Being in Chennai is an experience in itself, as there is something for everyone. From the famous Marina Beach, Santhome Cathedral Basilica, and several temples that defy logic. But is it all there is? Nope! When it comes to delectable food culture, Chennai has a lot to offer, with some iconic restaurants that guarantee a complete culinary experience. Is your mouth watering already? Wait till you read about them in the list we have curated below!
1. Ratna Cafe In Triplicane
Opening its door almost 70 years ago, Ratna Café is more like an institution in itself. Serving generations with their steaming idlis, crisp vadais, and other traditional delights, Ratna Café is the sure stope before you proceed on to Marina Beach. You will find Ratna Café in several places around Chennai, from Kilpauk to Velachery, but their flagship location in Triplicane should be the first place you visit!
2. Murugan Idli Shop, Multiple Outlets
You have tasted idlis, but if you haven’t tasted Murugan’s softest idlis, then what is the point? One of the oldest food joints, this place is famous for its breakfast menu. We suggest you try their signature drink, Jigarthanda, a concoction of milk, ice-cream, and sabudana. And of course, you can’t leave this restaurant without gorging on the soft, white fluffy idly, served with four chutneys which will the right way to kick start your day!
3. Annalakshmi In Chetpet
When you taste the food at Annalakshmi, you would not believe that they had initially started as an NGO back in Malaysia in 1984. Specializing in vegetarian food, their payasam is the highlight as they offer it in a wide variety. Also, this restaurant’s motto of “Eat as you want, give as you feel” helps people stand up for a worthy cause as well. Eating here is a noble cause in itself.
4. Dindigul Thalappakatti, Multiple Outlets
Dindugal Thalappakkatti started in 1965 and quickly went on to become Chennai’s favourite Biryani joint. With over 40 outlets spread across Tamil Nadu and also abroad, people flock here every day to savour their amazing biryani dishes. We suggest you try their mutton biryani, Thalappakkatti’s most celebrated dish, along with their chicken pepper fry and chicken curry.
5. Junior Kuppanna, Multiple Outlets
Ever tried Kongu Nadu cuisine? It is a rice-based cuisine that many people from South India also do not know. Head straight to Junior Kuppanna, which has been around 1960. Head here to be mesmerized by their non-veg variety from fish and chicken to mutton and prawns. We recommend you to try their Appams, Fish Pallipalayam, Thalaikari Mutton Fry and Kaadai Roast.
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6. Krishna Restaurant In Mylapore
Krishna restaurant is a part of the Udupi chain and sets high standards for vegetarian restaurants in Chennai. Regarding food, try their south Indian thali and filter coffee which will surely tickle your tastebuds. And for all the automobile fans, this restaurant exhibits toy models of cars and cycles, which is unique. This is one of the most iconic restaurants in Chennai that you must visit.
We sure hope your mouths are watering just thinking about all these restaurants; which surely is unique. So why wait? Head on to the streets of Chennai and make sure to visit these restaurants.