7 restaurants in Chennai that you need to visit on your next trip to the city

Chennai Food guide restaurants you need to visit

When you read the word Chennai followed by restaurants, the first thing that comes to your mind is south Indian food. While, the traditional cuisine commands its pride in Chennai’s culinary scene, the city features a diverse range of food experiences that ranges from modern local to international fare. We’ve put together a round-up of some of the most popular restaurants in Chennai that you visit when you’re in the city.

Ratna Cafe

An institution in Chennai, Ratna Cafe opened doors almost 70 years ago and has continued to delight generations of customers. The eatery offers steaming sambar idli, light-yet-crisp vadais and other traditional fare that has many locals making a pit-stop after their walk on the nearby Marina Beach.

Address: Triplicane High Rd, Triplicane, Chennai


Tucked away in the Vivanta by Taj property, Raintree is Chennai’s oldest five star featuring Chettinad cuisine. On your visit, try the jasmine and curry leaf-infused martinis, the Beetroot Kola Urundai (a beet and lentil based deep fried snack) and the Tiger Prawn Roast for a delicious regional meal.

Address: Vivanta by Taj – Connemara, Binny Road, Chennai


Benjarong offers great authentic Thai food, created with fresh local produce. Try the Chicken with Pandanaus leaves here, followed by the Feisty Green Curry. And for dessert, the Sankhaya Fakhthong, a mildly sweet pumpkin custard paired with coconut ice cream, is a must.

Address: 146, TT Krishnamachari Rd, Cooperative Colony, Sri Ram Nagar, Alwarpet, Chennai


This popular restaurant known for its authentic South Indian vegetarian cuisine has outposts in four countries—India, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. The eatery is known for their thaalis; try the Mahalaksmi Preethi Bhojan (a sumptuous meal, served in courses, with a combination of North and South dishes). If you prefer to eat light, go for the Rajlakshmi Arogya Ahar thali. And if you’re looking for a truly indulgent meal, opt for the Sampoorna thali—a seven course meal that comes highly recommended.

Address: No.6, Mayor Ramanathan Salai, Spur Tank road, Chetpet, Chennai

Southern Spice

A marquee of the Taj Group, Southern Spice is known for serving authentic Mudaliar and Malabar cuisine. The restaurant sources its ingredients locally, including fresh greens, organic ghee and pollachi coconuts. The thali menu is tweaked every day to suit the availability of ingredients. On your visit, go for the Chemeen Fry, Vatha Kuzhambu and Elaneer Payasam. The restaurant is also known for the Mangalorean-style Denji Rava Fry (crab) and Thalassery meen biriyani accompanied with juicy chunks of seer fish. Needless to say, the meal will pamper your palate with fresh flavours and will leave wanting more.

Address: Taj Coromandel, MG Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai

Kappa Chakka Kandhari

Taking its name from the three main ingredients unique to Kerala’s cuisine—Tapioca, Jackfruit and the Kanthari, Kappa Chakka Kandhari is one of the most loved restaurants in the city. With a dedicated floor for Onam Sadhya and traditional music playing, when food is served restaurant will be the perfect spot for getting a quintessential South Indian experience. With the focus on authentic home-style ‘Nadan’ recipes, their menu has a lot to offer, try the Ramasseri Idli—idlis that are cooked in jackfruit leaves in earthen pots and served with Palakkad-style Sambar or a Chicken Curry. The Kappa biryani (with tapioca and beef) is an absolute must-try.

Junior Kuppanna

Founded in 1960, Junior Kuppana is an icon in its own right. The cafe focuses on authenticity and can be a pit-stop for an afternoon lunch while you’r in Chennai. Indulge in a plate of Appams, Fish Pallipalayam, Thalaikari Mutton Fry and Kaadai Roast for a feast unlike any other.


Author: Eric