Chennai’s newest salad bar, Per Se, is attempting to reinvent salads and making eating greens more fun. Helmed by chef and restaurateur Mathangi Kumar, the restaurant also has actor Shraddha Srinath as an investor-partner, along with David Aswathaman, coffee connoisseur Viggnesh V (who also curated a coffee menu at the restaurant), engineer-turned-hydroponics-farmer Akhil Nichani (who brings fresh hydroponic greens for the salads), among a few others. “Opening up a salad bar has been one of the things I’ve wanted to do from over seven years, much before I started working on the other restaurants. Most of us in the current times are moving towards eating greens. At Per Se, located inside Club Crest in Velachery, the greens are sourced hydroponically, which makes them fresher and not as bitter as they grow in a temperature-controlled environment. Instead of just having the usual iceberg lettuce, we are offering a mix of greens like baby spinach, arugula, romaine, butterhead lettuce and also kale. We also wanted to stay away from the common mayo-based dressings as they tend to get heavier and greasy,” says Mathangi, who also is also the chef-partner at That Madras Place, The Summer House Eatery and Patina.