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Cafe Madras

Matunga East  

  • 02233133212
  • Shop No. 38-B, Circle House, King's Circle, Matunga East,Mumbai
  • South Indian
  • Meal for 2 - 300
3.8

136 Reviews / 146 Ratings

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Cafe Madras Reviews

pinjal.jain - Burrp User

pinjal.jain

5 Reviews

November 14,2014

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exceptional food

Café Madras is an institution in itself for South Indian food in the city. Very little can be said about the place that has not already been said. It is strictly a no-frills eatery (read sparse wooden tables and benches tightly squeezed into a small place at Matunga) with good food and quick service being the USP of the place.

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Rohan Shah

3 Reviews

September 15,2014

3.0

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Delicious south indian food

I order masala dosa, rasam wada and coffee.....Food was had authentic south indian taste and coffee reminded me of a proper filter coffee I had once in Chennai.

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exceptional food...lol just kidding

The food is not so is the service. But if you like dosas you should try them here they as this is what they serve best.

I would not reccomend this place because of arrogant behaviour of waiters and service

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Bad service

Bad service. Not recommended. Please do not visit this place unless you wish to have a heated argument.

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One of the best South Indian meals

Café Madras is an institution in itself for South Indian food in the city. Very little can be said about the place that has not already been said. It is strictly a no-frills eatery (read sparse wooden tables and benches tightly squeezed into a small place at Matunga) with good food and quick service being the USP of the place. My favorite here and probably their best seller is Idli Podi with White Butter. This heavenly combo of soft steaming Idlis served with coconut chutney, homemade butter and a generous sprinkling of mulgapodi (that fiery spice mix, also known as gunpowder) is not something one would want to share - so better to order an individual plate for all. Another brilliant dish on the menu is their Rasam. This can be had with Idlis also but I prefer it with their wonderfully fried Vadas. Well spiced and balanced, it is a perfect comfort food one can have here. They serve a variety of Dosas (many of which are not found on menus elsewhere in the city), all of which I have found to be crisp and tasty. The Pesarettu Dosa deserves a special mention. A slightly thick dosa made of moong lentils enclosing a spicy onion mix, it scores both on texture and taste. Ragi Dosa is another good and unique option. Their creamy and silky stew goes well with both Neer Dosa and Steamed Rice. This is one dish which is not always available and one can get it only with some luck. For dessert the Panpoli, a Sheera like mix with oodles of nuts, raisins and coconut flakes steamed in banana leaves, is good on taste though a bit heavy on the stomach but better to share the same. The service here is extremely quick. Being a no-frills place, its very easy on the wallet. In simple words, a fab place where food does all the talking.

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Superb !

The best south indian joint in mumbai ..!!

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Arrogant Service Manager spoils the entire idea of dining out on a Sunday

I happened to visit this restaurant today, but the way the service manager ( Mr. Debabrata) treated & insulted me is ridiculous! After being told that there's a 20-30 min waitlist, we gave our name. When I went to enquire about the status after waiting for 20 minutes, the service manager didn't even respond to my question 3-4 times. Only then he did respond and with a caustic remark " Jitna time bola tha waiting pe, utna lagega."

When I told him of the totally rude and demeaning manner of his response and that this is no way he can talk to anyone, he instead got angry at me and accused me of interrupting in his work. He basically didn't care really about his customers, doing that in full public view in front of atleast 15-20 people, before I left the place humiliated.

I would rate this place a zero or negative, but that's not an option available here. Go to this place if you like waiting for a long while and like a rude manager spoiling your mood even after waiting for long, treating you as if he has done you a favour by putting up your name for a seat in his restaurant & insulting you if you ask for the status of your waiting for a table.

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Highly overrated!!!!

This place is an absolute rip off!!!! Long hrs of waiting n good for nothing. The sambhar was pathetic,chatni too wasnt fresh and moreover you almost feel like ur being rushed out. Place is unhygienic and cramped.Sincere advise not worth the charges, better hotels around!!!

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Must Go place atleast ONCE for south indian dishes

Cafe Madras...for all the south indian food lovers like me...this name cant really go unnoticed here in MUmbai.
I Have been there as heared a lot about it...since this 71-year-old Matunga home, has the most authentic Tamilian food.
The food is nice and really an authentic one, with a nice aroma and taste.Also the dishes are served with home-made White butter which is an added thing specially if you from south :)

only the disappoiting thing is that have to be patient enough to able to get a seat inside..And also the waiters might shoot you down with their suggestions about the dishes what you should have ..(without even been asked for.) , thats nice too an extent but not always :)
so All in All its nice place to enjoy south indian cuisine provided you have enough time to wait outside the hotel to get a place inside.

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3.5

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Awesome South Indian Food.

If you ever crave South Indian Food, Cafe Madras is that one place where you will definitely get your dose of south Indian dishes. The butter Idilis OMG.. are to die for. They are so soft and it literally melts in your mouth.This place is jam packed most of the times, so you have to wait for atleast 15-20 minutes before you get a seat. However if you do get a seat, the waiters will still give you enough time to let you decided on your food and even once your done, they will never be in a hurry to push you off for other to take your seat, they are kind enough and treat all customers with respect.

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4.5

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Love Madras Cafe !!!!

All that needs to be written has already been. I would still like to pen down my two bit. After all where do you get such fantabulously awesomelicious heavenly food. dis by far is my bestest place for south indian food. may you go on for a long long time to come.

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Café Madras Review

Café Madras – Mumbai’s BEST South-Indian Restaurant!!! And it’s not only us who say this. Times Food Guide, Times Now, CNN-IBN and now, Trip Advisor too finds Café Madras to be the BEST. One that churns out Mumbai’s best Dosas and Idlis and Uppmas and Uttapams. And Sheera too!!

On our way back from South Mumbai last Sunday, we decided to dine at Café Madras. The choice was unanimous. For, we hadn’t been here in a long time. Almost 3 months!!! That’s unheard of in our household – after all we hit Café Madras every other week, be it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Understandably, we had to be really busy to not go to Café Madras in all this while. I have to tell you that I start getting separation pangs when I don’t. Worse, my husband, who is famous all over for eating everything that once lived, got the pangs too, craving for their Uppma Puri (his favourite)!!! See? This is what good food does to you. You have every type of a patron and from all over!

That Café Madras does. Don’t think it is frequented only by the Tam-Brahms or the Gujjus for the veg food. Hard core non-vegs (Bongs like us), students, the elderly, the rich, the not-so-rich, the intellectual, the not-so-intellectual, lovers, families…all come here for the delectable options. Choose from bissibili rice or uppma puri or set dosa with the special chutney or the more mundane (but very very yumm!!!) idli, dosa, vada. And if there is a child with you, the staff will bring a dollop of butter for the dosa or idli, in case the child finds the sambhar too spicy.

Run by the 3rd generation Kamath cousins, you will find one of them standing by the door taking down everybody’s name and calling them by turns. He will flash a familiar smile or say ‘Hi’ while taking down your name and the number of chairs you need, and will also give you an estimation of the waiting time. Now the waiting time at Café Madras is FAMOUS!!! No matter what time of the day you come, you can never make it straight to the table. Last week, we reached Café Madras at around 6.45 pm (too late for evening coffee and too early for dinner, was what I presumed) and I told Jayant, “I will be damned if there’s waiting today”. And was I damned!!! We waited a good 40 minutes for our turn. There’s no calling up the place and table reservations here. You come here, you gotta wait! Come rain (nay, monsoons ;-) ), come sun.

Ask for a cup of coffee (Kaapi) while standing out. Jayant does that. You can even buy some and take home.I never drink coffee at Café Madras. Who wants to stay awake for 3 days???

Avenging the wait outside, you might have ordered a table full of meal. Be ready to be shocked by the bill though. No matter what you eat here and how much you eat here, the bill never goes beyond Rs 150 per person!! Yes, despite the inflation and the falling rupee and the worldwide economic havoc!! LOL…

As you wait for the food to come to your table, take a look around you. You will notice that they have run out of walls for all their ‘wins’ and certificates!!

A modest ambience (no AC), the place rocks because of its superior food quality and the friendliness of the owners and staff. I got chatting with Gopikrishna (one of the Kamath cousins) that evening, and he told me that 5 years ago, one of their staff retired after having worked here for 55 years!!!

Go back from here with a satiated stomach and a satiated soul. But remember, this feeling will be short-lived. Utterly short-lived. You will soon want to come back here. Cravings for their specialties will nag you back here. Soon. :-)

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5.0

Best South Indian Food

This place is known for the delicious south indian food... Sunday Morning it is so crowded that you may require to wait 30-45 mins to just get in.... Food is not so expensive...

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5.0

Best South Indian Food

This place is known for the delicious south indian food... Sunday Morning it is so crowded that you may require to wait 30-45 mins to just get in.... Food is not so expensive...

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Aaha sooppaarr!

This place is for those longing for some good quality and authentic south indian food. The dosas idlis and every other south indian dish is a must-have! The place is great for a quick bite and not very expensive. The mysore dosa is great as well! You must end your food with a glass of buttermilk from here!

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4.0

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Authentic south indian food

It's best not to go here when the place is crowded as it is highly likely that you will get an entirely different idea about south indian food. On the whole, those who have never tasted south indian would love it. But since I have.. the authentic one, I think this place is slighly overrated.

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3.5

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Superb south Indian. Unique for Mumbai

"Superb food. Amazing, authentic flavour and experience. Just that it's been here for decades and so has been the humid Indian weather. Seating has improved a bit, but it still lacks in the ambience department. I wish I could have all that yummy food in cool comfort and not sweat!"

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3.0

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best for South Indian

Mumbai's most authentic south Indian food. Set dosa,mysore dosa,coffee. Everything ia good

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3.5

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snacks

The best place for south indian lovers.. Dosas and idlis are just tasty ... When ever you'll visit you will have to wait .. Alway rush out there

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3.5

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Great offbeat dosas

This little area east of the rail tracks has so much competition between the south indian food places -- Mysore, Madras, Ramashray, Rama Nayak, Idli House, Amba Bhavan,...

Avoid this place on Sunday. It's when the hordes descend on this place. Try to pick an offbeat time slot though they close down for 2 hrs in the afternoon.

I love that they have some offbeat items on the menu, and I like to try offbeat. For variation, try the nachni dosa or the pessarattu dosa (moong). Don't carry them home. They taste terrible cold. You need to eat them there.

I love their filter coffee. It's my favorite across all the places! Evidently, if you buy the filter and the coffee pack at this place, you can prep filter coffee exactly like these guys make it.

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vibs1234

8 Reviews

January 03,2014

4.0

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authentic south indian!!

Cafe Madras serves the best south indian food in Mumbai and is also pretty easy on the pocket. A must go place for all dosa lovers

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Mumbai Mein Madras

Amazing south Indian Food. Feels like Madras is in Mumbai.. One of my old joint to hang around with friends. Good service. Good Food. Anna Coming back in 2014.

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South Indian food lovers delight!

Great south Indian food, if you need help what to order, the owner gladly comes to your table to recommend you a selection of food. But mind you ( their specialty dosas are soaked in white butter which makes it so Yummy))
One must end their meal with their Pineapple halwa and Filter coffee.

Mumbai's most authentic south Indian food till date.

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bjkothari9

2 Reviews

December 14,2013

5.0

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cool place

cool place to be. good food. i just love it..........

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Virali Vora

8 Reviews

December 10,2013

3.0

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Authentic South Indian Delicasies

Cafe Madras is one of the oldest places in Mumbai that serves authentic South Indian food.
One of its main qualities is that they have strived to maintain their authenticity, not just food-wise, but even ambience wise. They still use the same kind of silverware and have the same kind of furniture. Nothing has changed in the past several years at Cafe Madras, Matunga.
That being said, things have changed. Cafe Madras has become commercialized and they have greatly reduced their quantity of food served as well as increased their prices. The size of the Idli has actually been halved.
But if price is no matter for you, then I definitely recommend Cafe Madras as the taste is still the same, its totally yumm!!!!!!

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Best South Indian Food

I love everything about this place...The long wait in the line, always crowded tables, super fast delivery of whatever you order, mouth watering Idlis, dosas, rasam vadas, the chutney...yyyyuuummm
I wish I could go here everyday..

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Awesome

The best south Indian food I have had in Mumbai. D variety of dosas is just mouth watering. Friendly environment and value for money.

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Preeti9_9

5 Reviews

December 05,2013

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South Indian food

This place is no longer what it used to be like in the earlier days..the idlis are not very soft now..but it still serves one of the best sambhars in matunga..the onion rawa dosa is good here..the place is very average and grabbing a table near the fans is a good idea..the waiting here on Sundays is long..

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Worth the wait!

You can guess how good Cafe Madras is by the crowd that is always gathered outside.
It is a place where even most South Indians flock to for a taste of home. Everything is really buttery good. The dosas and the sheera is what I go there for most often. The only downside is they dont serve cheese dosa but I guess that isn't a traditionally South Indian item :(

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2.8

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Good good

Matunga is known for South Indian hotels and Cafe Madras is definitely one of them. Tasty idli, dosas and upma are served. Place is not very big but South Indian food lovers should definitely visit. Coffee there is a must try.

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Sanz024

10 Reviews

November 30,2013

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Two Thumbs Up!

As a South-Indian Food Snob, and going insane trying to find something close to what and an Idli, Dosa, & Sambhar should taste like... this place definitely is the best there is in this neck of the woods. I love going here for weekend breakfast. There is always a 15-20 minute wait, and once you get a table, you will often find yourself sharing a table with other patrons. If this is a problem, then I suggest you don't go there, but you'd also be giving up an opportunity to taste some of the most delicious south indian food on this side of the world! Absolutely love this place!

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Anup Baheti

4 Reviews

November 29,2013

4.8

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Excellent!

You want to experience the best of South Indian food, Madras Cafe is the place you should visit. The best south indian restaurants in Mumbai for me and can go there every day for breakfast.

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sameer

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November 28,2013

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Idli upma chatni sambhar waraakam

It's one of the finest south Indian place in the city to enjoy ...Just wow and mind blowing sambhar ,rasam wada upma shira, it's just superb and nice place to eat the best madrasi food . ..I love to go this place a lot

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Awesome Experience

Amazing South Indian Food. Everyone must go & have the south Indian over here. U will relish every moment of your life. Especially Butter Idli & Coffee are the special to have it here.

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Authentic as it can be!

The name itself is explains it all. The food is so authentic, that one has to actually need to reassure ones self that this is MUMBAI and not Madras!!!
The food is just amazing and finger biting. You need to keep a lot of space to try out every possible dish!!!
And any meal is incomplete without the WORLD FAMOUS "filter kappe"

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Outstanding

The only South Indian joint in Mumbai that opens at 7.00 am.the idlis are mind blowing nice hot steaming idli with sambhar ,I like my sambhar poured over the idli. Rawa dosa , dosa, upma, uttapam u name it they have it the coffee is outstanding. Ginger lemon is also very good, an ordinary looking place but outstanding mouth watering food

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real good south indian fare

Cafe Madras, as it name aptly suggests serves real good south indian fare. It is one of the few joints in matunga and is certainly a saving grace when you want to eat quick yummy food.

I would really recommend the Sambar & the chutney more than anything on the menu. The sambar especially is absolutely lip smacking *slurp* !!! Try everything on the menu - you will be bowled over by the food.

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Good South Indian Food

The place, especially its rasam vada came highly recommended. So off we went one Sunday morning to check it out. If going on a weekend, be prepared to join the queue waiting for a table. If you are two, more often than not, you might end up sharing your table with two others. So there is no "dining experience" or "breakfast over a lengthy conversation" as such, the focus being just on eating the yummy food.
Try the dosas, pesarettu which is not commonly served at other south indian eateries and of course the rasam vada. The place is a landmark due to the kind of food they serve. The food here does justice to the awards and accolades Cafe Madras has won year after year. Do drop in for a yummy south Indian breakfast.

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shrenik31

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November 13,2013

3.8

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Great south indian food

I have visited this place since my childhood and can assure you all that it is 1 of the best south indian eatery in mumbai. Idli, Wada, dosas and upma all are real nice. The main difference between this eatery and other south indian eatery is that they serve the mysore dosa pasted with the regular coconut chutney whereas most other places serve it with the red garlic chutney. The sambhar served is not sweet as is the practice in the suburban areas. Weekends will be really crowded. Rest everything is really superb

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Disappointed

As we know Matunga is famous for South-Indian food restaurants, I went to this place with my friend to try some delicious dosa's. We ordered for Mysore Dosa over here, but what we received was like a Sada Dosa with some different kind of Chutney which the waiters call it a speciality of their restaurant and which tasted awful. Please never go to this restaurant, rather try any dosa wala at road corners.

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Wonderful South Indian food experience

Always a pleasure to visit Cafe Madras. One of my favourites for weekend brunches, the place is crowded and lacks ambiance, but the food more than makes it up for it.

Have been visiting it regularly and plan to do so in the future too! :)

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South Indian Heaven!

Go here for the Idli, Medu Wada, Dosas like sada dosa, mysore dosa, etc. I love their sambar as well (very few places in Matunga that still serve Sambar with onions.)

And do not forget to end your meal with a cup or two of steaming hot strong filter coffee!

(Be prepared to wait for a long time over weekends, as it seems the entire city comes to Matunga for their fix of Idli and Dosa)

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4.0

Appam Delight

If you are a crazy appam fan, this is your place. Never enjoyed south Indian food so much!

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A Slightly Overrated Place

This place is slightly overrated but since you dont have a decent alternative,you have to stick with it. Being an South Indian, I cant give an excellent rating. But if you havent tried South Indian Food in your life, then you can take a try & you wont regret it. Postive Features: Good Value for Money, Decent OKCoffee

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South indian heaven !!

The most popular south indian joint in Matunga crowded with throngs of people on weekends! I would advise going on a weekday. For a place which has been visited by the likes of Gordon Ramsay, what more is there to say! Simply love the appam And stew and the mysore dosa(with white butter)

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4.0

mouth watering south indian dishes

It offers fantastic range of south indian dishes with yummy sambhar . Best is filter coffee .

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mouth watering

THE BEST SOUTH INDIAN EATERY IN MUMBAI, hands down. madras missal is definitely my favourite. this hotel is specifically so famous only for its sambhar, the hot idlis and their specially made home butter. id strongly recommend you to go if you are a south indian cuisine fan

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MOUTH WATERING

THE BEST SOUTH INDIAN EATERY IN MUMBAI, hands down.

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2.0

Dosaaas!!!!

one of the oldest cafes of mumbai, this place serves amazingly prepared food. they serve delectable and luscious dosa and sambhar. also, ulundu is amazing....fast service but not that efficient waiters. ambiance is so so....

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Awesome food at very good price

I have been to this place many time and the food here is tooo good. The staff is very courteous and take care of all the people. The only thing at this place you may not like is that you may need to share the same table with somebody else as this place is not that big.

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amazing coffee

all the south indian dishes served here are very good...especially the idli is kind of melt in the mouth & very soft...the sambar pairs with all the dishes excellently...we used to have classes in the area so we frequented here...the owners also talk nicely with u n make u feel at home...a place worth visit!!

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Jiggs03

14 Reviews

August 06,2013

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South indian home food

Words cannot do justice to this place, which is like the Mecca of south indian food in mumbai. The idlis are so perfect that they almost melt in your mouth. The Mysore Sada dosa should be patented by them. Its so yummy that you need to eat it to believe it. This is one of the few places where you can order anything on the menu and not worry about being disappointed. And the owner-brother duo are the most sweetest people you will meet. Its a place you should visit atleast once a month to enjoy delicious south indian. With filter coffee to boost

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Always Awesome!!

I am a regular at Café Madras. What makes café madras special to me is its simplicity; simplicity in ambience, food and the staff. The food is authentically "Madras/Chennai" in its taste and flavour. My personal favourites are the rasam vada n pessarttu. However, if one is planning to go for dinner, they must ensure that they reach before 7:30pm as most of the stuff gets consumed and you are left with few options to choose from then! You also see the owners mingle with their guests at times and suggest food items, which makes this place friendly :)

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aj4000

12 Reviews

August 06,2013

3.0

all time favourite

Who does not know Madras Cafe if you live in Mumbai? the food is really good and is extremely clean. it is really sad to see lot of unhygienic street stalls charging much more than these restaurants. also good to see that restaurants like these have maintained their standards. another point is that their service is also good at all times. never have i noticed the evening spoilt because of poor service despite the crowds.Malga podi idli, pessarate are their al time favourites. you also see the owners talk nicely with the customers depsite the huge crowds

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Best Upma pudi

Try this plate called upma pudi. its upma chutney and malga pudi. awesome plate. besides this something good you want to try then try dahi misal, thts also amazing.enjoy

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best breakfast in town

if you like southIndian food, DO NOT miss any chance to visit this place. Weekends usually have long waiting. but every bite is worth the minutes you spend on road waiting.. they dont have an AC section, but food more than makes up for it. whatever you eat, is a treat. but some of my favourites include, set dosa, moong dal dosa, pineapple sheera, neer dosa, curd rice, and mysore dosa. and two cups of filter coffee after the meal. you are bound to get in overeating mode once you enter this place... a little crowded, but dont we live in a country with a billion people.. :) only pain is to drive back with a full stomach..

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Delicious!

I love going to cafe Madras for its delicious appam, butter idli, maysoor dosa , varieties of chutney n it's vry famous filter coffee.. ( not to b missed) ambiance poor, very pocket friendly, service is good. Hygiene is strictly ok. I go here only for its yummy food.

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Best South Indian Joint in Mumbai

Have been going to this place for more than a decade now - what it lacks in ambience it more than makes up for the food - everything you order in this place is just amazing but the steamed idlis and the butter plain dosa takes the cake - great family place and the pricing too is just amazing !

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best snack place ever

i love this place for various reasons:

1. affordable
2. awesome food
3. love the special brown chattni they give


in short paisa wasool place :) must go.....

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The Cafe Calls!

My mom must have been a Tamil in her past life. She can have dosas day and night,for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she doesn't eat a dosa for a fortnight, she gets withdrawal symptoms! Thank God we live so close to Matunga. I have lost count of the number of times we have been to this place and have tried almost every single dish on the menu.

The place has a cult status, like a lot of other places in this vicinity. That is why till date there hasn't been a single day when we have managed to get in without a mandatory 20 minute waiting :) Good thing the outside area has some chairs for the elders to sit and relax and a stand full of goodies like banana chips for the true burrpers to watch and increase their appetite or buy and munch :) Either way, whether one goes here for the 1st time or the 100th, one knows this is the real deal :)

There is a board outside with 'specials of the day' written on it, most of the days its the same dishes with maybe 1 or 2 variations now and then. Trust me, pick anything from the menu-ANYTHING-close your eyes and put your finger on any dish and ask for it and you will not regret it. We have had idlis, all dosas, coffee and even the dessert special sheera here and they are all mindblowing. My mother loves the Neer Dosa and the filter coffee while my sister always asks for 2 plates of medu vada and then proceeds to finish both plates by herself.

The best part is-the prices are so low, its unimaginable to call for 4 types of dosas, 2 plates of idlis and medu wada, 3 filter coffee and 3 plates of dessert and still not pay more than 500 bucks-isn't it?

It's clean, fast, prompt, quick, tasty and does not pretend to be anything other than the heavenly place where only good food matters. Walk in, sit down, eat eat eat, pay and get out so that others can walk in and repeat the process :)

And don't miss the multiple awards that the place has gathered up over the years. They are displayed way above the eye level in the right hand corner when one walks in. We always sit in that area.

Also, if you cannot understand what is meant by all the terms written in the menu or on the 'specials' board, don't fret. Just tell the handsome guy at the door (I suppose he is the owner's son or grandson). He will send you the best dishes handpicked by him. I remember the first time I had gone here with my friends-we were 11 people and had no idea what was the difference between 'set dosa' and 'neer dosa'. We asked him and he simply smiled and said, 'don't worry, I will send your table all the best dishes and you can re-order whatever you want'.

Of course, since that day this place is the first and last name for South Indian food for me. And I hope the same for you too :)

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5.0

South Indian delight!

If you like South Indian food then I'm sure you've been to this place! The best butter(white butter) dosa! Amazing idli vada! Great rasam! Amazing filter coffee and true value for money! Believe me madras cafe is one of the best places on the city for a South Indian meal

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Paradise for South Indian Food Lovers !!!

Fresh, fluffy idlis, even fluffier set dosas served with white butter, and steaming filter coffee served in steel bowls are part of the allure. Special stuff also includes: Madras Dahi Missal & Pineapple Sheera. Dont miss it. Rasam is an exquisite part of their menu and is must have. You wont get rasam joints in Mumbai. If only they served chawal (rice) with it.The service is nice. However if you are planning to come here for breakfast, or on weekends or holidays, be prepared to stand out in the waiting line. Also, if you are not four people than be ready to share your seats too in rush hours. Slightly overpriced !!

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Amazing

The place where Café Madras is located, Matunga, is known for its temples, mostly South Indian, which are scattered along the criss-cross roads. So also it is renowned for its hotels / restaurants serving authentic South Indian delicacies.

As you walk down from Ruia College towards King Circle via Matunga Station, you come across a famous restaurant every few minutes. Starting from Mani’s Lunch Home, DP’s, Sharda Bhavan, Ram Ashray, Amba Bhavan, Café Madras, Café Mysore and Anand Bhavan.

Welcome to another Temple of South Indian Food.

The speciality of this restaurant is the Malaga Podi [a dry chutney served with Ghee]. You can have it with Idli, Dosa, Uttappa. But do not try to have it without the Ghee, else it will you endless bouts of cough coz of the spices in the chutney.

Start with a Rasam Wada or Butter Idli with Podi. Rasam is tangy, spicy and reminds of Grandma’s rasam. Butter Idli is an invention of Café Madras.

Then graduate to Tuppa Dosa [Tuppa is Kannada word for Ghee], the aroma of the Ghee on the crisp brown Dosa is heavenly. Dip it in chutney / sambar and savour it to hearts content.

If you have sweet tooth, try the Pineapple Sheera and do not finish without the Filter Coffee.

Everything that they serve is amazingly good, in taste and quality.

Well, the staff is customer friendly and the owners are always on toes, helping customers to find a place to sit. The only problem as with other famous and good South Indian restaurants around is, place to sit and the hence the waiting period. But it’s worth every drop of sweat and minute spe

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4.0

Suppa filter kaapi!

If its filter coffee, its got to be Cafe Madras! Superb refreshing coffee served with a smile. Unlike its neighbours in the vicinity, this place is open till 10.30pm making it a perfect hangout post an early dinner. Haven't really tried all the items on its menu as its always been coffee for me. However, last night we tried their Idli butter pudi (as suggested by the server) which was really good. Friendly people and the owners who do a good job of managing the ever increasing crowd and at the same time ensuring that you are comfortable. 3 cheers!

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4.0

Yummy Pineapple Shira.. :)

My husband took me to this place as i really wanted to go here and could not get time till now in these years. i also heard that you get good uppam and stew also Pineapple shira. so i tried everything and loved it like anything. i must say that whenever you are going here pls try pineapple shira for sure.

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4.0

Always Crowded

There is always a huge wait time to get into the restaurant.

On weekends sometimes the wait time goes over 45 minutes, still you find people waiting to get inside.

After the long wait to get in, you will be served well. The staff are helpful and guide you to make an informed choice.

I love the Masala Dosa here is excellent. Idli and wada are as usual top notch.

the service is quick and its a no nonsense type of udipi restaurant.

Most likely that you will be sharing your table with someone else due to accommodate the huge line of people waiting outside,

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Always busy...

Great filter coffee and sambhar. Sharing tables can b uncomfortable.

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awesome

best south indian hotel in Mumbai
not so expensive
you must try butter-idli-pudi and rassum-vada

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4.0

Authentic South Indian food

Great place to have South Indian food. Butter Idli poodi and Butter dosa are must haves. Mad rush on weekends. Also, avoid if you are going on a date. You'll have to share tables.

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4.0

Good South Indian food

I have been here and south indian food is yummmyyy
specially Missibhaat,black current shira
one should try black current shira

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Real good food but also expensive

The food has been superb all the time. I have been eating her since last 27 years and the taste has been consistent since then till now.

The only thing that has been bothering a lot is that lately the prices have increased a lot and the size of the idli has been decreasing and also it's becoming flatter. Hence I consider it as an expensive South Indian restaurant.

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strictly OK!

The place is definitely different than most South Indian joints in Mumbai, but it still lacks the taste and authenticity that you find down south... also the place is overrated and hyped as a lot of places in Mumbai!
as always the South Indian food is restricted to very Udipi/Manglorean tastes... something I haven't really enjoyed... my sambar and chutney have to be spicy, loaded with flavour... Having said this, the idli butter pudi, raagi dosa and the filter coffee (a milder version) deserve a special mention... the idli butter podi in particular melts in your mouth...
Being a true blue Chennaiite, the taste is very different from what you get even at the smallest of joints there... and so are the variety... It's sad to know that a place like Mumbai which has everything from India and abroad in plenty, doesnt have a good South Indian restaurant which serves Tamil/ Andhra/Kerala food as authentic as it can get!

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Murlidj

5 Reviews

January 18,2013

3.0

Best south Indian

My all time fav. South Indian food.. But Sunday's it needs a little better management

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3.0

Best dosa,good filter coffee,rest was sad

Started with the rasam vada-which was rasam served with vada....such small vadas were served and the rasam being average in taste...then came in the ragi dosa-the star of the lunch-superb!!!! easily the best ragi dosa i have eaten ever,the sambhar and chutney served with it were less in quantity!--then came in the pineapple sheera which was sad!,ended the meal with the filter coffee which was at home temperature!!!!!!,taste was satisfactory though-after i finished,i ordered for another one and it was not available,service was pathetic,there is nothing such as an ambience here,you may have to share tables as well. And they dont even know their mathematics-they calculate on their own,make mistakes,thus be careful of being charged extra....this happened with me...i made him then calculate.
Food is very reasonably priced though.

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5.0

Idli heaven!

I tried cafe madras as a part of a Matunga breakfast trail I had organized along with my friends and we ended up eating in around 10 places in Matunga but the Steamed idli with white butter from Cafe Madras stood out!! it was melt in the mouth and heavenly delicious!! and enjoy this idli with some pudi (south indian masala). Yumm!!!

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jalpa2411

7 Reviews

November 15,2012

4.0

Authentic South Indian food!!!

Cafe Madras in Matunga is my favourite South Indian Joint. Idli butter pudi is their speciality & its simply mouth watering..Must try!!! Dosas, rasam, chatni everything is just so perfect!! If you are a coffee lover u must try the most aromatic coffee what they serve.. This place can never let you down!!

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dr.pankaj

1 Reviews

November 08,2012

4.0

Best south indian food

i have recently been there 2-3 times..the food here is really tasty & awesome..at first we had cafe's special set dosa, peserette, dahi-misal. All the dishes were fab.surely its the best joint for south indian cousine.only drawback is its quiet congested.The service is also good & quick.As far as cost factor is considered it counts 200-300 bucks for 2 people...

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5.0

Food to try b4 u die

I just had to tell Dev that I was visiting for the first time and with his busy schedule he manages to recommend a few delicacies that they are known for. Within 5 minutes of waiting we are called in to share a table with 2 other guests. It isnt a big deal especially after the kind of food you will be served. B4 i could order Dev took the liberty to sending in a few dishes at our table for us to try. If you really want to take a trip on the food of any restaurant, handover yourself to the owner/chef and the experience would be fab. Anyway, first came in the Upma and I tell you it looks ordinary but when u taste it u cant help but just dig in. It melts in ur mouth. Then came the butter idli with their inhouse white butter. A unique taste and feeling of biting into clouds. Another single Idli presented with imli based sambhar which worked through the palate well. Finally we ordered maysore sada dosa from the list recommended and it was divine. On the whole its easy on the pocket, craving on ur palate and lasting in ur memories kind of an experience. Thoroughly enjoyed. Waiting to visit to try other things in the menu.

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5.0

Probably the best south Indian food in Mumbai

I have had south Indian food at many places not just in Mumbai, but also in Kochi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. So having had food in the the south, the birth place of idli and dosas, I can surely say this Cafe Madras in Matunga, Mumbai is amongst the best. The ambience is strictly basic, with just wodden tables and chairs and if you are just two people visiting, then be prepared to share a table with other people, since this place is always crowded and has a waiting list. But because the ambience is just average, the food prices are also very very low. And thats a great point. You can eat loads of delicious idlis, dosas, vadas, accompanied with superb chutney, rasam and sambar (the sambar for my taste was not very exciting though), without bothering much about the final bill. Top it off with filter coffee in authentic steel glass set and you will definitely come out very satisfied.

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1.0

Most Pathetic South Indian food

We went to this place with a great expectation, crowd and buzz. To all our disappointment this may be the worst and highly overrated South Indian food I have eaten. The idlis were boring, Mysore masala had white chutney, Neer dosa couldnt match anything we have eaten in a road side joint. I would rate Mani's as top class or any other regular restaurant much higer than this one. I think its more of overrating than quality

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vrishma

5 Reviews

September 17,2012

5.0

piece of perfection on a plate

its simple, its yum, its just perfect

after a small wait for a table we set out on the gourmet journey thru the world's best pepper Rasam followed by butter idlies and ragi dosa.
If you havn't tried this then you are missing smthing....the south indian is not Gujjuied, not marathified...its just simple and straight.
then staff is very efficient and helpful (i burned my hand alil before entering and a waiter made sure i was holding fresh clean ice all thru)

must try

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Melting Moments!!

The Idli Butter Pudi is divine!I The idlis melt in your mouth! As are the Upma! the sheera! the Rasam! the Sambhar! the Dosas! Must have the Ginger Lemon... its fabulous! Have been going there for years! Expect a waiting anytime, everytime! But the staff is courteous ... You cant sit around here though, considering the crowd waiting outside...

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'Divine'

We tried the following: Paserrete (if its correct), Set Dosa, Sheera, Mysore Sada, Basibhili Bhat. It couldn't have been better. As one of my friend had rightly put : - " It hit the right spot !! "

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More of Udupi than Madras

I started off my breakfast with Idli.It came straight from the cooker and was as fresh as it could be.Cooked nicely, it was accompanied by their famous S?mbhar and Coconut Chutney. Where S?mbhar was of a good consistency, but Chutney was somewhat bland.

Next order was of Rava Masala Dosa- this was not so warm to touch, but was fresh nonetheless. The outer coating was crisp and properly fried. But the subzi was again a bit of disappointment, like the chutney.

I saved the best item on the menu for the last and that being the filter coffee.

For more detailed review pls visit the link:
http://droolraftan.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/cafe-madras/

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4.0

authentic south indian joint

Best place to have authentic south indian,idli pudi,upma pudi is must have,try the plain idli also,try the isibella rice

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1.0

The dishes that are never there...

What can I say about this place that I heard so much about! Everybody who digs south Indian food had always suggested that Madras Cafe is perhaps the only place where you can binge on authentic south Indian food. Rest all are just lame copies of the rich cuisine... and simply not authentic at all. Anyway, was yearning to go since along time and a friend decided to treat us there for his b'day. I couldn't have been more excited.

But, what I didn't know was that disappointed awaited me... firstly, I knew the place is always crowded, but was just not prepared for tables that were set so close to each other that one could easily reach across and grab a dish from the next table. That was fine, but just in the middle of our dinner, we had to move upstairs as some people in our group arrived late. We were halfway through our first dish and right in between we moved upstairs. Our half-eaten dishes followed... next, I asked for appams, the dish was not available, then I asked for Neer dosa... not available again... exasperatedly, I asked for bisebelle bhaat... and imagine my irritation as this dish too... was not available. I was livid by then and decided not to have anything more. he waiter had to cheek to tell me that I should go for "something else please. Do have something," he said. I gave him the coldest look ever and simply said that I do get food at home. Thankfully, don't need to beg for food from anyone or any place. That was the first and last time I entered the famous Madras Cafe. The food sure is great, but the experience let me down completely. So, I would say... just be prepared for the worst at the best place too.

J

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4.0

delicious south indian food

visited this place after reading all the reviews on burrp. and let me tell you all i wasnt disappointed at all it had delicious south indian food i ever had and at such an economical rate i couldnt try pineapple sheera as they didnt have it. i have a reason to visit the place again :-)
its damn crowded on sunday so you better be ready to wait at least for 30 mins!!

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Good food but can't beat Sharda Bhavan!

Superior idlis and mysore sada dosas compared to other matunga restaurants. The sambar is good but is no match for Sharda Bhavan. Highly Recommended but beware of the Sunday evening crowds!

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5.0

Awesome food... Value for Money

I have visited this place 2 times in last one week. Why so frequently? B'se i loved the food. Went for lunch this sunday with my wife and daughter and enjoyed really delicious dishes. Recommended would be- Idli butter pudi, Upma Pudi & Rasam Wada. The sambhar and chatni were delicious and thick with no water added to increase the quantity. Had to wait about 45 min to get myself a place but at the end of the day, it was all worth it.

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5.0

Best south indian snacks fare in Mumbai

I've been visiting this place frequently (read 3 times a week) since the past 2 years. Trust me, the place has no competition when it comes to 'Set Dosa' and 'Pineapple sheera'. Though not the best ambiance for an eatery, the restaurant comes across as clean, quick and has a great value for money. They have a limited menu and every dish on the menu is tasty and liked by most of the people.
Average meal for 2- Rs 150-200
Best time to visit- Between 4 pm - 8 pm (not much crowded at this time)
Best dishes- set dosa, pineapple sheera, dahi missal, rasam, vada, etc (actually everything)
Service- Quick and waiters are very good for opinions
Only 4-5 rice dishes
If you're looking out for a quick budget meal that also feels light on the tummy, a must visit!!

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Worth the South India Feel

We were six of us and we went around 5 in the evening hence it dint take much time to get a table othrwise i'v heard bout the Longgggggggg que! We ordered Butter-Idli, masala dosa, bisi-bele bath, uttapam, chow-chow bath and tea, lemon crush. All the dishes made us lick our fingers, besst part was we dint hav to wait long between orders. Don't go for the ambience at all, a very small place with a semi-1st floor i'd say.. go for its taste and that added variety in the menu.. loved the experiments with Idli.. :)
Finally the value came out to be 140/- per head and it was hence more than Worth!

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Nice scenery in the mornings

After a night of drinking and partying, or just plain old staying awake- I feel very cynical and negative about the gloomy prospects for the human race and how filthy Mumbai is and how unfortunate I am to still be stuck here etc.

Madras cafe is just the remedy the doctor ordered. Nice looking girls fresh out of bed without makeup who still look hot, good dosa, idli, vada, sambar and good tamilian "filter" coffee- few things in life can cheer you up better than a combination of all these items under the same roof. I will now elaborate on these points.

I can't really explain as to why (the universe does work in mysterious ways...) but Madras cafe seems to be the morning congregating point for every attractive girl in a 3km radius. I'm talking seriously HOT maal. Gujarati, Tamil, Sindhi- you'll find them all here enjoying their morning coffee and a snack. This pleasant sight never fails to cheer me up. I've met more than a few beautiful babes here with brains to match. If I have been out partying, I make it a point to get rid of my philistine "friends" before I go here- I really am very depraved... I've gone to the extent of "borrowing" my friends' kids to use them as a prop in my Madras Cafe adventures, in order to strike up conversation with the strange and tantalizing ladies here.

And what better way to keep the positive vibes flowing than a crisp, freshly made Dosa, a plate of Idli (authentic rice mix) and Medu Vada? Authentic, easy on the stomach south Indian food. They say the best things in life are free or cheap- absolutely right in this case. Simple pleasures of living... And the coffee; it's out of this world. Drip/decoction made with milk. Sadly you can't smoke in there.... I suppose that makes sense as there are a lot of young children who visit.

Go for the girls, stay for the food- and leave very happy after the coffee! How's that for a catchphrase?

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ame88the1

18 Reviews

February 20,2012

2.0

Not Great

Keeping in mind the other south Indians joints like Manis,Ramashraya this palce is way down in quality of food.
Idlis dosas are simply OK.Sambar Chutney not that good still rates are bit infalted

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5.0

Fresh, tasty food everytime!!

The best south Indian you can get in Mumbai- and you'll love the food consistently everytime you are here...everything is so fresh, so hot, so nice...!
Yes there's no ambience to speak of but let's face it- you cannot complain if you have brilliant food at such unbelievable prices!!!

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2.0

Need to take off the 'Madras' from its name!!

As a true-blue southie, i can say that any restaurant in Madras/Chennai will give this place a run for its money. Forget that - most places in Matunga and even Mysore cafe is better than Madras cafe. Their sambar is watery and dosa like chips/wafers. Its embarrassing to take friends and cousins from Chennai to this place. The first couple of time i went there were slightly disappointing, but i just thought it was a bad day for them. The last time i went was just simply awful. Not gonna go back there in a hurry!

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neha.here

6 Reviews

November 09,2011

5.0

Awesome food...every time!

First time we decided to visit Madras cafe, we thought will check its reviews vis-a-vis Mysore cafe which is a 2-min walk from this place. A lot of people had mentioned that both the places were same in terms of food, but did not understand why Madras cafe was so overcrowded most of the time, while Mysore cafe that serves equally good food is not crowded most of the time. But trust me it is totally not the case.

Madras cafe has awesome authentic menu which tastes great. Anything that you order is served quickly and you enjoy each bite of the same. The first time I went, the generous server made us taste most of the things we asked for though we did not order them finally (bisabella bhath, upma and pongal), in small katories. Though the place is always crowded and in such a place, servers would generally not worry about the small gesture like that, but this is something that has really impressed me.

After my first visit, I and my husband have made the trip to this awesome Udipi place some 4 times especially from Kandivali..

Totally worth trying and keep returning to...Must TRY....

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vidhijoshi

2 Reviews

September 23,2011

4.0

My Second Home

Although we live in parle we go to kings circle for this place..
Lovely food, quick service.
But be early for dinner. its almost sold out by 8.30.

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Dhaval Shah

21 Reviews

September 20,2011

5.0

when u are hungry and low on cash

the best place for south india food and till what i remember they serve unlimited chutney and sambhar which are to die for....!

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4.0

For the Kaaficionados

Any amount of credit I pen down for Cafe Madras, will seem like an understatement when it comes to giving due credit to this awesomely awesome place

Though this might not be the sort of place that you’d pick out of a map for a great ambience (read: scenic view, fancy-shmancy table cloths, cutlery and the slight hope of spotting someone who's been featured on Page 3 of the Bombay Times) Café Madras is the perfect place to go on a lazy Sunday afternoon for brunch (beware, the place is always ALWAYS packed and the waiting time varies from 5 to 50 minutes on weekends) or if you're an enthusiastic foodie who's a connoisseur of South Indian grub but don't necessarily have the time to make a quick trip down south to satisfy them craving taste buds!

Efficiently managed, with no compromise on quality or quantity for that matter, the Butter Idli Molgapodi (also known as ‘Gunpowder’ coz of its spicy nature) is officially, to-die-for! The Kaafi-cionados swear by their authentic Filter Coffee, served with an extra mini-tumbler, (you’re expected to pour it back and forth for the coffee to froth/brew and cool at the same time – reminiscent of an almost-Siphon effect) and getting your 'caaafeeee' down to the right temperature is a fun way to kill time before your next order arrives because you WILL be mindlessly calling out all the items listed on the menu to the waiter for some unfathomable reason, the food's that good!

The prompt service, not to mention the friendly staff that is willing to help you decide what to order first. This formality is followed up by a quick serving of the scrumptious snacks, a skilled clearing of plates, about as quickly as you’ve licked the butter off your fingers, almost as if to wipe out all memories of the quantity consumed (a clever trick to clear the evidence of the number of ‘courses’ actually wolfed down and help you feel less guilty about the indulgence) and the restarting of this viciously delicious circle once again! Do enjoy your well earned trip to Cafe Madras, and do bear in mind that this review comes with a fair warning, that I told you so! Bon Appetit!

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just MADrush!!!!!

finger licking, lip smacking!!!! almost felt like Madras!!!
in todays time its really hard to find this kind off quality and homely touch!!!
fell in love with the food which was offered from a rather simple and cheap menu!!!
worth a try.
idli served was simply so suttle!!!!!was fresh and tasty!!!
also loved the crispy medu wada, difficult to find it so fresh in this City,
the Masala Doas too was crispy and the way its traditionally meant to be but the portion size was small and the Masala Bhaji could be better,
best was the tuppa onion dosa with white butter!!!! Its a must try....!!!!
the so called Filter Kappi or coffe was far too better compared to CCD and Lavazza!!!
all in all a power Package!!!

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