We are a family of foodies and when we got the opportunity to do a restaurant review for RnMOnAskMe which I interpreted as Restaurant Majors On Ask Me, I immediately got onto the job to identify the restaurant using the Askme app I installed on my smartphone. It is not an easy task given my preference for vegetarian food and this time I was looking for Italian cuisine. I searched through the app and landed up with a number of entries (never knew so many Italian restaurants in Chennai) and we set our eyes on Jalpaan for their innovative combination of cuisines. Normal combinations we see in restaurants are Texan – Mexican, Italian, North Indian South Indian, Chinese cuisines. This restaurant had a unique combination of Italian, North Indian vegetarian food. Decided to try it out and checked out the locations and there was one nearby at Adyar, Chennai. Checked out Google and saw that the restaurant was closed on Saturdays. We were surprised because restaurants do not normally close and choosing Saturdays was much more intriguing given the business they get on weekends. We tried calling them and there was no answer and we assumed they must be closed. We are not sure if it is a regular closure or a one off occasion. So we decided to check out their restaurant in another location quite faraway from our place.
Among the different locales in the city, Sowcarpet definitely tops the list when it comes to chaat items. It takes you 15 minutes for you
to drive to the area, but 20 minutes to drive in the area, to the shop. It is a place where people can get a wide variety of chaat with no fancy prices. There are innumerable stalls on the road and also various small chaat-corners that offer a wide range of mouth-watering Pani Puris, Bhel puri, Daabeli, Ghaatia, Jalebi, and Bhujiya Bondas. You also get a range of sweets, lassis, Badam kheers, Basandis along with the spicy chaats. The taste of the food here is very authentic.
For those of you who have never dared venturing into the busy streets of Sowcarpet, the following are some of the best places to eat.