Not great places to impress clients, Not private enough for a rendezvous with a lover, No waiting for tables ( well mostly), Earnest service and Easy on the pocket ( not necc on the stomach)
Karthik Idli Stall- Near Nilgiris, Anna Nagar. The local version of Just around the corner- only similarity being it is located on a street corner - serves a delectable array of chutneys and wonderfully fluffy idlis. If the idlis are sold out then try the dosas- almost as good but definitely second choice.
??? Juice Shop- At the Petrol Bunk, near Pizza Hut, Nungambakkam. Run by a pleasant set of Keralites, they make a cool juice/ milk shake! What is more the quantity is also large ( they serve one and a half glass) almost always.
Abhinandan Restaurant- In Hotel/ Lodge Ashoka- Egmore- This one is a must for all Andhra meals lovers. A hygienic and wonderfully fulfilling meal ( only miss the omlette though). I am told their N. Indian food is also worth trying- this place is so crowded with Gujjus that it might be true.
Mathsya- Egmore again- A lovely Udipi joint , just recently redone, with table papermats that proclaim accolades from The Hindu. Must have Baajari Dosa with melt-in-the-mouth coconut- jaggery accompaniment
Krishna Boli Stall- Near Lakme Parlour, Velachery- Good for their idlis- all else avoid.
Khaana Khazana- On Elliots Beach road, a far cry from Sanjeev Kappor's. When you are lazy and feeling like a romantic drive by the beach- a quick fix dinner of stuffed parathas on the footpath.
Any other suggestions of less known but must be tasted eateries in Chennai?