If you are bored of eating at the same restaurants over and over again, these 3 new eateries in Chennai should get you out of your funk.
Annalaya Veg Restaurant, Nungambakkam
Meaning ‘Temple of Food’ in Sanskrit, this South Indian restaurant has been drawing in hordes of veggie-lovers since its unveiling. Replacing the old Jeevan Café at Jaganathan Road, Annalaya serves traditional Tamil food and a few North Indian and Chinese dishes are thrown in. We were fans of the Special Masala Dosai (Rs 75), Hubli Thatte Idli (Rs 39) and the perfectly made Filter Coffee (Rs 32). Also great was the Signature Meal (Rs 180) featuring local favourites such as beetroot pachadi, keerai masiyal, vendaikai more kozhambhu and garlic podi. If you go here for dinner, try the interesting Jackfruit Biryani (Rs 190) and finish off your meal with Gulab Jamuns with Ice Cream (Rs 85). Annalaya is almost always packed, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait for a bit before getting in.
Price: Rs 500 for two
Timings: 7 am to 11 pm
Kottaiyur Vilas, Koyambedu
Located in the popular Gold Mine hotel at Koyambedu, this casual dining restaurant is the place you want to go to if you want to indulge in Chettinad spreads, characterised by generous doses of pepper and local spices such as star anise and cumin. The USP here is the spicy and richly-flavoured Nattu Koli Chicken Masala (Rs 180). Some of the other must-try items are Crab Pepper Masala (Rs 160), Rabbit Roast (Rs 250), Guntoor Chicken (Rs 160) and Karandi Omelette (Rs 50 for 3 pieces). Head there on Sundays, and you can give the mouth-watering Brain Fry (Rs 180) a try too. The great service and central location, in addition to the food, ensures that Kottaiyur gets a fair share of foodies on a daily basis.
Price: Rs 600 for two
Timings: 8.30 am to 11.30 pm
Marina Kitchen, Santhome
Since no one can seem to get enough of Thai and Chinese cuisine, we have the brand new Marina Kitchen at the Santhome Inn. With a moderately priced menu and enough options, the restaurant is already becoming a popular joint. Try out one of their many soups and dive into the starters – we found the Chilli Garlic Potato (Rs 175) and Crispy Lamb Honey Chilli (Rs 345) were well-seasoned and just right. Being a multi-cuisine restaurant, the Marina Kitchen also serves Indian food, but their Thai cuisine is what sets them apart. They also have Corporate Meal Boxes (Veg – Rs 300/ Non Veg – Rs 325) packed with an entire course – starting with a salad and ending with a dessert.
Price: Rs 1,000 for two
Timings: 6 am to 10 am, Noon to 3 pm, 6 pm to 11 pm