Bored of hanging out at the beach or the malls? Try these spots, suggestsDIVYA THIAGARAJAN.
Going through the menu some days by the dishes and other days by the price, fighting over food, eating from a single plate, ordering more than can be eaten and not knowing what to do. That one friend who can eat everybody’s leftovers and another who can barely finish even half. Searching your wallet till the last coin is found to pay the bill when it arrives… What’s friendship and eating out without these moments? Yet, there is the one question that seems to come up every time an outing is planned: where do we go? Here are some new suggestions to ease your decision-making when you feel like eating out.
Serves: Tibetan cuisine
Location: Nungambakkam: Choolaimedu High Road’s Perinba Vilas Complex near Nungambakkam station.
Your wallet(s) should have: Rs. 150 per person
The picks: Noodles, Momo and Mok thuk
They’ve said it: We get to eat in peace, nothing’s very expensive and we love the momos. Minita Malavika, II Year, B.Sc. Psychology, Ethiraj College
Trivia/Titbit: You feel like you are walking into a Tibetan home
Serves: Traditional delicacies
Location: T. Nagar: G.N. Chetty Road, near Hotel Accord Metropolitan. (Also on Greames Road)
Your wallet(s) should have: Rs. 300 – 400
The picks: Falooda and Creams
They’ve said it : The food is rich and the quality is amazing. They have a lot of variety to offer. The price is reasonable and is a definite value for money. Tarun Murugesh, 23, II Year, M.A. Social Work-HR, Madras School of Social Work
Trivia/Titbit: The fruits are hand-picked once in two days to ensure freshness.
Serves: World Street food
Location: Alwarpet: TTK Road near Park Sheraton Hotel.
Your wallet(s) should have: Rs. 500 - 700
The picks: German Currywurst, Doner Kebab, Mexican Burrito, Falafel, Piadina and Crepes
They’ve said it : This is like my second home. The people who work here are extremely friendly. I love the Crepes, Currywurst, Tawa Kebab and Falafel. Also, it’s the best place to go when you need some ‘alone time’. Bharath Ram Shekar, 22, ESB Technology, Finance and Marketing Executive
Trivia/Titbit: An outside feel to your dining experience use the ‘Happy Hours’ offer and make the most of it!
Cup o’ Cafe
Serves: Italian cuisine
Location: Purasawalkam: Dr. Allagappa Road, near Ewarts School. (Also in Kilpauk, ECR, OMR and Tidel Park)
Your wallet(s) should have: Rs. 350
The picks: Pastas, pizzas, cappuccino and premium shakes.
They’ve said it: The ambience here is fantastic, the place is surrounded with trees and it's an old house turned into a cafe. The pricing is a little high but a nice place to hang out with friends. Bernady Francis, 21, Biomedical Engineer, Hi-Tech Diagnostic Centre
Trivia/Titbit: Families meet here to get marriage alliances fixed; many wedding bells have rung here.
Serves: Donuts and more
Location: Egmore: Ethiraj Salai’s Wellingdon Estate, near Ethiraj College.
Your wallet(s) should have: Rs. 200
The picks: Chocolate Fantasy, Black & White, Vanilla with Dark Chocolate and The Almighty
They’ve said it: I used to enjoy the Musical Thursdays when bands performed there, now my favourite is the unlimited offer at Rs. 250. I love the Almighty! They are priced cheaper too. Moreover, in the Egmore outlet, you get to watch the donuts being made. Karthick Murthy, 23, Programme Producer, ITV
Trivia/Titbit: Who said donuts are only for the sweet-toothed? At Donuts House you’re going to find some spicy toppings too! Try something different...
Take a detour
Karishma Chat Centre: Some of the best pani puri , kulfi and chat are available here. Located on Nungambakkam High Road, right outside Rangoli and Karishma clothes boutique.
Mango and Tango: best known for their quality fresh juices. Again, located on Nungambakkam High Road next to Indian Oil Petrol Bunk.
Alsa Mall Sandwich: There are about four of them lined one next to the other outside Alsa Mall on Montieth Road in Egmore. The shacks are well known for their yummy vegetarian and non-vegetarian sandwiches.