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18 August 2012

Travel to Chennai:
They don't serve their kind here

Royal Cuisine Restaurant

Royal Cuisine Restaurant at the Raj Palace Hotel, Chennai

THE MOST memorable travel moments are those defined by your dining experiences. Knowing what and where locals eat saves cost and gives a direct account of cultural habits. Which is why I was puzzled why the Royal Cuisine restaurant at Raj Palace, where I stayed during my brief visit to Chennai this week, did not include South Indian fare in their menu. I was in Chennai, center of the Tamil world, and I had to have idli and sambar!

When I asked the restaurant, I got a tongue-in-cheek reply. "There's no South Indian dishes because we eat them everyday."

To quench my hunger for chettinad food, I guess I got to travel to Chennai everyday then!

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