This is the Mamallapuram Guest House inaugurated by erstwhile CM of Madras Mr K Kamaraj 51 years ago and was under the ITDC Management subsequently. Taken over later by the GRT group and rechristened as GRT Temple bay.
It’s right there and even then i am sure you will miss the place. No it’s not a place where you can take your date for a nice dinner and no it’s not a place for all the health freaks out there but we can tell you it’s a awesome place with yummy food where you can go with your friends and have a great snack right by the road!!!
Mattas is your friendly neighborhood eat-out/fast-food located in Ashok Nagar. There are just 4 tables inside and it gets really cramped but you could just sit outside on plastic stools.
It’s a totally VEG fast-food and trust me there are some interesting choices there!
We start off with the usual tomato soup which is pretty ok and ordered some Veg Balls – the veg balls are really good, though a little less oil can do wonders, but it’s nice and crunchy on the outside and tastes awesome. The portions they give are good.
Our favorite is the chilly Gobi rice. It’s basically fried with gobi in it and it’s nice and spicy and the portions are really filling mind you.
The chilly mushroom here is awesome too. Its deep fried pieces of mushroom and you really wouldn’t believe some one could make mushrooms like this. You have limited choices and the menu is basically displayed on a board – chilly gobi, panneer and usual other vegetarian dishes you would find anywhere else and trust me the food is neat – they serve on steel plates with a banana leaf on top. I wouldn’t recommend the water they serve you there though.
All in all a good place to catch a quick bite before you head home to some good sleep after work.
Prasad my friend who agreed to review this place with me, has been going to this joint for the last 8 years now and agrees the taste has not changed a bit; though the prices have gone up a wee bit – come on inflation is catching up folks!
A quick dinner for two would set you back anywhere between Rs.100 to Rs.150
Ps – Will update later with the address and photos.
When your wallet dons you, and yet you want to don your taste buds, then the right place for you would be – “Mithai Mandir”
Located near the Vadapalani temple, this place is easy to find. Looking at it from outside, it would not really impress you.
Enter the place and it’s a small restaurant, which has 2 floors. The ground floor can seat 24 people while the 1st floor can seat about 36 people. The entire restaurant is Air conditioned. The smell of traditional Rajasthani cuisines soon starts to tickle your nostrils once you start ordering your food, making you all the more hungry. The service is reasonably quick here.
Dhokla is one of best we can find in Chennai. I still don’t know how they manage to make such soft dhoklas. They also have a big Kachori’s, which is certainly BIG! (Way bigger than you normally can imagine a kachori to be)
The restaurant which specializes in Rajasthani and Gujarathi food, serve authentic thalis for Rs.55 and Rs.65 respectively. They also have Chaat items, 12 varieties of sweets, Combo meals, rice variety, Raithas and a wonderful variety of stuffed parathas. The Cheese Paneer paratha is a must try. For the Oh-I-am-Diet-conscious or Oh-gosh-not-that-oily-stuff people, you can try their wonderful phulkas, and I can bet you cannot find one as soft as these along with their dal to go.
And finally their desserts – mm you should try the Badam Milk. Oh my!! Just like a Good ‘ol wine to a palatable dinner. Or maybe even the Malai lassi.
They also have variety of snacks and namkeen, and while you leave – you can choose and pack some traditionally made khakhras, which is a must buy here.
Mithai Mandir is located at 17, Palani Andavar Koil Street, Vadapalani and is a place one must visit to taste the traditional Gujarathi or Rajasthani food.
Oye Guru!! What are you waiting for …??? Go there sometime and do some real hogging!
Special thanks to Harish, one of my friends who agreed to review this restaurant, happens to be a great fan of this place and is the one who introduced me to Mithai Mandir a few years back and since then we religiously go to this restaurant minimum twice a month.
Trivia – The owner of Mansukh (T.Nagar) and this place are related to each other.
There are a few local food-joints in our neighborhood which most of us swear by for the taste of their food and their specialties. We hang out at these places with close pals and don’t mind if it does not have fancy sofas or music playing in the background. The one place you can bank on when you return from work at late in the night. But sadly not everyone in Chennai knows about these places.
This column will talk about such food joints, their location and of course their specialties. We will also try to get some comments from their regulars and owners.
I have got some amazing food reviewers; ok not exactly that, but foodies who have agreed to share their valuable inputs on this topic
Arpita, is a dynamic young advocate and a foodie to the core, Hash a software professional who is more passionate about the taste of his food than the quality of his code [ok I see him raising his eyebrows] and Prasad who is just a food lover and can travel 20 kms simply to have something to eat in a not so famous food joint but known for its good food!
We will bring you as much as reviews and details about these lesser known food joints which are known in their locality for good food and cannot compete with the likes of The Residency, Meridians, the Hilton or the Park for the ambience but can give a run for the money on the taste.
Matta in Ashok Nagar and Mithai Mandir at Vadapalani will be the first ones in my next post.
ps – You can also mention about any food joint you know in your area. Do email me about them.
Was thinking of starting a review about hotels in Chennai which i have visited until now, till i stumbled on this Orkut forum called Chennai Food guide – It is a treasure trove of food and restaurant’s review in Chennai. Go ahead and join the forum.
By the way – Crown at the Residency Towers has got a good view of Chennai, I liked the restaurant except for the high priced buffet.
The omnipresent attitude across India and the often cited blame for India’s poor state of affairs is its ‘Chalta Hai’ attitude. Now even restaurants seem to have imbibed the attitude, especially after the concept of dining emerged. Now one dines at a restaurant, one does not go there for just the food. When it was the latter the emphasis was on the food, now its more on ambience and atmosphere.
I found this video in youtube on how to cook Chennai Chukka Chicken. Being a vegetarian I can’t vouch for the authenticity of the recipe. I have heard of Mutton Chukka, but this was new to me. I doubt whether this has anything specific to do with Chennai other than being a nice alliteration.
Any one care to enlighten me on this?
Forgive the uninspiring title, I was thinking of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It was a rather unusual Sunday, not only was I awake in the a.m. but was up and about. In search of waffles (somewhat affordable but not sad ones, I mean) V and I tumbled into the car and wandered off to Tangerine, the sizzler place. We’d heard they did Sunday brunches which included waffles and thus the early waking and what not.
Have you heard that Hemingway and J.K. Rowling – before she became richer than the Queen – work a lot out of cafes? If you have ever heard such stories, believe them to be true, and possess some love for the world of words, then you want to ape them big authors. So last night, armed with a stack of printouts from various websites, I landed up at Resident Inn Chennai hoping to have a drink of that acrid drink they call coffee. Since I can’t write anything except blogs, I had, of course, decided to do the other thing that people with a love for words do: Read, as I sip my coffee.
I love ferrero rocher. Its my Favourite chocolate given anyday from a list however there are some awesome things that lived in the past that will beat the crap out of ferrero rocher and snicker bars big time. Right out of your local chennai hood you can pick from one of these.
A few prominent ones i could recollect, add more to the list if you can come up with more.
P.S. Stick to candies/chocolate/sweets only and exclude bubble gums, snacks etc., another time on this…