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