Madras is more of a cafeteria than a restaurant. It’s also a food bloggers dream. Whilst not in any way Insta-worthy from a visual point of view, it definitely tickles all the Insta g-spots from a culinary point of view. It’s one of those under rated eateries you search for and only find once every blue moon. And the fact that I pulled it out of a hat full of random options is a testament to the luck I had that day; I should have wished for something meaningful, like world peace. Anyway, the first thing which caught my attention was that, in addition to being modestly appointed, the restaurant’s interior was spotlessly clean. The second thing was that no table sharing was being allowed. And the third is that, as its name suggests, Madras specialises in South Indian cuisine.
I ordered my default South Indian breakfast of idli-vada dip followed by a masala dosa. So this friendly waiter named Vinod brings me a single vada in sambar and then a single idli in sambar, and as laughable (and slight annoying) as that normally would be, in this case I was happy because each was so, so, so good, particularly the sambar. Vinod watches me like a hawk, timing each dish accordingly. I didn’t ask for anything beyond my initial order. When I’m done with the first two, he automatically brings out my masala dosa which, as with all dosas, is served with a white and red chutney in addition to sambar. The dosa, potato masala and sambar were good, but it was the chutneys which knocked me for a six. They were without doubt the best I have had in my life. This was an amazing meal.
I think I’ve already established that service, compliments of superstar Vinod, was first class. Let’s put this into perspective, this is all happening at a small cafeteria with no more than two or three tables in the middle of Timbuktu, Ras Al Khaimah – wow! If you’re into South Indian breakfasts, save this restaurant’s details and, if you’re passing through Ras Al Khaimah sometime, drop in and treat yourself to one of the best South Indian breakfast in the area.
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