A Guide to Sowcarpet for FoodiesSowcarpet - a bustling locality of the southern metropolis of Chennai is one among the oldest neighborhoods of the urban center. Dotted with heritage buildings, narrow lanes and wholesale marketplaces, Sowcarpet demonstrates the old world charm to the local people and visitors alike! For Chennaites or for Tamilians, the name Sowcarpet reminds of a few scenes which usually range from North Indians (especially, Marwaris) to sweet stalls, crowded bazaars to chaat varieties and so on.
Sowcarpet is home to a large North Indian community in Chennai. The tale goes back to at least fifty years, as a fairly large population of the Marwari business community and shylocks from Rajasthan, shifted to Sowcarpet to dig into the locality's business prospects. Today, Sowcarpet stands as a faithful home for a multitude of affectionate North Indians settled in Singara Chennai. As a matter of fact, Sowcarpet turns a 'mini North India' during the festivals as the warm people of Sowcarpet come together and make the locality glow with ghagra-cholis, mehendi, glass bangles, color powders (during Holi) and so on.
Bustling with commercial activities throughout the year, Sowcarpet matches the charm of the 'ever-busy' Chandni Chowk in Delhi. For a visitor and for people who love good food, a trip to Sowcarpet is always a gastronomic adventure and, as anyone acquainted with the busy neighborhood would certainly know, it can be particularly hard to resist the endless assortment of Marwari and Gujarati delicacies and treats that tempt you at every corner. Find below a guide to Sowcarpet for foodies along with a list of some of the most popular delicacies one should try while visiting the wonderful locality of Sowcarpet in Chennai.
Kakada Ramprasad Sweets & ChatsLocation: No 348/343, Mint Street, Sowcarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001
Landmark: Near Jain Temple
Cost: Rs. 400 for two
Located in the heart of the Mint Street in Sowcarpet, Kakada Ramprasad Sweets & Chats is a 'classy' eating place which is nothing short of a 'landmark' in this locality. The fully air conditioned eatery specializes in pure vegetarian North Indian delicacies. Known for their large variety of chaat items, the Kakada Ramprasad Sweets & Chats also offer thalis during afternoon. It is certainly a big mistake if you skip this eating house when you are in Sowcarpet or nearby the neighborhood.
Some of their must try delicacies include aloo tikki, tava pulao, dahi papdi chat, bhalla papdi chaat, dahi kachori chaat, raj kachori, cheese onion capsicum toast, bhujia sandwich, chilli cheese toast, jalebis, dilkhush malai kofta, methi mutter malai, kashmiri dum aloo, variety of breads, executive north Indian thali, badam pista milk and so on.
Ajab's Ajnabi Mithaai GharLocation: No 63, Elephant Gate Street, Sowcarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001
Cost: Rs. 250 for two
One of the oldest names in the list of North Indian eating places in the city of Chennai, Ajab's Ajnabi Mithaai Ghar started its humble journey right from the congested lanes of Sowcarpet. Today, Ajab's Ajnabi Mithaai Ghar is a popular name that they have their (strong) presence in more than one location. The sweet shop is known for their Gujarati snacks and their specialty Ajab mixture is a sample that showcases their 'awesomeness'! Besides, the iconic sweet shop is famous for their 'kind of' strikingly unique dishes served.
Some of the must try delicacies of the Ajab's Ajnabi Mithaai Ghar include samosas, dhokla, muruku sandwich (you read it right!), noodles samosa, khandvi, surti kachorie, mirchi vada pav, angoori malai, kaala jamun, chum chum, ras malai, kesari badam milk, masala cola, Chinese bhel, sev crispy palak chat, Bombay ragda pattise, veg bhujia sandwich, cheese garlic toast and so on.
Novelty Tea HouseLocation: No 175, Mint Street, Park Town, Sowcarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001
Cost: Rs. 200 for two
Yet another ‘diamond in the dirt’ that Novelty Tea House is a celebrated name, not only among the North Indians, but also among the local people for their authentic taste. Touted as the best 'pav bhaji wala' in all of Chennai, Novelty Tea House serves a plethora of delicacies which are known for their quality and taste. It is important to mention that this eatery also serves a variety of South Indian specialties and a mini lunch which include sweet - 1, ghee fulka/plain fulka - 3, vegetables 2 , dal, rice, pappad, butter milk, pickle and so on.
Some of their must try delicacies include cheese corn balls, Jain masala dosa, butter garlic onion dosa, cheese capsicum utthapam, cheese pav bhaji, khada cheese Jain pav bhaji, masala Jain pav bhaji, methi paneer, corn capsicum, shahi paneer, kaju curry masala, lychee bharwaan, a variety of pizzas ans sandwiches, cheese toast masala sandwich and so on. People who are far away from Sowcarpet do not have to worry as the Novelty Tea House has branches at Purusawalkam, Mylapore and Egmore.
Mehta Bros Mithai WalaLocation: No 310, Mint Street, Park Town, George Town, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001
Landmark: Near Ekambreshwar Temple
Cost: Rs. 150 for two
The name 'Mehta Bros' reminds of pleasant-tasting cheese vada pav to North Indians and Chennaites alike as this modest eating house is regarded as one of the best vada pav place in the locality. Located in a busy street, it is obvious that 'parking' would be a difficult deal here but then a few minutes’ walk will take you to a food paradise. A simple plate of soft chapathis with dal is more than enough to talk about the quality of this place. As there is no dine in option available, either you can stand and melt in the taste or take away and melt at home!
Some of their must try delicacies of Mehta Bros Mithai Wala include classic vada pav, mayo chesse vada pav, Jain vada pav, bhujiya cheese sandwich, pineapple sandwich, murukku sandwich, maska murukku cheese sandwich, churmur chaat, dahi papdi chaati, katori chaat, cheese corn canapes, capsicum corn cheese toast, chilli cheese toast and so on.
RasoeeLocation: No 134, Mint Street, Sowcarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001
Another legendary name in the list of authentic North Indian eating places in Sowcarpet, Rasoee is a small food joint that comes into the minds of people who look for affordable yet quality chaat and parathas. Though the place is modest, their menu is big as they serve a variety of dishes which include parathas, starters, noodles, pizza, continental, chopsuey, chaat, snacks, tandoori and so on. A tiring shopping experience at the crowded mint street will not be complete without visiting this food joint that is certain to satisfy your taste buds!
Some of the must try delicacies of Rasoee in Sowcarpet include dahi samosa chat, aloo masala cheese toast, bhujia cheese sandwich, pyaz paratha, paneer corn fried rice, masala kulcha, combo rice, mega mix paratha, dry sabzi, cheese and onion pizza, pudina paratha and so on.
Anmol Mohit LassiLocation: No 343, Mint Street, Sowcarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001
Cost: Rs. 100 for two
Popularly known as Anmol Lassiwalla or Dinesh Soni's lassi shop, this tiny lassi joint is celebrated for its lip smacking lassi. Equally popular for its owner Dinesh Soni, who is jestingly called as the 'don' of sowcarpet for his muscular physique, Anmol Lassiwalla is undoubtedly the best place in the city to have delicious kesar lassi. As luscious as it may be, having a full glass of lassi here is a big deal. A busy shopping day through the narrow streets of Sowcarpet can be concluded with a little visit to this amazing Anmol Mohit Lassi shop, which is likely to refresh you in no time!
Some of the other must visit eating houses in Sowcarpet include:Sree Agarwal Bhojanaalay
No 15, Venkatarayan Lane, N.S.C Bose Road, George Town, Chennai
Manusukh Fine Dine
No 268, Walltax Road, Sowcarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001
Goli Vada Pav No.1
No 70, Govindappa Street, Sowcarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001
Landmark: Opposite Andhra Bank Branch
Sri Krishna Bhojanalaya
No 360, 3rd Floor, Krishna Complex, Mint Street, Sowcarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001
Landmark: Opposite New Jain Temple
Chat Pata Chaat House
No 324, Mint Street, Sowcarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001
Seena Bhai Chat & Juice Centre
No 51, Audiappan Naicken Street, Sowcarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001
No 43, Audiappa Naicken Street, Sowcarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001
Landmark: Near Madurai Radha Transport
Maharaja Ice Cream
Location: Audiappa Naicken Street, Sowcarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001