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When it comes to traditional food, there are a few restaurants in Chennai who still manage to retain their authenticity. Over the decades the list has become small, as many have closed their doors unable to stand their ground against the fast food culture, franchise onslaught from bigger chains and ever-increasing input cost. Among the ones who are still in business are Rayar’s Cafe, Mylapore; Hotel New Woodlands, Dr Radhakrishnan Salai; Hotel Palmgrove and a…

மூன்று மாதங்களுக்கு முன் (மார்ச்) சென்னை மேற்கு மாம்பலத்துக் கடைவீதியில் பச்சை மோர் மிளகாய் விற்பனையைப் பார்த்தேன், பார்த்தவுடன் நாக்கு ஊரியது! இன்று ஒரு திருமண விருந்தில், காயவைத்து, வறுத்த மோர் மிளகாய்ப் போட்டார்கள் – தயிர் சாதம், மோர் மிளகாய் போல வேறு ஒரு உணவு கூட்டணி இருக்கவே முடியாது, தேவாமிருதம்!

When I travel, I would like to try out the various cuisines that are available there, for example, Ethiopian when I went to San Francisco or Mexican Gumbo in Los Angeles or Thai restaurant Bai Tong in Bellevue or Mock meat in Hong Kong. Madras, where I live, is conservative in that sense, the only Ethiopian restaurant in Chennai “Abyssinian” closed a few years back, to turn into a dog-friendly eatery! Today, while in Bangalore,…

Of the three major food ordering apps (Zomato, Uber Eats, Swiggy) that are available in Chennai, I often use Swiggy as I like their prompt service and the discount offers. Recently I signed up for Rs.99 to their super subscription plan for 3 months that offers free delivery and no surge pricing, quite happy. My common order will be in the evenings for a cup of “Dum Chai” (Tea) from Chai Kings for Rs.99. Their…

Today, while returning from Tirumala Tirupati to Chennai, I stopped for lunch at GRT Regency Hotel, Tiruttani. Considering the location, it appeared to be a fine hotel and their restaurant Amudham served a tasty meal and the service was good – I enjoyed the food. While entering the restaurant, I noticed they had a big banner advertising for Ragi Koozh (Finger Millet Porridge, called as கேழ்வரகு  கஞ்சி அல்லது கேப்பை கூழ் in Tamil).  Priced at Rs.99…