Chennai was always considered conservative – be it the calm nature of its people or the food scenario. Chennai has
become synonymous with its sambhar, softest idlis and crispy dosas. It would now come as a surprise for people to
witness the stunning restaurants Chennai has to offer. From the soothing beaches to starlit skylight outdoor spaces, from
pizzerias to nightspots, Chennai’s list of breathtaking places to eat busts all the myths. And here we present to you some
of the best spaces to dine out this summer and enjoy a cool breeze with your favourite dishes!
1. Bayroot, Green Meadows resort, Palavakkam
The East Coast Road, popularly known as ECR, has been bustling during the weekends, owing to the number of
aesthetic cafes propping up. A part of an ethnic concept based resort, Bayroot offers both indoor and outdoor dining.
With a beach feel to the interiors and plush outdoor seating , their Mediterranean is for the win. The Mezzeh platter is a
must try as is their seabass – grilled to perfection. A perfect place to spend an evening catching up with friends and
cocktails over good food and great music.
2. Le Amis, Chamiers road
A new age cafe with the right menu to attract kids and adults alike! Known for its wide range of gelatos and popsicles,
Le Amis also offers quite a few continental delicacies and flavoured coffees for the coffee lovers. What works for us is
their splendidly done rooftop dining – giving a feel of the Chennai life right in the middle of the city.
3. East Coast at Madras Square, Neelankarai
A resto pub situated in the unassuming lanes of Neelankari, it has one of the best ambience the city has to offer. With
indoors done splendidly and the outdoor seating spectacular, it is no wonder that this place is almost always crowded.
Their Thai cuisine is out of this world and with the right cocktail, your day is made. Dont forget to reserve well in
4. Amethyst, Gopalapuram
One of the first in teh cafe space, a trailblazer, Amethyst has stood the test of time and is still among Chennai's best
restaurants. An ancient property renovated into a modern glory, it is like a get away right in the heart of the city.
Antique furniture amongst greenery and fountains gives this place a unique touch. Do visit them for their coffee and
continental food! We almost forgot, there is an amazing flower shop right next to the cafe, perfect for your date night!
5. KokoMMo, Intercontinental, ECR
Dining with a view – If this term has a place tagged to it, it should be KokoMMo. This beachside outdoor dining in the
Intercontinental resort has the closest beach dining, along with some amazing dishes. Their grills are a must try as are
their food cocktails. Head here for a peaceful breezy evening!
6. Cafe De Paris, Cenotaph road
Resembling a Parisian cafe, Cafe De Paris, is known for its pleasant outdoorsy ambience. The indoor glass house like
space almost gives an outdoor feeling. A perfect way to spend a rainy day here with their latte and chocolate cake.
7. Up North, Raintree, Anna Salai
A view of the city lights on a breezy night with the perfect North Indian cuisine – thats Up North for you! Their
flavourful galoutis and kebabs will make you go back for more every single time. With many North Indian places in
Chennai, this restaurant serves a few of the best and authentic recipes, and if you havent tried it yet, what are you
8. The Mayflower, Palavakkam
A pan Asian restaurant, serving the best Asian dishes, The Mayflower has some really impressive dishes. Mountain
chill chicken is a must try and their Burmese khow suey chicken is lip smacking good. This restaurant offer indoor
seating with tastefully done interiors and also an outdoor seating by the pool, making way for a great evening!
9. Nolita, Khader Nawaz Khan road
A quaint little space giving a feeling of home, Nolita is best for short-eats and desserts. While you are there, and are
done appreciating the beauty of the place, do order their cheesy garlic bread and Chelsea vegetarian pizza. You will
thank us later!
10. Sage & Lavender, Alwarpet
One of the newest kid on the block, Sage & Lavender are all our French feels! Their glasshouse concept based indoor
and airy outdoor seating is all set to perfection. A limited menu, with all must try items. But our most favourite is of-
course their salted buttermilk cake an their Lindt chocolate cake. Needless to say, be prepared to hog!