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The Flying Elephant at The Park Hyatt 
The multi-level restaurant sure does impress with its design, size and layout, A tall glass facade on one side overlooks a water body. The restaurant features two live bars and a dance floor at the ground level,  an open deck with seating area near the water body and a private dining area at the top level. But this is where all the good things end and reality bites. Bite into the food and you will find it very ordinary even though you pay a very fancy price for it. Starters & main course failed to hit the right spot, the service i must say was just acceptable. What turned out to be a surprise was the dessert as we were not expecting much, However it turned out to be the best thing all evening. So am thinking being new the Flying Elephant has not found its rhythm yet, it would take sometime for its chefs & staff to get its act together,  the ingredients are all there but they need to make the magic happen, Hopefully soon ! 
Location: # 39 Velachery Main Rd, Guindy. Ph: 044 7177 1234
Food: Average, Ambience: Very Good, Service: Average, Overall Experience: Average
SAMCO ( Multi-cuisine restaurant )
This has to be among the most popular restaurants in Chennai. Its popular with the students, working executives, the rich & the famous.  Yes, many celebrities are among regular patrons of Samco, the most famous being Actor Kamalahasan. Recently the restaurant has undergone a major refurbishment to keep up with the times. The specialty of Samco is South Indian non-vegetarian food, although their North Indian dishes are equally good. They make great parrota's, mutton biriyani, chicken 65, Ceylon egg parotta among others. Must try if you love non-vegetarian food. 
Location: 174 Eldams Road, Teynampet (Near Alwarpet signal)
Food: Very good, Ambience: Good, Service: Good, Overall experience: Good 
Kryptos by Willi -  Greek cuisine
Kryptos a restaurant serving Greek cuisine is a signature restaurant by Chef Willi of Tuscana Kryptos Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. The restaurant is not too big with an average ambience, in fact I found the place very noisy. I was not too keen on the buffet of veg starters. However, all that was made up by the main courses, the Chicken, beef & prawn dishes were excellent. The desserts did not let us down either. Definitely recommend the restaurant to people who enjoy Mediterranean cuisine or not :)
Reservation is recommended, call : +91-44-4503 8001
Location: Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam. Timing: 12.30 pm - 3.30 pm & 6.30 pm - 11.30 pm. 
Food: Very good, Service: Good, Ambience: Average, Overall experience: Good
Khandhani Rajdhani (Express Avenue Mall)
Rajdhani is a vegetarian restaurant serving Rajasthani thali. Its a very different experience for people used to having south indian thali. Considering the thali is Price of Rs.375 per thali, you get to taste about 30 different items and the food is unlimited too. The service is quite good & fast but since the waiters are mostly Rajasthani they can speak & understand only Hindi. Though the food is great, its most suited to the north Indian palette, south Indians raised on a spicy diet might not really take to it immediately. 
Level-3, Express Avenue Mall, Whites Road, Royapettah, Chennai - 600014.  Mr. Ezhilarasan.J - 9003738125, 044-28464422/33.
Food: Good, Ambience : Good, Service: Good: Over all experience : Good.
Beyond Indus at The Taj Cub House, Mount Road Chennai 
The Indian restaurant serves cuisine from the Indus region i.e from provinces like Punjab (pakistn), Rawalpindi, Sindh etc. The mutton Biriyani is excellent, there are variety of Indian breads but the Nans were just alright. The lamb dishes were however cooked just right. The desserts are limited, but you could always request them for menu from one of the other restaurants. The service as always at the Taj, very good. The restaurant itself I would say is positioned more towards the business traveler.   
Food: Good, Ambience: Good, Service: Very good, Over all experience: Good. 
NH1, fine-dining restaurant, 20 Pycrofts Garden Road, Haddows Road, Nungambakkam.Tel: 28263000, 9500140326 
NH1 is a fine dining restaurant that serves kashmiri, mughlai & punjabi food. The kebabs & Indian breads (Roti & Nan) are really good. The curries are just right and not too spicy. But some might find the Biriyani a little bland. The portions of all dishes are good, the restaurant is expensive as it is fine-dining and in a boutique ambience. 
Food: Very good, Service: Good, Ambience: Very good, Over all experience: Very good.
Fusion 9, 2nd Floor, Aruna Centre, 145 Sterling Road, Nungambakkam. Tel: 42664299, 9790760934 
Fusion 9 has more a feel of a lounge bar than a restaurant but mind you the global cuisine does not disappoint, the restaurant serves world favorite dishes such as sushi, calamari, Thai curries & the wood fired pizza's. The restaurant also serves a buffet for lunch & value combo meals. The bar also offers a wide range of cocktails but choice of wine is limited. The place with its minimalist but cozy interiors ideal for catching up with friends over a drink before moving onto a meal. 
Food:  Very Good, Service: Good, Overall experience: Very Good 
Benjarong - Thai restaurant at T.T.K Rd, Alwarpet.
Though the familiar ambience of the restaurant feels stale & boring, the spice & aroma of Thai food stirs your soul. The food is still very good & the staff very courteous.  The space however definitely needs a makeover. 
Food: Very good, Service: Very Good, Ambience: Stale!
KEFI - The rooftop Mediterranean restaurant  at the Taj Club House, Mount road. 
The restaurant serves cuisine from Greece, Turkey, Spain, Morocco and Lebanon. Somehow I find the place more interesting than the food itself. The open dining area is adjoining the pool. A great place to share a good bottle of wine with some good friends after a long day. A word of caution though, the place can get really windy, So ladies if you don't want want your hair messed up, suggest you move to the enclosed area. 
Food: Good, Service: Good
ID - Traditional south Indian restaurant @ Sathyam Cineplex 
Although this restaurant is more for patrons visiting Sathyam Cinema, we felt it deserved a mention in our page. The restaurant serves traditional south Indian food but not in a typical ambience ambience like Sangeetha's or Saravana's.  The ambience is modern almost like a fine dining restaurant.  The food is very good, the service quick and courteous. Definitely worth a visit the next time you go for a movie at Sathyam Cineplex
Food: Very good, Ambience: Good, Service: Very good
Pasta Bar Veneto, T.Nagar 
This is the second in the chain of pasta bars promoted by Fifth Avenue Hospitality. This brand new outlet has confirmed Pasta bar Veneto as serious player in the food business. The larger  restaurant is certainly impressive, the interiors are certainly more Tuscan than any other Italian restaurant in the city. There is also an open to sky area of those who enjoy smoking hookah's...hookah's? now this sounds more Mediterranean isn't it?.  Well the food still remains truly Italian, the thin crust pizza's and pasta's are quite good, definitely a place I would visit again with friends.  While the service of staff is good, the orders take a long time to arrive. So if you are in a hurry this is not the place to go to.  
 Food: Very good, Service: Good, Over all dining experience: Good 
Above Sea Level - Rain Tree Hotel   
The rooftop restaurant at this Eco hotel is easily one of the best rooftop restaurant in the city. The Eco friendly touch extends all the way to the rooftop, the restaurant is spacious, breezy and offers a  good view of the city. The restaurant offers a good list of cocktails and other alcoholic beverages to start the night with. The food menu is not exhaustive but good enough to offer a variety. The service is very courteous and prompt. 
Food: Very good, Service: Very good, Over all dining experience : Very good 
Mainland China - Chinese restaurant at Quality Inn Aruna Complex, Sterling rd. 
Good Chinese food with Indian service...the service is really slow at times especially during the weekends. Food still tastes good but would put it a notch down than before. However the buffet lunch is quite popular. They serve alcohol but unfortunately do not stock wine which is quite disappointing. Be sure to make reservations during the weekend. 
Food: Very good, Service: Slooow, Over all dining experience: Good
Cascade - Chinese restaurant @ Khader Nawaz Khan Road   
Cascade continues to be popular with Chennai's elite, Loyal patrons who visit time & again to enjoy the great food & good service. The new restaurant at KNK road is more spacious and the ambience does not disappoint.    
Food: Great , Service : Good, Over all dining experience: Very Good
Hip Asia - Pan Asian restaurant at Vivanta by Taj Connemara  
Hip Asia serves selective dishes from countries across the Asian region such as Japan, Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam. The restaurant offers an authentic experience of the tastes of Asia. Hip Asia also has a Teppanyaki counter manned by expert chefs serving mouth watering dishes. Though the ambience is relaxed, its more formal where business people can unwind after a hard day with their associates. The restaurant also has some good wine on their wine list. 
Food: Very good, Service: Excellent, Over all dining experience : Very good
Veneto Pasta Bar - at Alsa Mall, Montieth Road. 
A good Italian restaurant which serves good pastas, pizza's & juices but without ripping your pocket. Though the restaurant is small, its quite comfortable and has a relaxed feel. 
Food: Good, Service: Good.  
Copper Point at Hotel GRT Grand Days  
The restaurant serves traditional dishes of north & south India. We however recommend the South Indian dishes to relish.  Their appams are almost perfect and served with some great curries. The restaurant is definitely one of the best for South Indian cuisine. 
Food: Excellent, Service: Very good, Over all experience: Very good. 
Absolute, Pod Hotel -  Cuisine: Californian, Asian fusion ( Khader Nawaz Khan road )
The styling of the restaurant truly has a international feel. Minimalist design with large scenic windows and glass roof  almost makes it feel like you are sitting on a outdoor deck. The place has a relaxed feel and everybody seems less hurried, unfortunately that included the service. The food is more suited to the western palette, tasty nevertheless and they do have a good list of cocktails & some good wines. If you are looking to have a quiet evening with long conversations then this would be a good choice, unfortunately the restaurant is pricey as in the five star category. 
Food: Good, Service: Reasonable , Over all experience: Good  
The Golden Dragon - Chinese cuisine ( Taj Coramandel, Nungambakkam )
Golden Dragon at the Taj continues to be one of the finest restaurant for Chinese cuisine in the city. The service was slack the last time around though, unexpected from Taj Hotels which usually offers great dining experience in most of its restaurants.  First, we were made to wait for our tables in spite of reservation, when we turned up in person we found that more than enough tables were empty. Second, our table seemed invisible right in the middle of the restaurant.  I was also disappointed with the Italian wine recommended. To make it all up the food was wonderful, no complaints there. 
Food: Very good, Service: surprisingly everyone seemed lost, Ambience: No complaints.. its the Taj! Overall dining experience: Good, but  could be excellent if they step it up a notch!. 
The Dhaba - Punjabi food (Radhakrishnan salai)  
Dhaba still serves great Punjabi food, good kebabs & roti's. Let down at  times are the curry's especially the ghost roganjosh. The service at the restaurant is good and they still serve cold beer in steel tumblers.  
Food: Good, Service: Good, Overall dining experience: Good.  
Tuscana Pizzeria  ( Italian restaurant )
Great place for pizza's and pasta's, Some excellent Italian recipes from 'chef Wili Wilson' who is also the COO  will want you coming back for more to Tuscana. The name Tuscana also refers to Tuscany or Tuscan region in Italy. Over all the ambience of the place is quite comfortable. The the pricing though is on the higher side, but when you are located on up-market wallace garden road and dishing out excellent international receipes its justified :). Tuscana is open till 2 am on Friday & Saturday nights and that should make it popular with late night party people. 
Food: Very good, Ambience: Good, Service: Very Good, Overall dining experience: Good
Garden Cafe at GRT Radisson - Global cuisine 
The multi-cuisine lunch buffet is something not to be missed at the Garden cafe. The spread is quite wide and enticing. There is counter for chat and tava items too. For the diet conscious jet setting  traveler there is  an exclusive section of sugar free desserts. The all day restaurant also serves a multi-cuisine breakfast buffet. You can also choose from the a la carte menu for lunch or dinner but I recommend the lunch buffet. The experience does not end with lunch, don't be surprised if you get a caricatured picture of yourself done by a young artist. 
 Food: Very good, Ambience: Good, Service: Very Good, Overall dining experience: Very Good
Anytime - GRT Grand (T.Nagar) - Multi-cuisine restaurant 
'Anytime' as the name goes is the 24 hour coffee shop at the GRT Grand.
This is the one of the best casual multi-cuisine restaurants if you are looking to get a quick meal at anytime of the day or to catch up with your friends for coffee & snacks. The place also serves a decent buffet lunch with a good spread. 
 Food: Good, Service: Good, Ambience: is Average. Overall dining experience: Good! 
601 (The Park, N.H.Road) - Multi-cuisine restaurant 
601 at The Park Hotel is one of the best round the clock restaurants in Chennai. The ambience is nice, simple and spacious. There is a pasta bar which serves a great variety of Italian pasta dishes. There is also wide range to choose from Indian to International dishes in the 601 menu. The restaurant also serves excellent pizza's.  There is a wine room within 601 for a more private dining experience. The downside is slow service at times even when the restaurant has few customers.  
 Food: is very good, Service: Could be better, Ambience: is good!. Overall dining experience: Very good! 
Moonraker (Mahabalipuram, town) - Multi-cuisine, Sea food restaurant 
This is probably one of the best non-veg restaurants if you are not looking at the  'star' hotels in Mahabalipuram town. Nothing great about the place if you look at the interiors or the location but if you love sea food this is the place to be. The service is good and fast. The restaurant is quite popular with many in the city and foreign tourists. By the way they also serve liquor which is a strong selling point to customers who just want to chill.  So next time you are down ECR try the restaurant. 
  Food: is good!, Service: Fast!.  
Kabul - (on TTK Road, Alwarpet) - Tandoori, Peshwari food 
The once upon a time popular restaurant in the city is still doing great business. The interior is more brighter and pleasant against the dark know not what thou eat lighting of cave man days. The food is still good especially the if you like Indian breads. They also serve beer a rarity among Chennai stand alone restaurants. 
 Food: is still good, Service: as always, Ambience: Improved, Overall dining experience: Hey they serve beer!
Kebab factory @ The Radisson GRT - Kebabs
This is a must experience restaurant in the city. If you are a kebab lover you definitely will love the 'Kebab factory'. The food is great and the entire experience will keep you coming back for more. Though the hotel is far from the city on the GST road close to the airport, its worth the distance. Please make reservations before you make the trip all the way. A set menu is  served to you. It consists of a welcome drink followed by salad, 5-6 varieties of kebab  Biriyani or Indian breads and final course of 4-5 types Indian desserts. 
 Food: Awesome!, Service: Very Good!, Ambience: ok!, Overall dining experience: Very good!. 
'Lemon Grass', - Chinese restaurant at Hotel Rain Tree
A little disappointing ......The restaurant is authentic as any Indian Chinese restaurant but the food is good & spicy should appeal to the Indian taste buds. When we ordered for the dumpling.. our waiter's response was that it would take 25 mins as if he was discouraging us from ordering the dish. Finally it did arrive after nearly an hour just as we finished our main course. So we had it more like a dessert rather than a starter.  The number of patrons the entire time we were there was not more than 6 including us(3). Ok! it was a weekday, a Thursday lunch hour. Hey how many people go out for lunch on a thursday??..hmm!. So pls don't order for a dumpling unless you want it as a dessert. 
Food: is good!, Service: ok! i guess, Ambience: good!, Overall dining experience: hmm!...decent!
'Rainbow' at Hotel Rain Tree (24/7 Multi-Cuisine Restaurant)  
The Hotel itself deserves a special mention as it is the only eco-hotel in the city. The staff at the hotel right are very courteous. The ambience is modern and the entire dining experience at the 'Rainbow'  was very pleasant & relaxed.. The Buffet had an excellent spread for both Non-vegetarians & vegetarians. 
Service: Very good!, Food: Good!, Ambience: ok !, Overall Dining Experience: Good!.   
Prego - Italian fine dining restaurant (Taj Coramandel)  
The restaurant is undoubtedly the finest Italian restaurant in the City. The wine list is excellent with an accent on Italian wines. The restaurant is serious experience in the art of fine dining.  Don't go there if you are looking for pizza's. Interiors are only let down in the evenings as it is brightly lit and tables too big for a romantic evening. If you make a reservation ask for seating near the pool side, there is an extended dining area overlooking the picturesque pool. 
Service: The Best!, Food: Excellent!, Ambience: Good (but ask for the pool side), Wine list: Excellent!, Overall Dining Experience: Great! 
Pergola - The roof top restaurant at  Accord Metropolitan ( Multi-cuisine )
As it is with most roof top restaurants ...the view is marvelous!    
The decor is mostly aluminum alloy panel which clads every part of the building, Its dull!. 
The bar area is the best part of the restaurant. They cocktails are bad specially one called 'Bull in China shop' , interesting name but tasted awful. When told about it ...they did not seem to mind serving their customers with this awful drink...hmmm!. The starters take a long to arrive that its better you order the the main course without wasting much time. We ordered from the grill menu, we got cold chicken breasts n lukewarm lamb chops with Mongolian marinade along with mashed potato served with macaroni with red sauce. The lamb chop tasted good could've been better if it was warm. Less said about the mashed potato. Well at least there was good breeze.   
Service: Poor!, Food: Average !, Ambience: Ok !, Brreeze: Great! , View: hmmm!
Overall Dining Experience: Just Average!    
Compared with the city's other well known roof top restaurants...roof top Pergola is far below in overall experience. 

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Specialized restaurants serving international cuisine           
Teppanyaki At Cilantro - Le Royal Meridien
( Near St.Thomas Mount ) Chennai tel: 22314343
18, Kasthuri estate, 1st street, Alwarpet, Chennai. Tel: 24671949
Don Pepe
73, Cathedral Rd, Chennai - 2811 0413
 Spanish Tapas (short eats)
Zara Tapas (Pub lunch)
Cathedral Rd.
Lotus - The Park
601, Anna Salai.
TTK Road, Alwarpet. 
Hip Asia - Taj Connemara
Commander in Chief Road 
Main Land China - Quality Inn Aruna, Sterling Road. 
Shangai Club - Chola Sheraton, Cathedral Rd. 
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