Head To These 8 Restaurants In Chennai For A Traditional Onam Sadhya Feast

by Tejashee Kashyap
Head To These 8 Restaurants In Chennai For A Traditional Onam Sadhya Feast

The aromas and fragrances of Onam’s celebrations are returning! The harvest festival, which honours the mythical King Mahabali’s return to Kerala, is observed with vibrant pookalams, lamp lighting, and the Onam feast. At its heart lies the grand feast known as Onam Sadhya. This culinary extravaganza, meticulously prepared and served in restaurants embodies the essence of unity, heritage, and the joy of coming together. What’s the best place to experience the beauty of this meal other than Chennai? Several restaurants are providing this delicious, genuine experience. So, head to these restaurants to celebrate the timelessness of culinary artistry involved in an Onam Sadhya meal:

Onam Sadhya Meals In Chennai

1. The Melting Pot


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Experience The Melting Pot’s celebratory atmosphere with the scrumptious Ada Pradhaman dessert together with the magnificent Onam Sadhya that includes Avial, Erussery, Carrot-Cabbage Thoran, and more. Priced at ₹1995, this curated experience promises a journey through authentic flavours and cherished traditions.

When: 29 August, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Where: No.212, East Coast Road, Nemelli Village, Perur Post Office
Cost: ₹1995 per person + taxes

2. Dakshin, Crowne Plaza Chennai

The eco-friendly dine-in and takeaway options at Dakshin restaurant at Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park consist of 26 vegetarian dishes and are served on a banana leaf. Dishes like sharkara varatti, ulli vada, mathalangai eruserry, toran, olan, kalan, avial, and more are included in the festive meal for two that is elegantly prepared. Unniappam, paal ada payasam, and parippu pradhaman are available as desserts.

When: 26th – 30th August
Where: 132, TT Krishnamachari Rd, Austin Nagar, Alwarpet, Chennai
Cost: ₹2537 per person + taxes

3. Cafe G, Holiday Inn Chennai OMR IT

Onam celebrations are also ongoing at Cafe G at the Holiday Inn Chennai OMR IT Motorway. On August 28 and 29, a traditional sit-down leaf service multi-course meal with 24 dishes will be served. It will be a delicious and filling Sadhya feast. Therefore, make reservations for a special Onam feast at Cafe G.

When: 28th – 29th August
Where: 110 Rajiv Gandhi Salai, Old Mahabalipuram Road, OMR, Thiruvanmiyur
Cost: ₹1500 per person + taxes

4. Taj Coromandel-Chennai

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Indulge in the traditional Onam Thali prepared by the team of chefs under the direction of Executive Chef Sujan Mukherjee at Southern Spice, the renowned South Indian restaurant at Taj Coromandel-Chennai. The thali is meant to give patrons a taste of the most authentic Kerala specialities. The menu is a collection of popular Keralan dishes like Avial, Olan, Thoran, Sambar, Rasam, and a variety of mouthwatering payasams.

When: 29th August
Where: Uthamar Gandhi Rd, Anna Salai, Nungambakkam, Chennai

5. Truly Herbivore


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This year, from August 25–29, Truly Herbivore is also offering Onam sadhya for the first time. This restaurant, which is solely available on Easy Diner, serves lunch from 11.30 am to 1 pm and from 1.30 pm to 3 pm. Yes, pre-booking has already begun. You can give takeout orders as well.  The ingredients utilised for takeout are all green.

When: 25th – 29th August
Where: Old Door no.26, new, 11th Ave, Ashok Nagar, Chennai
Cost: ₹650 onwards

6. Kappa Chakka Kandhari


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Kappa Chakka Kandhari is bringing authentic Sadya meals with both dine-in and takeout alternatives to the genuine taste of Kerala. There’s Uppu, cheru pazham, chena chops, nendrakai nuruku, inji puli, and beetroot kichadi are some of the foods offered.

When: 28-29th August, 11:30 AM – 4 PM
Where: St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church Auditorium, Chetpet, Chennai
Cost: ₹1190

Also Read: Onam Sadhya 2023: These 9 Onam Special Menus In Mumbai Are A Must Try

7. Ente Keralam


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Ente Keralam is delivering the real taste of Kerala with its Onam feast. There are options for dining in as well as takeaway, with the primary draws being thoran, pachadi, inji puli, pappadum and a variety of payasam. This Onam Sadhya pays homage to the diversity of Kerala’s produce.

When: 23rd August–3th September
Where: No. 1 First Street, Kasturi Estate, Poes Garden, Chennai
Cost: ₹899

8. Sree Akshayam


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This all-vegetarian restaurant, which has locations throughout the city in Velachery, Anna Nagar, Alwarpet, and Abhiramapuram, is providing 27 meals on this festive platter. On August 28 and 29, stimulate your taste buds with their delectable Sadhya meal.

When: 28th-29th August
Where: Anna Nagar | Velachery | Alwarpet
Cost: ₹639 onwards

So Chennaiites, which restaurant are you heading to for a delectable Onam Sadhya feast?

Cover image credits: Press release/Taj Coromandel-Chennai