Abraham Ninan; Madras' most popular caterer of the 60s, 70s and 80s. From Pandit Nehru to Madras Medical College's topnotch professors, from the Anglo India families of St Thomas Mount and Perambur, to advocates of the Madras High Court……all of them enjoyed and remembered his food.
A bit of English, a bit of Kerala and a bit of Madras. Thats what he made his food taste.
Ninan began his life with the Spencer's, managing its hugely popular catering on the railways.
He then ran a big canteen at Madras Medical College.
He took over an Iranian restaurant in the YMCA in George Towne and over time, made it a very popular food joint.
English breakfast had the way it should be had - with knives and forks and napkins. The menu for lunch was a big spread of chicken roast, mutton biryani and caramel custard ( it sells fast at Rs.40 a cup!)
Today, his son Alexander Ninan runs the restaurant which is now in its 61st year. And to celebrate a rare restaurant that has run and run and still serves good food, there is going to be a talk and a buffet on a weekend.
Ninan will shares his experiences and then serve the brand of food his place is known for.
Just a different kind of event to mark Madras Day 2017.