Apart from the beautiful beaches and the humid climate, Chennai is also known for its authentic South Indian food. Lemon rice, tamarind rice, idli, dosa.. the list is endless! Anyone who’s had it will tell you that it’s amazing!

But there’s more to the Chennai cuisine than just South Indian food. There are a lot of multi-cuisine restaurants that have recently come up in the city and they definitely warrant a visit. And we’ve found the best of the lot for you. 


Here’s a list of 12 new restaurants in Chennai that you should definitely check out at least once:


1. The English Tea Room

Pastel-coloured walls and furniture give this place a very British appeal which is why it’s perfect for having meaningful conversations or enjoying a rainy day with tea and nibbles. 

17, Kasturi Ranga Road, Alwarpet, Chennai

Meal for 2: ₹900

We recommend: Baked Jacket Pockets, Assortments of tea, Sticky Toffee Pudding


2. Prive Restaurant

Classy interiors, an innovative menu and all-in-all a great place for a family dinner outing. Oh and it’s pure vegetarian too!

Location: 14, Rajasekaran Street, R K Salai, Mylapore, Chennai

Meal for 2: ₹1200

We recommend: Pepper Malai Paneer Tikka, Godzilla Garlic, Mommy’s Choice Soup


3. Hamsa

With its exquisite silver cutlery and walls that look like paintings, you’ll feel like you’re dining at a palace. The food is pure vegetarian and it tastes fantastic. 

Location: 40, B. Ramachandra Adithanar Road, 4th Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai

Meal for 2: ₹1800

We recommend: Paneer Saunfiya, Kamal Kadi Kofteh


4. Flavours Of Lalgudi 

64, CP Ramaswamy Road, Alwarpet, Chennai

Meal for 2: ₹850

We recommend: Rasam Rice, Poriyal, Lalgudi Dhum Halwa


5. The Velveteen Rabbit 

Classy interiors, innovative food and amazing drinks – it’s got everything you can ask for. And more!

Location: 57, 2nd Main Road, RA Puram, Chennai

Meal for 2: ₹2100

We recommend: Pepperoni and Fresh Fig Pizza, Zucchini Fries, Vegetable Cigars


6. Paradise

Yes, they have extremely delicious biryani this side of the country as well. You can’t ever have enough of it, it’s that good!

Location: 392, Anjali Devi Towers Kandanchavadi, Perungudi, Chennai

Meal for 2: ₹500

We recommend: Biryani, Biryani and more Biryani


7. Cafe Toastie Express

A train-themed cafe. Different and nice. And the food is lip-smacking. What’s more? It won’t burn a hole in your pocket. 

Location: 32, 1st Floor, Nelson Manickam Road, Aminijikarai, Chennai

Meal for 2: ₹550

We recommend: Anything and everything 


8. Kapao 

This is your ultimate fast food joint in Chennai. And it’s dirt cheap! Where else would you get tasty pasta for ₹90? 

Location: 5/1, Mullai Nagar, 1st Street (opposite SRM university) , Ramapuram, Chennai

Meal for 2: ₹250

We recommend: Panini, Momos, White Sauce Pasta


9. Bazaar – All Day Diner

This place serves food throughout the day and night. The Indianized decor gives the place a very rich, rustic and contemporary appeal and the tasty food just adds to it. 

Location: Grand by GRT Hotels, 120, Sir Thyagaraya Road, T. Nagar, Chennai

Meal for 2: ₹2000

We recommend: Bhai Biryani


10. Cafe Arabica

Have you seen those really pretty-looking decorated cakes? Have you wondered where to find them? Well, this place has so many of those. And the shakes and savoury food are scrumptious as well. 

Location: 3, E Block, 3rd Avenue, Anna Nagar East, Chennai

Meal for 2: ₹700

We recommend: Grilled Chicken Burger, Assorted Variety of Shakes, Cakes


11. Kitchen 21

Unlimited and delicious food. What more do you want? Head to Kitchen 21 right now!

Location: 21, Opposite MRF Building, Thousand Lights, Greams Road, Chennai

Meal for 2: ₹800

We recommend: Buffet


12. Steam & Whistles

Now who wouldn’t want posh interiors and lip-smacking food for a decent price? Plus the ceiling has an entirely unique appeal. Do look up!

Location: Grand by GRT Hotels, 120, Sir Thyagaraya Road, T. Nagar, Chennai

Meal for 2: ₹1500

We recommend: Dimsum Basket, Chicken Lemon Satay


I’m coming, Chennai!