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On your palate - ChennaiViews: 2394
Mar 22, 2005 4:55 pmOn your palate - Chennai#

H@r!$h Vittal

Lets start this thread for pure fun and information.

Name a eating place in\around chennai, type of food they serve, what you like about the place.
It can be any place around from the smallest shack to the best star'ed hotel.

Do give the address \ landmark. and if possible the average cost for a meal for two.

Join in on this Thready wholesome meal...

Bon Apetit!





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Mar 22, 2005 5:19 pmre: On your palate - Chennai#

Lavanya Karalkar
I would any time would opt for Woodlands (new) for a simple neat meals..

The meal costs around Rs. 60/- to 80/- depending on your selection but you feel you are eating a safe food.

Ofcourse, the rush is little too much and the serving takes more time than necessary which can be corrected.

LK(g)

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Mar 22, 2005 7:35 pmre: On your palate - Chennai#

H@r!$h Vittal

This is my current Fav -

Moonrakers - its off Mahabalipuram (# 34, Othavadai St, Mahabs, 603104).

The place is quaint little fishing hotel. Fishermen drop off their catch at the hotel. Customers chose their catch and get them cooked.

Its got mirrors, innumerable artefacts adorning the walls, old B\w pictures of India, its freedom fighters, etc.
They even cater to inhouse massages...

Their speciality -
Tiger Prawns
Shrimp sauted in Garlic butter sauce.
Catch of the Day - Be sure to ask the details and the price as this is seasonal.

The food is out of this world. A sunday drive to this place is all but worth it.

Wash it down with some cold beer and you are ready to start the rest of week.

Yummm!!




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Mar 24, 2005 6:16 amre: re: On your palate - Chennai#

Lavanya Karalkar
harish..if the board allows you, even you may give the toral receipe of the fish preparation detailing the masala to be used, and whether to deep fry or steam cook and finally how many beers to top..

LK(g)

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Mar 24, 2005 6:46 amre: re: re: On your palate - Chennai#

Govind Srinivasan
Hi Harish,

Help Lavanya customize her fish-dish. We will keep this thread for all food-related discussion.

Govind

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Mar 24, 2005 9:02 amOn your palate - Chennai#

SOEB FATEHI
Lavanya and all her sisters and all their sons and daughters in law are vegetarian.
Please do not offend their sensibilities by offering fishy delights.

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Mar 24, 2005 3:44 pmre: On your palate - Chennai#

H@r!$h Vittal

LKg - Do you really need Kozhambu recipes or those fishy ones which Soeb is talking about.

Either way, Chennai can tease your palate with its chettinad styled Kozhi, vada curry, maligai idli . . .

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Mar 24, 2005 11:13 pmre: re: On your palate - Chennai#

Don't give up at halftime. Concentrate on winning the second half
"Kabul"-- my all time favourite..

the best afghan food with beer to add up

on the ttk road near Freeze zone.. dont miss out the best Butter chicken and the Mutton kheema there.

Harish i am confused now after seeing your bla bla on the moon rakers.. Tiger prawns that day was out of the world stuff.. btw how many did we eat??

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Mar 25, 2005 3:41 amre: On your palate - Chennai#

Where The MIND is Without FEAR
Thinking of food makes me hungry, well chennai has a range of hotels to cater to your need(and ofcourse purse too)...lemme talk of non-veg hotels
for a quite dinner/lunch,
Karaikudi- Dr.Radhakrishnan Saalai,
food is good , the ambiance is in the Chettinad style, all wiaters clad in chettinad costume, good food, a big fat manager, i like it........
hungry,
karthik

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Mar 25, 2005 9:04 amre: re: On your palate - Chennai#

Lavanya Karalkar


Talk something veggie friends..this makes me lose my appetite..

LK(g)

PS..harish..Tiger prawns !!

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Mar 25, 2005 11:51 amre: re: re: On your palate - Chennai#

Aa@rt!
Hmm...Lk(g)
Speciallly for youuuuuuuuuu

Chennai and FOod- perfecto combination
How could one forget the Idlies and sambar that draws many a hungry mouth to the city..
Woodlands Drive in
Murugan Idly shop are right on top for Idlies (plate of 2 idlies with 4chutneys n sambar- Rs12/-)
Tongue tinglers- a small joint run by Gujju family on Habibullah road,off Gn Chetty road is an ideal place for VEGGIE khana..amazing food at very very reasonable price..They make a yummy Spinach-corn Augratein

AS for me
I love
Moonrakers- although the choice for veggie cuisine is kinda limited..

Mr.G's in Adyar is yet another favourite- PAstas there are divine,mouth watering and absolutely amazing..PLus they give you the TV remote if u make too much noise and let you change channels..lol...a Meal for 2 would cost about Rs150- Rs200/-

All this food talk is making me Hungry....:)
Aartz

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Mar 25, 2005 4:19 pmre: re: re: re: On your palate - Chennai#

Don't give up at halftime. Concentrate on winning the second half
Aartz,

wheres this Mr. G's in Adyar.. been a long time since i quaffed good pastas

pl let me know

Gokul

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Apr 26, 2005 12:24 pmre: re: re: re: re: On your palate - Chennai#

N K nayak
Mr G's is on the first floor or basement (i dont know yet but have seen the board) of the building which also has the shops- Nuts &Spices and Cup&Saucer Tea on the ground floor . That is First Main road ,Gandhinagar -just behind the bus terminus

It also Has in the next building Kumarakom (another eating joint-Kerala food) and Naidu Hall

A stones throw aaway from Food world Supermarket in Gandhinagar . Hope you find it out -the roads one way and you have to approach from the Pantaloon /Sangeetha end

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Apr 26, 2005 12:32 pmre: re: re: On your palate - Chennai#

N K nayak
A good wholesome veg joint is MANSUKHS in T-Nagar
They are on a road off Usman Road-I forget the name -but they advertise fairly regularly in the friday suplement of the Hindu (a small advt)

Great Gujarathi and Rajasthani food -of course pure veg
No fancy decor and a bit cramped on weekends but the foods worth it

Besides they have snacks,sweets and savouries too which you can buy to take home after the meal plus kulfi too

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Apr 26, 2005 3:11 pmre: On your palate - Chennai#

H@r!$h Vittal

Mansukh's is great and so rich. I feel so FAT after all that lovely food.

A nice place for good punjabi food is "The Punjabi Dhaba".
Its on Poonamallee high road. About 100 - 150 meters to the right of Ega theatre.

The food is dirt cheap with amazing lassi, baingan ka bartha, aloo sabzhi and rotis. Yummm!

Its on the rooftop and late night is the best time to visit. Its open till after 12 am.


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Apr 27, 2005 4:26 amre: re: re: re: On your palate - Chennai#

Follow your In$tincts!
mansukh is def good..went thr on the day i landed in chennai..yummy rajasthani and gujarati food :)

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Apr 27, 2005 1:20 pmre: re: re: re: re: On your palate - Chennai#

Praveena Hari
Hello:

I can think of a few which serve speciality cuisines:

1. La Madeline- French Cuisine- Poes Garden

2. Cedars- Middle East Cuisine- Kotturpuram

Lavanya please note this is not a place for vegetarians like us. I ordered for what sounded like the most exotic stuff on the menu (that was the only vege). They served me arabic bread stuffed with rice.

3. Benjarong- Thai Cuisine- T.T.K Road

4. Bela Ciao (most of you must be familiar with this one)- Italian food (amazing white wine)- Valmiki Nagar

I'll come back with more perhaps. I really miss Chennai now.

Pr




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Apr 27, 2005 8:30 pmre: re: re: re: re: re: On your palate - Chennai#

Lavanya Karalkar
Praveena..wonderful you remembered me being a veggie.

Me not only veggie, also jaini..that is no masala, no garlic etc for me. so the one i choose when I am in Chennai is Woodlands ie the main one, not the drive in.. I love the food there though hate the crowd waiting behind your back wishing mentally that you finish your food soon.Sometimes after I finish my lunch, i just order coffee to irritate them ..you should see the faces they make as if I have ordered for Rum/beer..I feel them asking in their mind 'how can you?'.. Sometimes it feels like you are in a rail compartment i.e unreserved one..Till you enter you just feel even a place to stand is enough and once you enter first you crave for a seat and then a window seat and then finally some place to lie down..

Harish..dont take too much of that punjabi daba lassi etc.Already, due to the odd hours you keep, your waistline is expanding..ie.what I was told..(hahahaha) The way you are relishing punjabi Daaba food, soon you may have to consult Anurag about gym ..This is just to remind you that nowadays girls are too choosy too..
Gokul..I have to remind you, you are just engaged not yet married. so be careful to maintain the same shape as you are now till the 'D' Day. Otherwise,your would be may not recognize you. I would advise you to skip this thread till your marriage..

LK(g)

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Apr 28, 2005 5:30 amre: : On your palate - Chennai#

N K nayak
For Jain food beside woodlands the following also serve them

a-Saravana Bhavan -Peters Road (goplalapuram-below the flyover)-They have a jain meal .I think the Tnagar and RK Salai Branches(diagonally opp the Main woodlands) also has one .

b-Manuskhs _see this forum other posts of mine -in T Nagar

c-There are no of joints towards Sowcarpet(near Central Station )-dont know the names-I am told there are many-but the travel /ambience may not be worth it

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Apr 28, 2005 5:36 amre: re: re: re: re: re: re: On your palate - Chennai#

Praveena Hari
I agree with you Lavanya- I hate when people want me to move when I'm enjoying my food.

I guess the best place where we would'nt be subjected to this treatment would be by the beach- jus drive down, sit in the car, order for some "Molaga Bajjis" (you'll get royal treatment). One condition though, you should just not bother to look at their "kitchen" (do we do that with good restaurants)- Just enjoy the yummy bajjis!

There is this nice outlet called "Coffee" near the Adyar Music College- it used to be calm, I'm not sure if it's become popular now. Thats a good joint for a light snack.

Praveena

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Apr 28, 2005 3:10 pmre: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: On your palate - Chennai#

Don't give up at halftime. Concentrate on winning the second half
LK(G) that is why iam living with fruits and those kanjees by skipping meals once..

Gokul rama is slim rama and not sappaattu rama anymore!!! hee hee heee

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Apr 28, 2005 4:19 pmre: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: On your palate - Chennai#

Lavanya Karalkar

that shows women ooops sorry womanpower na?

See...our saappattu raman is skipping meals.. but careful..dont overdo..then I have to come and help you in 'malai maatharathu' because the garlands are quite heavy..

Hay...when is the 'D' day.. we may even have 'Fufa Mixer' in the wedding hall. See Fufa had a mixer in ship, hotel, beach etc. but Chennaites will be the first to have one in a wedding function.. Aana (coming) free, khana (food) free but while 'jana i.e going' you will carry some weight with you..

kya idea hai..I pat myself. Harish..you can plan ...oh..sorry sorry..you will also be busy na?
Ok I will ask the oldies with younghearts to arrange this time..

LK(g)

PS.. today early morning the lone sparrow visited my window and chirped in the sweetest voice that our Harish is getting engaged soon..so Govind..you have to find another co moderator i suppose.

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Apr 28, 2005 8:02 pmre: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: On your palate - Chennai#

Don't give up at halftime. Concentrate on winning the second half
June 27 in chennai.. don't worry the only 2 meals that i have consists of Fish, tiger prawns, lobsters, chicken and sparrows.. oops.. sorry, larows.. lamb dipped in chilly sauce... and a coffee like you after the food.. hee hee

so iam pretty much in shape. 'Fufa Mixer' in the wedding hall is a good idea except that we got to find a new co moderator.. Harish's line and time is whole day reserved for his better half. the only time i get to talk with him is when we go down for a fume.

harish sorry again ..

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May 31, 2005 8:22 amre: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: On your palate - Chennai#

Bhavesh Shah
Chennai : The one hot place I luv is small place rather its a "mess" called aiyers mess also called riyaz mess or riyaz cafe dunno why. Its very basic no plates no spoons only banana leaves, no cups for sambhar and chutney its all poured on top of ur idly or vaada. Its a must if you luv idly vaadas ( they serve it piping HOT right of the stove cooked in the old style ) and dont care for the ambience. Have been going there for the past 5 years almost every sunday morning. Its suuupppperrrb. My mouths already watering :-)...and theres no bill too u have to count yourself what you have eaten and tell them. Menu is limited just idly , Vada & pongal. If you reach too late on sundays the food gets over. And on most sundays its packed so u will have to wait unless u go really early like 7.30 AM. Its in Mylapore in arun dale street off kutchery road near Luz corner.

ITS A THOUSAND TIMES BETTER THAN MURUGAN IDLY & 100 times better than woodlands :-)

For punjabi food i like Tandoor & OPal Inn. The new yorker in Chennai SUCKS i went when it had just opened and we had italin which was the worst ever.

For italian food eden is superb. They have punjabi too which is pretty cool.. DONT EVER TRY BELLA CIAO...IT PROMISES AUTHENTIC ITALIAN FOOD AND ALL THEY SERVE IS BRINJALS. We had ordered 4 - 5 dishes and in everything they had brinjals including the Pizza!! :)....and the guy who runs it says its AUTHENTIC italtin food...my ass ...Authentic or not it sucked. Little Italy is good I heard but enjoy the food so much.

Little Italy opp Taj is good too.

For gujju food u can also try gujarati samaj on broadway lucnh is between 11.30 -1.30. Its good for non Gujjus as they havent had authetic gujju food. If u want the best u have to have it at someones house where they do it well.


regards

Bhavesh

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May 31, 2005 9:06 amre: On your palate - Chennai#

Balaji Seshan
The best place to eat ???

We sales guys have been eating there for ages !! it is a small little mess run by a group of Telegu guys and the food is great.....everything home made there....rite from the mirchi to dal...we have actually tasted all the restraunts in chennai but this is only place which does not upset ur stomach the next day/evening.

It is at a small house in t.nagar in one of the lanes from burkit road !

Only veg food served here..........

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May 31, 2005 9:24 amre: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: On your palate - Chennai#

Raghav MK
Heyyyyyy,

This is unfair - a discussion about food and I havent been involved :(

After reading thro, I list out some favourite joints of mine. And you can rest assured as these are from a true gourmet and a hard-core chennai-ite.

For the class-unconscious (Strange terminology?), the roadsite eateries are the best places to have some amazing parotta - servai, and they are all around.

Podi dosa at Brilliants (that man must have made a fortune by now, and Brilliants is more famous for this than the institute itself :))

Mylai Karpagambals is a good place - one must check it out. Very close to the temple. Their sambar is awesome.

Ratnas cafe - off Alwarpet junction is another sambaresque joint!

Beijing Blues used to be good - they closed shop. Dunno if they are around now.

For the late-nighters, Dasaprakash on PH Road is a heaven - piping hot idli-sambar anytime!

If you want to do Italian, Little Italy is the latest joint to hit the town - though I must say I wasnt impressed with their customer service. (A tad expensive, maybe)

For Punjabi - Try the dhaba on Cenotaph Road.

If you want to try Chinese and strictly Chin Veg Hoon (thats chinese for Main Chinese Vegetarian hoon :)) - try this place called 'heaven and earth' or whatever on Mount Road - dont quote me on this, I havent been there yet.

More later. :)

Cheers
Ragz

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May 31, 2005 2:05 pmre: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: On your palate - Chennai#

Don't give up at halftime. Concentrate on winning the second half
Heaven and earth is Hell and back.. dont go there.. the ambience is fantastic but the main thing " Food" sucks..

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Jun 02, 2005 5:20 amre: re: re: re: On your palate - Chennai#

Follow your In$tincts!
well..i liked a place called Eden in besant nagar..good italian food..also Pelitas..and a very small mess in mylapore..cant get the name though..

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Jun 07, 2005 5:05 amre: re: re: re: re: On your palate - Chennai#

Praveena Hari
Yes Sharada, I love the food at Eden. The only challenge there is getting a table- they're too crowded.

Vishranti, the low ceiling, dimly lit restaurant on the same road is also a decent place.

Mathura in the Tarapore Towers on Mount Road used to be a nice family joint - I donít know how it is these days though.

I have always liked Geeta Cafe in Pondy Bazaar for a light snack, after some good shopping- the ambience may not be very impressive though. Murugan Idly shop is another small joint on G.N. Chetty Rd(I think)- one should ask for "Chakkara Pongal" in the mornings there- it just melts in your mouth!


Praveena

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Jun 27, 2005 3:53 pm re: On your palate - Chennai#

H@r!$h Vittal

Another new addition.

Kumarakom on Arcot Road has opened a new branch. It has replaced 'Rice & Spice'. It is barely 100 meteres from the Nungambakkam road. I did visit the new resturant on Saturday and what a pleasant surprise.

The food just melts in your mouth as they had a some lovely malayalam songs sung live by one of the talented waiters. It was listening some melodious karoke along with delectable delights.

Must visit place. Please try the authentic kerala dishes like kappa, kerela cury, appam, puttu, etc.

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