Mix of Good and Bad Restaurants in Ashok Pillar Circle
Ashok Pillar area of Chennai (Ashok Nagar with PIN Code 600 073) commands a unique place of pride in having very good restaurants and chat items besides also showcasing some of the worst examples of bad eat outs.
The best among them is largest number of Saravana Bhavan outlets. We have already covered the mouth-watering post on Hotel Saravana Bhavan sometime before. Here is the permalink URL for your quick recall. The next most exciting chat item outlet is the branch of Rajaveni Sweets near the start of Ekkatuthangal flyover (just near Indian Bank, Jafferkhanpet branch). They are one of very old sweet shops in Chennai. Their classic old shop is in T. Nagar (Hotel Sudhara Complex) at the entry point of Burkit road. Thier wings are now spread across the city alongside spreading thier glory and fragrance of mouth-watering sweet and hot delicacies.
Now turning towards the darker side in the area is one restaurant called 'Ratna Bhavan', which adores the area near the bus stand for Guindy. It was originally a vegetarian restaurant about two months back. Though it claims 'High Class Vegetarian Restaurant', if you enter, you can just find low class shacks and waiters dip thier fingers right into your chutney and sambar. With all these activities, after you take the food, they keep scratching their head near you for tips too, for the most crazy and disgusting service they had rendered. Also, the waiters are not alone. They always have thier local friends in chit chatting always to keep gazing at the eaters, heaven knows for what reason. Last month, the hotel went for renovation and we hoped that it would be cured of its maladies. Now it seemed to be back but as 'Non-Veg Chettinadu restaurant'. Hopefully, the Food and Civil Supplies department of Government of Tamil Nadu maintains a constant vigil over this hotel.