Dhabba Express: Don't miss Bhangra Pepsi
its USP: the location with it's closeness to the beach makes it a preferable restaurant for those looking for a diverse menu with decent non vegetarian options.
We has tried Chicken Chettinad which was pretty decent although nothing was too special about it. The manchurian starters were fine too but again nothing too special. Ambience was just fine too.
Favorite Dish: Bhangra Pepsi...I first tasted something like this here. Although it can be prepared easily at home but then I shall always remember this place to introduce me to this drink.
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Adyar Ananda Bhavan: Huge Variety
A big chain of small eating outlets where one can find a huge variety of local cuisine.
Do try the following and even much more if you wish to:
Coconut Poli/Dhal Poli
Its USP: The variety and authentic taste of the local cuisine at a very decent pricing.
Favorite Dish: Adai Avial followed by a Filter Coffee :D
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Darios: Superb Italian food
This is a wonderful choice for Italian food lovers. The ambiance is great and the food is superlative!! Service is good. If you are looking for Italian fine dining, look no further.
Favorite Dish: Brocolli soup, Panini, Lasagne, Rice dishes, Pizzas... everything was great.
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Adyar Ananda bhavan: Great food
This is a chain of restaurants and sweet and savouries shop. They are famous for their idiyappams, Adai aviyal and paniyarams. The food is superb, the service is great. You will find so many branches and they all maintain the same standards.
Favorite Dish: Idiyappams, chola bhatura, Adai, idly, dosai
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Cappuccino: A Bistro
A bistro like ambience- this restaurant makes for a good getaway from the din in chennai. The interiors are colorful and really do bring a bit of the italian bistro to town. However the menu spread is a medley of indian and italian. Not all dishes are great- we had jalapeno poppers which was served with a pineapple relish!! That wasn't a great experience!!
Favorite Dish: The south indian filter coffee is simply awesome
Shiraz: Persian Cafe, Pet Friendly
In the Cholamandel Artist's Village, there is a cozy persian cafe called Shiraz. This is a place we love to go to for a SUnday brunch or even for just desserts after lunch. The owner is a sweet lady and is always accomodating our myriad requests. While I am told it is not truly authentic persian food, i just love the hints of basil/saffron/cinnmon in food they serve up. Also it is wonderful to see a pet friendly restaurant in Chennai. It is an outdoorsy set up, so you can even bring a book or two and hang around for sometime...:-) One warning though card payments don't always work there!
Favorite Dish: Vanilla icecream infused with basil seeds; Orange rind cake
Focaccia: Perfect business dinner
We headed here for a business dinner and they gave us this secluded table to ourselves. Made for the perfect set up- one where conversations were had and discussions engaged in. The food itself was amazing. True to their name they served up several plates of focaccia bread without an charge. That apart the pasta, the starters and the dessert were al yum. Averaged Rs500 per dish on menu, so I wouldn't even call it too expensive! Dominoes charges that much these days!!
Tuscana Pizzeria: A bit of italy in chennai
Ok here goes, another restaurant here in Chennai that's gotten onto our favorite list- Tuscana Pizzeria. We went to the one on Khadernawaz Khan Rd and absolutely loved the food they dished up- authentic italian! A tad pricey, but totally worth it esp if it is an occasion you are celebrating! :) Restaurant's open till 11:30 PM, reservations are certainly recommended!
Favorite Dish: Pasta in pesto sauce
Dewberry's: Dinner well served!
This is a restro cafe called 'Dewberrys' off RK Salai. We started with a couple of mocktails- the chilli lime cooler is spicy but refreshing. Then the starters- Fried Vegetable Wantons, Onion Rings & a Apple Walnut Salad were all divine!! The servings were average, or maybe the food was so tasty we could have had more! :D The main course was a Panneer Curry Sizzler served on a bed of butter garlic rice with a side of fries. Again very very delicious!
The hosts were pleasant and really serviced all of our little requests for customization in the food. All in all a dinner well served!!
Favorite Dish: The Panneer Curry Sizzler was just perfect
Mahamudra: superb health food!
Mahamudra is a very elegant restaurant serving vegetarian health food. They have a mix of south Indian delicacies cooked in traditional way and also fusion food,soups,salads,sandwiches,main course and desserts.The ambiance is soothing and aesthetic.
Favorite Dish: Bise bele godhi, vazhapoo vadai and persian shorba and all the sandwiches and salads
New Yorkers: Food for everybody!
We landed up here at ten in the night, hungry and ready to eat away to glory, surprises of surprises all of us got exactly what we liked! I had my standard plate of macaroni and cheese, AJ had a nice sizzler, parents had pukka north indian food and my sis had a great bowl of icecream!
Sadly this place has now been CLOSED DOWN!! There is a new building being raised there..will wait to see if New Yorkers makes a come back there!! :(
Favorite Dish: Sizzlers- One of the best in Chennai!
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Cafe Coffee Day lounge: Coffee Lounge
Most of the Cafe Coffee Day Outlets (India's equivalent of a Starbucks) are generally noisy and teeming with teenagers. However the CCD Lounge in Khader Nawaz Khan Road is a fairly nice place for others to relax, grab a coffe and a bite to eat and relax. The ambience is ideally to just sit back and relax- hence a review in VT was warranted :-)
Favorite Dish: The veggie platter is quite nice and ofcourse the cold coffees!
Crimson Chakra: Relax, Eat, Rejoice!
As their tagline suggests, this is a restaurant that serves 'food with a difference'. Despite being a hard core south indian, they have some items on the menu that I have never had anywhere else! The chef comes highly recommended, having been not only felicitated by the President of India but also having served at the President's House. Chef Jacob has researched extensively on South Indian Cuisine and designed this menu to delight our taste buds! I know that both vegetarians and non-vegetarians have enjoyed the food here! :-)
We have been to this restaurant more than 5 times in tha last couple of months, that's how much we have enjoyed th efood and the ambience! It is for those who do not like to hurry through their dinner and instead spend quality time appreciating the flavors of the food! :-)
Favorite Dish: We loooove this started called 'Sutta Vazhaikka' which roughly translates to mean 'Grilled Plantain/Raw Banana'. The sprinkling of cheese adds so much to the dish! :-) Unbelievably good!
Taj Connemera- Vivanta: Five Star Hotel and A class food
We headed here for a weekday buffet and the food was surprisingly good! I have never had too much of an experience at any of the Taj hotels when it comes to food. So I headed in pretty much skeptical about why we needed to spend all this money on a lunch. but Taj Connemera with it's quaint restaurant by the pool really was a pleasant surprise. The food was sumptuous and infact it took me a lot of effort to stop eating...!!
Favorite Dish: The desserts were out of this world, they had a 'baked yoghurt' that was too good to believe! Also the Indian burfi's and bengali sweets was amazing. I thoroughly regretted over eating the main course otherwise would have helped myself to more desserts from the spread they had on offer
Azzuri Bay! Adayar.: Italian/Thai
An upscale fabulous high end Italian/Thai resturant in sleek sophisticated setting. Food is always shockingly delicious. No teeny portions here..Great for date night. The wood grilled entrees are beyond yummy and the pastas are definitely rib sticking.The dining experience at Azzuri was excellent. I strongly recommend the Thai tea, one of the best mocktails I've ever had!
The staff is incredibly friendly.A great place for a special occasion.A great meal in a trendy atmosphere.
All the very best!! Cheers.
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