Brilliant Tutorials – Kai Yendhi Bhavan
While they have been offbeat mentions about the above in some posts, I certainly thought that this Kai Yendhi Bhavan deserves a post by itself. To me, it is the mother of all Kai Yendhi Bhavans in the city. For those who don’t know what I am talking about, I am here referring to a road-side eatery in Masilamani Street, off the crowded Pondy Bazaar. I don’t think they have a name to it. We call it Brilliant Tutorials Kai Yendhi Bhavan as it is right in front of Brilliant Tutorials – an educational training centre extremely popular for its IIT preparation courses.
The Kai Yendhi Bhavan is nowadays practically open through the day. I will restrict this post to the what is being served and must be relished from 4pm as I really haven’t been to the place in the mornings. The best thing about the place is, it is good food, very tasty, very quick and will not burn a hole in your pocket. The minuses of course, it is a road side eatery, cleanliness might not score a 100% really and it is a high traffic area, so lots of dust around. Now, to the best part, what do these guys have and what to eat?
The best in his menu is undoubtedly the Nei Podi Dosai. Better known as Ghee Gun Powder Dosa to people outside India. It is crispy. Yet soft. It spicy. Yet a little sweet. It has just the right amount of ghee with an aroma that will take you to a different world. Served with Chutney and Sambar on a 6 inch plastic plate covered with a banana leaf. I must tell you please request for the Getti Chutney (thick one) and not the regular one and you will enjoy the dosa much better. Move over to Madras’s own parota (not paratha). Crispy and layered, this is served with a piping hot kurma. The korma is normally a pot pourri of vegetables and mildly spiced. You could also opt for the Idiappam (String Hoppers to some) with kurma and this is a good combination indeed. I was there yesterday evening around 10pm and man I hadn’t seen such crowds there in a long long while. The last thing you guys want to do is wait for your food at a road side shop. So, here is a suggestion. Ask for the Idly or Parota first, they are normally readily available and simultaneously order for the Nei Podi which takes about 5-10 minutes. You’ve 2 options, go to the cart or opt for the drive-in. These guys have employed about 6-7 people who will come and take your order and serve you right in your car. The guy is expanding rapidly and has even set up a Chinese counter serving veg. fried rice and noodles but I advice rather stay away from it. Don’t drink the water there, pick up a bottle of Aquafina which is sold right in front of the shop. If you guys are looking for simple, no-nonsense food which at the same time is good then this is where you need to head. He is normally open till about 11.30pm. A good hearty dinner for two should at best make you poorer by Rs. 75. That’s the outer limit. Reassuringly inexpensive.