In a region that is popular for its historical mansions and fiery Chettinad cuisine, The Park Hotels brings us a combination of both at its newly restored property, The Vaadhyar’s House. By Rashima Nagpal
The Vaadhyar’s House, a 150-year-old mansion in Chettinad, has recently been restored by The Park Hotels as a chic restaurant for discerning patrons. This property once belonged to a family from the prosperous Nattukottai Chettiar community, who used it as a summer house. Later, it was leased out to several teachers in the area as guest houses before falling into ruins. About a year and a half ago, the illustrious hotel group decided to refurbish it completely, adding to it a classy design aesthetic, and transforming it into the stunning 72-seater restaurant.
The Vaadhyar’s House seats guest in three areas—in the front and back courtyards, and the indoor space surrounded by beautiful lighting and wall patterns. The restored aesthetic of the mansion features traditional antique elements combined with Italian furniture.
The menu at The Vaadhyar’s House has been conceptualised by The Park Chennai’s Chef Ashutosh Nerlekar while Chef N Selvi, an expert in Chettiyar cuisine, is set to run the daily operations. From Kuzhi Paniyaram to Spaghetti Aglio e Olio, you will find everything from traditional recipes and local dishes to international favourites.
The signature delicacies at the restaurant are those made with traditional spices, but with a new age culinary twist. Indulge in the local specials such as the Chettinad thali, Kuzhi Paniyaram, Madurai-style peppered chicken skewers, Meen Varuval, Kavuniarisi halwa, and Chicken Chettinad, served in traditional copper thalis.