Food of Chennai

Chennai?s local cuisine consists of traditional South Indian food such as sambar, dosas and idlis. Ranging from street side stalls to upscale restaurants, you can enjoy a complete gourmet experience in Chennai.

Chennai like any sparkling city that is constantly growing and expanding in all its spheres, fosters a cuisine that provides countless options. The city has a vibrant street food culture as well as well laid out and flattering fine dining experiences. While you can try a number of cuisines and foods here, one must not miss what Chennai is known for- traditional and authentic South-Indian cuisine. Hence do not miss the filter coffee as well as items like Idli, Dosa, Appam, Vada, Upma, Sambhar, Parotha, Chettinad Chicken, Pepper Chicken, Chicken Stew, Sweet Pongal, Kesari, Payasam and much more. Read more about Street Food in Chennai.

Here is a list of some amazing Cafes in Chennai

Here are the top 31 restaurants in Chennai:

1. Murugan Idli Shop

No. 46/13, North Usman Road, T. Nagar, Postal Colony, T.Nagar Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017 
7 AM to 11 PM
INR 200

2. Junior Kuppanna

W122, W Block, 3rd Avenue, Anna Nagar East, Chennai 
South Indian, Chinese, Biryani, Fast Food, North Indian
12 Noon to 4 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM

Impeccable kitchen and flavoured thalis served in plantain leaves is their speciality. Junior Kuppanna is frenzied chennai mess that has so many branches across the city. Try their traditional tamilian cuisine.

3. Chap Chay

At Chap Chay, a reasonable price buys you unlimited bowls of stir fry. It is a pan asian restaurant that's a bit pricey, yet a favourite among Thai curry lovers. Don't forget to try their Zingy Thai.

4. Ciclo Cafe

A cycle shop-cum cafe is a popular food chain that's known for it's extensive international menu and funky interiors. They serve everything from exotic scottish salmon to smoothies and cold beverages.

5. Rayars Mess

With limited menu of homestyled south indian dishes, Rayars Mess is a crowded eatery at most times during the day. The family run restaurant has everything from idlis for breakfast to Thalis for lunch at reasonable prices.

6. Nair Mess

22, Mohammed Abdullah, 2nd Street, Opposite Chepauk Stadium, Chepauk, Triplicane, Chennai 
South Indian, Biryani
11 AM to 3 PM, 7 PM to 10 PM (Mon-Sat), 11 AM to 3 PM (Sun)

Located across from the Chepauk Stadium, Nair Mess pulls in large daily crowds with its scrumptuous south indian seafood dishes. The meals here are served piping hot on banana leaves and are quite affordable. The crispy fish fries and spicy masala prawn are highly recommended.

7. Kumarakom

Shop No. 27/28, Velachery Main Rd, Vijaya Nagar Extension Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600042 
North-Indian, Kerala, Chinese
7:30 AM to 9:30 AM, 12 Noon to 4 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM
INR 450

8. Hotel Saravana Bhavan

70, Kabaleeswarar Temple, North Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai, India 
South-Indian, North-Indian
7 AM to 10 PM
INR 300

9. Enté Keralam

1, Poes Garden, Kasturi Estate, 1st Street, Alwarpet, Chennai, India 
12 Noon to 3 PM, 7 PM to 10:30 PM
INR 750

10. Kryptos by Willi

New No. 18 and Old No. 24 Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Srirampuram, Thousand Lights West, Nungambakkam Srirampuram, Thousand Lights West, Thousand Lights Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600034 
Mediterranean, SeaFood, Mexican
12:30 PM to 3:30 PM, 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM
INR 400-600

11. Amethyst

Surrounded by a colonial setting, Amethyst in Chennai serves local as well as international delicacies. With well-spaced tables and cosy ambience, the restaurant also has a flower shop and a cafe as well.

12. Peshawri

Peshawri is for those who love north Indian flavours. Their exotic dishes include Mughlai as well, serving all kinds of varieties to satiate your cravings. Well-lit dining hall with both bright and dark colours add on to its beautiful ambience.

13. Copper Chimney

2nd Floor, Phoenix Market City, Indira Gandhi Nagar, Velachery, Chennai 
North Indian, Mughlai, Biryani
12noon ? 4pm, 7pm ? 11pm (Mon-Sun)

14. Annalakshmi

With an elegant banqueting space, Annalakshmi is the most sought after place in Chennai. They have a handful of Thalis to offer. Annalakshmi also has a banquet hall that can accommodate 600 people.

15. Writer's Cafe

With over 13,000 titles,Writer's Cafe is a popular chain that's a cafe-cum-library. Browse through their Higginbotham's bookshop while you sip your coffee and try their pastas and pastries as well.

16. Chamiers

A stylish vintage styled cafe, Chamiers is a bubbly italian restaurant serving salads and all day breakfasts. Try their croissants and cappuccino.

17. Raintree

Relish a variety of north and south indian cuisines at Raintree restaurant. A 24-hour multicuisine restaurant, this place has a sky lounge and a bar.

21. Murugan Idli Shop

This eatery is a small establishment with a big heart. Their signature soft idlis, accompanied with their assortment of chutneys, have gained them a large loyal following over the years. Their 'Jigarthanda', a concoction of milk, ice cream and sabudana is favourite among patrons looking to cool off in the summers.

22. Mehta Brothers

Bringing one of Maharastra's iconic staples to the city, this tiny sweet shop serves up some of the best Vada-Pav one can find.

23. Seena Bhai Tiffin Centre

Running for over 37 years, Seena Bhai Tiffin Centre's offering of ghee onion uttapams has won hearts in Chennai and beyond. There is no seating here, but that doesn't stop crowds from thronging to this eatery to try their ghee coated delicacies while standing.

24. Benjarong

146, TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai, India 
12:30 PM to 3 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM
INR 2000

25. Tuscana Pizzeria

19, 3rd Street, Wallace Garden Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai, India 
12 Noon to 11:30 PM
INR 1600

26. Double Roti

Double Roti is a food chain in Chennai with an exhaustive list of items on the menu. From quick bites to full course meals, this restaurant serves fusion cuisine as well. Donâ??t forget to try their Corn fusion quesadilla.

27. Mamagoto

Shop 9, Oyster Building, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 
Japanese, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Asian
12noon â?? 11:30pm (Mon-Sun)

With open kitchen and a manga themed restaurant, this place serves south-east asian styled delicacies and street food. There's a wide range of deep fried and steamed delectables that you cannot give a miss.

28. Dakshin

Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park, TTK Road, Austin Nagar, Alwarpet, Chennai 
South Indian, Kerala, Andhra
12:30pm â?? 2:45pm, 7pm â?? 11:15pm (Mon-Sun)

Dakshin serves every cuisine from the Dakshin(south). Popular for its kerala, tamil nadu, Andhra and karnataka cuisines, the decor as well mimics southern ethnic style.

29. Jannal Kadai

A street food joint in Chennai, Jannal Kadai serves hot bajjis, pooris and vadas all day. Blue windows next to mylapore temple is the landmark for a hot and crispy delight.

30. Ratna Caf?

Traditional South Indian vegetarian meals served with every bit of homeliness is what Ratna Cafe has been famous for over the years. Known for their unique idli and signature sambhar, expect to find it crowded on most days. Apart from their traditional offerings, a variety of North Indian dishes are also served here.

31. Madras Masala

With an ever-attentive service at its helm, Madras Masala's churns out top restaurant quality food with a cafeteria-like speed. Its menu has an extensive range of both north Indian and south Indian cuisine with even light Chinese snacks offered too.

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