Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Mylai Karpagambal Mess

Address: 20, East Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai – 600004
Contact number: 044 - 24642902
Timings: 7pm to 10pm

Food * * * *
Service * * *
Ambiance* *

Cost $$$ (5 Expensive 1 being affordable)

Alcohol – No alcohol

Atmosphere:  Vegetarian & Spiritual

Our Experience:

Mylai Karpagambal “Mess” as the name suggests is a “mess” not a fancy pretentious restaurant. With its humble “agrharamstyle decor and southern style plantain-leaf plates, it is a “must” visit when you are at Chennai. It is a heritage eatery located at the heart of Chennai at Mylapore right behind the Kapaleshwar Temple. 

One can see tourists, office goers, temple priests, school children, college goers, actors from both small screen and the cine field and even politicians eating frequently at this place. 

I had been frequenting this place since I was eight years old and nothing much had changed over the years. But recently, they renovated the old fashioned entrance to the mess and added a new air conditioned “restaurant style” wing where they serve food on ever silver plates with banana leaves. The price too is a bit higher than at the other places. But yeah, the people there still serve patrons food with the same warmth, respect and love.

What to eat?

Ven Pongal

“Everything” on their menu!!! A hearty breakfast of Idly, Vadai, Poori, Rava Dosai and Pongal would fill you to the brim and keep you smiling the whole day. 

Idly Vadai

The sambar and chutneys are unlimited like at home and is served in buckets and never will you get a chance to see an empty plate. They keep filling the plates with the condiments as and when you polish off the delicious stuff.  

Karuvepillai (Curry Leaf) Sadam
For lunch, you have a variety of mixed rice like Sambar Sadam, Curd Rice, Brinji, Karuvepillai (Curry Leaf) Sadam, Malli Sadam, Lemon Rice, Tamarind Rice, etc. with applams or vadams.

Adai with Avial

For Tiffin one can lay their hands on the most inviting Bondas, Keerai Vadai, Adai-Avial, Vazhapoo Vadai and Podi Dosai. The dinner menu consists of Idiyappam Kurma, Chappathi and Idly. 

Badam Halwa

Sweet like Coconut Poli, Carrot Halwa and Badam Halwa are available in abundance at all times.  A decent meal here for two finished with a cup of hot frothy filter coffee each, costs Rs 200.

What’s Special?

Wheat Halwa

“The Friday Wheat Halwa”.  It’s called that because it is prepared in a totally traditional way and the whole process takes a week so it’s available only on Fridays. The filter Coffee here is very famous too. The Ghee and the coffee powder used at this restaurant is made at the restaurant.

A definitely "must visit" heritage spot that represents the true flavor of traditional Chennai.

By Archana Sampath

Outta The Oven

Address:  7979 N. MacArthur Blvd, Suite 130 Irving, TX 75063
Contact number:  972-869-0015
Website:  http://www.outtatheoven.com/

Food:  * * *
Service: * * *
Ambiance: * *

Cost: $ $ (5 being expensive and 1 being affordable)

How I found the Shop:

It was a lazy Sunday morning, and I had to really force myself out of bed.  I was in no mood to even brew fresh coffee, so I "suggested" to my husband we go out to Starbucks for a cup. Well we reached the Starbucks corner but suddenly smelt the aroma of freshly baked cakes and cookies wafting from nearby, and I was lured in to that direction.  Then from the corner of my eyes I saw the shop, small and compact, buzzing with people.

The Menu:

I am new to Dallas, and this is my first visit to a Café/Bakery and I absolutely fell in love with this place. The aroma of fresh soups, the huge varieties of salads to choose from and all that for approximately $3.95 per person, made me love this place even more. They have varieties of freshly made sandwiches too. 

Non-vegetarians have quite a few sandwiches like the roasted chicken, Club house and Turkey Brie to choose from. The sandwich trays costs $ 8.95 and I being a vegetarian, chose vege sandwich, which was absolutely awesome. There salad trays cost between $7 - $9.

Pastry and Beverages:

I decided to give my usual breakfast a rest and check out the Bakery section which was the reason for my detour into this shop. There were awesome cookies for $1, bars (Lemon or Layered), and Breakfast Pastries. Well for me, it was a new concept, the “breakfast pastries” so I decided to check them out. There were Cinnamon Rolls, Scones, Muffins, Pecan Twists, Sausage Rolls and Danishes all for $ 2 - $ 4. The iced brownies were $2.75.
I settled for a Sunrise Smoothie and an iced brownie, with a blue berry muffin for breakfast. One bite of the brownie and it just melted in my mouth. I wanted that moment to last forever!! The muffin was also great and soft to eat.

They also take up orders for cakes with layers, flavors, icing and décor of your choice. The prices vary depending on the size and flavor and they start at $20.
If you are a pastry lover count on me; “outta the oven” is definitely “outta the world”!!!

By Hemamalini Krishnan

Tuesday, August 30, 2011