Category Archives: Chennai/ Madras

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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PALMGROVE, Chennai, NY

PALMGROVE, Chennai, NY

 

If you are looking for a really great authentic South Indian breakfast spot in Chennai City then Palmgrove  Hotel is the place to go. Their restaurant Menaka is a hot spot for Chennaites over the weekends. The place has virtually no décor – it’s a very cafeteria like setting but one really does not go there for ambiance.

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Non-Veg. Restaurant at The Cosmopolitan Club, Chennai, India

Non-Veg. Restaurant at The Cosmopolitan Club, Chennai, India
NON-VEG. RESTAURANT
The Cosmopolitan Club
63, Mount Road
Chennai – 600002
India
Tel: 044-28530353
http://www.cosmoclubchennai.com/newpage.php?PID=20&MID=3


The Cosmopolitan Club is one of the older clubs in Chennai city (formerly known as Madras). It was started in 1873 to cater to a European only, elite clientele.

Things have come a long way since then and it currently has a huge local membership. The Cosmopolitan Club is now rather run down, but in its hallways hang beautiful photographs that remind us of gorgeous Madras of the past. Read the rest of this entry

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The Golden Dragon, Chennai, India

The Golden Dragon, Chennai, India
THE GOLDEN DRAGON
Taj Coromandel Hotel
37 Nungambakkam High Road,
Nungambakkam,
Chennai, India
Ph: 044 66002827


Golden Dragon – the Chinese Restaurant at the Taj Coromandel Hotel has always been considered the crown jewels of the Chennai fine dining scene. It was one of the first Chinese restaurants, to introduce fine Sichuan cuisine, to the city.


It has reigned supreme in the promise of a terrific dinning experience all the way from its orange beaded curtain days in the seventies to the newly renovated space created recently. It reached it’s heights of popularity when Chef Hardy Cheung, who was considered one of the best Chinese Chefs in India, took its helm in the nineties. Read the rest of this entry

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Amaravathi, Chennai, India

Amaravathi, Chennai, India
AMARAVATHI RESTAURANT
1, 
Cathedral Road
Gopalapuram
Chennai 600086
India



If you are a spice hound as I am, then Andhra food is the way to go. In Chennai city, Amaravathi is known to be one of the more famous places to get authentically spicy Andhra Food. It’s been around for decades and used to be a food joint on everyone’s list.

In great excitement, I dragged a bunch of friends and decided it was time to go and try it out. What a HUGE disappointment it was! Read the rest of this entry

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Bee’s Kopitiam, Chennai, India

Bee’s Kopitiam, Chennai, India
BEE’S KOPITIAM
49 Whites Road,
Express Avenue Mall Food Court,
3rd Floor
Chennai 600 014
India
Tel: 044 2846 4088
http://kopitiam.beehospitable.com/



Meet BeeBee Martinent – one of the hardest working gals I know. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to eat at her table, you would know that she serves some of the best Malaysian Chicken Rice in the city.


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MAHAMUDRA RESTAURANT AT ISHA LIFE, Chennai, India

MAHAMUDRA RESTAURANT AT ISHA LIFE, Chennai, India
MAHAMUDRA RESTAURANT AT ISHA LIFE
50/117, Luz Church Road
Chennai, India
http://ishalife.com/mahamudra/



Mahamudra is the Ayurvedic restaurant at the brand new Isha Life facility.

Isha Life is a holistic fitness center that has recently opened in Chennai city, which propounds the philosophy set forth by Sadhguru of the Isha foundation. The aim of the Isha Life center is to provide a space that creates well being by integrating a fitness studio, a spa, a boutique and a health food restaurant – all under one roof. Read the rest of this entry

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LATITUDE, Chennai, India

LATITUDE, Chennai, India
LATITUDE
Good Earth
Rutland Gate, 4th St
Chennai
INDIA



I just love the name – Latitude – I don’t know why but it sounds kinda cool – “Lets meet at Latitude for lunch”.

This bright and cheery café, housed next to the very popular Good Earth store is a perfect little girly lunch spot. Read the rest of this entry

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Calcutta Pan Shop, Chennai, India

Calcutta Pan Shop, Chennai, India
CALCUTTA PAN SHOP
103/54, Nungambakkam High Road
Chennai – 600034
Tamil Nadu, India



Back in the eighties, when Chennai was still a deliciously sleepy town, the Calcutta Pan Shop used to be one of our favorite little joints to hit. Every time we went for a drive, we would somehow end up at this little Paan kiosk, right on Nungambakkam High Road. Read the rest of this entry

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ANNALAKSHMI, Chennai, India

ANNALAKSHMI, Chennai, India
ANNALAKSHMI
804, Anna Salai,
Chennai -600002
INDIA
Ph: 044 28525109
http://www.annalakshmichennai.com/



“Athithi Dhevo Bhava” which means the guest is god; is the concept behind the popular Annalakshmi Restaurant in Chennai city. This chain of vegetarian restaurants was first opened in Malaysia in 1984 and now has branches in Australia, Singapore and India.

Annalakshmi, which is named after the Hindu goddess of plenty, is a voluntary organization that follows the philosophy set forth by Swami Shantanand Saraswathi. His basic teaching is “to serve, to love and to give”. This is exactly how Annalakshmi works. Read the rest of this entry

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