Toll Gate, Meals, and Mini Meals
I have been recently travelling till Toll Gate on a daily basis. I spend my days there. The RBI subway is a cut off point, after that the city changes. Beyond that, Chennai feels like a small town. Since I have been spending my days in Toll Gate, I have been forced to have lunch there.
Being a vegetarian, the numerous biryani shops are out of bounds for me. The area, especially Thiruvathiyur high road is filled with numerous restaurants which claim to serve “High-Class Non Vegetarian” or else Biryani. In other parts of the city, there are a few shops which specialise in biryani, but here almost all shops specialise in non vegetarian food.
Most of these are out of bounds for me, I am forced to visit the lone vegetarian restaurant. Even the vegetarian restaurants there have an interesting concept. They don’t serve the ubiquitous meals. They serve what is called ‘Mini-Meals’, which consists of various mixed rices, like kothamalli rice, tomato rice, sambhar rice, curd rice, along with a vegetable, kurma and parotta.
This is strange, because even in small town Tamil Nadu meals are served almost everywhere, but not here.