I am sure the Karpagambal Mess in Mylapore, Madras, needs no introduction. It is, after all, a Madras legend, well known for its quaint atmosphere and the gorgeous vegetarian South Indian food that it serves. I have been to the Mess once before, and I wanted to relive those beautiful foodie memories all over again, at our recent Madras visit. The OH had never been to the eatery before, and I couldn’t wait to show it to him. So, that is how we ended up at the Karpagambal Mess, bang opposite the famous Kapaleeshwarar temple in Mylapore, and were thrilled to see it all decked up for Panguni Uthram.
I will not say any more, but let the pictures of the food we had there do the talking. Everything was absolutely beautiful, fresh, well-cooked and delicious, we found, except for the Avial served with the Adai, which we didn’t like much. And, of course, we didn’t leave without getting our hands on some filter coffee, but we greedily lapped it up before any pictures could be taken – so no pictures of that for you! 🙂
We are told the Mess has lost its former glory – what remains now is only a shadow of its old, glorious self, food included. Apparently, the food the Mess serves today is a far, far, far cry from what it used to be in the 1970s and 1980s. Well, if the lovely, delicious food we had recently at the Mess is anything to go by, I can’t even imagine how finger-lickingly awesome the food here would have been in years gone by!
Have you been to Karpagambal Mess? Do you think the food has deteriorated in taste and quality, over the years? If you haven’t ever visited this place, I recommend you remedy the situation soon – I am still drooling over the lovely food we had here, deterioration or not!