Indian Cuisine is the first ever restaurant to serve South Indian
food in Memphis.
Since its inauguration on Union Avenue in March 2001, the restaurant
has seen quite a few changes over the last 9 years. Currently located
in East Memphis at the intersection of Quince and Kirby, it is owned
by Mr. Krishna Rao Chattu and his partners.
time you walk into Mayuri, Mr. Chattu’s friendly smile unfailingly
greets you. As soon as you are comfortably seated, the menu arrives
with its wide offering of South Indian delicacies ranging from the
typical Idli and Dosa to a variety of Biryanis. The menu also boasts
North Indian dishes
like Matar Paneer and Chicken Makhani. Weekday lunch and weekend
buffets feature an array of mouth watering items, sure to please both
vegetarians and meat lovers.
chilly Monday afternoon, as we entered the restaurant, trailed by our
weary kids, steaming Garam Chai and delicious Mango Juice welcomed
us. We sat at the back table for a tête-à-tête with Mr. Chattu
where he opened up about himself and his restaurant….
us about yourself…
was born in a small village in coastal Andhra Pradesh, India. I
worked as a cook in Vijaywada for many years before coming to the US
in 1986. My first base in the US was in San Jose, California before
moving to Memphis in 2004. Cooking is my passion and our family
business for generations.
is involved in running the business and what does your day look like?
brother and I manage the business, including the day-to-day
operations at the restaurant. My wife and sister-in-law are our
typical day begins at 9 am with cooking for the lunch buffet. The
buffet runs from 11.30
am to 2:30 pm.
After that, we immediately start preparations for dinner which begins
at 5:00 pm. The restaurant is usually open till 9:30
is certainly a lot of hard work for the entire family.
food has a nice home made quality to it. What is your secret?
and foremost, the credit goes to our chefs - my wife and
sister-in-law. They cook with the same dedication and meticulousness
as they would at home. That makes a world of difference.
we always use the freshest produce from Palazola,
from US Foods and the best Indian groceries ordered directly from
has Mayuri evolved since you
acquired it in 2004? Do
you have any other branches in the US?
was the first establishment
to introduce South Indian cuisine to discerning Memphians. It was
very well received by the local community then and we continue to
enjoy the same interest today, despite many other available options.
time visitors often compliment us on the wide variety of dishes
offered and the exotic taste of our food. Many of them soon become
regulars, enjoying our delicacies at least once a week. However, the
current economic conditions are significantly impacting
our patrons and
ultimately us. My hope is that 2010 will bring positive changes to
do not have any other branches but my brother-in-law and his friend
owns a South Indian Restaurant, Priya, in St. Louis. You will find
similar quality fare and home made taste there.
is your favorite dish at Mayuri and can you share a recipe with us?
personal favorite is Chicken Makhani. I usually have that for lunch
at the restaurant. Our patrons love the Domestic Chicken served at
the Sunday buffet. Other very popular dishes are Rasam, Egg Biryani,
Lamb Curry, Yogurt Rice and Spinach Dal.
but not the least, any message for our readers?
want to thank all our patrons for continued support and making us a
part of your culinary adventure. We look forward to serving you for
many years to come and appreciate your compliments and suggestions.
caters food for parties and special occasions. We also provide space
and food for get-togethers of up to 30 people in our restaurant. For
details please call at 901-753-8755.
Indian Cuisine 6524
Quince Road Memphis,
TN 38119 Ph: