New in town? To get the flavour of the city, check out what Laila & gang recommend as THE places to eat in Chennai. It could be ambience, the crowd or the fact that the place has stood the test of time for scores of years. This is a not-to-miss list.
Twilight Takeout is a Take-out / Delivery concept that’s open to serve the people of Chennai with food through the night. Yes, that’s right they are open from 7pm to 7am - new concept that is going to revolutionize Chennai's restaurant scene. Offering a wide array of food, i.e. Tandoori, Indian, Chinese and a little bit of Continental too, these guys rock through the night. Contact details
Bay Leaf is a simple restaurant with modest interiors and has a relaxed atmosphere to it. The menu covers the popular varieties of North Indian cuisine Frontier, Punjabi, Lucknowi and Bengali. The restaurant is not very crowded and is a good place to enjoy a quiet meal with friends or family. The Lucknowi biryanis, kathi rolls are kebabs are very popular. They are also appreciated for the Bengali cuisine. Their quantities of each portion are quite large and the prices are very reasonable. Contact details
This beach-side Italian restaurant is famous for its delicious authentic Italian food. The restaurant serves almost everything and anything that is Italian pizzas, pastas, lasagna, tiramisu and more. The menu also features salads, burgers, hot dogs etc. In true Italian style, the dishes are cooked with traditional Italian ingredients and small doses of spices. Based on the availability of materials in the local markets, the items on the menu also change. The ambience is quite lovely with cool breeze wafting in from the sea. They also have a branch on Nungambakkam High Road. Contact details
Flower Drum is a 100% vegetarian restaurant that serves Chinese, Thai, Malay and Vietnamese cuisines. The restaurant has a sophisticated ambience and is perfect for a relaxed meal with friends or a quiet, romantic dinner with your partner. The service is prompt and the food is less on oil and spices. The menu covers everything from soups, starters and fresh juices to dim sums, satays, noodles and some mouthwatering, tongue-twisting desserts. The restaurant imports its special vegetarian sauces and its dishes are a riot of aromas, colours, textures and tastes. Contact details
This is a well-known restaurant chain that has several outlets in various parts of Chennai. The menu is primarily Kerala cuisine featuring appams, seafood like crab, pomfret, sear fish and prawns, and also beef, chicken and lamb dishes. You can also have the traditional Kerala payasam for dessert. A unique feature of Kumarakom is that the waiters themselves step up to the mike and render beautiful Malayalam movie songs that are a treat to the ears. The food here is spicy and the restaurant is always packed. Contact details