I'd heard a bit about this place and I'd wanted to see what the fuss was all about. My parents had come down here for the weekend, and since Mom is a pure veggie, I thought I'd take them to this place and see if they like it. Mom is not a very restauarant-food-liking person and to say that she loved the place says everything about this joint.
Its located conveniently at Shastri Nagar, within reach for all the North Indians working in sofware professionals dying for home-food who have all settled in the vicinity of Adyar & Thiruvanmayur.
The interiors are bright ,cheerful and well lit. Furnishing is colourful, but practical. No ostentatious teak wood tables and heavy chairs, just tables and sofas that can withstand kids jumping about. Sort of the setting you would expect at McD's or KFC.
As opposed to a conventional restaurant, here, you have to place your orders beforehand and only then you are allotted the table. The array of choices is a bit disorienting at first, with around 8-10 choices for parathas and the like. We opted for Mango Lassi, which was really good, while Dad chose the Patiala Chas over the Coke offered with the Great Indian Maha Combo. Sadly it turned down to be a watered down version of the South Indian "Sambharam". It could do with a little more salt.
Mum was full, so she opted to have a bit of everything we had. I chose the Rajasthan Royals ki Pasand, and it came with 2 rotis made with what I believe to be bajra, a fried vada like thing, a little rice and rock-salt flavoured curd. The curd was really delicious.
The Great Indian Maha combo had a little pulav, which wasn't all that great, but the rotis were nice, and if I remember correctly, there was also paneer butter masala lurking around somewhere on the plate, which, considering the fare you are served here, shouldn't be allowed within 2 miles of this joint. Paneer butter masala is regular North Indian food. Mast Kalandar is the real deal. The gulab jamun was really delicious and it was big enough for 4 of us to have a taste.
A very close friend of mine who had tagged along, ordered the Mirchi zara Hatke paratha (or something to that effect) and the stuffing had spicy fried onions. Quite a change, considering how difficult it is to get even Aloo Parathas at other hotels serving North Indian food (They serve Paneer Butter Masala). That was nice too. Prices aren't too steep. Ideal for bachelors who can have a really filling meal for about Rs 75-80. One dish is sufficient to fill your tummy, but we came across a North-Indian-Food-Starved couple at the next table who polished off two plates of roti combos followed by a Biryani!
Its a really good experience to go to this place. Even die-hard meat eaters, must leave the poor animals alone for a while and visit this place atleast once.
The only drawback I felt was that the waiters were a bit hassled what with the crowd teeming in. And this in spite of the customers already having ordered at the cash counter.
I plan to visit this place again. Maybe I'll find a time when its not so crowded (If such a time exists).
For the Rating:
Value for Money : 5
Taste : 5
Total : 4.75
Go ahead and give this place a try. You won't regret it!