Olives Restaurant Deccan Odyssey

Ajantha Hotel was a prominent landmark in chennai. Now, there is a hotel called ‘Days Inn Deccan Odyssey’ at the same place. The best part of the hotel is its 101 % vegetarian restaurant ‘Olives’. Atleast thats what they advertise. Very good and simple ambience, good food, decent service. And not very costly. They charge 229 Rs for a veg buffet, which is really filling. And they have a good mix of north and south indian dishes.

Do try this place, if you enjoy vegetarian meal

Ambience – 7/10
Location – 8/10 (No 36, royapettah high road. Take a right at the Lloyds road and Royapettah high road junction while coming from Llloyds road. Just before the flyover starts, you will find Days Inn at the left. You can take a right from peters road towards royapettah high road and come straight too)
Food – 8/10
Service – 7/10 (Service can be improved a little bit)

A lunch/dinner for 2 will cost around 500 Rs maximum. Check it out!

15 Comments so far

  1. poor boy (unregistered) on September 17th, 2006 @ 12:59 am

    Oh rich man,Am more than satified at a Kai yendhi Bhavan.

  2. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on September 17th, 2006 @ 10:04 pm

    …And I’ll stick with VIP restarant: behind the bus stand just a few yards up the road :)

  3. randramble (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 7:24 am

    I didn’t really like the food here. I’d rather go to nearby Saravana Bhavan.

  4. arul (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 12:08 pm

    My blog has nothing to do with what you are talking about but this issue is an important one it is about the lack of self respect that Tamilians have in Chennai. Why this is the case I don’t know, in case Tamilians haven’t noticed there is a lot of anti Tamil sentiment across India. While you are busy accepting other cultures into the city we are not accepted anywhere and still you continue to adopt other indentities. Some Tamils want to be seen as Punjabis or something non Tamilian. Take a look at this link this also shows confused Tamilians http://www.hindu.com/mp/2005/04/14/stories/2005041400900100.htm. They say they are Telugus when in Hyderabad and Tamils in Chennai I have never heard anything more ridiculos in my life. Do you see Punjabis trying to be Gujuratis or do you see Chinese trying to be Japenese it doesn’t happen so why do Tamilians have this problem. Are they not proud to be Tamils? Big issues here in Chennai in relation to this, this also happens to Tamilians living outside TN in other states in India. When will Tamilians wake up to themselves and relise that our culture and language is the oldest and most richest in the world, why try and be something lesser.

  5. Ramesh (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 7:15 pm


    Can you post the proper URL? To get accepted in any state of India,you need to speak the local langauge. I agree there is anti-tamil sentiment in ROI. Nothing can be done to change it. In New Delhi for example, they use a slur(‘madrasi’) to refer to us. Even the recent developments (investments) in chennai are not well covered in the media. If the same happened to another city there would be a big splash.

  6. rohan (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 5:41 am

    Thanks for your response Ramesh I agree that you do need to know the language of the state you live in. However when non Tamilians especially North Indians come to Chennai how many of them learn Tamil very few to be honest however they still manage to survive here. They make no effort to learn and yet we accept them this should stop. Why aren’t we given the same treatment when we go outside our home state if we don’t know the language. My cousin lives in Mumbai and knows the local language however he is still treated diffirently by non Tamilians how do you explain that? In reference to the article go to the hindu and search for an article called Telugu Tamilians and you will find what I am referring to. I am really disappointed by the state the Tamil language is in at the moment in Chennai do you think it will survive all these foreign influences.

  7. Ramesh (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 3:34 pm


    I’m originally from Chennai but working in Mumbai right now. I know very well the way people from TN/Chennai are treated elsewhere. This situation only highlights the divide that we have in India. I feel that we have enough jobs in chennai so as to not set foot elsewhere. We should stick to chennai and not worry about being accepted by people from Mumbai or Delhi. Thoughts?

  8. Rohan (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 7:10 am

    I agree with you on your points again Ramesh that India is not a united even thought we would like to think so. With all the IT and other booms happening in TN right now we can become self reliant Tamilians need not to go anywhere outside to get a job. Personally I live in Australia now yet I still see the same things that happen back home. In my workplace I have some North Indians who always talk in Hindi which I can’t understand when I tell them this they argue with me as to you come from India and you don’t know the national language. This really irritates me I don’t consider Hindi as the national language as there are 20 other languages that have this status. On the other hand iam closer to South Indians that work with me. The same lables are still applied to us I have North Indians refer to me as madarasi, which I said to him I am proud to be and then I referred to him as a Hindi wallah which he was offended by. I don’t see why because that is what he is, however they are so quick to label us yet take offense so quickly. Personally I have been to Delhi it is one of the worst places I have been to, the people there are rude and unaccepting of anything that is not Hindi material even if you try to fit in as much as possible.

  9. Ramesh (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 5:41 pm

    North Indians are prejudiced. They will never change the mentality against us. What makes them feel so proud of themseleves? Bollywood movies? Cricket? Food? Language? The only thing that they ever talk is about some crap movie. They are always in a excited state(don’t know about what). Dream of becoming millionaire with their investment in stock market :-). Half of them treat their full-time job as part-time job . I’d avoid them as much as possible.

  10. Rohan (unregistered) on September 24th, 2006 @ 6:00 am

    I saw this article just today at least you and I are not the only ones who are worried about the state of the Tamil language take a look at the Hindu paper in todays edition the article is called Mind your language. It is about a Tamil girl from Chennai who is fed up with people treating her diffirently because she speaks only in Tamil. It is very shameful to see that Chennai is the capital of TN yet people feel it is uncool to speak Tamil. I agree with her points 100% why are the youth so ignorant they will regret when there children will grow up with no language or culture and become half casts. I am not saying everyone is like this but there should be more Tamilian youth proud of Tamil. North Indians live in the South yet don’t give up Hindi so why should we in our own home disrespect Mother Tamil. What do you think Ramesh?

  11. Manjuthgowri (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 12:51 pm

    i work 4 an international comp in bangalore! i do agree wit tis concept.. tamilians are ill-treated when it comes to language in places outside tamilnadu!
    i’ve blogged a small article on tis. guess would be of some interest!!
    u r welcome to chk out n post comments! tnx..

  12. Manjuthgowri (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 12:58 pm

    juz wanted to add a few words. i belong to tamilnadu.. n tat was my personal experience. did not reveal the guy whom i ve portrayed to be a tamilian for my good own reasons!
    but 90% of problems of this sort is faced only by tamilians.
    these people dont even think twice to curse us for not learning hindi particularly!!

  13. rohan (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 8:27 am

    Hey Manjugowri, I can relate to your experience, the article I was referring to was in Chennai itself where Tamil is the official language. Yet Tamilians living in Chennai find it uncool to speak in Tamil and people who do are treated diffirently by them. Do you think this is accurate? In Bangalore what is the case do Tamilians find it uncool to speak in Tamil. Do you find you are treated diffirently by other South Indians also? I know North Indians anywhere treat us the same.

  14. Manjuthgowri (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 12:58 pm

    well Rohan! when i was in chennai, i used to find ppl of the sort who finds it uncool to converse in tamil.. rather i can put it like they find it too cool spkin in other languages!
    in bangalore, i dunno bout al the tamilians. atleast whom i know don’t find it that way, infact here ppl long to speak in tamil and when we find some tamilians, we do converse 99% in tamil.
    before knowing each other its always a courtesy to speak in the language which the other person knows!

  15. rohan (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

    Thanks for your response Manjuthgowri, can you tell my why this occurs only in Chennai? I have been to Bangalore also and I found Tamilians there are proud to speak in Tamil as you say 100%. Why the obsession to speak other languages in Chennai, it is suppose to be the capital of TN and yet the official language is disrespected by people here. Doesn’t this set a bad example for future generations and also don’t you think this brings shame to Chennai. Won’t people from other metros think you are weird if you if don’t like speaking in your mothertoungue? I think this is why many non Tamilians take advantage of this and never learn Tamil even though they stay in Chennai.What do you think about Madras bashai?

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