Due to unpredictable decisions of the Nature, I am back to Chennai in my ancestral home , where I was grown, educated and working upto 1976. So, I started visiting my favourite places, especially eateries that offered mouth-watering vegetarian fare! Yesterday evening, after our visit to Kapaleeswarar temple, we dined at Mylai Karpagambal Mess located at East Mada Street, Mylapore. I relished onion adai/avial and idiyappam/kurma washed down by degree coffee. My wife ate kal dosai. I visited this eatery after many years and found that it has been renovated by adding an AC section, where the items were costlier by 5 - 10 each. The quality of the food was very good. Personal touch was the USP of this eatery! When I ordered coffee for us, I was asked 'Strong, medium or light?'. When I said, strong, again I was asked 'With or without sugar?'! A few days back, I tasted delicious tiffin at Idli Vilas at Dr Radhakrishnan Salai, opposite Hotel Savera, just below the flyover. It is a small joint serving Chettinadu-style vegetarian snacks and meals. Later, we had a small function at our home. We ordered 15 meals costing 70 each, which were supplied to our home by Idli Vilas. But, after 25 guests dined, we had surplus in each and every item! For another function, we ordered special meals with our own menu costing 80 each. 90 such meals catered to 120 people! Idli Vilas is good both quality and quantity-wise. Apart from umpteen varieties of idlies and dosais, Guruvayoor milk payasam and cool drinks like nannari sharbath, rose-milk, lime-ginger juice were their specialties.