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Original post made on Jan 13, 2017

If you are ready to explore the incredible diversity of South Indian cuisine, the 2-year-old Chennai Kings in Mountain View is an excellent place to start.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 12, 2017, 10:14 AM

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Posted by Max Hauser
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 13, 2017 at 12:53 pm

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Soon after this restaurant opened in 2014, Embarcadero Media blogger Anita Felicelli (whose own family roots are from near Chennai) also reported on it, giving some background that I found informative on the broader topic of Chettinad cuisine: Web Link (". . . Perhaps most exciting for me was that this is a restaurant that hasn't tamed its spice for non-Indian tastebuds. It's kind of rare, even in Silicon Valley with its large Indian and Indian-American population, to get delicious food that has the level of spice and the type of food that you might get in Chennai . . . Chennai Kings has a wider range of South Indian non-vegetarian options—chicken, fish and goat . . . If you're not Indian, but have an adventurous palate, I'm pretty sure you'll like this spot.") I've enjoyed discovering some locally unusual dishes there.

Anita's blog post got some circulation, and may have even helped to get word out about Chennai Kings, which as noted in the article above, last fall became one of the unusually large number of restaurants in this area chosen for review and recommendation in the 2017 Bay-Area Michelin Guide: Web Link

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Posted by Great!
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 13, 2017 at 1:02 pm

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I love Indian food-- sounds like I must go!

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Posted by Doesn't matter
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm

"The butter chicken at Chennai Kings, where South Indian specialties shine"... right. How about getting a food critic who understand a thing a two about food and its provenance?

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Posted by Max Hauser
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 16, 2017 at 12:36 pm

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That last comment had me wondering (the phrase it criticizes isn't anywhere in the article text), but I finally found the phrase, as caption on the last of the (eight) attached photos. Yes, butter chicken is a famously non-southern dish, but if a photo happens to show it (even in a restaurant where "southern dishes shine"), then the caption makes sense, despite a juxtaposition of concepts. (Authorship of the captions isn't even clear, some of them read like quotations right from the menu.) From such a tiny and ambiguous point, condemning the article and its writer is a stretch.

A detail the review's author left out is the reason for the name, "Chennai Kings" -- from a famous cricket team. Anita F. in her earlier blog post about this restaurant, which I linked above, drew attention to "black and white pictures of cricket players and a big screen television that was showing cricket games both times I went."

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on Sep 26, 2017 at 6:49 am

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