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Updated about 16hrs ago

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They really ramp up the oil and spice factors in Nalas Appa Kadai, the restaurant that has 13 varieties of appams on its menu. It is the one place you must visit if you like your Chettinad food spicy, tasty and doused in oil. With an array of parotas, best of them being the Ceylon Parotha, dosas, Chettinad Chicken Biryani and more, this place is a haven for good food at affordable prices. Though it claims to be a multi-cuisine restaurant and offers the usual Chilli Chicken and Fried Rice, their home-style Chicken Curry is what makes this place one of the best Chettinadu joints in town. Visit the place simply for its appam variety, tuck into the Chicken Curry and Coconut Milk and get transported to the villages of Chettinad. At last count, Nala's has a dozen outlets, including one each in Paris and London waiting to be opened.

Updated about 17hrs ago

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Not everyone will understand the hold that Buharis has on the popular imagination of Chennai's culinary map when they visit the place today. To paraphrase a well-worn movie line: Of all the rum joints in the world, why Buharis? Yet it is the place where legends were made. For instance, Chicken 2010, though originally known as Chicken 69 is said to have been invented at Buharis, no doubt with the help of a couple with acrobatic inclinations. For Buharis was the secret meeting place of trysting couples. Not only was it close to some of the city's famous cinema theatres showing both English and Tamil films, it had a roof garden with dim lighting, a Juke box with coloured lights around the rim and private rooms known as family rooms, where the discreetly inclined waiters would leave families alone. It also had sensational biryanis and flaky Ceylon Parathas during its heyday. It went through a period of decline since the '60s and '70s from which it has never really recovered, since the advent of Chettinad cuisine. Their samosas are however still worth a try.

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