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Chatpata chaats


ONE NORMALLY associates "mithai'' shops with a hole-in-the-wall. But not Shree Mithai. As you turn into Dr. T.V. Naidu Road off Spurtank Road, which looks far from impressive and are in front of Shree Mithai, you realise that both name and road have been giving you wrong signals. Shree Mithai is not one of those run-of-the-mill "mithai kadais".

Since its inception in 1987, Chennai-ites with a sweet tooth have been beating a path to this sweetmeat store. A year ago, Shree Mithai gave one more reason for Chennai-ites to walk through its door - a chaat shop.

The chaats, which are available from 3.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m., include pani puri (Rs. 12), bhel puri (Rs. 16), dahi papdi (Rs 18), dahi puri (Rs. 18), sev puri (Rs. 18), chat katori (Rs. 20 a piece), dahi vada (Rs. 20), raj kachori (Rs. 22), pav bhaji (Rs. 28) and extra pav (Rs. 3 a piece).

The huge parking space within the shop premises and the quiet and spacious environ provide visitors an ideal setting to chill out with family and friends, even as they are tucking into the puris and papdis. However, the sweetmeat section remains Shree Mithai's flagship. Variety is its defining quality. There are so many varieties of sweets that you fear your sugar level may shoot up by just looking at them. You manage to count 111 of them - pista katli, kesar kaju, malai raj bhog, champakali, pakizha, mango sandhesh, kesar peda, dudhi halwa, besan laddu, gulab jamun, jelabi and what-have-you.

The variety of savouries is equally diverse. Providing the South Indian blend are pudina sev, thenkuzhal, seedai, melagu vadai, ribbon murukku and kai murukku. Shree Mithai, open on all days from 8.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m., is located at No. 18, Dr. T.V. Naidu Road (off Spurtank Road), Chetpet, ph: 52145566.

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