Chennai, a city with deep rooted tradition and culture, definitely is one of the top foodie cities in India.
Apart from the numerous age-old temples, Marina beach and Rajinikanth to the recent Chennai
Super Kings, Chennai is popular for its authentic Tamil cuisine as well. For those who think the city is all about Sambhar and filter coffee, here is a list of the most popular and must-try restaurants serving a multitude of cuisines etching Chennai’s foodscape flavor-fully.
1. AB – Absolute Barbeques, T.Nagar:
Probably one of the busiest restaurants in town, always buzzing with people, irrespective of the day, this place is one of the best barbeques places in town. Their buffet has one of the most lavish spread, while being light on you pocket. Their barbequed prawns and pineapple are a must try. Pretty famous among corporates for their team dinners, this place is also an excuse to try out rare meat forms from rabbits to shark and octopus!
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2. That Mallu Joint, T.Nagar:
Don’t be duped by the restaurants indistinct view from the exterior view. One of the newest joints,
this place does not fail to impress you. Authentic Kerala stew/roasted egg curry with their signature
egg appams will leave you wanting for more. The Kaandhari paneer starter is easily one of the
best in the recent times. If coconut-dripping Kerala cuisine is what allures you, head to this place right
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3. The Flying Elephant, Park Hyatt, Guindy:
If fine dining and exotic culinary destination is what you are looking at, head to The Flying
Elephant in Park Hyatt. Known for its extravagant buffet and one of the best waffles in the city, this
restaurant is a celebration of flavours. With varied cuisines on its menu, this restaurant is typically
popular for the yummy Tiramisu and flavourful Pepperoni. A perfect place to enjoy both the
ambiance and the food!
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4. Ratna Cafe, Triplicane: When in Chennai, it is a sin to miss out on this legendary restaurant. Steaming hot sambhar from the steel bucket poured directly over the fluffy white idlies until they are completely soaked is a treat to the eyes and your tastebuds. Other than the must try idli-sambhar, their ghee roast dosa is also to die for.
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5. Avartana, ITC Grand Chola, Guindy:
South Indian food with a twist! Who would have thought! Well, Avartana does just that with its
degustation menu. With its seven course and nine course meal, with all the south Indian staple
dishes, but with a modern take gives you the feel of being part of an experiment. Fond memories of
the infused tomato rasam and the malabar parotta keep coming back, nudging you to visit this place
for more such experiences.
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6. Pumpkin Tales, Alwarpet:
If you are looking to enjoy pan-Asian delicacies and are tired of the usual hang outs, Pumpkin Tales
is the place for you. Their Pumpkin soup is out of the world and their breakfast and smoothie bowls
offer many a healthy choices for the conscious. They also offer quite a few vegan options – in short
something delicious for everyone.
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7. J.Hind, GRT, T.Nagar:
A restaurant has to be exceptionally outstanding if you want to keep going back to the same place
every time. J.Hind is one such outstanding restaurant, be it the ambiance with the intricately carved
Chettinad teak doors, Rajinified menu or the authentic Mughalai food served. The uniqueness of
this place is the techniques implemented with the desi food. A special shout out about their chats
and nitrogen cake! Visit this, you will not regret!
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8. Kakada RamPrasad, Sowcarpet:
If you have ever visited Sowcarpet, your visit would not have been complete without the chat from
Kakada Ramprasad. Passed down through generations, this place has one of the best chats, Bengali
sweets and buffet lunch. Their badam milk, loaded with badam and pista shavings makes you drool
just at the thought of it in your mind! Always crowded, you have to really agile to find your way in
and place your order!
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9. Gossip Fusion Bistro, Kanathur:
The one place where every visit brings a smile to your face! Located on the ECR road, this place
stands out both in its ambiance and quality of food. Their prawn melon soup was spot on as was
their prawn olivetti. So mush love for this place which cannot be put into words, you have to visit it
to experience the magical flavours!
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10. Absolute Thai, Teynampet:
If you are a Thai food enthusiast, Benjarong would have been your choice in Chennai since forever. Here’s one that beat other Thai restaurants in the city with its authentic flavors. Their Babycorn with chilli paste
and raw mango salad are lip smacking. Not to forget the Tom Yum Soup and Pad Thai Noodles.
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