Madras Diaries is a south indian restaurant located at Bandra, Mumbai.

The all day pure vegetarian restaurant has a indoor – outdoor seating and is quite tastefully done up.

The restaurant serves traditional south indian delicacies along with some contemporary fusion dishes.

Their menu is a mix of breakfast staples, idli, dosa, vada, uttapam and some classic rice and main course preparations.

So here is what I had –

BEVERAGES :-

SPICED LEMON WITH BASIL –
Coconut water muddled with green chillies, basil, subza and lemon.
Absolutely refreshing, liked the interesting twist done to coconut water !

SOUP :-

RASAM SHOTS –
Traditional rasam made with a base of ginger, garlic, tomato and hing.
Served in flavours of pepper, tomato, coriander and coconut.
Wow ! Never thought that one can get rasam in so many flavours, I personally preferred the punchy black pepper flavoured rasam !

IDLI :-

IDLI PLATTER –
A platter consisting of plain, rawa, ragi and multigrain idli.

MINI IDLI –
Mini idli tossed with podi, curry leaves onion and mustard seeds.

CHEESE CHILLI IDLI –
Mini fried idlis, infused with jalapenos, served with cheese dip.

IDLY WEDGES –
Deep fried idli slices tossed with podi, onions and garlic.

All the idlis are served with sambar and coconut chutney.

One can also choose and get a choice of malgapodi with the idlis.
Yes, apart from the traditional malgapodi, the restaurant also offers a milder coconut and curry leaf flavoured malgapodi.
If that wasn’t enough, one even gets four chutneys on the table –
Pineapple yogurt, tomato, turai and beetroot.
So all this makes the idli eating experience quite elaborate and interesting !
Though all the idlis were nice, my personal favorite was surely the idli wedges.
They were crispy and had a beautiful flavour of garlic and red chillies, tasted delicious with tomato chutney.

DOSA :-

CHETTINAD PANEER –
Rice batter dosa stuffed with crushed cottege cheese tossed in chettinad masala along with onion, garlic and chillies.

JALAPENO CHEESE –
Rice batter dosa stuffed with processed cheese and chopped jalapenos.

NAVADHANIYA –
Multi grain batter dosa with a filling of potatoes and capsicum.

The dosas were served with sambar and coconut chutney.
There were absolutely thin and crispy.
I loved the chettinad paneer dosa alot, it had a beautiful flavour of coriander and freshly grounded whole spices.

DESSERTS:-

ELANEER PAYASAM –
Chilled condensed milk with finely chopped coconut malai pieces.

BREAD HALWA –
Fried bread made into a halwa with milk, sugar and nuts.

Both the desserts were excellent but the chilled payasam with coconut malai, dry fruits and cardamom blew me over !

Overall, Madras Diaries is a ideal place to satisfy your idli – dosa craving.
Their offerings are flavourful and reasonably priced.

Soothing ambiance, quick service, prime location and valet parking adds to the experience.

Go try indulge !

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