June 02, 2009

Foodies Lane of Chennai that starts at Mahatma Gandhi and ends at Uttamar Gandhi

This particular stretch I am talking about in Chennai, actually consists of 3 roads; Starting at Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai starts at Mahatma Gandhi Statue, passes through Cathedral Road and goes all the way under the flyover, into Uttamar Gandhi Salai (better known as Nungambakkam High Road) and bangs into Nungai Amman Koil!

Borrowing Mountroad Mahavishnu’s clichéd lines – this is a stretch, with a taste of almost every cuisine to suit most of the budget ranges, and tickle the taste buds of veggies and non-veggies alike (this particular part of the sentence from the previous comma, till the start of in-note, is dedicated to the reluctant cliché-gourmet Shonali Muthalaly).

Let us start and list down:

Gandhi Beach – Beach eateries and Sagar Resturant
On the Southern Side
Radhakrishnan Salai
Manhattan Square (or something like that) – till sometime back Hotel Palimar had a counter, not sure if it is still there; don’t know about the taste of food here though
Chennai CitiCenter and its
Food Court housing
Hotel Sangeetha (and their lipsmacking sambar vadais),
Subway
Pizza Corner (or Hut?)
Gangothri
Good fruit and smoothie shop
Gelato (GOddamnly expensive but heavenly tasting ice cream shop)
Lavazza/Barista
Little Italy (and their amazing pastas)
Chinese food shop (sorry forgot their name)
Halal Shop (again forgot their name)
Desi Mane by Sangeetha
Level 4 - A Roof top restaurant
KFC
Hotel President
Café Ashvita
, then further down the road, after next signal,
Beijing Blues (closed shop soon)
Anjappar
Pizza Hut
Komalas (but not there now I think)
Saravana Bhavan
Rasam (Krishna Sweets Kongu Style restaurant inside Sabari’s Nest)
Bombay Talkies (north Indian food items)
Enter Cathedral Road
Palki – north indian specialty
Amravati – Andhra food (full meals is awedome)
Coconut Lagoon - Kerala style restaurant (inside Palki)
Snowfield - AN Icecream parlour (inside Palki compound)
Hotel S
Hotel Chola Sheraton
Peshawri
Durrant Bar
Shirdi Quick Bites
Woodlands drive-in (boo hoo what a place to lose…)
Under Gemini Flyover and into NH Road…
Hotel Palimar
The Park
Hotel Ranjith (and the bar;-)))
Hotel Taj Coromandel
Hotel Ganpat
Aiwo - Northern Spicy
Cakes & Bakes
Pizza Corner
Seetharamas (is it still there?)
Cholayil Sanjeevanam - nature food keralan style
ChicKing
Turning at the Northern Side
NH Road
Hotel Sangeetha
Arjun- inside Hotel Gautham Manor
Canton - as the name suggests, chinese one
Little Italy (inside El Dorado complex)
The Dhabba Express [inside El dorado]
Rangis - hotel in that Airtel office building, good taste
Ispahani Center and myriad of outlets including
Marry Brown
Café Coffee Day
Sweet Chariot Center
Dahlia
Bella Ciao
New Yorker
Cathedral Road
Baskin & Robbins
Noodle House (easily tucked away upstairs near Gangothri)
Gangothri
Don pepe
Copper Chimney - Kebab restaurant
China Town - Chinese restaurant
Zara - The Pub
Music Academy canteen
RK Salai again
Hotel Savera
Brindavan – Hotel New Woodlands
Karaikudi
Punjabi Dhaba
Ice cream parlour
Dominos Pizza
And then nothing upto citi center signal
Seasons (excellent salads, juices and pastas, at never believe prices – actually tucked inside the Pazhamudhir Nilayam)

I very well know this list is incomplete, and I know I have missed out some more points and got some names wrong; I will update them soon, and perhaps do reviews as well…

Can any other area in Chennai claim their fame like this stretch??? Perhaps Anna Nagar, maybe...
I can call this the Foodies Lane of Chennai!

7 comments:

Pretty Woman said...

That's a mind boggling list indeed!! Very well summarised...interesting!

Your main focus in life seems to be crystal clear....jus kidding!! :-)

Guruprasad said...

you know what! Thats the best focus I have ever had in my life...once am done with this strethc I will cover anna nagar and then besant nagar and then ecr maybe ..;-)

Chakra said...

Guru, There used to be a restaurant called 'Karaikudi', somewhere opposite to Saravanaas. Is it not there anymore? Or has that got renamed as 'Anjappar'?

கார்த்திக்கேயனும் அறிவுத்தேடலும்.. said...

DEAR AHAM BRAHMAASMI..
VERY GREAT ANALYSIS OF CHAIN OF RESTAURANTS,WELL FOCUSSED DURING YOUR VACATION IT SEEMS,YOUR SITE IS AWESOME,I WILL GO THRU ONE BY ONE THIS WEEKEND
KARTHIKEYAN
UAE

swapnap said...

Well, you better visit anna nagar then...in and around round tana itself we have
1. Dhaba express- Punjabi
2. Kumarakom- Kerala
3. vasantha bhavan- namma chennai
4. Smoking joes
5. Nightu Kadai
6. Wangs kitchen
7.Piccasso - Mexican
8. Karaikudi8
9. Pizza Corner
10. Balaji Bhavan
11. kairali -
12. Sukh Sagar
13. Saravana Bhavan
14. Curry Leaf- Bad Bad
15. Rajasthani Dhaba
16.paravathi bhavan- yumm paniyaram
17. Hot Chips
18. Pizza Hut
19.Marry Brown
20 Capris
21. kayal
22. Sea Shell
23. Fishermans Fare
24. Eden
25. Aaasai
26. Paramount
27. Kebab Coutr
28.Dynasty

These and more all within a kilometer..so nothing like being in anna nagar. :))

rakesh said...

guys thanks for the info, can i have the list of authentic south indian restaurants/dhabas serving chettinad food. also roadside eateries where once can have some yummy south indian snacks and tiffin

rakesh

Anuradha said...

Heyyy

I wanted to know..whats ur take on Chinese food in Chennai..