Sree Andhra Tiffins, Puducherry

After what seemed to be ages, visited this place with family for dinner. Nothing has changed in respect with ambience or the service compared to the last visit. Ordered few of their "special for the day" which included vazhai poo uthappam, pudhina dosai etc, along with their special kara dosai, kadappa dosai, adai, onion uthappam, chappati and aapam.

The red chutney smeared kara dosai with generous amount of spicy podi sprinkled will definitely create waterfalls in the eyes :P To eat that dosai without a sip of water would be an impossible challenge. Love their kadappa dosai, which has the same red chutney with a thin layer of potato masala smeared inside. This one is also equally spicy. Pudhina dosai was fresh with a strong and spicy pudhina chutney smeared over a thin and crispy dosai. Vazhaipoo uthappam was out of the world. Steamed vazhaipoo spread over a thick uthappam was so light and flavourful without any extra masalas. Adai was loved by the hubby. I prefer adai to be a bit thin and little crispy at the centres. This was too thick to my liking. Onion uthappam was huge and we struggled to finish it after the first round of dosai. 

Service is basic and can go either way depending on the mood and workload of the staff. One day they'll make you feel at home and on some days you got to wait for chutney for about 10 mins. Dosai are priced around 40-60 bucks. We paid 375 in total for all these along with a plate of kuzhi paniyaram & aapam.

They are open for lunch and dinner. Located in kosakadai street a few buildings away from Lakshmi Jewellery.

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Coromandel Cafe, Puducherry

After almost one and a half year since our first foodathon at PY, things fell in its place and before we realised we were ready for the second. Shab & Dipak travelled from Chennai and we kickstarted our foodathon at Coromandel cafe. This place was our first choice as it was heavily recommended by a lot of people. A look at their menu in Zomato, I was convince that it would be the best place for breakfast.

Located at Romain Rolland street (the street behind the beach road), this place was stunningly beautiful. A big spacious French bungalow with cozy interiors and gorgeous decor was so comforting for a breakfast. But we were there for the Food. That was our first and main focus.

Menu was handed and we made our choices quickly but had to wait for a long time for the food to arrive.

Drinks :

Mason & Co Hot Chocolate (Rs.150) - I’m a big fan of Mason & Co chocolates and I ordered this without second thoughts. A cup of hot chocolate served with cinnamon powder, sea salt and chilli powder separately. This was the first one to arrive on the table and was such a disappointment. I expected fairly thick hot chocolate with the tasted of mason & co bean to bars taste. The reality was a watery (kazhani thanni) hot which had a faint chocolate flavour. A generous pinch of sea salt helped in taking few more gulps.

Freshen Up (Rs.159) - Our choice from the anti-oxidant juice section. A mix of freshly squeezed watermelon, cucumber and mint. Nothing extraordinary.

Smoothie (Rs.219) - Cashew cream, coffee & banana smoothie. What arrived was a coarse blend of cashew & banana. No cashew cream and not even the minimum hint of coffee

Golden Mushrooms (Rs. 330) - Grilled mushrooms on a toast smothered with peanut butter and chilli oil and smoked tofu. Being a vegan dish, this was excellent with perfectly cooked mushrooms. The toast was super crisp and along with the peanut butter it was heavenly. For me the addition of smoked tofu to this dish was unnecessary.

Hot Pink Benedict with Bacon (Rs.290) - Two poached eggs on toasted English muffins with bacon and pink Hollandaise sauce. The eggs were poached perfectly and the bacon was super crispy and yumm. Other than that this was a pure eye candy. I felt the sauce to be a bit on the saltier side.

Ultimate pancake stack with bacon & jaggery butter (Rs.330) - This would’ve been a beautiful dish if only they got their pancakes right. A stack of (3 in precise) pancakes with whipped mascarpone cheese in between topped with crispy bacon and jaggery butter. The gooey, thick and flat pancakes spoiled everything.

Terracotta baked Shakahuka (Rs.220) - All those shakshukas I’ve had & cooked so far has the runny eggs cooked over the veggie mix. So when we received the shakshuka with a fried egg on top, I simply couldn’t bring myself to accept that it was shakshuka. The veggie mixture was overloaded with curry masala and neither the flat bread nor the dal hummus (tasted more like the dal fry) helped in taking more than a bite of it.

Such a beautiful place with sad food. The worst part next to the food was the service. Yes. The staff were courteous but finding one around was a task by itself. We literally had to get out of our chairs, go around the property with a hope of spotting one (We even pulled a Dhanush in Pudhupettai. “Yaravadhu irukkengala”). Paid 1700 odd bucks. There wasn’t even a slight satisfaction of having good food. After all I’m not a person who gets satisfied just with the ambience.


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