Well something must be good about a place?

Bombay Talkies inaugurated with a lotsa hype sometime bak and wen i went to this place, i was totally disappointed at first site. Its a small room with 4 or 5 tables (ppl sharing it) and almost always crowded with no space to wait but in between two tables (of course watchin other ppl eat with so much frustration makes them leave sooner). The service is very immature i shud say, even in road-side joints we can find more courtesy. The ONLY and trust me the only waiter there… is the manager (owner?) himself, who gets irritated at customers who open the door for too long or ppl who are not ready to wait. He repeats ur order in such a manner that u almost feel guilty for ordering so much!

The menu is a mix of north and south indian quick eats, everything from aloo paratta and puri bhaji to thenga sevai and masala dosa are there. But absolutely nothign tastes good! The dosa, seva, etc are available only in the evening so don have high hopes seein the long extensive menu (of which most are repeated twice under two headings, whatta cheaappo!).

I tried the quick lunch once and it had a good set of roti n dal. But other than which the so-called pulao that came with it had so much cardamom overdose that they cud ve called it elatchi rice or something, inedible it was. The butter milk is good but they also serve the same instead of good curd along with aloo parattas, which again wasnt authentic, it kinda reminded me of my pathetic attempts at makin aloo paratta at home 😀

So i had to give them a second chance and try out other items on the menu, went again (yea i am very strong hearted!). Since i already knew the tone and manner of the waiter, who acts like doin us a favor, this time concentrated on food completely, most of the menu was unavailable including many fruit juices. The gobi paratta was much better than the aloo paratta, only a lil burnt 😛 and so was the pav bhaji. This is possibly the worst pav bhaji i ve had in my lifetime! It tasted cheap to be precise. Nothing rich about the bhaji tht came with the burnt pav. Can someone even go wrong with this?

Ambiance – 2/5
Food – 2/5
Service – 2/5
Price – 150 to 200 bucks for a couple
Will i go back again – only if i have absolutely no other choice!

Bombay Talkies
Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600004

Must agree there is something feel-good bout the place tho!

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Marks for the original name, though!

I have been following your blog for more than an year now (have it in my favs tab), but this is the first time I am making an attempt to comment. Well, thats because, I go almost thrice in a week to Bombay Talkies for dinner !! Dont get me wrong, I have my office next to it and so dont have much choice for a quick dinner; the nearby Saravana Bhavan is too expensive for a quick dinner, you see ! I agree, the service sucks big time. I guess you went on a pretty good day. normally, the… Read more »

I have been to this place a couple of times and like you had mentioned the service is really bad , especially the manager shouting at every other employee in front of the customers ..

the food is jus ok and nothing great about the place that it makes me go back again .. I like the lime mint cooler there thou' 🙂

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Try the newly launched "Vegnation". You must be knowing Palimar – the old well known restaurant by the Gemini flyover. Cavinkare has taken over this and relaunched in a new name. I tried it. Seems good.

raji
wats so great bout the name.. sounds like a movie company to me than a restaurant ..very misleadin to even relate it to bombay in the first place!

vimmu
thanks a lot! 🙂

shalini

yea i liked the buttermilk too

jayshree

mailed u 🙂

vishy
yes i ve tried it and its nice.. yet to try more from the menu b4 i can write a proper review

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