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Reviewed 10 January 2020

On our fifth day in India, this inexpensive place is the best of many excellent meals. Even though it was the meal of the day, which means it’s made up in bulk quantities, the balance of spices reached a rare perfection. There were nine separate...dishes on the tray, plus a generous helping of rice, a papadum, and a small chapati (a vegan whole wheat crepe). One that was particularly interesting was white rice with coconut, chilis, and salt—but my favorite was the best vegetable masala I’ve ever had. This dish too often tastes so much like tomatoes that the other flavors are hard to notice, but not this time. It was so delicate and felt like it was nourishing my soul as well as my body. A close second was the exquisite cardamon pudding. This royal repast set us back all of 120 rupees ($1.90 US) each, and they even offered free refills (which we declined, as the food was bountiful). Interestingly, there were two separate restaurants with the same name and common management: one for vegetarians, one for meat eaters--this review is for the vegetarian side.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 8 October 2018

I had dinner here while i was staying in the hotel. There are enough options to choose from different cuisines. Staff were good. Service was made on time. On the complimentary breakfast, you get good variety of food items to taste. At the outset, this...did not burn a hole in the pocket and stomach too..!More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

The spacious and clean hall provides good ambience to dine. Functions through the entire day excepting the night. Both veg and non veg dishes are served here. Taste is good but not the best.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

Due to really bad wifi in most places in India and being busy since returning back to London this review is for our visit on the night of 2/12/16. Edited and submitted 7/2. Hopefully still relevant. This restaurant was not listed (on my iPad or...iPhone - see added Hotel Pari entry) in December but has suddenly appeared on my home computer TA login page - odd! It is not a well visited city by westerners and we were the only white faces there! Now I am in danger of the plagiarising program TA uses of rejecting this entry. Grrrrr. We three middle aged Brits arrived in Chidambaram at around 3.30pm after a scary, interesting and sometimes packed 'Express' bus from Pondy. Tired of the dangerous driving, constant beeping and honking and not having booked lodgings ahead as reviews were pretty bad, we needed a quiet space for the internet and a drink. The Hotel Valankaya and associated Restaurant was right next to the bus station, it offered an A/C quiet restaurant and wifi on its glossy billboard outside. The menu looked promising so we chose some basic dishes as the kitchen was closed between lunch and supper. We asked for the wifi key and the waiter said that one needed to be lodging in the hotel for it! We explained our reasons for being there and cancelled our food, but had the drinks as they were already presented and started. (may be a ploy, it happened again later elsewhere)! I went to the reception and unfortunately I got the same answer. On my return the waiter offered me the key. Very grateful we logged on successfully and ordered food. The Hotel V we were by was only viewable on TA via a search (very annoying, a glitch again, not on the map either). It was no2 of B&Bs despite mixed reviews. We ate very well at a very good price, used their wi-fi and paid up. The wifi was turned off immediately! WE had this happen many times since so do not pay the bill till you are ready! We went to reception where some youngish men were busy chatting by the desk. Other review sites had commented on their not bothering attitude. We requested a triple room away from the bus station and room noise. We were taken to a 'deluxe' double and extra bed offered for 800 extra on the second floor overlooking the entrance/bus station!! No hot water between 4 and 9am! It was not like the flashy big depictions outside. The elevator was out of action and the corridor carpets were tatty. Back with reception the price was 2000 + 700 extra bed (not matching the earlier quote so they invent them) we left immediately and headed west towards the temple to seek alternative hotels, but we had been fed well. I cannot vouch for the hotel itself. The next day we dined there again (at the proper dining time) for the quality of food, A/C and wi-fi access as it was the only place in town for those two needs together! See images for dining experience. It was good! The big hotel opposite did not provide wifi although had good food ratings.More

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

The ambiance was average and staff was friendly. Dinner was good and potions were also good. This is located next to bus stop.

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed 30 November 2016

Southern Spice Restaurant part of Hotel Vandayar and located next to the Bus stand is a good place to have a meal if you are passing through Chidambaram and want to freshen up before you restart your journey or visit to the temple.. They have...ample car park space. They provide buffet breakfast not sure if they provide ala cart for breakfast.More

Date of visit: November 2016
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Reviewed 11 April 2016

food served at this hotel is good. service is also good.certain mutton dishes listed in menu is not available. though you do have variety in the menu.

Date of visit: April 2016
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Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

Only place in Cdm where you get fish fingers! Apart from that it's your ordinary small town restaurant! Everything is OK, I mean the ambience, cleanliness, and the serving could be better!

Date of visit: January 2016
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