Category Archives: Chennai Restaurant Reviews

Subway

This review is for the Subway outlet at the Express Avenue and Citi Center.
Have been to both these outlets recently and started to love the Sub. Dont know why we havent considered it all this while, but really a nice choice compared to other Pizzas and stuff.
Tried roasted chicken, chicken tikka, chicken tandoori, panneer tikka and all of them were yummy…You can see it being prepared..select the veggies of your choice..opt for extra chicken or cheese..so you know it is fresh !! Not very fond of the hard bread so always opt for the soft one (Italian) and thats it !
The guys at the counter are polite and friendly and it makes it a nice experience.
Would definitely try again !

Visited January 2013

Simran’s Appa Kadai

This review is for the Velachery restaurant.
Have been here a few times, the latest was to collect a take-away for Sunday Lunch.
Food is okay taste-wise, and no complaints.
Dont know why, but they do not have Egg Biriyani on the Menu. So if you(or whoever) do not want the chicken in the biriyani, you have to order for chicken biriyani and tell them to take out the chicken. You still have to pay for the chicken biriyani.
It is not about the few extra bucks that you have to pay, but why complicate things when it is so common to have Egg Biriyani on the menu in almost all Chettinad restaurants?
During the fifteen minutes of waiting, there were quite a few houseflies around that reminded me of naan-ee movie 😉 The waiters were struggling to kill them with a mosquito bat. 🙂
On the positive side, I have seen this restaurant open at least till 11:30 at night, so if you are late for dinner, this is definitely an option.
Overall, a decent place in Velachery.

Visited December 2012

Hotel Saravana Bhavan

This review is for their restaurant in Parrys, close to the High Court.

The restaurant is located quite in the centre of Parrys area, close to the High Court. We had been there a couple of times in the last two months.

Once, we had breakfast and it was good. No complaints at all !

A couple of days ago, went with family and had lunch at the AC restaurant in the first floor. Small place, very few tables. Had to wait 20 minutes for a table for four. The supervisor tried to help, but couldnt do much.
Ordered Noodles, Fried rice, Gobi Manchurian and the taste was just ok, nothing amazing, but the quantity was attrocious. Quantity of South/North-Indian meals seem ok, but these items that you order separately are too little. Service was ok.

In that area, if you want Veg food, it is a decent option. Nothing worth recommending though !

Visited November 2012

Rajdhani

Have been here a few times and was never disappointed. Their Thali is very tasty and it is a must-try.
I am very fond of Gujarati/North-Indian food. But since I am not from there, I cannot comment on how authentic it is, but everything in the Thali tasted yummy.
Ambience is decent, service is good and quick.
I havent given it a 5/5 just because getting a table can be difficult especially if you are more than four people. The restaurant is small to handle the crowd at EA. On weekdays, you are fine. Weekends can be a nightmare.
Will definitely recommend to others and visit now and then 🙂

Visited September 2012

Malgudi

My first visit to Malgudi to specifically taste Guntur food. A nice atmosphere, wonderful ambience, good seating arrangement, very tasty food, exceeded my expectation.

Today was the last day of the Guntur Food Festival and it was my friend’s recommendation to try Andhra food, from Guntur.

We started with a couple of beers and starters – Alasandala garelu and kodi vepudu were wonderful. Expected it to be a little more spicy, but it was very tasty.

We ordered Kodi Biriyani, Guntur Kodi koora (traditional gravy) and Rage Sankatti (mudhdha or Kali as you may call it) for Main course. All the items were cooked to perfection and were very tasty.

Too full to order desserts, so we finished. We were very satisfied for having tried yummy food from Andhra.

Not sure about the normal menu, but definitely seems to be a very good place for fine dining.

Visited October 2012

Vegnation

Have been here with family about 4-5 times and last visit was about a month ago.

It is the same place previously known as Palimar restaurant. Entrance is on Nungambakkam High Road, just before The Park Hotel. The parking in this complex is cramped in general, however, they have a decent arrangement for Vegnation customers, so there is a dedicated place. Just ask the parking guys and they will direct you.

Tip: After you finish food and you are about to leave, ask for the parking token at the cash counter. You have to give that Token to the parking guy. That is the proof of having visited the restaurant 🙂

The restaurant has a decent seating arrangement, two sections, one for buffet and another for a la carte.

Moderately priced, special rate for children.

Decent food, a couple of starters, decent spread, a couple of desserts. Soup, breads and icecream served on the table. No complaints with these at all.
The issue is that one day you have a wonderful time and if you come back again, then you find starters are not tasty, soup is not hot, they dont refill soon, takes ages to bring roti to table and all this leaves you unsatisfied. Overall quality and service is inconsistent.

There is a pan shop right outside the restaurant and he makes wonderful Pan 🙂 thats a must-try 😀

Karaikudi Chettinadu Restaurant

This is a good Chettinad restaurant that belong to the Shyam Group (The Dhaba, Amaravathi, Shogun, etc). So almost all places, you will see these restaurants together.

We have tried quite a few branches in Chennai – RK Salai, T-Nagar, Besant Nagar, Velachery, Chrompet and found that the quality and service was good in most places, except Chrompet.

My most recent visit was with friends to the restaurant in Velachery. It was a friend’s treat and we were about ten of us for dinner. Good and tasty food, nice variety, quick service and nothing worth complaining at all ! There was a Dosa festival going on with some good choices on the menu.

I have tried their home-delivery quite a few times and that was also ok. Sunday lunch can take a while to be delivered because of the demand. Expect at least 45 mins to 1 hour for delivery.

A decent place to visit.

Visited September 2012

Nalas Appa Kadai

This review is for their restaurant in Velachery.
Since we stay close to this restaurant, it is obviously one of the “favorites” when we suddenly plan to eat out and have limited time at our disposal. It is better than many other options nearby.

The food is very good and tasty, and the service is quick. They have a wonderful variety of appams and they are made in a “live counter” so you can actually see it being made.
They have reasonably priced combos so you dont have to order too much and waste.
Most of the waiters dont speak Tamil 🙂 , so it might get a little difficult with Tamil names, better to point it out on the Menu and be sure to get what you ordered.

Since there are a couple of BPOs close by, there is a never-ending stream of people until late in the night. So be prepared for a wait for about 10 minutes to get a table.
They have an option of Home Delivery, the food arrives within reasonable time and is quite ok too, but only when you go and eat in the restaurant, you know what you miss when you order for home delivery.

Definitely worth a visit now and then !

Visited August 2012

Yoko Sizzlers

We have been here with family about three times and the most recent visit was in August 2012.

First of all the place is a little difficult to find, I mean, its not a building with a big entrance on the main road, but more like an apartment. It is just next to the Wills Lifestyle store. You need to find the board, drive inside and the valet parking really helps here. The restaurant is on the second floor. There is a lift and it works, no issues 🙂

The ambience of the restaurant was good. Decent seating arrangements, small though. Once we felt the AC was a little too cold on our heads, but was soon adjusted.

The food was really very tasty and we all loved it. Have tried Chicken Sashlik with fried rice, Yoko special chicken sizzler, Prawn sashlik, and vegetarian too with Mushrooms and stuff, cant remember the name. All of them were tasty and no complaints at all ! We all liked it.

Those who would like to taste sizzlers should go here !

Visited August 2012

Murugan Idly Shop

This review is for their T-Nagar restaurant.

They serve good authentic South-Indian food. Everything is fine and tasty, but grossly over-priced. They make money in all possible ways 🙂 They charge separately for idly molaga podi (thats a powder mixed with oil and eaten with idly/dosa). Even these things can be overlooked, when you pay Rs 200 for breakfast, wouldnt you pay another Rs 10 or 15 more? Thats also ok.

Getting a table is a nightmare. You have to wait outside the restaurant, give your name and seats required to the guy at the door and he will call out when the table is free. Basically the reaction on people’s faces when their name is called is nothing short of winning a lottery.

As I said earlier, food was good, nothing worth complaining. However, because of the crowd, you are constantly under pressure to finish fast. The Waiters expect you to order quickly, eat quickly and get out quickly. In fact, if you choose to delay it a bit, the waiter will ask you if your bill can be brought. Slow-eaters will struggle, similarly with kids, it is not a good idea.

Verdict:
If you have a catch a train and you only have 30 minutes to reach and want to finish breakfast within that time, THIS IS THE PLACE ! You will reach the station ten minutes in advance. 🙂

Visited August 2012