I am hardly an eat-out person and prefer simple, home-cooked meals with the occasional kalyaana saappaadu for indulgence (which is also possible only during my India visits). So, it is a rarity for me to do a restaurant review. But here I go. Today being the birthday of my sister-in-law, we all decided to go out for lunch and went to Hotel Maris, which was recommended by one of our family friends.
The restaurant which is only vegetarian is “traditional” in many ways – they serve food on a plantain leaf, the waiters hover around you to serve sambhar, rasam etc. like in a typical marriage pandhi, the decor is old-world with a pale green shade on the walls and the tables and chairs are also spartan. The cost per person at the rupee equivalent of a dollar was not too expensive but they did not serve anything extra other than a sarkarai pongal for a sweet item. I saw that there were only two wash-basins and did not see any restrooms.
What I also noticed with interest were pencil sketches of prominent Chennai landmarks that were framed on the walls. While I could not capture every one of those with my digicam (unless I was leaning over the tables of hungry lunch-eaters, with unpredictable consequences), luckily the wall right beside our table had the one landmark that “a die-hard Chennai-loving Indian Blogger” would have liked (thanks to my brother who pointed it to me in the first place). Guess what?