There is such a thing as a free lunch (dinner)

A quick shout out for the Anjappar Chettinad Indian Restaurant.

After my late swim, the pool stays open until 10pm, I decided to eat out. I only had a $100 HK note, roughly a tenner. Looked in all the Chinese dim sum houses, noodle and rice cafes, street food stalls and decided I really fancied Indian. So I popped into the one just a few doors down from the Hop Inn hostel. I ordered a vegetable biriyani, but birzarrely the waitress came back and said biriyanis were finished for the night. So I asked if my $100 would cover a paneer curry and rice. “Yes yes” said the young waitress, and 10 minutes later my dinner arrived. It wasn’t paneer, but tofu, but very delicious and the rice was studded with little kaffir leaves, cumin seeds and cashew nuts. The portions were also large enough to feed two, but after 20 lengths in the pool I was hungry and managed to eat it all. I have no idea why, but when I went to pay, the staff refused to take my money. “It’s complimentary, from our restaurant” they said.

What a lovely guesture, for whatever reason. Even if they hadn’t fed me for free, I’d have gone back. The food was lovely. Looking at the placemat (I borrowed a pen to scribble on the back), I now see they have 77 branches worldwide, and looks like there’s one in the UK. If you find it, why not give it a try?

Up Next

This keeps popping up on my phone, entitled up next. I do hope there’s a few more ‘up nexts’ before I catch my flight home on Valentine’s Day.

Published by backstagestives

Looking for my long lost family in Hong Kong And previously.... Fell in love with coastal living 5 years ago. And moved to stunning St Ives. A place to create and grow and flourish. Got me a home and a job. And never looked back. Everyone talks and writes about the famous dead people of St Ives. Virginia and Alfred and Ben and Barbara and Peter and Wilhelmina. Well I thought I’d introduce you to some very nice folk, and they’re all very much alive and make St Ives a much the better town for it.

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