CHENNAI Food Tour – BIRYANI Factory Visit – Best BHAJJI of Chennai

Chennai boasts of a rich historic significance and a prominent cultural heritage which clearly reflects in its culinary tradition. As we set to explore the culinary mosaic of Chennai, we braced ourselves for an overwhelming gastronomic ride that would be best described by two clichéd phrases-‘mouth watering’ and ‘finger licking’.

Our quest to taste the best Tamilian fare took us around Mylapore, Triplicane,Pallavaram and T Nagar. The classical Tamil cuisine is mostly meat free but Chennai do offer a delightful Non Veg spread for the meat lovers as well. Here the most delicious food stuffs are served for breakfast. Evidently idlis, vadas and dosas along with the chutneys are the quintessential components of any breakfast spread across Chennai.

Our first stop was Rayar’s Mess at Mylapore. It is one of the oldest eateries and is very popular with the locals. We tasted some soft and fresh idlis and crisp vadai served in banana leaves that simply enhanced their taste. But it was the savoury pongal (accompanied by chutney and sambar) that was the star of the meal. Our light and filling breakfast ended with a cup of strong filter coffee that is such an integral beverage of Chennai.

Our second destination was Kalathi rose milk shop. Here we tried the humble rose milk which was sweet, delicious and refreshing. We also picked up a bottle of ‘panner’ or rose flavoured soda for our journey that we were told was another speciality of this old shop.

The third place we stopped by was Ratna Café at Triplicane, an area known for its cultural and architectural heritage. The melange of scrumptious South Indian fare food makes it a hot favourite among the locals. No wonder the idlis dunked in a generous helping of sambar at this legendary eatery was super delicious.

After all those irresistible vegetarian fare, our fourth stop was the Yaa Mohaideen eatery at Pallavaram where we tried their famous mutton biryani which was interestingly served on a banana leaf along with a thick curd onion raita and aubergine salan. Clearly this typical authentic Chennai style biryani was quite different from the esteemed counterparts from Hyderabad and Lucknow. This flavourful basmati rice preparation had a distinct tomato garlic punch to it. We got an opportunity to visit their factory and witness the preparation of a huge batch. The meat and rice were cooked separately before being mixed and cooked further on a low flame for a while with its lid shut. We also tried some luscious ‘bread halwa’ which was a clone of Hyderabad’s popular sweet ‘double ka meetha’.

The fifth place in the itinerary was Buhari hotel which is considered to be oldest restaurant in Chennai. The Non veg spread was surprisingly low on the spice quotient but was very tasty and worth its hype. We tried some of their popular dishes like the Chicken 65 which to our surprise was quite mild on our palate, the Mutton Campbell which was mutton cooked in a moderately spiced onion tomato gravy, Jamali chicken that had a slightly sweet and nutty undertone to it and their famous biryani with an unusual accompaniment, the pineapple jam.

Our sixth and penultimate halt was Jannal Kadai or ‘Window Shop’ at Mylapore where piping-hot bajjis (vegetable fritters), upmas and idlis were doled out to the patrons from a tiny hole-in-the-wall joint situated in a little lane around the Kapaleeshwar temple. The fresh and crisp Plantain and Chilli bhajjis that we tried with coconut chutney were simply fabulous.

Our gastronomic quest across Chennai concluded with a cup of the famous Mylapore filter kapi which was deliciously addictive. It served as the perfect full stop to such a splendid experience.

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Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food. To know more, visit

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  1. Gajanan Renguntwar

    You are fabulous… May I know Your good name please sir?

  2. Rajesh martin guide brother…it makes your shoe very intresting

  3. the betiyapa

    Sach btau itna acha idli nhi hoti ki do bar khalo

  4. हकीकत से सामना

    सर आप इतना बाहर का खाते हो फिर भी आपका पेट बाहर नही निकल रहा है कारण बताइए सर हम भी फॉलो कर सके

  5. chanchal saha

    English mein bhakt Hain, Hindustani hai aap Hindi to boliye.

  6. mohsin Khan

    Biryani ke bejjati hai
    ye actually its called tahari (yello rise)
    South indian doesn't know how to make biryani

  7. Rahul Raj

    Hindi m bolte to jada maza aata

  8. Hyderabad Hopes

    Nice job sir…….welcome to my cooking channel hyderabad hopes on YouTube………plz visit

  9. Learn Chemistry with Sayak

    No biriany can match the level of Kolkata biriany.You need a raita with a Kolkata biriany.

  10. Venkat Abhinav

    Never touch the utensils to your plate it's gross.. like while serving salan raita or anything .

  11. Anil Kumar

    When u spoken in hindi i always watched your video, but now you are speaking in English i don't watch your video even for a minute

  12. Anil Kumar

    I wish you will start making your videos in Hindi

  13. Ramanathan

    The Jannal Kadai owner passed away in June becos of COVID…Sad!!!

  14. connor daash

    North indian ke ppls chutiya hota hain ..isliye woh log cricket support karta hain


    My favourite Tamil nadu Madras Chennai city'hai sauth


    Mera Sapna hai ki ek Baar Tamil nadu Madras Chennai city'jahu me kabhi bhi nahi Gaya hou

  17. Abhishek Singh

    I have never had good biryani in Chennai and around places.

  18. A.K. Singh

    Your commentary in Hindi is far better…Its just a suggestion..

  19. Rohit Agarwal

    Anubhav, sorry to say you've missed out essential details of all these places you've visited. This was more like watching you randomly walk around and eat

  20. Tejeswara Asipi

    That's not biryani it's tomato rice with mutton/chicken.

  21. Sajid Bashir

    Kindly share your theme which comes first after introduction. Where logo appears in black colour

  22. Sajid Bashir

    Great Host said In sha Allah.

  23. nikki ajitha

    I like chennai's beef biriyani more than mutton biriyani.

  24. Amith Subramanian

    Nothing beats Rayar Mess and Buhari Hotel.

  25. chanakya time

    I love foods and exploring. I stayed in Chennai due to my job location I hate the taste of everything there

  26. minhaj umar

    Explore more vedios on Biryani's

  27. p graja

    splendid food, excellent video presentation

  28. Boovaragha Narayanan

    Sir please go to kasivinayagam mess for your lunch. It is located in triplicane, chennai.

  29. Ahilasamy

    speak in english or tamil in tamilnadu asshole

  30. Praveen Kumar

    Kudos to you
    He went to various parts of chennai..

  31. Anime lovers

    Idli sambar looking so delicious

  32. kathir ganesan

    Hi dear to cover Tamilnadu dishes it's taken time.somany dishes in TN

  33. Srinibas Nayak

    Sir you have tried so many biriyanies from TN to WB,now please tell us which biriyani You liked the most honestly

  34. Gurpal Arora

    I would like to suggest one thing to you sir…u may have non veg food but halal non veg is forbidden in vedas as well so avoid don't promote it too…if I hurt you anyway plz forgive..

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