Street food has become a necessity in Chennai, thanks to it’s impeccable taste and unbelievably cheap price. The only thing that would make us slightly cringe about street food is the long travel & Hygiene. ‘Taste of Chennai’ by Courtyard Marriott is a street food festival which lets us have our favourite street food from 4 important areas of Chennai (Mylapore,Sowcarpet, Triplicane/Marina and Pondy Bazaar) which are different gateways to food paradise in a SINGLE LOCATION. Also they are super hygienic. What more do you want?
I entered Paprika Cafe, their all day dining restaurant and I was IMPRESSED. They have mimicked the setup of the eateries so well that if I subtract the glamorous floors and furnitures, I would have believed that I have entered a food bazaar. Well…See for yourself!
We were given a glimpse of all the 4 locations in less than a hour and here is what I loved the most in each location.
Other than the ‘choli ke peeche kya hai’ and the nonstop crowd, Sowcarpet is also famous for it’s Chaat. They had special counters for atleast 70% of the chaat available in the real market and that’s a huge achievement. Kudos to the team.
Samosa, Pani puri, Jalebi,Vadapav, Lassi- you name it, they have got it. My favourite of the bunch were the Gujarati snacks ( Dhokla,Khandvi) and the Muruku Sandwich.
Mylapore is my personal favourite from the four since the food over there is my comfort food. I am going to be biased and say that I loved all the dishes which were served from this location. The Variety rice ( Lemon and Puliodarai) with the crunchy papadam was an absolute pleasure to eat.
If you are a meat lover, you are going to LOVE this section. From fish fries, kebabs and authentic biryani counters, this was the most crowded, I tell you. I settled for Bajjis and well they were lovely, weren’t they?!
Kal dosa with Vada curry is one of their signature dishes and my pick from this section too. The vadacurry was aromatic, yummy and complemented the thick dosas really well.
I was stuffed and hence didn’t try the other items. A wide range of desserts and other accompaniments were also a part of this buffet priced at Rs.1475/- ( plus taxes) per person. Yes, the Price is on the higher side but if you are willing to splurge on some good hygienic, star level street food, you can always try here.
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Experience the Aloo tikki from Sowcarpet, Dhinchak Biryani from Triplicane and maybe a kuzhi paniyaram in Mylapore all at one place with Chef Jacob and his team. Happy eating!