Thengai Paal @ Siva Vilas, Coimbatore

Thengai Paal @ Siva Vilas, Coimbatore

After belting biriyani at Venu, I decided to check out this place before boarding the train. We had to travel about 5kms. This is a small tea shop near tools bridge in Ganapathipudur. There are two shops next to each other with the same name. We were asked to check out the place functioning under a thatched roof. The place was buzzing with activity. We had a couple of thengai paal. A warm thick drink tasting similar to our "Arachu vitta kadala paruppu payasam" except the cardamom punch. Priced at 10 bucks, it carried a strong coconut milk flavor with a mild touch of chenna dal. Not too sweet. Loved it and felt it was worth traveling all the way. People were devouring the muttai bonda and ragi pakoda. My trip to Coimbatore came to an end on a sweet note. There wasn't a single dull moment and every meal was completely satisfying. Thank You, CBE for the truckload of memories to cherish. Will be back soon to check out the places we missed on this trip.







Dindugul Venu Biriyani, Coimbatore

Dindugul Venu Biriyani, Coimbatore

Dindigul Venu Biriyani was one of the places (other than Valarmathi Mess) that was strongly recommended by every single person. After covering two places for breakfast, the greedy us decided to check out two places for lunch too. Our actual plan was to hit Venu Biriyani first, share a 1/4 biriyani and then move on to Hari Bhavan. But Venu Biriyani didn't let us do that.

Located in Tatabad, Gandhipuram (In front of the bus stand) with not so great ambience, it was pretty empty when we checked in. Ordered a 1/4 mutton biriyani, 4 kola urundai, mutton chukka and vanjiram fry. Kola urundai is easily the best I've ever had so far. Neither too dry nor too wet, with perfect spice level, this was so addictive. I loved the mild touch of coconut in that. Mutton chukka was yummy. Some may disagree with the texture/consistency of the chukka. Infact I prefer the chukka to be bit dry. But this one was absolutely delicious. With soft bite sized mutton pieces and crunchy onions, this was a delight. Vanjiram fry was a big let down. Fish wasn't fresh and the masala wasn't impressive either.


Coming to the star of the show. Seeraga samba biriyani. One mouthful of the biriyani, I already made my decision to ditch Hari Bhavan and ordered another 1/4 plate of biriyani. I love seeraga samba biriyani (too :P :P ). I like biriyani from JK but it always leaves me with a bloated feeling. But the biriyani here was simply amazing. Mildly spiced, with minimal irritants (elaichi was visible and wasn't hidden inside the masala lump). with loads of succulent mutton pieces, it was divine. Dalcha served along was bang on flavours with fat and bones in every ladle.



Service was pretty quick. All these set us back by 800 bucks which was absolutely worth the money. I would strongly recommend this place for their biriyani and kola urundai. 

Chai Galli, Besant Nagar

Chai Galli, Besant Nagar

Chai Galli at Besant Nagar is a quaint little place offering a wide range of tea along with some lip smacking quick eats with a twist to it. The interiors are colourful and vibrant screaming 80's Bollywood in every inch, reminding an upgraded version of a tea shop.

We started with veggies on khakra, khamani and a masala chai pot (serves 2). Khakra was presented and tasted like a pizza. Loved the subtle note of methi in the khakra. Khamani was simply delicious and was burstin with flavours. The addition of roasted sesame was really nice. Masala chai was perfect. Served in a pot along with parle - G it was very soothing. Didn't like the kashmiri khawa on the other hand. It tasted flat as I felt the saffron was almost negligible. Tadkewale maggi was lip smacking delicious. Simple maggi with caramelised onions in a tangy sauce was yummilicious. We were contemplating between Aloo Paratha and sandwich for a long time. And finally decided to check out the mumbai style sandwich. Grave mistake :( It was not appealing both lookwise as well as tastewise. Felt the mint chutney to be bitter and there was no taste to it. Same with the Falooda. I've never had a falooda that can be had with a straw alone. It was more like thin milkshake with few nuts and semiya thrown in.







Wasn't very happy with the service too. Not that they were slow or rude, but getting there attention was a mountainous task. Total bill was around 900 bucks. For the quality and quantity felt it to be reasonable. Will I go back? Definitely yes. For that tadkewale maggi and the masala chai :)

Breakfast @ Coimbatore - CS canteen & Geetha Canteen

Breakfast @ Coimbatore - CS canteen & Geetha Canteen

The one thing I absolutely loved about our recent trip to Coimbatore was that our one and only focus was food. Since we didn't plan any sightseeing and other tourist-y activities we were able to devour the food. Eat sleep repeat was our mantra and we sincerely followed it. After belting the kari dosai with naatu kozhi kuzhambu in Valarmathi mess and a good 7-8 hrs of sleep we were ready for our breakfast hunt. We had already decided the places. And checked into CS hotel near Railway station.

Its a small self service kind of place. We were already given recommendations on what to eat there. We ordered a adai butter, onion rava roast and thayir semiya. Thayir semiya was kickass. Every spoonful I felt the coolness all the way till the stomach :) Adai was thin and crispy and tasted more like peserattu. That lentil taste and texture was missing. But hey no complaints. With butter and jaggery powder, it was too good. Onion rava dosai could've been more thin and crispier (after all it was mentioned as roast) but with truck loads of onions it was good. Paid 150 odd bucks here. Absolute VFM.





From there we started to Geetha Canteen. We put our trust in Google aandavar and after a 10mins walk we were in the canteen. The seating arrangement here was more like wedding/community dining. We got seated and ordered a neer dosai (the staff misinterpreted it as nei dosai and bought a nei roast) and sambhar vadai along with sukku paal and coffee. The ghee roast was divine. So crisp with generous amount of ghee it was too good. Loved the thick sambhar with lots of veggies and the peanut chutney. Vadai was so so. Sukku paal was strong and mind blowing. We also bought the sukku paal mix from the shop outside the canteen. Paid 130 bucks here which again is absolute VFM.




Yet another satisfying food hunt in CBE :)



Va Pho - Asian Canteen, Coimbatore

Va Pho - Asian Canteen, Coimbatore

A tasting session at Va Pho Asian Canteen which has opened its door at Race Course area in Coimbatore. My first experience at Va Pho Chennai was simply amazing and the Coimbatore episode was greater than the previous one. Same quirky, colourful decor even though the place is bit smaller than Chennai. While Coimbatore cast a spell on me with it's pleasant weather, Va Pho added a charm to the lunch session with it's outdoor seating. Imagine gorging upon lip smackingly delicious food over a breezy weather <3

Chef kept us busy eating. He was sending out dish after dish which were so tasty. My personal picks would be

Rangoon Princess and Royale Madras for mocktails. The subtle guava flavour in the former and the cinnamon and tender coconut in the later were very refreshing.




Chicken Satay - Juicy chunks of chicken with roasted chilli flavour was delicious. Beef satay was equally good


Curried beef dimsum and Hargow with the spicy dips were yummy


I'm a big fan of their Va Pho Prawns. Juicy prawns cooked in a spicy sambal sauce is to die for. I also liked the Kam heaong Squid. Batter fried squid in curry masala was good.


Saigon Pho - A whole meal by itself with veggies, meat (chicken) and noodles was packed with so much of flavours.

Banana blossom salad with sweet and chilly dressing and crispy tofu tasted so good that even a fussy eater would eat it without any questions




Be it the spicy malay noodles cooked in coconut milk or the Va Pho rice or the Lhoti - Massaman (parottas with thai muslim curry) or the beef rendang curry, everything was a delight in its own terms






Ended the awesome lunch in a sweet way with tender coconut popsicle and chocolate mousse and falooda.



My heartfelt thanks to the team and wishing you guys a grand success. Cheers !!!

Desi Rasoi's Punjabi Dhaba, T.Nagar

Desi Rasoi's Punjabi Dhaba, T.Nagar

This place used to be our favourite lunching spot. We haven't been here for a long time as the last time we went, they were closed for renovations. On my recent visit to T.Nagar saw them opened. So decided to have our lunch here last Sunday. Pretty small place with 7-8 tables. Limited no fancy menu. We ordered a masala pappad and a mixed tikka to start with. Pappad was perfect. Crunchy with spicy onion tomato salad. Tikka was just paneer and mushrooms with the usual onion/tomato/capsicum mix. It would've been great if some aloo/gobi was seen in the platter. Tastewise no complaints at all. Perfect marination. Soft paneer pieces. More than the paneer/mushroom I loved the onion and capsicum. They were grilled to perfection giving a nice crunch in every bite



For main course we ordered Butter Roti, Garlic Naan, Dhania Roti, Paneer Chilli Gravy, Malai Kofta, Channa Rice and Raita along with couple of malai lassi and a badam pista lassi. Breads were super soft. Especially the garlic naan with lots of garlic was yummy. Paneer Chilli Gravy was basically manchurian based gravy with more tanginess (from tomatoes) with fresh paneer pieces. It went well with the breads. I would prefer the kofta to be cooked little bit more but others were okay with it. Channa Rice was pure bliss. If you expect a fried rice kind of dish you would be disappointed. This is a mix of rice and channa masala with a wet consistency. It was super hot and spicy. Loved every bit of it and I ended up eating the whole portion leaving nothing for the folks :D Malai lassi was perfect in all means. Rasagulla was okay and the rabdi was very thin but tastewise no issues.









All these set us back by 1200 odd bucks. Prices mentioned in the menu are inclusive of taxes. Service was pretty quick and attentive. Overall a satisfactory lunch.