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Earlier I had written about a speciality vegetarian restaurant in T.Nagar, Chennai called Paati Veedu. Today, again I went there – this time with two friends for a tasty and healthy lunch, which they call Arogya Thali [Health Meal] and it cost about Rs. 499 + taxes. This was a limited portions meal, meaning you won’t get any extra helpings – if you wish for unlimited portions will cost Rs.100 more. I enjoyed the meal, which consisted of sambar rice, Pongal and curd rice – all made out of various millets. The main meal Onion uthappam Curd rice, Coconut Puttu…

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 few others. Today, a friend of mine wanted to meet up for lunch and I suggested we go to Menaka Restaurant in Hotel Palmgrove. I…

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, my nephew invited me for dinner to a Burmese restaurant and I readily agreed. The restaurant was called Burma, Burma and was purely vegetarian (I…

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 special packaging in a paper flask surprisingly keeps the Chai, piping hot, for several minutes after delivery and the portion is adequate for two people…