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