Lunch at Hotel Maris

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?



7 Comments so far

  1. Lavanya (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 6:25 pm

    There are restrooms near the reception.

    I’d recommend Maris’ Paratha Kurma (unless I am mistaken, I think they call it Parotta!)

    Another old world thing about Maris is the snack packet – evenings you can buy mixture and similar snack packets keeping in line with the ‘norukku’ practice.

  2. thennavan (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 6:55 pm

    Lavanya, thanks for all the additional info. I did not know all this (being the home-bound guy that I am in general).

  3. madhu (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 9:45 pm

    well lavanya, i believe they call it barotta… not parotta and definitely not the paratha… if only i can find one in america

  4. Nancy (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 11:04 am

    What about the food? Was it good? You forgot to say :) Do you recommend it? I love elai sappadu, and never go to weddings, so I’m always looking for new recommendations. Barotta-gurma is good too, of course!

  5. Otteri Nari (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 11:32 am

    Good thing Nilu didnt puke @ this post.

  6. thennavan (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

    Madhu, whatever they call it parotta is not my favorite :-).

    Nancy, sorry I missed the most important detail (I had written it in my first draft but did not save it and the electricity department failed me :-)). Since food tastes are largely personal, from my standpoint, the fare was only slightly above average. Not too great but not too bad either. Rice could be softer and the vegetables could do with a little more boiling. Sambhar, rasam and moar kuzhambu were ok. My best is always “thayir saadham” and that is usually not too different across locations.

    Otteri Nari :-).

  7. R.S.Money (unregistered) on July 4th, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

    In 1976,on my wedding annersary I gave a dinner to my near and dear and the same was apprciated. But now a days when seeing the restaurant , without much activities, and having so many commercial complexes in the venue I thought Maris is closed already. My 31st wedding annversary is aproaching soon and I think by giving a dinner in the resaturant I would be having a “MALARUM NINIVUGAL”

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