Mamalla Bhavan: Traditional eating house
Old traditional eating house, for lunch only Thali, unlimited rice and vegetables, plus one chapati and one Papad, 60 Rupies (for that you have to get first a ticket at the counter). Morning and evening without getting a ticket first Masala Dosa, Idli and Puri. Poplar with Indian pilgrims.
Favorite Dish: Quite good Thali with 6 different vegetable, yogurt, etc.
- Food and Dining
Moonrakers: Head or tails / Cara o Cruz
The Moonraker a famous restaurant among travelers is in Othavadai street, which is the meeting point for many foreigners, where you can find books and all those things we ( travellers- Tourists ) need , like Indian clothes, figures and souvenirs from the North India, toiletries ...
We had to throw a coin for head or tails to decide , because the the owners, partners of the restaurant have fought and now there are two "authentic" Moonrakers
The one in the left side of the street facing to the sea we ate very well, a very rich fish, and the one on the right hand side we did not like too much the dinner
In both places the Kingfisher beer was cold and very good
El Moonraker es un restaurante famoso entre los viajeros , que está en la calle Othavadai que es el punto de encuentro de muchos extranjeros, donde se pueden encontrar libros y todas esas cosas que necesitamos y nos gustan a algunos viajeros ropas Indias, figuras y recuerdos del Norte de la India, artículos de higiene
Tuvimos que echar a cara o cruz , pues resulta que los socios dueños del restaurante se han peleado y ahora hay dos Moonrakers "auténticos"
En el que está del lado izquierdo de la calle mirando al mar comimos muy bien, un pescado muy rico, y en el que está a la derecha no nos gustó demasiado la cena
Eso si, en los dos la cerveza Kingfisher estaba fría y muy buena
Blue Elephant: Delicious Fish Curry & Rice
The Blue Elephant is a multi-cuisine restaurant on an interesting side street packed with shops, guesthouses, and restaurants. With an extensive menu you'll find plenty of veg and non-veg options including a lot of seafood.
Usually when there are too many options/cuisines on a menu, food quality suffers. That wasn't the case here. The Blue Elephant is popular with tourists which is a good indication that with a fast turnover, food is fresh! Food, atmosphere, and service were good. Definitely good value for money.
- Family Travel
SUNRISE RESTAURANT & GUEST HOUSE: THE BEST SEA FOOD IN THE TOWN!!!
Hello, we spent a lovely three weeks at Sunrise in 2006 and it looks as if it has become EVEN better than when we were there.
We didn't plan to stay long in Mamallapurum (we had been travelling in India for months and were used to moving on fairly quickly) but the amazing people at Sunrise made it so we just didn't want to leave! At one point, we went to Pondicherry, and tearfully said farewell to Sunrise. 2 days later we realised how much we missed Sunrise, phoned them and they came to bring us back!
Wonderful food, views etc, but the people there are what really make it a memorable experience. We were treated like part of the family, and they seriously couldn't do enough for us.
Sunrise will always have a place in our hearts, and we really want to return one day.
Favorite Dish: Squid & Prawns!!!
- Food and Dining
Le Ritz Restaurant: Fabulous food !
I've been to Mamallapuram a number of times and find myself contantly drawn back to Le Ritz. The restaurant is at the back of the building and offers a quiet location, a choice of inside or courtyard dining and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The menu includes a good selection of tasty Indian dishes, excellent fresh seafood and a smattering of Chinese and Continental options.
As someone who prefers less touristy alternatives, that fact that Le Ritz attracts both Indian and foreign clientele appeals to me, as does the spotlessly clean kitchen !!
The owner, Kuber, is really friendly, and helpful, and fully understands the concept of good customer service. In fact I get the feeling that almost nothing would be too much trouble from ensuring my friends food is not spicy, while mine is, to giving us suggestions on what to do locally, buying my train ticket or arranging my car transfer back to Chennai airport.
Well worth a visit !
Favorite Dish: Grilled jumbo prawns. When I first saw this dish I wasn't sure as the prawns are covered in a black paste but the flavour really is to die for !
- Budget Travel
- Historical Travel
Nautilus: Gallic flavour
This place has a Gallic flavour about it as it's owned by a Frenchman so there's lots of crepes for desert on the menu. The menu also includes a lot of seafood such as big prawns (Rs260) and tiger prawns (Rs370), steaks (Rs160) plus the usual Indian fair. Food took a while to come and the waiters are a bit idiotic and jumpy.
Luna Magica: Best Lobsters I ever had!!
Located in Fisherman's colony.....first lane before Moon Racker. Go down the lane till you hit the sea beach....It's right there!! they have fish tank to store live catch.
Choose your pick and they will make your favourite dish.
From the fresh catch you also get Prawns, shrimps, squids, snappers....
Favorite Dish: Lobster roasted with butter garlic sauce!!
The Blue Elephant Restaurant is actually owned by the same people who run the Moonrakers. The menu, chefs, prices are all the same and the only different here is Blue Elephant is air conditioned. I see some local yuppies love to eat from Blue Elephant instead of Moonrakers partly due to the air conditioning which is hard to come by in India.
Blue Elephant is just the opposite of Moonrakers. If you sit long enough, you will realise that the foods are coming from both kitchens and sometime your food are brought over by the waiter from the other side of the street.
- Arts and Culture
This is a white snapper served fried with Moonrakers' special butter sauce. The first is quite big & we got good deal for this fish at Rs450 because the night before we also spend quite a lot in Moonrakers. In fact we almost make Moonrakers our one stop dining and service centre. I hired a moped here, dinner twice and lunch once also not forget to mention having the Ayurvedic massage here few hours before leaving Mamallapuram to airport.
I saw the guy sitting next table to us having big tiger prawn, if not because my fish is way too big i would have order that as well.
- Arts and Culture
Can't Recall: Seafood in Mamallapuram
This beachside restaurant had amazing food ~ and what a location! It's a fantastic place to kick back and relax, enjoying a Kingfisher (or other drink of choice). They prepared fresh fish for us. . .fries as well. It was simple, but extremely tasty food.
The restaurant in the photograph is not where we ate ~ but I took the picture from our restaurant's patio. So, if you can find the one in the photograph, you'll have located my recommendation as well.
- Budget Travel
The Wharf: A Mamallapuram 5 Star Paradise
There is great catch of the day fresh seafood. While you eat enjoy overlooking Temple Bay.
Favorite Dish: The Red Snapper grilled.
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