Chennai- The soul of Dravida Nadu is a food hub too. It ranges from the luxurious dine-in cafes in Adayar to the age-old scrumptious eateries in Periyampet – Central Station area. Setting a later date to explore the pocket freaking luxuries, this time I thought to go on a romantic date with the luscious food with histories in Peiyampet.
Tamil Mornings are often synonymous with Idli. But, getting in queue for an Idly can be a grim moment. But if someone is ready to wait without hesitancy, the name should be Murugan Idli Shop– The Idli brand which is spread and well established all over Tamil Nadu. The Periyampet branch of the brand is right on the Poonamallee High Rd in the Periyampet Highway. Without further adieu, we ordered the famed Podi Idli. Two sets of Podi Idli were served right in front of us in seconds. The rufous cladded Idli had the company of three chutneys and a medu vada alongside the banana leaf. It was a yum-yum affair for the stomach. The meal would’ve been incomplete without the Madurai special Jigarthanda, which has crossed the barriers to reach Chennai.
The food voyage had its afternoon halt with the less spicy marriage style Biriyani in Nayeem Biriyani. The age of old restaurant is located in the Wuthucatton Street area in Periyampet and lacks an indulgence appeal. Though the ambience of the place is kind of worrisome, once we get a hold of the Biriyani served in Banana leaf, the ambience can be overlooked. The quantity of Biriyani is even enough for two. The raitha and kathirikkai curry given along adds a typical Tamil tinge to it. However, the price comes little on the higher side, with no compromise on taste.
Sweet cravings had many options in Chennai. However, when it comes to falooda, National Durbar is a unanimous winner. The age-old restaurant lies right in the heart of Periyampet, near the Ripon Building. Though afternoons are mostly crowded, it’s worth the wait to grab a seat. However, if you can trek, the steep antiquated steps to the first floor, you might find yourself lucky with a seat. Falooda stands as the favorite in all tables irrespective of the age of customers. Whether it be a romantic date or a quick office lunch, falooda is on the not to be missed list for many. From the 80 rupees ‘National falooda‘ to the 120 rupees ‘Special Nuts Falooda‘, you won’t regret the spend. The sweetness is not harsh yet addicting. And it goes well for lone Falooda cravers or for those who the combo with Biriyani or Kerala Parotta.
It seems that exploring the cuisines of the South needs a life and extra. However, the food journey is tempting and unending. Foreseeing more romantic dates in the future, bidding adieu now.