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Rayar’s Mess, Chennai, India

Rayar’s Mess, Chennai, India

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China Club, Gurgaon, India

China Club, Gurgaon, India

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China Club is a popular destination for authentic Chinese food in Gurgaon. Housed in the bustling Global Business Park, this restaurant has a glassed enclosed kitchen where one can watch the Sichuan chefs churning out their fiery delights.

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China XO at The Leela Palace, Chennai, India

China XO at The Leela Palace, Chennai, India

 

 

This past summer, the city has been abuzz with just how fantastic the Chinese food is at China XO, located in the brand new super opulent Leela Palace.

 So, I finally made it for their debut Sunday Dimsum brunch.

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Chao, Chennai, India

Chao, Chennai, India

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Chao is a relative newcomer on the Chennai dining scene. Located on North Boag road in T Nagar, this food spot offers a rather extensive menu from South East Asia focusing on Thai, Singaporean & Vietnamese cuisine.

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Dindigul Thalappakatti Chennai, India

Dindigul Thalappakatti Chennai, India

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I’ve heard so much about the biryani at Dindigul Thalappakatti that I figured it was time to go and try it.

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Nair Mess, Chennai, India

Nair Mess, Chennai, India

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Nair Mess is not easy to find. Located down a narrow winding street, diagonally opposite the Madras Chepauk Cricket Stadium, this Mess feeds everyone from local residents to rabid sports fans.

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Dahlia Japanese Restaurant, Chennai, India

Dahlia Japanese Restaurant, Chennai, India

 

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Dahlia has been around for close to 20 years now. Located behind Hotel Ganpath, this dowdy spot is the least likely place for Japanese restaurant.

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The Marina: Seafood Restaurant, Chennai, India

The Marina: Seafood Restaurant, Chennai, India

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Seafood does not get fresher than this! The Marina is another winner brought to the Chennai dining scene by food magnate Mahadevan of Oriental Cuisines group.

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Junior Kuppanna, Chennai, India

Junior Kuppanna, Chennai, India

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Junior Kuppanna is all the rage in town these days.

 Serving Kongu style food from the deep South, this import from Erode offers dishes such as kudal kari, mutton sukka and so on. For the more adventurous you can eat anything from brain to pigeon to intestines and more.

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Pani Puri at Gangotree, Chennai, India

Pani Puri at Gangotree, Chennai, India

 

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I have not had better pani puri than the one made at Gangotree ( okay maybe only In Kolkata). It is my brother and my favorite street style food spot to hit when we are in Chennai together.

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Spectra, Leela Palace, Chennai, India

Spectra, Leela Palace, Chennai, India

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Every year when I return to Chennai, things seem to be getting bigger, flashier and more and more in excess. The brand new Leela Palace now seems to have become the new go to destination for the young and the restless in the city.

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Cupcakes Amoré, Chennai, India

Cupcakes Amoré, Chennai, India

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A love affair with cupcakes is what food entrepreneur and owner Kavitha Chesetty has going on at her bright and cheery café in Kasturbai Nagar in Chennai city.

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Chennai Chips, Chennai, India

Chennai Chips, Chennai, India

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I am a chip addict – there I said it!

And Chennai Chips is the absolute ruin of my waistline when I visit Chennai in the summertime.

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Madras, Raintree Hotel, Chennai, India

Madras, Raintree Hotel, Chennai, India

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Do you want to try some seriously good local cuisine in Chennai in a chic hotel-dining environment?

Then you must try “Madras” at the Raintree Hotel on Mount Road.

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Tuscana at Chamiers, Chennai, India

Tuscana at Chamiers, Chennai, India

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I was recently invited for a food tasting to Tuscana, which is a popular local Italian eatery in Chennai, India owned by Vipin Sachdev and helmed by Chef Willi.

Tuscana is best known for its wood fire-oven pizzas available in many different crusts including a gluten free option. The pizzas are topping heavy and offer many options one of the newest being a chili chili.

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STIX: CHINESE AT HYATT, CHENNAI, INDIA

STIX: CHINESE AT HYATT, CHENNAI, INDIA

 

The Hyatt Regency in Chennai is one of the hottest new hotels in the city. With quirky charm, this hotel displays an interesting array of art installations, which is dotted all over the interiors of the hotel.

One of my favorite places to eat in, at the Hyatt is their Chinese restaurant. Stix serves up authentic street hawker style Sichuan cuisine which is perfect for the fiery Chennai palate.

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SANKRANTI: ANDHRA CUISINE, CHENNAI, INDIA

SANKRANTI: ANDHRA CUISINE, CHENNAI, INDIA

 

I really love a good Andhra meal and was ecstatic to find this brand new food spot called Sankranti had opened up on TTK road in Chennai. I am usually wary of chains but this place really has excellent Andhra food – which is very hard to find (outside of homes).

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KAPILA DASAS, CHENNAI, INDIA

KAPILA DASAS, CHENNAI, INDIA

 

Dasa’s is back and as good as ever! Everything tastes exactly as it did way back in 80’s when they had opened on Mount Road.

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ENTE KERELAM, CHENNAI, INDIA

ENTE KERELAM, CHENNAI, INDIA

 

Ente Kerelam in Chennai serves classic Kerala Cuisine in a homey setting. Occupying an old bungalow, the restaurant fans out in several rooms over two levels.

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Lunch at Amma Mess, Madurai, India

Lunch at Amma Mess, Madurai, India

 

Madurai in India, is a 2500-year-old city that was essentially built around its gorgeous Meenakshi Amman Temple. This temple is a stunning example of Vijayanagar temple architecture with its intricate carved pillars, elaborate gopurams and stone carved idols.

 

 

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Lunch at The Bangala : Karaikudi, Chettinad, INDIA

Lunch at The Bangala : Karaikudi, Chettinad, INDIA

 

The Bangala is a charming heritage boutique hotel located in the heart of Karaikudi. Mrs. Meyappan, who is passionate about preserving the heritage of the Chettiars, runs it.

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Chettinad: Eating at the Subbiah Home

Chettinad: Eating at the Subbiah Home

The best part of my visit to Chettinad in South India was the food!

 

 

Chettinad is very well known for its fiery cuisine. There is great care taken in the preparation of meals. The kitchens are still very traditional using no modern machinery. Everything is hand ground and freshly cooked using the best of local ingredients.

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Chettinad, Tamil Nadu, India

Chettinad, Tamil Nadu, India

 

Chettinad is a region situated in the Southeastern area of Tamil Nadu, India. The capital of Chettinad is Karaikudi.

Chettinad is the where the Chettiars originate from. They are today a very successful business community in India. The Chettiars were originally a community of traders known for their strong business practices and great sense of adventure. In the 1700’s, many of them traveled to Burma, Ceylon and other parts of South East Asia and Europe to set up very successful trades.

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Indian Accent, New Delhi, INDIA

Indian Accent, New Delhi, INDIA

 

 

Food: ☆☆☆☆  1/2 

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must Try: warm doda burfi treacle tart, Andhra pickle chicken meatballs

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EGO THAI, NEW DELHI, INDIA

EGO THAI, NEW DELHI, INDIA

 

 

Ego Thai is a great little Thai restaurant housed in the New Friends Colony Market. It is attractively styled with smatterings of interesting artifacts all over the 2-storied space. The food is good for most part as is the service. The dishes are pretty well priced and there is a full bar which offers interesting cocktails and mocktails.

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