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“Awesome fresh food. Fast service.”
Review of Cafe Madras

Cafe Madras
Ranked #24 of 14,515 Restaurants in Mumbai (Bombay)
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $4
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Hyderabad, India
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Awesome fresh food. Fast service.”
Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

There is always a queue for this place, but the queue gets cleared quickly.
Its a nice cosy place, buzzing with people all the time.
The food here is extremely fresh and tasty
I just lived the vada with rasam. The rasam was very yummy.
Butter idli with podi was very yum too, a little on the spicy side though.

The pineapple sheera was a little too heavy for me.

All in all, an awesome breakfast place.

Thank avanigupta
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“This is F.O.O.D!”
Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

I love this place. I woke up once at 6:00 and went with my family to madras cafe (1 hour drive) and I have to say that this was one of the best idlis I've ever had! The food isn't even pricy. I'm usually not the south Indian food person, but this was worth it!

Thank Krishang K
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New Delhi, India
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136 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great food, great prices”
Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Cafe Madras is a highly rated south Indian eatery in Mumbai. Its fans swear by its food. I had always wanted to come here but found no reason until we decided to have a breakfast party one Friday morning.

The place is really small and cramped. Dont expect any fine dining experience here. The restaurant is spartan and the service is quick. I have tried rava masala dosa, upma and filter coffee. All three were fabulous. Definitely a go to place if craving for south Indian place.

1 Thank nikhil_malhotra
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Yemmy in my temmy”
Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

In the bustling streets of Matunga, Cafe Madras is pretty easy to spot. It's the restaurant with hordes of hungry foodies spilling into the road, waiting patiently for their turn to tuck in. Our waiting period lasted 45 minutes, but it was worth it.

I was accompanied by 3 adults and 2 kids. The great thing about eating at places like Cafe Madras in larger groups is that you can sample a few bites of a LOT of dishes. That night, we had 10. Here they are -

Rasam Vada - vadas in rasam as opposed to the usual sambar soak. Interesting and fresh tasting. 3.5/5

Idli sambar - Standard. Good. The sambar almost tastes like rasam. 3.5/5

Bisibele rice - a khichdi type preparation served with avial. My wife loved this dish the minute she saw it being served at the table next to ours. If she hadn't seen it, I guess you could've called it inbisibele rice. 3.5/5

Then came a whole army of dosas.

Mysore masala dosa - Don't forget to ask for the dollop of white butter. The Mysore masala dosa doesn't have any colourful (usually red) stuffing or chutneys. It's just a subtle change in the batter. Still, all good. 4/5

Set dosas - Two puffy discs of mildly sweet goodness. They were coated with a red paste. Forgot to ask what it was really. The kids loved this one. 4/5

Neer dosa - Though we missed the accompanying stew, this dosa was pretty awesome by itself. Neer means water. This dosa is the thinnest dosa you will find, made out of rice and water. However, this dosa was nothing like the neer dosas being served in Shetty establishments all over Mumbai.3.5/5

Tuppa with Mulgapudi - another dosa with slightly different batter. Fried in tuppa or ghee or clarified butter. Different names for the same glorious substance. 3.5/5

Madras missal - my least favourite dish of the night. A South Indian twist to the Marathi street food, missal pau. This one was served without pau (bread). 2.5/5

Pineapple Sheera - and the winner... In the yellow corner.... With bits of pineapple and roasted semolina (rava), smelling to the heavens of ghee.... The dessert was the right way to pack it up for the night. 4.5/5

I didn't taste the Mysore pak, but my friends told me it was good. I'll pass. Am not a fan of the hard Mysore pak. Partial to the softer ones that melt in the mouth. (Flashback to Nandini, Bangalore...)

The sambar, chutney, the butter milk - all tasted fresh and very organic. Post the meal, none of us felt stuffed and lethargic - a sure shot sign of a balanced meal.

Would've loved to try out the interesting sounding pesserette, but that would've just been ODing.

And for all that beautiful, fresh food cooked with love and cholesterol, the price - less than 650 INR. Incredible! Throw in a waiter who seemed more well read than all of us at the table (he talked affectionately about Saint Kabir and his writings) and some regulars on the adjacent table who recommended their favourites - and this was one successful meal.

Food moral - Try to sample as many of the dishes as possible. Waiting for a seat in this place,especially on weekends, is a given. They do not accept reservations. Best to come early and prepped for the wait. Parking can be a pain, so all the best with that. And always, always say yes to ghee.

Thank melvai
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Madras Cafe needs to revisit their food and taste standards”
Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

It was very disappointing to wait 45 minutes in the hot sun and be shoved into a tiny hot and not so clean restraunt. ....expecting a hot delicious south indian meal........only to be served a meal that was just average and far below our expectations. The numerous awards adorning the walls seen to speak about a time long gone by.
With the number of udipi hotels shutting their doors to make way for international junk food giants. . ...the people of Mumbai are hoping for some promise from these old age restraunts .

2 Thank Kylekiara
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