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Critic´s Review

  • Food: 4.5 / 5
  • Service: 4 / 5
  • Decor: 4 / 5

-By Ameeta Agnihotri

Bathed in romantic moonlight or under the sparkling stars at night, Raintree turns into a dream come true location. Beginning with the walk through the long pathway lined with century old stone carvings and shady trees, you would be transported into the fascinating little world of Raintree. And thus begins the experience. The old restaurant was lovely, but the new one is stunning. Chettinad reflects in its decor, beginning with the traditional thinnai, typical pillars and extended roof. Comfortable seating, including private nooks and great food keep you anchored for the next few hours as you enjoy an impeccable meal, Vivanta style. The ingredients are as authentic and the recipes as close to tradition as they can possibly be. Should you desire it, a live trolley dishing out dosas and appams could trundle across to your table for some engaging, hot action. Vegetarians could indulge in the Urullakkizhangu Podi Perattal - baby potatoes, tossed in gun powder with curry leaves and ghee and Cauliflower Varuval - cauliflower florets, fried crisp and tossed in yoghurt, green chilli and curry leaves. The non vegetarians have a plethora of choices, right from the Tiger Prawns Roast - fresh tiger prawns tossed in a Chettinad spice mix or Kozhi Sukkah Varuval - spicy deep fried chicken tossed with a typical mix of curd, green chillies and sesame seeds. Staunch loyalists will still find their favourites on the menu, including Karuveppelai Yera, Meen Manga Kozhambu and the Vazhaipoo Vada. Of course you must end your meal with sweet somethings, and when at Raintree, the Elaneer Payasam is compulsory.

The Raintree
  • Food: 4.5 5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Decor: 2

Review posted last week

The restaurant has interestingly arranged in little nooks where one can eat in peace.
Guests insist on amuse-bouche platter, with its complicated tastes and textures hitting the palate all at once, making you reach out for more.
Deep green palak leaves are presented along with diced ginger, onion, lemon juice, red cillis, shredded dry coconut, peanuts and a rich brown jaggery sauce. For food, non vegetarians must have the Gai Hor Baitaey - chicken chunks wrapped in pandanus leaves, deep fried and served with a hot chilli sauce.

The Raintree
  • Food: 3.5 5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Decor: 3.5

Review posted this month

Went here a couple of days back for dinner. It costs 1000 plus tax per person. The soup they serve tastes really good. The starters eere served at the table and were a little spicy for me. But there was a huge variety of side dishes available at the buffet table and all of it tasted good.

They serve you pizzas, pastas and dosas at the table. There's also north indian, an array of side dishes for the naan and rotis. Very little choice in Chinese. But the dumplings was an excellent one. There's a veriety of desserts but half if them are not so great . Good pudding and cake. Lovely ice cream make you own sundaes.

Favorite Dishes / Drinks: wine

The Raintree
  • Food: 5 5
  • Service: 5
  • Decor: 5

Review posted within last 6 month

The Raintree is an innovative, social conscious concept that provides hotels committed to enhancing the guests experience while setting a new standard of environmental responsibility. This is done by educating and enlightening staff and cultivating relationships with the community - all while hosting the guest in an unparalleled atmosphere of comfort and style.

The Raintree is a Chettinad Restaurant best known for Chettinad food and is located at Vivanta by Taj Connemara, 2, Ground Floor, Binny Road, Anna Salai, Express Estate, Thousand Lights, Chennai, 600002. The Raintree (Chettinad Restaurant) also serves and and South Indian. Get reviews, Rating, Menu and Address of The Raintree Chettinad Restaurant at Timescity.

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