14 Reviews / 14 Ratings
Interesting detox type food
Was in Chennai for work and got done with it by lunch time. Came across a Billboard which boasted of Vegetarian Organic food. It sounded interesting and honestly, I was too tired to go looking for a restaurant. So I walked into this dimly lit restaurant on the 1st floor of the building. The entrance has Medimix Soap written all over it which is understandable as they are the people who own and run the place. The restaurant has a spa and a small sales counter attached to it.
The reason I signed up for the "Rajakeeyam" Thali is not because I wanted to but because I simply couldn't communicate with the Waiter who spoke nothing but Tamil. I asked him for the Menu and he promptly placed the Placard with "Rajakeeyam" Thali written and photographed over it. Nonetheless I am glad I ordered it.
Its a multicourse meal and starts with fruits and shot glasses of various soups. The second, third and fourth courses are rows of raw, semi-cooked and wholly cooked vegetables. The vegetable preparation include preparations of banana flower and banana stem.
Post that they serve your Rice: both white and red. You are also served Dal, Sambar and Rasam in separate bowls. What was novel was that what I mistook for Dal was actually grind moong paste. It was novel and tasty.
You finish your meal with a bowl of Paysam and Pan. Not to forget a teaspoonful of Honey which they serve on your palm.
Drinking water served is lukewarm to aid digestion. All in all a healthy detox type experience. Add Rs.400/-, it is not cheap by Chennai standards but well worth the money. Quantity is huge and it is advisable not to order seconds.
Rajakeeyam - Royal Lunch
Last week, me and my wife visited Sanjeevanam to try their 'Royal Lunch spread' - Rajakeeyam. My wife had already tried that a couple of times and was all praise for the healthy food that they serve. I also have cravings for such naturopathic food.
The first thing I noticed was that this meal was served on a banyan leaf. I always love it this way. The lunch is an 8 course vegetarian meal that is served in a sequential manner. And yes you are advised to eat exactly in the same sequence they serve. This helps our body absorb the nutrients in the correct way and also helps in digestion.
Coming to the food, we were first served a banana piece and 5 appetizer in shot glasses(!).Of the appetizer shots, I loved the Haritha buttermilk, simply delish. Next were row of fresh uncooked puttu and vegetable salads.This was followed by an array of semi-cooked and then cooked vegetable dishes. Then came the main course for which they offer choice of red or white rice, I chose the former. For dessert they serve a payasam. To finish things off they serve a 'natural' beeda and honey(believed to help in digestion).
The lunch is unlimited, but since it is a healthy meal it is better if we stick to the quantity that they serve. I can assure you that it is more than filling and you won't have the guilt feel since all you ate was just healthy food! :D I believe it was the only time in my life that I had eaten so much fruits and vegetables in a single meal.
Definitely worth a try at least once. The service was good too and the meal costs close to Rs 250.
Service - 3.5/5
Ambiance - 3.5/5
Worst Food, Poor Service, Disregard for Value
Once a place of good vegetarian food, it has become a junk now.
They have only couple of attenders and people are sitting for hours even to get water.
When ordered for a Hawaiian Dosa, what we get is a normal dosa at a hyper price with two small pieces of pineapple between the fold.
Water provided for drinking is not clean.
Never visit this place, if you would like not to spoil your mood.
Healthy food, poor service, rude and nasty manager
The food is healthy (no oil or red chillies are used) although taste varies across the different items -- interesting concept overall. However, our experience was marred by poor service and a rude manager. We ordered three meals for the adults and also two drinks (mango milk shake and juice) to keep the kids occupied while we had lunch (they don't have a kids menu and the food is too "healthy" for kids tastes, if you know what I mean).
While our meals arrived reasonably quickly, the drinks never arrived despite repeated requests to all and sundry there -- 30 minutes later the waiter says, they don't have mango, can he try banana for the milk shake instead? We say fine. 15 minutes pass by and he comes back and says are we ok with apple milk shake? By this time, the kids are really restless and bored and we said, just get us some thing! Still nothing happens, the adults finish their meals. We then promptly get the bill with the milk shake and juice included in the total! I protest saying we still haven't received the juice and milk shake! I ask them to change the bill to exclude the drinks and while I am waiting to pay the bill and get out (with some of my family members already out the door), they bring the drinks and say we now have the drinks, pay for it!! At this point, I lose my cool and say this is ridiculous, I am not paying for it. I still haven't received a single apology the whole time!! The manager or whoever is in charge shows up and raises his voice over mine, literally shouting to me saying I better pay the full bill! Whatever happened to customer service??! They are severely understaffed and then they have the temerity to shout at the customer -- either the success in their business is getting to their head or they are headed for a big downfall. Strictly avoid the Nungambakkam branch if you want a pleasant experience.
Whoever is in charge, you need to teach some basic manners to your branch manager -- he is not fit to be in the "services" business.
Healthy Food - But Poor Management
Been here twice with ma family and both were on a holiday. The healthy lunch package and the very homely taste after the initial wait though makes you feel that your money is wisely spent on a healthy diet. But hold on the satisfaction didn't last for long, not sure whether it was co-incidence as am not a very regular customer, but on both the occasion there was clear shortage of staff to serve the overwhelming crowd during the lunch time. The wait really takes away all the good part of the meal and leaves you only cribbing on the dead slow service and in turn brings down your overall experience way below. The attenders serving you are trying their best to cope up and make the service look very prompt and customer friendly and it is actually no fault of theirs. I strongly believe it is poor management, who aren't able to understand the demand on a weekend and the under staffing will definitely make many wannabe regular customers to park themselves in some other restaurant than this. Today there were customers who were doing a self service and the irony is we are paying a service charge of 10%. I want to use your website (who have already certified them for healthy food and no doubt it is) as a medium to bring this to immediate attention of the management so that they could at least give a thought about it. After all we are also spending our hard earned money, aren't we.
Bad Onam Sadya meal
We saw their newspaper ad for the Onam Sadya feast and decided to give it a try. It was the same meal as their regular meal, just that they decided to charge 200plus for it. And the meal was plain ordinary, which we could have had the same meal at any south indian restaurant for 50 Rs. Total rip-off. Avoid the place, ordinary meal sky-high prices. It looks like many restaurants in Chennai have picked up on this Onam-Sadya craze and are running a huge scam.
Try something else
Our family visited this place which smelled very ayurvedic. Being a ayurvedic restaurant, we kept our expectations low. Even then the quality of food or the so called service was not upto the expectations.
The soup tasted .. er.. how to say that ? "totally uncooked". My niece said a "eeeckk" after tasting it. The dosas and other tiems are not that good. Probably they are too ayurvedic and the taste is something that you should get used to.
Not a place to treat your taste buds. Skip this one.
EAT HERE IF YOU ARE RETARDED!!!
MY UNCLE AND I THOUGHT OF HAVING ONAM SADYA AT THIS STUPID PLACE LOOKING AT THE ADVERTISMENT IN THE NEWSPAPER. WE MADE A RESERVATION 2 DAYS AGO BY PHONE, BUT WHEN WE WENT TO THE RESTAURANT THE RECEPTIONIST KEPT TELLING US THAT THERE WAS NO RESERVATION AVAILABLE AND ASKED US TO GO INSIDE AFTER GETTING TOKENS! AT THE RECEPTION THEN WE HAD TO WAIT MORE THAN 20 MINUTES STANDING INSIDE THE "TINY" HALL PACKED WITH OTHERS LIKE US. THE RECEPTIONIST KEPT GETTING TOKENS FROM CUSTOMERS WHO WERE COMING TO THE RESTAURANT, EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS NO PLACE TO EVEN STAND. FINALLY WE GOT A PLACE TO SIT, BUT BOTH OF US HAD TO SIT IN TWO CORNERS OF THE RESTAURANT... THE WORST WAS YET TO COME, ((((((( THE FOOD SERVED WAS "NOT" ONAM SADYA, IT WAS UTTER RUBBISH! WHICH WAS NOT WORTH EVEN Rs. 50/-, THEY CHARGED A SINGLE MEAL AT Rs.230/-)))))))) WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE ASKING FOR SECOND SERVINGS FOR DELICIOUS FOOD, BUT ONLY HERE DO WE FIND PEOPLE LITERALLY BEGGING FOR EACH AND EVERY DISH . MOREOVER THE STAFF DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO SERVE AND WHEN TO SERVE. THERE WERE NO PAPADS, ONLY TWO TINY PIECES OF BANANA CHIPS, NO ERISSERY AND SMALLEST BANANA IN THE WORLD, NORTH INDIAN SUPERVISOR AND STAFF FOR RESTAURANT SERVING KERALITE FOOD! I MEAN THEY HAVE NO FREAKING IDEA OF WHAT DISH I AM ASKING FOR! ONCE THIS ORDEAL WAS OVER THEY BROUGHT PAYASAM IN A CUP WHICH WAS AS SMALL AS THE ONES WHICH COME ON COUGH SYRUP BOTTLES.TO EAT BARELY ONE SREVING OF RICE WE HAD TO WAIT APPROXIMATELY 35 MINUTES WITH THE WET BANANA LEAF ON THE TABLE, WHICH WAS NOW COMPLETELY DRY. NOT ONE CUSTOMER IN THE RESTAURANT WAS SATISFIED AND MOST LEFT WITHOUT FINISHING THEIR FOOD. NOT SURPRISING WITH THE STAFF IGNORING YOU AND MAKING YOU SIT WITH THE FOOD DRY IN YOUR HANDS, WHO WILL EVER WANT TO COME TO THIS PLACE AGAIN IN THEIR LIFE.
My husband and I went to this place once. It was almost 10:00 PM at night. The security said the place is open and we went ahead. We took our seats and noticed rare looks from the waiters. They reluctantly gave us the menu cards. Whatever we chose from the menu, they said 'not available.' The only thing available was Idli. I mean, being south Indians living in Chennai, we dint want to pay for Idlis at 10:00 PM at night. So, we asked them if they were in a hurry to close for the day. They said yes, and we walked out. They could have told us earlier!
Taste of Goodness - Cholayil Sanjeevanam
The ubiquitous Banana Leaf often sets the tone for the good times, albeit momentary, to follow. Your inspection normally includes checking for blemishes, holes and the occasional dead ant. And sometimes you plain donâ??t like the shade of green and request for a change to a more palatable green. But when was the last time you got a rainforest shade â??elaiâ?? with drops of dew of such amazing freshness that you almost head the gushing backwaters of Kerala? I am of course exaggerating but it helps you set the tone for the freshness to follow.
Somebody once said, all things good in life are either too oily or married to someone else. While this is not a post to discuss the latter, the former isnâ??t definitely true. The eloquently laid out banana leaf sets the tone for the freshness to follow. For Indian food lovers, with food necessarily cooked the traditional way, Sanjeevanam is a place you would like to visit. And if you thought it was the healthy consumption that mattered, wait till they show you the order in which you ought to consume them.
We settled for the house specialty - Rajakeeyam.
So the feast starts with one small slice of a ripe Banana flavored with chopped coconut. It disappears no sooner than it appears. What follows next is an array of tequila pint sized glasses with 5 varieties of juices â?? Dates and Honey, Coconut, Beet Root, Mint and Rice Barn. Wait tell they arrange it in the manner in which you ought to consume them. The appetizer is followed with the first course of Puttu, Salad, and Radish in light watery gravy. This is followed up with â?? if I remember correctly â?? no less than 12 dishes of vegetables spanning Banana Stems, Carrots, Snake Gourd, Bitter Gourd, Beetroot, Turnip, Cabbage, Spinach, Okra and Radish among others. You may recollect everything your Momâ??s forced you to eat while you were a kid, but refused to, and a lot more. Of course, regulation Rice â?? White and Brown â?? served with a rather hearty dash of Ghee along with a host of lentils and curd. You may go on with their bottomless servings to your heartâ??s content. You will have to excuse me here for not being able to recollect the majority of the EntrÃ©eâ??s here but what I do remember is the manner in which they serve you honey on your scooped palm. Lick up all the goodness and donâ??t hesitate to ask for more. I was a bit hesitant about the Fruity Pan but it was rather good. Oh btw, no potatoes for the entire course.
As you chomp away, you might notice how light you continue to feel in spite of the rather large helpings as against the conventional South Indian thaliâ??s that fill you up from the moment you bite into that 23grams oil laden pappad. That's because they do away with oil. Completely. Yes! Its all steamed and you thought the world would end if OPEC ceased functioning.
Service is regulation and though they do not do â??repeatâ?? as often I guess they could do. For some reason they served us water after we finished our meal. I later gathered it was meant to be that way so that so that the juices you absorb at the beginning of the meal are well absorbed. Iâ??d round off the 3.75 to a 4/5.
If you however think the above options are a bit too healthy, you could always walk into KFC next door or Cream Centre down the road.
Horrible Experience...Useless Staff
I had gone to their Nungambakkam restaurant for Onam Sadya....it was a horrible experience..first of all they ask you to pay before serving lunch and then we waiting for 5 minutes for the side dishes to served (with a table spoon)...we have to wait for 15 minutes after the side dishes were served for them to get the rice....at that point we were told that they didnt expect this much of crowd...so we patiently waited for them to serve rice...the rice that was served was not boiled properly.....it was also not dried....there was water in the rice.....then comes the horrible part...when we ask them about this their response is silence....when we ask them to refund the amount again silence.....asked them at least half the amount again silence.....got fed up with them and we came out hungry....
For all you health conscious ppl!
I was just riding through Nungambakkam looking for a NEW place to have my lunch. Suddenly i c a board popping outa nowhere saying sanjeevanam HEALTH restaurant! Now wat is that? Novelty! That is one good thing bout this place. A must try atleast once for everyone. Mind you, it is a health conscious restaurant dont expect a treat for your tongue here. and all you dieters NO NO this is not a reduce-belly-fat-in-10-days way of eating, its just a balanced diet.
Ok so i enter and the ambience is kewl fine dining with a lot of 'oldies' eating in banana leaf (i love it) but the atmosphere is completely sophisticated. The lunch they suggest for you is called the Rajakeeyam meals. First they serve you with banana and coconut and some 5 variety of juices which has to be taken in the order you are told to! i guess it included a nut milk, veg clear soup, bran milk, etc. everything except the nut milk was tasty.
Only after this the banana leaf is brought and served. One row of uncooked veggies (salad, raitha, puttu, etc.), one row of semi-cooked veggies (okra, olan, theeyal, etc.) and one row of cooked veggies (avial, thogayal, kootu, etc.). Now i dono what the puttu was doing in the veggies but that was the first thing i was asked to eat. The theeyal and thogayal were awesome. Everything else was typical Kerala style almost tasted home made. Things i skipped are keerai, banana stem kari, etc. Then comes rice (red and white) with sambhar, rasam, morkozhambu and buttermilk (not curd). I couldnt handle the red rice and since i already ate the veggies alone dint have much space to eat the white rice either.
In the end you need to drink payasam and a spoon of honey. Since i am not a very 'sweet' person I decided not to have it and the waiter called the manager. For a minute i freaked out thinking he was gonna force me to have it. For foodies like us who dont like to be told what to eat, this is not the place!
Anyways, this place is really nice, the meal costs 123 bucks including tax and the service is very good. If you dont want to go for this meal, you do have other options like a normal Indian restaurant in the menu too.