Almost at the start of Little India in Penang is where this little café sits on Penang Street. Different from all the other eateries found in the Indian enclave, Chettiar’s a little more, well, trendy. Comfortable bright orange chairs and wood-brown interior along with a patio that overlooks the perpetually busy street welcome you, offering a respite from a hot afternoon or a long walk.
Food wise, its menu offers not only the usual Indian favourites such as curry, samosa, briyani, murtabak and the like but also fish and chips, prawn noodles and breakfast of eggs and sausages. The latter certainly sets it apart from all the other restaurants in the area that normally offer straight-up Indian fare and little else.
Served café style, their food’s not bad at all and at reasonable prices. For a touch of authenticity, give their chicken or mutton claypot briyani from RM10.50. It’s a good serving for a starving diner and includes a hard-boiled egg with accompanying gravy and refreshing cucumber raita. Flavour-wise, you won’t be disappointed.
For a smaller meal, we’d recommend their vege burger at RM6. It comes with a small serve of fries and coleslaw. The vege burger patty is made out of 100 per cent mashed veggetables including carrots and onions. Hence, it’ll tend to crumble but the texture and spicy flavour redeems it in our opinion. Be warned that this is a spicy one and slathering the coleslaw onto the burger before your first bite cools down the spiciness a little.
There are set lunch and dinner menus from RM6 and RM12 respectively, as well as breakfast from RM3 for peanut butter toast. If you’re there for just a drink, their local coffees are pretty good and grab a samosa or two. You won’t regret it. Su Aziz