We had planned to try this 'Government' restaurant at Pettah when it opened last May. It was only a couple of days after the inauguration and Kurian, our reliable scout, reported that they were severely understaffed and not able to keep the tables running. So we had moved on to some other diner that day.
Anyway, I paid a visit to the 'Chicken Restaurant' a couple of days back for lunch. The restaurant is pretty decent in the inside, although the air conditioners were conveniently put off. The place looks real nice (especially for a Government concern) and the tables are comfortably spaced.
The lunch menu, however, was not very exciting. Chicken Biriyani, Chapathi, Chicken Fry & chicken Curry! You don't need a menu card to tell you that, right? And they didn't have one either. Anyway, we ordered the Biriyani and chicken fry.
I must say I wasn't disappointed with the food. The biriyani was not top-notch or anything but was tasty and quite good. For about Rs.80, you get a big bowl of Biriyani with 3-4 pieces of chicken, smeared in thick gravy. Not a bad deal at all. It was a bit of a let down to have no egg served with the biriyani, but given my cholesterol levels, I shouldn't complain :-)
The chicken fry (priced about Rs.60), though served cold, wasn't bad either.
We didn't enquire about desserts or beverages, but considering they offered no menu card, I guess they don't have any. Overall, I'd recommend this restaurant if you just want to have some chicken biriyani and aren't looking for a fancy menu.