Sunday Morning…Oooo ! The Aroma of the Filter Coffee at Cafe Madras at Matunga,Mumbai drifts across town from early morning ! seducing us successfully
….and as we leave for the central suburbs for Cafe Madras,we are provided our Sunday Chuckle…..come across a Chihuahua,the smallest breed of a dog…to confirm,we ask it’s employed minder the breed…”Chua” was the prompt and proud reply !….”Chua” is the Indian Lingo for a Rat !…had us grinning
Now Just back from a super Sunday South Indian Breakfast at,where else, Cafe Madras in Matunga,Mumbai…carried parcels back for friends and family…would you believe there was waiting even as early as 8 am !….no reservations…its first come first served…seats @ 75 at a time…and on a regular Sunday there would be probably 750 wanting to have their morning breakfast here ! …it opens at 7 am…pardon any exageration….but get the point…easier to get seating quicker at other known South Indian Eateries around the corner….but Cafe Madras is Cafe Madras !
Hot Piping Rasam Vada,Idlis and Super Crisp Vadas with Awesome Sambhar,Chutney and the famous Mulga Pudi….Followed by Neer Dosa and Strong Filter Coffee….parceled the usual Idlis,Vadas and Masala Dosa with Masala seperate + Pongal Avial + Sheera + Raagi Dosa
Cafe Madras…Matunga Cirlcle…established in 1940 by Kamath Bros…opens at 7 am till 2.30 pm and 4 pm to 10.30 pm …closed on Monday….no item on the menu is above Rs 45 except the Appam with Stew at Rs 70 or Rice with Stew at Rs 50..both available only on weekdays…Idli is Rs 25,single idli is Rs 17, Mini Paper Dosa I think is Rs 28 and Sada Dosa is Rs 35….The famous Mulga Pudi,that’s powder in oil, is Rs 8,their own inhouse white butter is Rs 10…All Dosa Varieties are between Rs 35 and Rs 45…there’s Set,Neer,Peseretta,Raagi and Tuppa….try all…Neer is made from Rice
Waiters appear to be old hands…. are very knowledgable about the Menu,roam barefoot,tackle complex orders as if born to it…ours was a bespectacled guy who told us be relaxed and take our time to order….we were sharing a table with someone else…tables and benches are functional bereft of any aesthetics and are packed close to each other on the ground + mezzanine and service is brisk as is the customer turnover too…our waiter got us paper chits and a pen to write down our parcel orders too…with dexterity he even fed the data on to a computer tucked away in a corner near the small wash basin which is alongside the kitchen service counter