanted me to break-away from rolling the pots and pans and we came over Sri Grand City. As we walked in, hardly any breather. Packed with customers, by chance an empty table as though waiting for us. We sat and service as usual prompt. By the way, for a moment before or after your order, please don't stare but casually look at the "pretty woman at the counter" who will be busily collecting the millions. That well groomed lady is an admiration. Hail to women kind who age gracefully but still look good.
As for the customers, they are the rich Indians staying in the big bungalows within the same area and of course, poor people like us are the customers as well. Besides the big groups of Indians, you see Malay and Chinese customers who do makan-makan/eat with their hands but some still prefer fork and spoon. And if you sit nearby to some of the older groups of male customers, you will gather that they are discussing business especially selling insurance or unit trust or ganging up to topple the political parties (better luck for the next election I suppose). The women (so sorry ladies, please forgive me) of course we don't talk about-lah because they will be busy gossiping or keeping an eye on their husbands/partners who slyly will be staring at other women.
Now, coming back to the food business in this popular restaurant. We called for banana leaf lunch, addition side dishes and drinks. Thereafter, sat back in the basic air-conditioned dining area. Just so soon, lunch opened up with the banana leaf opening up, followed by rice, curries and veggies of the day, rasam, chutneys, pickle, moor mullagai/yoghurt chillies, rasam and papadam. .
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