View from Finding Rumi – © Seemita Das

What do you find at a place named ‘Finding Rumi’? Contentment.

I found its many hues at this wonderful, little restaurant at Chennai, serving Mediterranean and North Western cuisine. Tucked away onto the third floor and opening upto the terrace, this place reminds one of Rumi: the architecture, the decor, the cutlery, the food, the books (my favorite) and even the parrots pay a quiet tribute to the sufi poet who has inspired generations with his wisdom and way of embracing life.

I went, on pure whim, to this place and was overwhelmed! The cozy seating salons for 2 or 4 was perfect for us and we ordered Spanakopita to begin with. Oh they melted in the mouth! Filo pastry with filling of spinach and cheese was all we needed to whet our appetite.

The crispy veg that came next brought along a hummus that was easily one of the best we had had. The main course was a mish-mash of vegetables and herbs, cheese and parsley that simply got all notes right. The generous portions meant we didn’t have any space for desserts in our tummies. But…I dare you to overlook the baklava here and walk out. YOU CANNOT.

Easily one of the best baklavas I have ever had! Fresh, crisp, nutty, soft and absolutely delish! You simply can’t stop at one.

The staff made the experience even better. They were attentive without being intrusive. A kind of perfect lunch is what we had.

Go on, seal some moments of bliss and breathe in the calming air of Rumi.

Meal for 2: INR 1800 (Veg); INR 2500 (Non-veg)

At Nandanam, Chennai.

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