Triplicane ( also known as Thiruvallikeni) is one of the oldest places in Chennai. It is also the very busiest and densely populated area in city. It is very close to sea Bay of Bengal(Marina beach). Zam Bazaar — one of the oldest bazaars in the city, Amir Mahal, Parthasarathi temple are few major heritage sites here. Pycrofts Road aka Bharathi Salai is the heart of Triplicane. Triplicane is the bachelor’s paradise of chennai and when you think of food you think of Triplicane. Mess, Biryani Stalls, Idli Stalls and whatever the chaos is you find it here in this road.

Amidst all this chaos and confusion you could find Bharathi Mess in a corner of Pycrofts Road-Akbar Lane. The mess would be in the same level of the street and has got a small entrance. The place is very compact and neatly maintained. A house has been altered to mess with a kitchen at the ground floor and the first floor and eating place at the ground floor. In honoring Subramaniya Bharathyiar( a tamil poet who spent his final days in Triplicane near Parthasarathi temple) mess has got collections of bharathiyar’s writings and books on Bharathiyar by scholars in display.

Bharathi Mess entrance at Pycrofts Road – Akbar Lane

It’s a self service type mess and hence you got to decide what to eat before you enter mess and had to pay for it. And then we give bill at the food counter and they would provide a token to us so that when food is ready we could collect from them. The fun part is here — people fight for giving bill at the food counter and there is no proper discipline followed to do that. And when you go there, join the party. We get food in few minutes and here comes the next fun part — getting your table. It’s a round table without chairs and it could accomodate maximum three.

Lunch at Bharathi Mess – South Indian Meals

The mess has got a policy not to use Ajinomoto and baking soda ensuring to provide hygienic food to its customers. This doesn’t compromise them in providing tasty food and that too in fair price. If you ever gonna visit Chennai don’t miss to visit Triplicane and if you ever gonna visit Triplicane don’t miss to visit Bharathi mess. You would really enjoy this place and the food served here.

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