A mini food walk in Purasawalkam

Though i frequently eat out in almost all areas between Adyar and Anna nagar, I've never crossed the border of Anna nagar. I used to hear my friends rave about the street food available in north Chennai and trust me, everytime I plan something it fails. Seriously !!! There have been hell lot of food walks I've missed because of various reasons. Some being really reasonable ones and other silly ones. With this year I complete a decade in Chennai. Still this one wish of visiting places like Sowcarpet, Parry's corner is still a wish for me :O

End of December during Christmas holidays, I stayed with dad for few days. And just like that one day, my brother offered me for visiting the food joints in Purasawalkam. I jumped and said yes. Me, my brother and junior started around 5.30 from Anna nagar. Bro stopped at Links first. A small, very small outlet that serves yummy murukku sandwich, corn canopes and other stuffs. The menu/pamphlet is quiet exhausting. Left it with bro decide on what to have. We had cheese murukku sandwich, corn canopes and cheese bhujia sandwich. The murukku sandwich was mind blowing. Miniscule murukku sandwiched with cheese, sooper spicy green chutney, potatoes and tomatoes. Inspite of the heavy loaded cheese, potatoes and tomatoes, the heat from the chutney was extraordinary. Eyes/nose ellam watering :o. Junior was saying "Amma idhu sapta cold ellam sariya pogudhumma" (His nose block got cleared in matter of minutes :P ) The corn canopes was good. Thin corn cups filled with sweet corn and mayonnaise. The puff was very good and a different one with the bhujia sev and cheese stuffed in the regular veg puff. This place is stormed by teens for the pocket friendly price. Crampy place with slabs on the wall to eat ur food. The place was not that clean, with leftovers spilled all over. Foodwise no complaints.

Two buildings next to this shop is the famous Mehta's Vada Pav shop. Unfortunately it was closed on that day (Yeah!! Talking about my luck here. Now u understand it na :O). A little bit farther, stopped by ashok pan house and gulped down masala thumbs up. From there we headed to King's vada pav. Had a mayonnaise vada pav and plate of jalebis. The vada pav was absolutely yumm. With the aloo vada not being dry, a bit spicy which was compromised by the mayonnaise its a total VFM. Though the jalebis were not hot, they tasted great. I packed another 250gms :)

By this time I was almost full. Thanks to the three course south indian meal I had in the afternoon and a mug (yeah u read it correct) of filter coffee and nuts in the evening :O I wanted to check Ajnabee sweets bang oppostie to King's Vada pav. But bro adviced to check in the Kannappa fast food in Ormes road for thatte idli and dosa. Accepted his offer and we went there. This place sells thatte idli like hot cakes :P The idli was simply mindblowing. A huge oothappam sized idli that was sooper soft, doused with ghee and nice chilli powder, it tasted fingerlickingly good. Except the coconut chutney u can easily ignore the red chutney and sambhar. Nothing worth mentioning about them. Along with the idli we had a paneer masala dosai, mushroom masala dosai and packed a mysore masala dosai for dad.

Though I missed places like Mehta's Vada pav, ajnabee sweets, novelty tea house and many more, yet I was satisfied with these three shops. Something is better than nothing na ;)


Links & Ashok Pan house - Raja Annamalai Road, Purasawalkam
King's vada pav- Alagappa road, Purasawalkam
Kannappa Fast food - Ormes road, Kilpauk


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