This is not the first time we have been to Murugan Idli Kadai [MIK] but with this it surely will be the last. Let me give you the specifics:
We went as a group of seven people (my folks) after a niece's arangetram at krishna gana sabha. There was a 15 minute waiting time to get a table and we stood outside savouring the smell of the overflowing sweage from MIK's kitchens. This odour is not new to most Chennaites and particularly not to people who frequent such eating joints. So we, as good chennaites do, took a deep breath and waited. When it almost seemed like we couldn't take it any longer they called us and gave us a table on their first floor.
We walked past the main dining area in the ground floor past the wash room, past the service entrance up a flight of stairs that looked like it had been mopped a few decades ago.
The room itself looked as though it had been painted and fitted recently, the tiling on the floor was new, though it looked like it hadnt been cleaned in awhile, with tables as closely packed as possible. There was a kitchen on the first floor next to this diner and the diner itself had the lingering smell of burnt dosas.
As i said we have been to MIK before and it was not surprising to see any of this. Usually and not just here in MIK we overlook the ambience in anticipation of the food. But then...
The waiters and cleaners seemed like they had been on the job just a couple of weeks. They looked unkempt and dirty. The tables were a mess and we asked someone to clean them. The effect and offensive smell afterwards left us stunned and we realised why they dont clean the table ever so often.
We ordered dosas, masala dosas, idlis, oothapam... the works. The idlis came first followed by the dosas. They were hard, pulichified and tasted like they had been made from batter that was at least a few days old. The coconut chutney was even more pulichified that we didnt dare have it. The dosas were sub standard and the masala in them was half cooked.
We were now desperate to get out of there. We were waiting for the bills to be settled when we actually noticed clusters of cockroaches in the dining area. The waiters didnt seem to think much about the whole thing. It seemed like all this was a part of the normal service.
There was a time, maybe 3 years ago, when i stood for more than half an hour outside MIK just to get a table. Even then i would come out smiling because the food was good [though the sewage was overflowing even then]. It just is disappointing that another place has gone to seed in the process of an expansion spree.
Wont go to MIK again, definitely not the t.nagar one.