Though I’ve read about Atchayam foodbox a few times(Courtesy: Foodie groups like Chennai Food Guide, United By Food etc. in Facebook), I didn’t have the time to go here.
Today, while returning home, the heavy traffic near Koyambedu pushed me closer to this place. Being the foodie I’m, I decided to try this place out and made the turn.
It really is automated as the sources claim. Except for a lady who takes care of the hygiene and another person who provides assistance to people who needs it, there was no one else. 3 counters with a touch screen and card reader in each.
Touch the screen, choose the food, swipe the card, sign on the screen, print the slip, your food will be in your hands within a minute. The heat lasted for the next 30 minutes which was the time taken by me to reach home, refresh and finish it up.
It was a Veggie Paratha Combo, which had Veg Kothu Parotta, a small piece of Plaintainpith Vada, Cooked veggies and a gravy.
They had also given a cup of onion raita and 2 packs of aftermints, tissues, a spoon and a fork. A ready to go package.
Except for the gravy, the rest were quite decent.
Who is this for?
Atchayam Foodbox is definitely worth giving a try once. But unless you’re in a hurry, you’d be better off without it.
But it’s definitely a great gift to those who are travelling. As a person who has travelled from CMBT(both public and private terminus) a lot in the past 5 years, I know how hard it is to find decent, hygienic food around the place that doesn’t cost you valuable time and money.
Atchayam can solve those problems. It takes barely 2 minutes, 5 minutes if the user isn’t very comfortable with touch kiosks. The same food will take you a minimum of 15 – 20 minutes in a decent hotel. Next time you take a bus from the private terminus, do try this place. It’s near the Vinayaka temple, about 20 feet from the entry point of the terminus.