Karpagambal Mess

“Recently I went to the Karbagambal Mess in Mylapore, yet again. The food you get there is tasty and the Badam halwa literally melts in your mouth.

However, I have one major issue with this mess. They make good money and usually you have to wait for while to get a seat. I agree that it is a very old place. But what is stopping them from revamping the place? The tables and vessels are dirty. Less said about the wash basin and the area around it, the better! Not just Karpagambal Mess, many other old restaurants too are in such unclean state. People will believe when they are told that a restaurant is old. They don’t need rusty plates and tumblers to prove it.

But then irrespective of the old and dirty atmosphere, people flock to the Karpagambal Mess. So why would the owner revamp it?”

8 Comments so far

  1. annoynomas (unregistered) on December 27th, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

    Don’t you get it ?
    Its a ‘mess’ not a ‘diner’.
    It is not suppose to be clean
    or tasteful!


  2. suppamani (unregistered) on December 27th, 2006 @ 1:20 pm

    Once upon a time… Long, Long ago it was a worthy restaurant. Now not only cleanliness, but quality of the food, treatment to the customer, surroundings everything is lacking to the core; I can even see their coming inevitable demise.


  3. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on December 27th, 2006 @ 1:29 pm

    I’ve always been amused by the name ‘mess’. Interesting to know that it is appropriate!

    I went there one day a few years back and asked for tea, but was told, coffee only, so I never went back. Brahmin Mylapore may love its coffee, but how difficult is it to keep a jar of tea for those of us that don’t or can’t drink it.

    But it is a piece of Mylapore history and, whether or not it serves what I want to buy, I am very sorry to see Mylapore history being lost.


  4. Pr (unregistered) on December 27th, 2006 @ 7:08 pm

    Prabhu,
    You must talk to the Mess management. Not here. It’s a no brainer to most folks this mess is serves good food. Any pointers? Sorry none.
    There’s already too much whining and bitching here, please dont add your drops.


  5. Pr (unregistered) on December 27th, 2006 @ 7:09 pm

    Prabhu,
    You must talk to the Mess management. Not here. It’s a no brainer to most folks this mess is serves good food. Any pointers? Sorry none.
    There’s already too much whining and bitching here, please dont add your drops.


  6. Lavanya (unregistered) on December 27th, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

    C’mon Prabhu, it is not all that bad. One deep inhalation of the musty air at Dasaprakash will convince you that there are messier places.


  7. Reflex (unregistered) on December 28th, 2006 @ 10:35 am

    There is a place in Pune which serves some native food and the building is very old that the Municipality has a notice borad saying something like Entry at your own risk”, but still they are running the hotel in the same place and all the things you mentioned abt wash basin and tables holds good here too. But still the crowd is no less in such places.


  8. januM (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 3:05 pm

    I want these kind of mess owners to visit MTR (Bangalore) once! it would teach them all a nice lesson. i can say they(MTR) are the old”est” food manufacturers, their business started before independence and the way they’ve improved themselves is mind-blowing! that’s really a man’s masterpiece..



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