68 Reviews / 70 Ratings
A Great Place to Sample South Indian Veggie Food
I love this place simply because of the steaming idlys one can get here. There is only one or two other joints that has matched this place in terms of taste and softness. There are many people who have not had a good opinion of this place but this place is known for its taste than anything else. Yes! the place is always crowded almost all the time, the service is almost invisible, the ambiance is nil. But please try this place if you want to know how good south Indian veggie food tastes.
Decreasing Customer Service
First of all I have been a big fan of their Butter dosai and Sakkarai pongal and at least twice a month I do visit the T nagar branch..... When they opened their branch in Nanganaloor I was very happy as its close to my house.. However right from day one till yesterday (close to 3 months from opening) their service is getting poor day by day.
They royally deny your Very common request of joining tables Only four are allowed to sit together... If you are even six then you need to share your table with others.. And you'll get another table only if you are damn lucky....
The orders will be taken the moment you sit down. The moment order is finalized their service starts with asking extra charge for oil and podi, marketing of badham geer / basandi / paniyaram. BUT THEY NEVER TURN BACK WHEN U ASK FOR CHUTNEY OR SAMBHAR.. This happens every time I visit the Nanganalloor branch....
In a nutshell its worth visiting for food but you'll have to leave your temper and respect outside the door when you enter the hotel......
Chutneys Chutneys All Over!
This place has been around for quite sometime now and it seems to be a favorite spot for not only the Chennai vasis but also for the tourists who flock around Chennai for some real MADRAS EXPERIENCE.
How was the sapad? I have had rava dosa, sambar idly, vada and masala dosa and their USP is the variety of chutneys and of course the gunpowder. They have mint, ginger, tomato and coconut chutney and you often end up eating more just to have more of these chutneys. However their sambar is pretty normal and theres nothing lip smacking about it.
Ambiance: I know they already have goodwill in the market and they are doing really well but that doesn't mean that they can have an ambiance as pathetic as this one. First of all its very simple and plain and there is nothing interesting about it. They have to go for a makeover for sure considering the fact that there are a lot of other restaurants who offer the same kind of service at a competitive price. Lets consider ignoring aesthetic sense. I feel even the basic hygiene is not up to the mark here.
My experience with them has not always been the same. I have visited the Besant Nagar branch as well and I feel they are a lot better than this one considering the crowd they manage. I even had one of my worst experiences with this branch when the masala dosa was not even close to edible. So ultimately just try your luck with them and see how it works. I have had my own good and bad!
Idle at its Best
If you are in Chennai and want to try some decent authentic south Indian food then this is the perfect place to visit. It's the best restaurant, where I had idli with a variety of chatni, sambar, podi ,their super soft idlis and variety dosas along with chutneys.The one in besant nagar has quick service, average waiting time is 15 min to get a seat during weekends. Always crowded during peak hours as there are limited number of seats inside and a number of people want to go and enjoy food.
The Idli shop justifies its name - the idlies are extremely soft, fluffy and served hot with sambar and three varieties of chutney. For an additional charge chutney powder and oil is also provided.
Murugan idli serves on banana leaves and gives a traditional feel. Varieties of dosas, uthappam and flavoured rice are also offered. One generally starts with hot and ready idli while providing the order for dosa varieties. Service is quick and efficient and the dosas are also crispy and tasty. An excellent location to make a meal out of tiffins.
The coffee is regular chennai filter with chicory - strong in flavour and colour.
If you like south indian tiffins, don't miss Murugan Idli.
The idly taste is not different from any other but it is famous for its 7 varieties of chutneys it offers, with the Idly
Relish Your Dream!
People told me time and time again that Murugan Idly Shop, T. Nagar is the best place to have delicious food in Chennai. Got the chance this midweek to test my friends review by visiting the place for a Brunch. I just can't find anything wrong with what they said! Sheer delicious and more importantly hygienic food is at our service! Variety and dedication at service, I feel more than tummy full and my mind is filled with awesomeness. The moment I left, my heart already decided to be at this place at least once a week. Class apart! LOVED IT ALL THE WAY!
Mouthwatering South Indian fare
You don't want to mess with the idly dude. That is what a meal at Murugan Idly will teach you. Made in the traditional south Indian way, with just the right amount of fluff and served with the perfect chutneys, these idlis melt in your mouth. But these people don't stop there. They go on to serve you crisp dosas, light upmas and to follow it up, home-made pal-khoa. This is place to go in Chennai for the best "tiffin", nevermind the fantastic value for money it offers.
Authentic south indian tiffin shop that has made people go crazy about idlies. of late the prices have shot up, but when the times were good, murugan idly shop was thronged by people of all ages. i love this place and love it for the service and the chirpy ambience that is associated with a south indian eatery!
you feel at home thanks to the waiters and the staff who are always on their toes with the buckets of sambhar and chutney ready to spread the condiments across the banana leaf waiting for you to slurp them all up!
Good Idli shop
As its name suggests the place is good for South Indian tiffin variety Idli, dosa and onion uttappam.The different varieties of chutinies are the hilight,but cant really comment about the other food,as not really great and the place also can be maintained better,not really kept very clean.Parking is another problem here,but a good option for a quick bite in the evening or late night as they are open little late than the other ones.
South Indian food for the tourist
Murugan Idli has really, really good crisp dosa's and soft idli's. Special mention for the chutneys that accompany them!! For a first timer to chennai, and an eye opener to "authentic" south Indian food, this place is it! Perfect after the hurried morning spent shopping in T-Nagar's saree and jewellery stores, the T Nagar outlet is a rather good place to go with the family for a relaxed lunch. The menu, however is quite overpriced. If you dont believe me, just ask any auto wallah if he would ever go to Murugan Idly just for the Idly!! There's another outlet at the Besant Nagar beach as well. If you go to the Bessie one, make sure you drink Jigarthanda from the stall outside!!!
Delicioulsy South Indian
If it has to be South Indian, it has to be Murugan Idly.
I am a South Indian and I understand the softness of an idly, the crispness of a vadai, the aroma of filter coffee. This is the place to get the true taste of Tamil Nadu tiffin.
I lov the Rs 120 buffet and I would prefer this more than a buffet at the 5 star hotel because of the taste. Unlimited Dosa (any type), vada, pongal, idly, chakkara pongal and a glass of filter kaapi or jigardanda.. what else you want?!
Ala carte may be a little expensive esp charging for molaga podi but it's still worth it!
Best Idlis in town
Look no further than Murugan idlis for the best idlis in town .
Their combo of idly and vada are one notch above than other joints
yes, you have a quick dining service . Dont expect any elabore or luxury hotel experience
if you're in the mood for a good idly /dosa for break fast or dinner, head straight over here.
Sink into the idlies
If I could choose a bed for myself, I'd make it out of the idlies of Murugan Idly Kadai. The adage "Panju pola idlies" meets its right match here. And the many varieties of chutneys and the kaara saara molaga podi are a perfect match to go with.
The other must-try is the amazing chakkarapongal. Sweetness that fills your mouth and goes down to your spirit.
The coffee is just about alright- nothing unforgettable about it. Also the famed jiggardanda is a tad too sweet for my personal comfort.
But then, go there for the idlies,I say!
i have been here quite a few time ...i must say one in gn chetty road is far better then whats in basent nagar beach .... i have been to gnchetty 3 times first time my exp was good ... last 2 time i got pissed off by there service so moved to other outlets of them .... then tried 2 3 times there basent nagar outlet but thats even worse ... its expensive then sangeetha and sarvana ..these guys lack to deal with customers noone really care about customers here ....no manager noone even there to complain at bessy one ........ i lobe jigarthanda there but mized reviews here again once i had was completely burned one even after complaining server said if this is burned then whole stock will be burned so plz have it lol ... since then i decided never ever again
Do try Onion Utthampam
My fav southindian place in chennai....
food is good. might not be the best in town, but is definitely in A-list.
what sets it apart is (a) AC, (b) Eating on banana leaf, and (c) AWESOME onion utthampam...
When in Chennai do go to MIS.... and needless to say, do have onion utthapam
PS: the place does not serve rava items. so dont sulk if you do not get rava dosa
Very Madras although from Madurai
Madras is not a popular destination for a lot of travellers for some right an wrong reasons: it's hot and humid, very noisy, with people who will stare at you with seemingly unfriendly expressions. The traffic is unbearable because of the crowds and walking on the road requires acrobatics. But it has a personality. Murugan Idly Kadai is the same way.
Situated in a seemingly tiny place, there are always way too many people. The waiters are almost always on you as they whirl around taking and delivering orders. People are loud when they eat and even when they don't. But the smell and the flavors are quite worth the experience.
I think most people will agree with me that the idlis are sub-par. They are usually pretty hard and heavy. The best tiffin item in the menu is the onion uthappam which is made with shallots; very aromatic and delicious. The many chutneys you get help elevate the flavor.
During lunch times, they also offer rice dishes - tomato rice (tangy and scrumptious), bisi bela (heavy and tasty), biriyani (average) and of course thayir sadam (always awesome). Their sweet pongal is excellent and hits the high note of pacha karpuram. Coffee is hot and strong. Overall, one of my favs for the nostalgia factor, as well as good, tasty food.
TL;DR: Typical Madras service, so don't expect much. Cheap enough. Very tasty South Indian tiffin and rice items. Don't miss the sweet pongal and coffee.
Overrated and overpriced !!
I think this should not be listed cheap in burrp. It is overpriced for the southindian dish they serve. the chutneys ( coconut, onion, pudhina, corriander) and small onion uthappam is finger lickin' good !! But 67 bucks + tax for the uthappam is pretty overpriced !!
Good food, bad service
Needless to say, this place serves probably the awesome-est idlis and dosas in the city, as if we were already not good enough everywhere else. But somewhere, I do feel the whole thing has been given such unnecessary hype. And if any of the managers are reading, I would expect good customer service please. And be treated well for the hole that you leave in my pocket. Also, expand if you will. I cant wait outside and be called 20 mins later to feed on your dosa. And oh yeah, "extra charge for molagapodi and oil" is so fail.
I walked into this place after reading the rave reviews here wondering what is so special about this place as to be mentioned one of the best in Chennai. And I am still left wondering! I can go into any A2B restaurant or Hot Chips restaurant and have pretty much the same quality and quantity of food and pay a lesser price. Wonder why the hype!
Having said that I have been here twice once during lunch hours and once for a late breakfast.
I went here with my wife for lunch after some shopping in T-Nagar. I wanted to have the meals and my wife wanted to have something else like a dosa or oothappam. Guess what, they serve meals in the 1st floor and the tiffin in the ground floor during lunch hours - no tiffin in 1st floor and no meals in ground floor. So we both have to either go for meals or tiffin. My wife compromised and had meals with me. The meals was no big deal and was the same as you get in any local restaurant.
I probably will think twice before going there, unless that's the only place open and I am miserably hungry!
Such hype required?
To be fair, the place is good. Good food served very well. But to be rated as one of the best places in the city is going slightly overboard.
I find it hardly any different from those saravana bhavans or vasantha bhavans that you would find on every street. Add to it all the waiting during peak hours, its not really worth the effort.
Given its location, an occasional weekday breakfast along with a walk on the beach would not be a bad idea.
worst ever restaurants ever been to!
we had a very bad experience eating at this restaurant!there is nothing great there n have to wait for more than 30min for u to get a seat alloted for u and the worst thing is that 2 of our family members had a stomach upset after eating the pongal which they promised to b one of the special items in there menu.another item the idly were half cooked and it was horrible,we have decided not to go there again!!!
Good but not Gr8
Have been quite few times to this place. More by default of having been in the vicinity than by design. The food is good but is not consistent always. But the price is really over the top. Qualtiy n taste asks for premium but not this much. Might even go again. But as i said gud but no gr8 shakes. And having been in Madurai for quite some time and having eaten in thier better outlets during their start up days, i can definitely say that the Quality factor has dipped.
Really awesome chutneys
One of my favorite haunts is Murugan Idli Shop...At times they misfire on the idli's. It's either too soft or to pulchied...but somehow they always get their chutneys right...all together their food is good and for the rate you pay its definitely value for money. I have tried their dosa's which may not be the best in town but it sure is good. Been to a few Murugan Idli's around Chennai and they all are pretty consitent and good.
After the much hyped Chennai Times Pongal Vadai Contest results were out, we decided to chk out the top 10 places and I have to say these guys in T.Nagar have the best Vadai's in town...!!!
I had Idli, Vadai and Ghee Roast Dosa and I loved them all.
I fell in love with the sambar here and was wondering if I could marry it if possible!! :P
Well, jokes apart, the service was fast, the waiters courteous, and the prices were decent. The place itself was generally neat and tidy.
I would definitely come back here as many times as possible.
All hype no stuff!
I was taken aback having eaten here after years! Seeing the popularity of it on burrp! and even otherwise everyone wantin to try it out more than HSB now wen they come to chennai! I mean HSB deserves the name this place sure doesnt!
At 8 30 in the morning, the Vadas were not hot and fresh, seemed from yday. Big and bulky, not crisp at all. And 15 bucks for it is day-light robbery just for the brand name! The Idlis were half-cooked, it was jus batter in fact! Seirously disappointed to the core with IDLI on their name, that the first thing they shud learn to make! The Pongal was ok, nothin great. Coffee for 16.50 was jus 3 sips and was fulla sugar!
Overall horrible experience, the guy at the bill-counter wasnt very friendly and it took them 20 mins to parcel the already made and displayed dishes. Worst is the bill was around 125 bucks for just this, which i wouldnt have mind paying in ID where the vada and pongal are awesome!
Phew! Never Again Ever!
Pulicha [sour] idlis & Cockroaches
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.
not fresh uthappams,when its crowded
dont get fresh vada and paniyarams. u can always find them in food warmer. whenever the place is over crowded, the uthappams are already semi cooked and only the top layer onions added and cooked again for faster service.
But no other restaurant can challenge them on their chutney varieties. During lunch time their meals is good for Rs 60.
Much ado about nothing
I really don't understand what everyone is goo-goo gaa-gaa'ing about this place. Simply put, it has the worst tasting uthappams (esp. onion, they should rename it burnt uthappam). Not to be defeated, and being the foodie i am, ordered the dosa. Pathetic and crispy only on the edges!! Still, let go after 4 bites and ordered the ghee dosa (as the waiter said it was their speciality). Was welcomed by a ghee dripping dosa which was thankfully crisp and hot! Vadas were cold and tasteless. The only relief was the coffee, was hot, and had proper mix of the milk and coffee. The only advantage i see in this place is the food is DIRT CHEAP!! Good if you have a binge night and need food before you get back home and have only a few bucks to spare!! Nothing else is good.
i so love this place...
i have been a fan of Murugan Idli Kadai for so many years.AM not a resident of Chennai, but whenever i visit this place i make sure i visit the idli kadai!! Their idlis are so soft and yummy and no idli can be compared to this!! even the chatnis provided with them are so yummy, i feel like having them agan and again... way to go, wish they start a branch in Cochin also!!
The Spring Onion Dosa
The smelling burnt onion was the most aweful dosa i have ever had.
The first time i tried was the same one MUrugan Idli shop in Madurai(the original HO).
Its a small place and a hot ambience still we tried to get a place and i really liked the most was its QUICK service and superb dosa's
Hope u enjoyed the very same
So much ...
I was visibly surprised last time when I was in Chennai, hearing so much about Murugan Idly, went there to try out. The Idlys and Dosas were good. Ven Pongal was dirpping with - Oil / Ghee / Vanspati. The coconut chutney was up to the general mark. The other chuneys ... were prepared by infants, no taste, no combination and the same bland taste throughout save the addition of Kothamalli / Tomato / Ginger and they compete with each other for the worst appearance ! Murugan Idly should realise that just by adding Kothamalli / Tomato / Ginger / Onion / Pudina to ready mixes does not make it a different chutney ! The prices - Rs. 12 for a plate of Idly, Rs 28 for Pongal, Rs. 12 for Vadai and .. for Chicory laden coffee Rs. 11 !! Chennai has changed.
SOUTHINDIAN DELIGHT !!!!
Have you ever had food on abanana leaf ? Have you ever used your fingers in place of spoons and forks ? Have you ever felt at home while having a lunch/dinner outside ? If the answer to all the above is no ......then is the place to be !!!! the idlis here are as soft as candyfloss and dosas are as crispy as northindian roasted papads . a must go for all the northindians who visit south in search of idlis-dosas....
Better is not Best
Well yea i do partially agree with the review below that the GN chetty murugan idli shop is the best of all the branches in chennai. I am yet to try the one in usman road tho. Besant nagar brand is the worst of all, i guess except the crispy dosas nothin esle is good there, not even the idlis and chutneys the restaurant is famous for!
I like the ambiance in GN chetty, it was pretty innovative when it started many years back makin it an instant hit overnight. But i wud not agree that its the best south indian food and all that! There is nothin like HSB and even sangeetha and vasanth bhavan are class A restaurant when compared to murugan which has become class B in the lines of Ratna cafe, etc. mainly due to poor ambiance and service and the inconsistency in the quality of food in all the chains.
Come to think of it, Murugan being the most reviewed here on burrp, is definitely the popular one in the city i guess.. but somehow i cant bring myself to give it 5 stars.. needs improvement for sure, but dont think that will happen as the pride has already got to its head!
This is one place you shouldn't miss out for Idli's. It's different and very good.
Great experience for people who haven't eaten Idli's in south indian style yet!
Good prompt service but a little cramped. You should be safe once you have found a seat. They use disposable plastic glasses which will never fly away from you table.
Murugan batter kadai!
Have been to this place at the time it started in besant nagar, but things are not good and tasty nowadays!. You can be here with people outside chennai and not within the city. Tell me honestly how many of them like Idlies and Dosai's more than once in 4-5days!.
Ratna cafe who are the drop dead famous for these stuff are completely vanished and these MIK! are making money as there are not much competes around... I would rather say that this would be okay once you are let off with no choices than to taste your buds here!, otherwise for god's sake dont be here.
I would prefer the sweet pongal! which is sometime more sweeter than sugar! otherwise typical dosai and idly thats it!
Best Veg food in Town
This is a place where i started loving Idlies... THe service was really excellent... Only thing is... they are making us to wait outside for atleast 20 mins to get us a seat...Waiting place is near a drainage ,filled with mosquitos and stinking..where we will loose half of our appetite..
But All seems to vanish once we taste those divine idly(Dont miss the Podi and ennai) and the excellent service by the attenders...
best south indian food
In chennai this is one of my favourite hotel to have the dinner......awesome taste !!!!!!!!!!!!! I use to go there whenever i visit chennai.............as far as i concerned it's very cheap and the best............it really rockzzz 2 the core!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Awesome Place and Great Idlis and the variety of Chutney they provide...Mind Blowing....
I love the Sakara Pongal...gosh ..i am remembering my old days..I used t live in T. nagar..It was just walking distance from my house....My Bfast and evening snack...Good on pocket...
Every1 shud go der...
the best in service and food
just tooo good when it comes 2 typical south indian food. food is served within 2-3 mins of ordering them......idli, ghee roast, onion utappam, vada are the best. no seconds on them. also end ur breakfast/dinner with sweet pongal(sakkarai pongal) or a cup of wonderful filter coffee.....hmmmm.
The best of Idlies ever made
Being a "Bong"..I was critical about the Iddly. But Murugan Idly changed my perception...it serves the best of Iddlys that has been ever made.
It's so soft, the texture and grains are so delightful inside the mouth, the sambar and the chutney....that are served along with.
Try the mini ldlies or 14 idlies also....thats amazing!!
I stopped eating Idley after I left Chennai, else I would do injustice by comparing others with Murugan's
The classiest idli's ever had
Its been a while since I have been to chennai, but this place I am told is still the same from how I left it when I was last there.
Murugan is a set in the old style, and they have enough seats to fill up 30 customers in one go. I say seats because they really are so. You queue up to eat outside the restaurant, you wait. And then when you get in, you might not be assured of getting seating together but you are assured of a yummy idli dosa and south indian delicacies.
Being a single in the city, I really had no issues getting seating anywhere inside the small joint. Pat comes a banana leaf, and you really dont get spoons unless you ask for them. So, you eat with your hands, true indian style.
But hey, who'se complaining. And then they start serving. You can eat as much as you want. The last time I was there, Idli's costed 6 bucks for 2, vadais costed something like 8 for 2 and dosa was 10 for one masala dosai. Thats the cheap and best variety you get around in Chennai at T.Nagar. And then, you have the large assortment of Chutneys coming around.... Hey, you get about 16 different kinds of chutneys here. So, since I could not remember all the names (being non-local and only in the city for like 3 months or so gave me the handicap!) i would call for them by color... the coconut chutney was yellow, the onion and garlic chutney was orange/amber, the coriander chutney was green and so on and so forth. The samber is yum and so is the rassam.
For some dessert, one better try the payasam around here. Made out of jaggery and rice, its the perfect sweet to make you reach your satiation point! Burrp!
Super Idli, Dosa, Pongal. Finger-lickin stuff!
Coming from Mumbai, where great food joints are in abundance, I have always been very critical of the different places in Chennai. However, Murugan Idly Kadai is one place which makes me say "Chennai Rocks" everytime I eat there. For those who do visit Chennai, this is one place you must not miss. I love everything they serve - idlis, dosas , uttapam, pongal, sweet pongal, meals, and coffee. But if I am asked to choose one item, then it would have to be the Ghee Roast with Oil Podi and Coconut Chutney/Sambar. Also, the service is super. Every minute that you spend waiting outside is covered through superfast service.
Another interesting point: At Murugan, food is served in the traditional South Indian format (i.e. a banana leaf is used instead of a plate) and you are treated with a whole variety of chutneys and sambar.