No. 1 Halls Road, Egmore
Chennai: 600 008
Tel: 044 28191900
Meal for two:?Rs 500
Though the sign at the entrance says ‘Mathsya’, or ‘Fish’, it’s Chennai’s favourite vegetarian dining experience. (So take it easy.) The decor is like a film-set from the Sixties; frosted glass partitions, dim lights, waiters in bow ties, even if they are mostly from the Northeast.
It’s where Chennai’s chefs meet over tumblers of the best coffee to tuck into their favourite South staples, the adais, the dosas, the oothapams that are served with the right accompaniments. It’s where you watch foreigners try and eat the sliver of banana leaf tucked into the dosa, while their hosts explain that it’s just meant to hold the dollop of ghee. Or the kitty parties that take place over buffet lunches.
Only veterans will point you in the direction of the rasa vadai, hot lentil dumplings in a soupy...