Cheap Food in Chennai – Part I

With Saravana Bhavan and many other Hotels getting costlier, there are still places in Chennai which are unchanged and provide quality food for unbelievably lesser rates.

Neippodi Dosai – The high quality Restaurant, in the open, on a small 4 wheeled cart. It is located in T Nagar, in front of Brilliant Tutorials , Pondy Bazaar. Its got the greatest menu of South Indian food, including Idiyaappam. Neyppodi – a special variety of Dosai with blended Mulagai Podi (Chilli Powder) is the hero of the menu, and thats why the “Aagupeyar” (ie.. hence the name). A little spacious place inside Pondy bazaar, and it looks like a drive in. You can see all the cars and bikes surrendering to taste. The price is what makes it more special. Four of us have dosais, vadais, idlys and what not. Still the bill wouldnt cross 80 bucks.

If you are in Chennai, and you are a bachelor, and wouldnt want to spend Rs. 45 on a Single Sambhar Vadai on Saravana Bhavan in Pondy Bazaar, just step back and go to this place. It will cost you 5 bucks.

Also, nearby Shri Krishna Sweets in TNagar has a tiffen sectrion running from Morning 6 AM to night. For Rs. 30, we get a Kesari (Oh my God.. what a taste).. one Sambhar Idly, One Dhonnai of Ven Pongal and one Nei Dosai. Add a coffee and you are surely taking bath in ecstasy. This is also available in a few other outlets of Shri Krishna Sweets. Give them a try.

5 Comments so far

  1. WA (unregistered) on April 11th, 2006 @ 3:47 am

    Long live Keerthi! Can we have more of this kind of info please, thanks a lot

  2. Prashanth (unregistered) on April 11th, 2006 @ 9:26 am

    I remember eating at a small kutti place opposite brilliant tutorials a long long time back. Say about 10 years ago!

    I happened to visit it again recently, He seems to hire about 20 people now to do Car delivery ;-) Talk about Enterpreunership! The charm of the place seems to have been partly lost due to the large crowds though :-(

  3. Lavanya (unregistered) on April 11th, 2006 @ 6:08 pm

    Mmm…this reminds me of Karthick Tiffin Room in Anna Nagar – it used to be a mobile “tiffin in a cart” kind of place but now it has graduated to a corner shop. The prices are still reasonable and the food tastes really good.

    And I’ve seen this place in front of Brilliant Tutorials – will definitely try the Neippodi dosai soon. Thanks Keerthi :)

  4. Nandhu (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 2:06 am

    Quite useful info, Keerthi. I look forward to the sequels.

  5. Sue (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 3:32 pm

    I don’t believe nobody’s mentioned Rayr’s. And I’m not even from Madras…

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