We heard so much about the rose milk at Kalathi Rose Milk Shop in Mylapore's East Mada Street that we just had to see (or taste, rather) for ourselves. This little shop has been around for almost a century, apparently!
What started as a kutti kadai selling newspapers is now an iconic food spot attracting residents from across the city. Started in the late 1920s (Mr Mani who serves us a glass says it started way back in 1927), Kalathi Rose Milk Shop has stood the test of time offering preservative-free, refreshing rose milk through the years and over time has gathered a huge fan following. Not sure where it is exactly? Type “Rose Milk Shop, Mylapore” in your GPS app and you’re set.
Apparently many celebrities back in the day have had a taste of Kalathi kadai‘s cold beverage. We’re not celebrities (yet), but we can tell you what the fuss is all about. With Chennai’s weather, a glass of chilled rose milk is all you need to recharge, and this one is priced at just INR 15. There’s a perfect balance of sweetness from the rose syrup, and the milk is creamy fresh. Add some ice and voila! A simple yet tasty way to wade through Mylapore’s bustling streets. We approve! Kalathi Rose Milk Shop also has light snacks they keep in those little glass bottles. It's like stepping into the 60s here!