March 23, 2010

Chennai Chronicles VIII- Food for thought

My top 5 or more in the arena of


  • Eden ( Besant Nagar branch) , Mathsya ( Udipi- only Egmore branch), Ashoka's Abhinandan in Egmore ( Andhra) , Mansukhs ( Gujju ), Cream Centre ( Alwarpet)
  • Benjarong ( Thai) , Cornucopia, Little Italy, Mainland China, Cascade( Nungambakkam)
  • Saravanabhavan , Sangeeta (RA Puram) , Adyar Ananda Bhavan ( Velachery), Karpagambal mess ( Mylapore)
  • Roadside Bread- 'Omlate' & Bajjis ( NOT bhajiyas) and Frankies from Tibbs
  • Cafes- Tapas, Parfait, Coffee World ( Velachery), Ashvita, Chamiers, Amethyst
  • Top it off with Dessert- Movenpick ( Greams Road) , Chamiers, Vanilla place, Shree Mithai, Grand Sweets, Kulfi outside Eden Besant Nagar
Not including the hotel restaurants here many of which are fantastic- among which GRT- Radisson and The Park are the best.

For thought
The School, Shishya, Lady Andal, Abacus, Navadisha, American International school

Ask me if you want to know why or you want my reccos on any other subject in Chennai!!

I will try and give you an opinion for sure.

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Choxbox said...

Waiting for the Bangalore versions :)

Mama - Mia said...

wow!! and yeah ditto Chox!! tell us about bangalore now!

The Print Lover said...

Your Madras series of posts can be combined into a book!

Art, can you post about your top places to shop for home decor items? Other than the usual Poompuhar, Kairali etc on Mount Road.

And also boutiques for sarees/salwars. Thankoo!

Unknown said...

Suggestions on best place to buy a saree / sovernier from chennai plssssssssss . Hubby keeps going often n comes back empty handed each time.. I get the lame excuse, madras is famous for its sambar.. wanna get u some? hmph!

Unknown said...

n ohh thanks a lot for linking my blog here :)
Hope u have cast ur vote.

Swapna said...

Now that you listed it as the first point...
I want to eat cottage cheese pasta bake from Eden followed by the Kulfi- NOW...

Arundhati said...

For those who asked about:

Silk saris - Apart from the big showrooms like Nalli, Kumaran, Rasi, Chennai silks, Hayagreeva there is Sarangi on Sterling avenue, Nungambakkam.

For women's clothing, there's BrassTacks on CPRamaswami rd.

Jewellery - Again, apart from the big ones that is GRT, Lalitha, Prince, Kirtilals, theres Rasvihar right next door to Sarangi.

They do have online stores now.
Expensive, but just check out the websites and I guarantee you will fall in love!,,

Eden, Mansukhs, Sangeeta, Saravan Bhavan - totally agree. Other places seem new joints, weren't around when I studied at Madras.. that was a decade ago, getting old!

Other favorite haunts were Shakes n Creams Adyar and the cutlet/masalavada joint right below it where you had to stand and eat on the roadside. And Gangotri for chaat. And masala kadalai from the vandis at Besantnagar beach!

Whew long comment sorry!

Choxbox said...

@Arundhati: Shakes n Creams Adyar! -- brought back SO many memories!

Artnavy said...

Sundari Silks in T Nagar and Rasi in Mylapore are the best for off beat silk saris

Nallis & RmkV are also very good, avoid chennai silks and Pothys

for westerns-
i love fashion folks besant nagar and just casuals in Sterling road apart from teh staple cotton world

for jewellery- trust only GRT and Narayana Pearls and Sukra for costume jewellery

will do a post on shopping in chennai

check out the CC series- "Juicy Chat" - u might like that

The Print Lover said...

Thanks a ton Arundhati.
Ditto Chox.. Shakes n Cremes in Adyar brought back lovely memories.

Everytime I am in Chennai, I visit Manmandhir, Nungambakkam. But their saree collection is not as good as before..

monu said...

Hi, i read your blog , lurk aroud actually. What made me comment was the mention of navadisha. I live in adambakkam and i heard some good words about this school. Are yuo aware of this school near adambakkam. is it good?