14 Reviews / 16 Ratings
Grand sweets and snacks is the oldest store in this neighbourhood ,serving some quality snacks and sweets ,and extremely delicious too.
They have preserved their quality and their service since the beginning, no wonder why the place is packed to the brim in the evenings.
You really need some patience ,before you could actually get to your order ,as the crowd can get a little big sometimes. The staff is friendly, though the rates have gone over the roof off late . Altogether a delightful and nice sweets and snacks shop.
Not so Grand After-all!
This review is specific to the Grand Sweets at Saligramam/ Virugambakkam on Arcot Road. Since I could not find it on Burrp, I thought this would be the appropriate place to write a review, since Adyar if I am right is the initial branch.
Callous attitude is what I would define the Grand Sweets branch at Saligramam/ Virugambakkam branch. This is exactly what happened - I went there to buy some Laddos, simple question to the fellow at the counter - "How much is a kilo of Laddu? And the reply was "You will know that at the time of billing". What the hell - that is not how you treat a customer. So i ask him " You don't know the cost of a kilo of laddu, standing behind the counter and speaking to a customer". And then he did the big task of asking his fellow colleague and I was told the price - Rs. 460 or something.
At the billing, the guy billing also had the same callous attitude. Dude, the free laddus given at temples, orphanages or from a stranger is given with a smile - I have not come to your damn shop to buy free laddus. Hopefully this will be my last visit to this shop. In our society, the customer is treated like the slave and the shop keeper is king, get it right you fellows! This is how big businesses run down the gutter!
The management better keep their franchises by the leash and not let their name be spoilt. I am not sure about how the other branches are, have been to the one in Adyar and near Telephone Exchange in Adyar, they were better.
Customer service is as important as the quality of the product. Just having good ghee sweets in the city and pathetic attitude towards the customers may not work in the long run, or it may - considering the huge crowds of people we have in the city!
Chennai's pickle suppliers. They provide sweets, savouries and mouth watering pickles. During evenings they provide fast food too from Dosa to Kuzhi Paniyaram. The Kuzhi paniyaram and Boli they provide is the best. This is not the place to dine in. It's more of like a place from where you can get a parcel and enjoy your evening with a good meal at home. The prices are good and are totally worth it for the quality.
I have tried their vathal kuzhampu rice ..that was superb ..exactly like home food..and their adirasams r so nice...Its made up of pure Ghee.for this diwali i hv taken this to my home and everyone asked me where 'd u buy this..I have never tatsed such an adirasam in ma life..apart from tat I also had given orders for them and I was so delighted to have a prompt delivery at exactly the correct time i told...and their kaaras r super duper..
Drawback:Price and worst ambience ...the open side is frequented by flies...
Dozens of flies on floor and flying
Had a really awful experience at Grand Sweets and Snacks today. The floor was covered with dozens of flies and they were flying onto the plates as well. . Bonda was served cold. Fans were inadequate and it was very hot. Two wheelers were parked right inside the restaurant. The experience was shocking and like eating off a roadside cart. For the premium price you pay, this is not the treatment one should get.
The most expensive pineapple juice I have ever had
I just happened to go to Grand Sweets on 2nd Main Road, Adyar to buy some sweets. While waiting for my order I decided to have a pineapple juice from the juice counter. I guess they have set up the juice counter recently. My jaw dropped to the ground when I was billed Rs. 70 for a below average quality pineapple juice. I really felt cheated. There was nothing great about the juice either. Just the regular pineapple juice that you can get at any juice shop. I silently paid for the juice, drank it and just left promising myself that I would never return to this place. Anyone going to this place, kindly avoid the fruit juices.
The Grand Sweets and Snacks Adyar is one of Chennai's icons. Over the last two decades and more (its been on since 1982) Grand Sweets has come to symbolize the best, the grandest quality in snacks and savories. As you drive along 2nd main Gandhinagar, the waft of pure ghee is hard to miss.
To my mind, there is nothing that they make that is of inferior quality of taste. My personal favorites are kuzhi paniyaram, samosa, aloo chips, rasgulla, thattai, murukku.
This place is a regular for people traveling to the US -- one stop shop for all your podis, thokkus, mixes etc. Orders for marriages, functions are also accepted and handled with with the same emphasis on quality.
The only crib might be about the price of items but given its elitist positioning, the price is justified.
Recently there has been a rift between the two families running it because of which the premises has been split into two separate sections. I have not been able to discern any difference in taste/quality between the two 'branches'.
Overall, I am just glad that there is Grand Sweets in this world.
Excellent quality on all thokkus, mixes and snacks
We've been a customer of Grand Snacks for over two decades now and continue to like their products as much as we did the first time we had tried them out. After moving out of Chennai a few years back, I obviously don't get to visit the place as much, but these days I make it a point to bring a load of their snacks every time I visit home. On my most recent trip, in addition to the usual stuff I always get from Grand, I bought their pepper kozhambu mix and karuveppilai thokku. Both of them taste so amazing, it just reinforces my belief in them to make the highest quality stuff. You can't beat home-made food, but Grand's products come a close second :-) All my friends and their families here who got to try these mixes and snacks have all raved about the quality also. For the record, these are the products that I have tried first-hand and can vouch for: Kai murukku, thenkuzhal, karasevu, mixture, ompodi, nadakarasu, boondhi, thattai, badhusha, mysore pak, chandrakala, badam halwa, cashew roll, paal khova, puliyodharai mix, vathakozhambu mix, kothamalli thokku, karuveppilai thokku, pepper kozhambu mix, chettinad kaarakuzhambu mix. The only item that I felt is slightly disappointing is the onion thokku, for some reason it is too salty for my taste.
Like another reviewer has noted below, expect huge crowds at this place and no, they do not have AC waiting halls :-) I try to go there on weekday mornings around 10-11am when it's relatively less crowded and the wait time isn't too bad - around 30 minutes, for my typical bulk order that usually runs close to about Rs. 5000. Besides, they serve you delicious pongal/kesari/thayir saadam in a dhonnai while you wait. This is something they have been doing for years and is a good reason to actually look forward to the waiting :-) It's heartening to see a place keep tradition intact and not capitalize on the popularity by expanding like crazy while the quality gets lost.
I don't find them to be expensive either, as I don't mind paying extra for the better quality. I have tried other chains in Chennai too, but found nothing special in most of them.
I hope Grand Snacks keeps up their good work for years to come!
Awesome sweets, karam, thokkus!
You just have to stop yourself somewhere before you decide to buy a bit of everything!
No compromise on quality or standard! The chips they make is so crisp and tasty, you can't eat just one!! The thokkus onion, chettinad karakuzhambu, tomato are all divine!
The badam halwa needs a special mention for its excellent taste, other than that the coconut burfi, thattai, mixture are all simply superb!You are sure to keep going back for more!
Authentic south Indian snacks and sweets
One of things I look forward to while going to Chennai is getting a whole load of sweets and snacks from Grand Sweets. Weekends and evenings are crowded is a testament to quality.
The place has a huge number of sweets and snacks but it is advisable to stick to the traditional ones. My favourite ones are kai murukku, adhirasam, maladu & seedai. The thokkus are also very good.
Nothing "Grand" about it
I have bought sweetmeats and savouries from Grand over the years. On my recent visit to Chennai, I went there again. I was horrified. It was most disorganised and crowded. One has to literally push to get to the counter where because of the crowds you cannot see all the items on display, so if you dont know the name of the item, it is tiresome to order it. Anyway, after placing my order, I was given a delivery token. After half an hour I was told that the badam halwa would be ready only after 2 hrs. As I had to pass that way in any case, I returned in 2hrs. This time I had to wait 15min, and ended up paying an exorbitant price for all my items. Still, I thought the quality may justify the price. How wrong I was. Back in Bombay, we tasted the coconut poli - very average; Badam Halwa - below standard with synthetic almond flavour and decidedly floury taste, certainly not pure; mixture - very ordinary. The prices were at least 25% more than their competitors Sri Krishna and the quality was no where near as good as even an ordinary sweetmeat shop.
One does not mind paying more for pure ingredients and superlative quality, which Grand Sweets certainly does not offer.
Grand Sweets and Snacks is a rip off, with abysmal service and very average quality. They depend on their orthodox Jain and Brahmin clientele who believe that the cooks are Brahmins who follow madee traditions. Never again.