Lesser known food joints in Chennai – Mithai Mandir

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.

Mithai Mandir Entrance

Mithai Mandir Entrance

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.

Snack Counter

Snack Counter

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.

5 Comments so far

  1. praveenkumar on September 4th, 2008 @ 3:37 am

    hmm ye, even i love those dhoklas, b4 mitai mandir ws started (or b4 i came 2 know abt mitai) mansukh was ma favo spot 4 dhokla, even now there is no much differeence between mitai and mansukh dhokla, also praddy pls dont forget to write abt ma favorite(might be 4 many ppl) eat out spot , vandi kadai @ brilliant tutorial in T.Nagar

  2. praveenkumar on September 4th, 2008 @ 3:53 am


  3. praddy on September 4th, 2008 @ 7:53 am


    Before i got to know mithai mandir, it was Mansukh for me too. I loved the food there too, but have not gone there last 2 years as it is located in T.Nagar, dread the traffic there :( Wonder how it is now? still open?

    Vandi Kadai @ brilliant tutorial in T.Nagar will also be featured in a few days.that place rocks!
    thanks man :)

  4. murali on September 6th, 2008 @ 2:01 am

    hmmm. My favorite used to be Gangothri…When ever I visit Madras never miss a chance to visit that place…

  5. praddy on September 7th, 2008 @ 11:14 am

    gangotri rocks for the chaat items it serves, Its quite famous in Chennai and got many branches too.

    check mithai mandir next time ur here :)

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