The Finest Dining in Chennai

Chennai was formerly known as Madras, India. The city is over 360 years old, and currently has a population well over 7 million people. Although fast growing, the city maintains a ranking in the top 20 cleanest cities worldwide. With a thriving and vibrant cultural climate and beautiful surroundings, visitors come for the wonderful beach resort accommodations and the stunning coast on the Bay of Bengal. Those visiting also enjoy the amazing diversity of quality cuisine options available within the city of Chennai.

Eating in Chennai

For visitors, the variety of dining and the international cuisines represented provide the pleasure and freedom of finding favourites and trying new foods. Along the beach in Chennai are many restaurants that are open late. Within the city are local street vendors, tea kadais, fast food and other eating establishments. Non-vegetarian restaurants or those that serve both vegetarian and non-vegetarian selections while vegetarian restaurants serve pure vegetarian food only. In addition, the city also has numerous upscale sit-down restaurants where guests can relax and take delights in posh surroundings and sumptuous dishes that are works of art.

The City’s Fine Dining Experience

Those who can, should visit one or more star establishments in the city for Chennai’s fine dining experience. Many of these quality restaurants diversify with vegetarian and non-vegetarian as well as Indian, Indian-influenced Chinese and other international cuisines. Visitors to the city can find continental, grill and seafood. International and multi-fusion style cooking is also popular and common.

Note that the bill at restaurants throughout the city may include a service charge. Diners should check the bill because if a service charge is not included, tips are expected and customary. Additionally, reservations are wise. Then, many upscale establishments accept credit cards like these three that also offer savings when using a Gold cards from American Express:

Above Sea Level - A restaurant and bar on the 13th floor of a Rain Tree Hotel, this establishment offers outdoor dining with a complete 360 degree panorama of the cityscape. The plates ordered from a variety menu have a contemporary presentation. 

Above Sea Level Chennai

Above Sea Level Chennai

ItaLia – The best in traditional Italian cuisine in Chennai is found at The Park Hotel. The modern dining room decor has a theme of illuminated glass and floating lighting. The main dishes and desserts are marvellous. 

ItaLia Park Hotel in Chennai

ItaLia Park Hotel in Chennai

Palki – Serving authentic northern India cuisine, Palki offers a menu of superb dishes. Located in the Amaravathi Complex, ample parking is available. Other cuisine options are also offered at this restaurant like Sichuan Chinese.

Palki Chennai

Palki Chennai

HTML tutorial

Hello world, Shalu here!

Did you like this article then post this on your favourite social media site for others to read! Just hit any of the buttons on the bar on the left...

Connect with me on my Facebook page or connect with me on Google+, or like the site’s Facebook page or follow me on Twitter. If you have any questions on India, just request to be my friend and send me a message...

Do you want to start a travel blog but don’t know how? Click here to find out how to start your own travel blog.

Amazing Facts About India
India For Kids: Amazing Facts About India

What to learn about India? What to teach your children about India? Are you travelling to India? Here is a simple book that tells you everything you ever wanted to know about this amazing country. My book, India For Kids is designed especially for children but travellers going to India can also take advantage of this simple book. You can find out more about the book here India For Kids: Amazing Facts About India which is available on all Amazon stores.




42 Responses to “The Finest Dining in Chennai”

  1. You brought back old memories Shalu!

    I remember the time we had all gone on a South trip when I was in college and the amount of fun we had in the then called ‘Madras’ – especially eating those massive sized dosas!! It was the first time we had seen such king-sized ones and just one was enough for 4 of us. :)

    I loved to read more of these fine restaurants, though I doubt any of them were there so many years ago. If I had to choose one, I think I would go with Palki – more like the traditional kind of dining.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice week :)
    Harleena Singh recently posted..14 Ways to Take Care of Elderly PeopleMy Profile
    Twitter:

  2. Hi Shalu,

    I know that you’ve said recently that Idian food is the best food in the world so I’m sure that dining in Chennai must be great.

    I’ve been introduced to Idian food through an ex-coworker of mine, and I liked what she made. Sometimes she would make those Idian “chips” and that was so good!

    She was the nicest person in the office by the way.
    Sylviane Nuccio recently posted..French Sayings English Sayings All And The SameMy Profile

  3. Ashish Gill says:

    Really great way of describing the dining in city like Chennai..

  4. Nice article Sharma,
    I enjoy this article & come close to Chennai Dining, I understand a person must take Dining Experience wherever he visit in any city. As you shared the Dining Experience of Experience.
    Vicky Bhardwaj recently posted..Th Iron Club Gym Vicky BhardwajMy Profile

  5. Siya says:

    Chennai is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Chennai fast food is really famous in all over India as Shalu you shared some in this post.
    Siya recently posted..Th Iron Club Gym Vicky BhardwajMy Profile
    Twitter:

  6. Chetan says:

    Yes! I enjoyed chennai dinning on my family trip…
    We can’t say finest but can say good…
    Chetan recently posted..10 Stupid Job labels in Digital MarketingMy Profile
    Twitter:

  7. Never been to Chennai. I wanna go as soon as possible and will try out dining

  8. Abhishek says:

    I have been to Italia and Palki and they are really good. There is one more restaurant which is called Jaitun and that is also good. Thanks for sharing this post and I will go the the other restaurants whenever I go to Chennai.
    Abhishek recently posted..Holi 2013 SMS Messages Greetings Wishes Hindi EnglishMy Profile

  9. Marc Cobe says:

    Really in Madras so many jobs that its population is growing so fast?

  10. Sapna says:

    HI Shalu jee,

    I really enjoy South Indian dishes as they are made with very less oil and less spicy as well unlike our North Indian dishes.

    Thanks for this great share.

    Sapna
    Sapna recently posted..My Blogging Report Card of my first 5 months in blogosphereMy Profile

  11. Shalu says:

    What exactly are you saying? Please clarify in more detail please. Thank you..
    Shalu recently posted..Andy Bailey has Multiple Sclerosis – Can Indian yoga help MS patientsMy Profile
    Twitter:

  12. Indian cuisine are one of the best cuisine I’ve tried. I’d love to visit Palki.
    Connor Harley recently posted..How to Create a Business NameMy Profile

  13. Actualface says:

    i like your article … thank you very much for sharing keep it up.

  14. Disha Sharma says:

    I am a lover of South India food, I really like to enjoy South India food, I never been in Chennai but like spicy food of Chennai in Delhi.
    Disha Sharma recently posted..Top 20 Tourist attractions in New DelhiMy Profile

  15. Kristine from Landscape architects sydney says:

    I have always been fascinated by authentic Indian cuisine. Each dish have this unique, spicy tang and sometimes smooth nutty flavors that I never found in other international dishes. Thank you for sharing every single wonderful thing about your country Shalu. Keep it up!
    Kristine recently posted..Inspiration for two landscape designers at the Rainforest RetreatMy Profile

  16. Sandra from seo sydney says:

    I am a food lover and have lots of Indian friends who introduced me to Indian cuisine. I absolutely love them and I can’t wait to visit all these places you mentioned here. Thanks for the share.

  17. Janit says:

    Chennai makes me remember the dosas and chutneys, the appams and the idlis…and vegetarian rice plates with mountains of rice to climb through to.
    Thanks for sharing your favorite restaurants in Chennai Shalu.
    Janit recently posted..Easter in Tbilisi, GeorgiaMy Profile
    Twitter:

  18. Stacey from florist newtown says:

    Thank you for sharing this post Shalu. I never loved Indian food before because they said that the spicy scent comes out of your skin when you sweat, but Chennai will be on my list of places to go when I visit India one of these days.

  19. Kelly from las vegas vet says:

    Wow! I have never been to India but it’s on my “must-see-places before I die” list. Thanks for sharing the best places to visit in your country.

  20. Arianne says:

    Looks like a very good place to visit. I specially like travel destinations which has a lot of good food to offer. It’s always culturally stimulating.

  21. robert says:

    Great post!! it is interesting.I wish to eat in Chennai!!

  22. I’ve been presented to Idian meals through an ex-coworker of my own, and I liked what she created. Sometimes she would create those Idian “chips” and that was so good…..

  23. nabil says:

    The Finest Dining in Chennai!! wow great!! i really adore chennai!! thank you for sharing that post.It is interesting !!!!

  24. harish says:

    very well described about dining in city Chennai..and very interestingly ,,Indian food is always famous for taste and variety,,Indian Food always gives pleasure to you,,dosha and sambhar are favorite dishes from south Indian food ,,!!!
    harish recently posted..Inventory Software IndiaMy Profile

  25. Dear Shalu, your article is presenting awesome information about the finest dining in Chennai.while i search in Google of keyword “eating in Chennai” i discovered your fantastic article.Especially i like the dishes of Palki restaurant.Thanks once again for posting such a nice information about finest dining in Chennai. keep us touch for more information like this.
    Saidur Rahman recently posted..Dazzling White Edition of Albino AnimalsMy Profile

  26. WaterHabitatRetreat says:

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful information about dining in Chennai. You can also enjoy World Class dining of Rajasthan at Water Habitat Retreat in Jodhpur

  27. I keep in mind those times when we used to create these visits around the nation. The southern was particularly unique because of the meals. Thanks for your opinion.

  28. I. C. Daniel says:

    Madras and Calcutta was the first I learned at India history 3 years ago.

    Glad to know is Chennai the first one.

    Best regards from I. C. Daniel
    I. C. Daniel recently posted..Play Goodgame Big Farm OnlineMy Profile
    Twitter:

  29. Ankit from Android says:

    I wish I could visit Chennai once. I have been to many places but haven’t got an opportunity to explore Chennai :-(
    Ankit recently posted..Sony Xperia ZL : Upgrade to CyanogenMod 10.1 Jellybean FirmwareMy Profile

  30. Chennai movies says:

    Thanks for sharing this useful information..keep sharing like this…. if i visit chennai it is more useful to me.. Thanks to author…

  31. Tariqul says:

    I think this dining design are most attractive & stylish design in India. Post this type of article as well as photos.
    Tariqul recently posted..Montebello Collection Antique Brass Floor LampMy Profile

  32. Harshil says:

    I regularly visit this blog to view different colors of India. Every time I find something unique in this blog whenever I read on. This time it’s Chennai. Awesome!!!

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge

This blog uses premium CommentLuv which allows you to put your keywords with your name if you have had 3 approved comments. Use your real name and then @ your keywords (maximum of 3)