12 Reviews / 17 Ratings
Good South Indian snacks @ decent price
“Looks are deceptive” thus says a famous maxim. It has proved its correctness in many cases and it fits the case of this road side eatery to the “T”
I don’t exactly recollect since when it has been in existence but my memory serves me only till the last 15 years but it may even be earlier than that. It started off as an make-shift [unauthorized, if you prefer that word] eatery within the confines of a building and still continues there. It was mostly lost in the company of giant stalwarts of South Indian snacks who existed around it much before this eatery came into existence.
It is located on Telang Road, opposite Ram Mandir, adjacent to Shankar Math, a little further to the famous Matunga East flower market.
I can guarantee some nice divine chants of soothing prayers and some flock of birds chirping provided that you are an early bird in reaching here.
Go here for taste & not for ambiance. What can you expect from a roadside eatery on the count of ambiance anyway.
Its menu is a laundry list of South Indian snacks. Dosas with the usual additions of Butter, Cheese, Paneer etc prepared in Jain & Chinese style. Dishes worthy of sampling & mention are the following:
Idli – The Idli’s are soft and huge in size, bigger than most Idli’s around. They are prepared freshly prepared in small batches in the aluminum cooker in front of the serving counter. MUST HAVE
Pongal – This is nothing but Tamilian Khichdi made from rice & moong dal which has a thick consistency. The spice factor is taken care of by adding whole black pepper. If you are looking to have breakfast like a King, then this is MUST HAVE. It’s otherwise bland to taste unless you bite on a piece of black pepper. By the way, it is Limited Edition served only in the morning. I have gone disappointed a couple of times in the evening.
Pineapple Sheera – This sheera will give Ramashray a run for its money on the taste & quality factor. The rawa / suji is fried to the correct proportion to make it light, the ghee used in the preparation is not too less or too much, the pineapple pulp is “just-so” to give the flavor and not the sourness all in all a perfect combination for #UmmYummy #MeltInTheMouth sheera. Don’t leave without having this.
Chutney – They serve Fire & Ice in the form of chutney.
First the Fire, a red fiery chutney made from tomato, a hint of onion and loads of red chili. Again this item is deceptive in its looks, the first spoon won’t create havoc when placed on the tongue. As soon it passes the throat, the effects are seen. It’s not very spicy but certainly spicy for a South Indian snack who can imagine a spicy chutney served with your snacks.
To cull the effect of the Fire, you need to consume Ice. Ice is served in the form of a creamy, soothing coconut + chana dal chutney. Its bereft of any spiciness & thicker in consistency than most chutneys served around because of the addition of chana dal. It is somewhat similar to the chutney served at Mani’s Lunch Home. You can have as many dollops of it as you like, I like that!
Dal Wada – This eatery is managed by a Tamilian hence this specialty from the streets of Chennai is available here. This dish is made from chana dal which is soaked overnight, then coarsely ground in a grinder / mixer and deep fried after spicing it up by adding onions, mint, ginger, green coriander & garlic. It goes very well with Pongal or Upma - MUST HAVE.
Price – Cheaper than any establishment around.
Now many people will say hygiene is one factor which needs consideration atleast for this roadside eatery but then the tastiest Wada Pav is served on the streets of Mumbai and so are the various chaat items. Also that one look into the kitchens of most restaurants will dispel the notion that restaurant food is hygienic.
Come to this hidden gem and relish the tasty street food.
Food Quality - 4/5
Food Quantity - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Ambiance - NA
Price - 4.5/5
authentic south indian
Ayappan dosa stall is one of the places where u will get authentic south indian fast foods, namely idlis, wadas, dosas. Must try are the mysore masala dosa, masala dosa. The chutneys are yumilicious, and with the price tag so cheap, one will go almost every week if one stays in Matunga area. It is super simple and tasty food.
Awesum place -South Indian dishes....
WOW........was the expression when i did eat the PALAK IDLI & Medu Vada at this Tiny Road side stall having variety of South India Dishes.........for the 1st time about 7 years back....
Even after so many years i frequenty visit the place on weekends......Just to give my TASTE BUDS a g8 treat of South :)
MUST TRY......Medu Vada, Pongal,Palak Idli, Mysore masala Dosa,Pav bhaji Dosa.....
SO wat if i have to stand carrying my plate so thy dont have the sitting area....but the taste of their mouth watering prepartions takes all ODDs Away :).
Believe me, this is not any other breakfast outlet. Its a dhaba with its forte in irresistible South Indian Nashtas. The authenticity of the food is way better than any sophisticated restaurant. My advice to you is dont go by the looks of this roadside eatery, I vouch you the food is matchless. Since its a roadside eatery, there is no sitting area; you just take your plate and stand & eat. People also drive down to this place from different areas of the city who sit in their cars and eat.
Breakfast at Ayyapan is the best way to start your day. Though its named as idli stall, it serves all types of south Indian nashtas. Around 5-6 people are busy cooking and 1 guy stands outside taking orders, serving them and is also the cashier. So you gotto collect your plate from this guy and make your payment to him. Their service time is less than 5 minutes.
Begin the first morsel with the Pongal Rs.20 which is divine in taste, served along with spicy red tomato chutney. The aromatic flavors that rise till your nostrils as you chew the steaming hot Pongal will surely please your palate. Next is the Upma Rs.18 which is the second best item on the menu. I remember the taste of the Upma served to me on my Air India flight to Andhra Pradesh is as good as the quality of Upma at Ayyapan. If your appetite is craving for more then you can feed on to Mysore dosa Rs.35, Meduwada (2 each) Rs.20, Idli (2 each) Rs.18, Dalwada (2 each) Rs.20 and Onion Uttapa Rs.30. The red chutney, sambar and coconut chutney is an accompaniment with all the nashtas.
Hang on! You cannot leave without eating their pineapple Sheera Rs.18, it is simply amazing! Though Ayyapan serves breakfast at a very nominal price the quality is not compromised upon. Ayyapan is one of the best breakfast zones Ive been to so far.
My rating for Ayyapan:
Value for money 9/10
Good south indian fare... better than cafe madras!
Another plce for amzng south indian fare! u cn gorge n gorge on those idli's, vada's & dosas... without ever hurting ur pocket!! taste absolutely fantastic! its chutnies are better than wt u get at cafe madras (m not condemning cafe madras.. its my fav plce for idlis... but this one tends to be better than them in chutnies & dosas)... dosas r jus amzng.. almost the same u wud get in b'lore!! i was reminded of b'lore whle hvng d dosas here... vada's r crunchy frm outside but very very soft frm inside!! the best of the lot der (i felt) was the pineapple sheera!! amzng soft & very very hot! d plce is nt dat unhygenic too (considering it to be more of a road stall than a restaurant)! no seating areas too! so jus stand & eat... relish d food & pay & move on types!! but recommendable to everyone to try out their dishes! anthr point i noted here was that u wont have the harassment of waiting in a long que for ur order to come unlike in cafe madras, where u ve 2 wait outside for a real real long tym b4 u end up eating there!!!
Best Sount Indian food
My friend took me here to try its pineapple sera and after having just 1 bite of it i became a fan of this place. It has big menu and whatever i try turns out to be yummyyyy. They also give 3 chutneys n a sambar to go with everything which makes everything more yummy :) . The best part about this place is dat its damnnnnnn cheap, even though i live in kandivali i had taken my mom, dad & bro to this place for dinner, meal for 4 cost us just Rs.128/- lolz. The only drawback about this place is that its a roadside place so no place to sit n eat, u have to eat standing only.
Never went there for years
We had the office in the same building as them but never bothered going there for the 9 years that we were there. Went there after we moved to another place:-) Tried them off and on post that. You have inexpensive food made right in front of you. Don't expect too many frills.... Cheap south Indian food but modernised to suit the palette of the present generation (Schezwan dosas and the ilk).
The most authentic sambar and chutney
Started as a road side stall and now happens to a glorified version of the same.
This place serves amazing Idlis and wadas. The pongal (Usually served only in the mornings) is same as you would get in any eating place down south.
The sambar and chutney are as authentic as they can get.
Items to try: Masala Idli, butter idlis, Mysore sada, Pongal!