Jannal Kadai (window shop) near Kapaleeswarar Temple is an old, quite literal, hole-in-the-wall that serves some all-time favourite breakfast and tea-time snacks from 5.30 pm daily. If it weren’t for Google Maps, we probably would have never been able to find the place but ask anyone and they’d direct you to a narrow road (Ponnambala Vadhyar Street) just a street away from Kalathi Rose Milk Shop. You can hear the chants from the majestic Kapaleeshwar Temple as you wade through the crowded streets.
We reached Jannal Kadai by 5.15 pm and looked around to make sure we were in the right place (there’s no signboard). We expected to see a crowd near the windows, but there was no one there yet. After speaking to someone through one of the windows, we found out that we were at the right place and the food would be served after 15 minutes. Sure enough, by 5.30 pm the crowd started gathering.
The menu is pretty limited, but perfect for those looking for quick bites. Served nice and hot, we ordered a plate of vazhakkai bajjis. (You get three for INR 30). They were absolutely scrumptious. Even the coconut chutney that accompanied it was simply delish. The azhakkai bajjis were a little greasy but crispy and delish nonetheless. You also get bondas, dosa, idli, molagu bajji (chilly) and a couple more items, but this depends on availability on a particular day.
There’s obviously no seating arrangement available. So you can either stand outside the window shop and savour brekkie or evening snacks or pack it to go. All in all, Jannal Kadai is a popular spot in this side of town and if you’re in Mylapore, craving for some evening snacks, do give this place a try. For more street food items in Mylapore click here.
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