Non-Veg restaurants in Chennai are famous for their chettinad cuisines. In the past decade, some of the best non-veg restaurants revised their menus and started serving north Indian food. Quite recently, Parambriym is among the few restaurants which are re-defining the way Chettinad cuisines are prepared and served without losing the original flavor in the curries. While dishes like Mutton Portal, chicken Chettinad, Nandu rasam, Aatukaal soup and Vazhapoo vadai are found in the standard menu, the quality and taste vary from one place to another.
In the past decade, the advent of many Arabian restaurants in Chennai has overshadowed Chettinad food’s popularity for a while. But demand for chettinad cuisines was always on the rise and the new restaurants from tier II cities and towns in south Tamilnadu stormed the Chennai so more branches of the south indian non-veg restaurant opened in chennai. Chettinad Cuisine one of the few surviving cuisines in India and it has been extensively used as a sales jargon to promote non-vegetarian restaurants in Chennai.
While erstwhile popular restaurants like Anjappar, Ponnusamy and Karaikudi are not doing great in certain pockets, they still have a big chunk of loyal customers. All these restaurants are famous for their pure ingredients and taste. Parambriym is a new entry with 6 branches in Chennai. Maple in Nungambakkam is also catching up with its original menu. The very famous Dindigul Thalapakatti serves many Chettinad soups, curries, and starters besides their trademark Biriyani. Kurunji restaurant and Velu Military hotel are equally good. Five hotels are run Chettinad food festivals in the in-house restaurants all around the year.
Besides the rising popularity of Arabian restaurants, Chettinad food still hasn’t lost its shine. Chennai is home to most of the popular Chettinad restaurants in India. Besides most of the people adhering to the habit of fasting one or two days per week, non-veg restaurants have flourished during the last decade. Here we will take a look at the Top 10 Chettinad Non- Veg Restaurants in Chennai.
Anjappar has many branches in Chennai. The restaurant’s success mantra lies in serving great taste consistently. Besides serving regular Chettinad dishes, the restaurant now serves grilled food in the evening apart from tandoori items. The standard meals for lunch come with mutton, fish and chicken gravy. Fried chicken is a much have for fans of deep-fried dishes.
Once the number one restaurant in Chennai, Ponnusamy still has many fans though the food is not great these days. They have opened up many branches recently but nothing comes close to its first branch in Royapettah. Chettinad food fans can go for Standard non-veg meals along with mutton chukka, Liver fry, Chicken 65 etc.
Velu Military hotel carries the legacy of the typical military hotel in every sense. None of the items served fails to satisfy the salivary gland of Chettinad foodies. Prawns, crabs, rabbit roast, mutton chukka, chicken 65, naatu Koli Giambi and fry are some items to cherish.
The very famous Amma Chettinad restaurant is by far the only restaurant with hardcore fans in Chennai. Servicing is very good and you feel you are having a feast without any reservations. The ordering style is little flexible and most importantly you don’t get No’s for additional gravy or anything like that which is normally refused in most restaurants nowadays. After all, it is run by the same people who served the Veterans, Pioneers, and Superstars of Tamil Cinema and Politics.
Karaikudi is owned and operated by Shyams hospitality which runs a bouquet of restaurants viz. Amaravathi, Coastline, Shogun and The Dhaba. Karaikudi is everywhere. The hugely popular Chettinad restaurant has a branch in Velachery at Tharamani road near TCS. Tiffin items are very good along with Chettinad gravy. Though Karaikudi is not a Biriyani specialty restaurant, its biriyani tastes good along with chicken 65. Soups, Meals and tiffin items are definitely worth trying. Customers need not to wait for a long time except on Sundays and holidays. It attracts a decent crowd.
Wherever it is located, it’s the popular choice for a quick lunch with all the Chettinad gravy items. The meals are priced for the common man without A/C (except the designated area). Opened its latest branch in Medavakkam road, Velachery near Popular Maruti, the menu usually has a rich choice of mutton dishes viz. Mutton Chukka, Mutton Fry, Liver fry, brain, and Thala Kari.
With 7 branches in Chennai, Madurai Appu is one of the best Chettinad restaurants in the City. Outdoor catering contributes to its success greatly as it brings in more customers. The food is really good who get to taste their food at parties and occasions. One should try biriyani here.
Aathankudi Restaurant is located in GST Road, Tambaram Sanatorium. The lunch menu is very exquisite with meals, biriyani, chicken lollypop, liver, brain, mutton chukka, Thala curry, chicken 65, seer fish fry, nethili fry and much more. Vazhapoo vadai is a delicacy which should be tried for the starter along with crab soup/mutton aattukaal soup. For the evening tiffin, try various kulmabi (gravy) viz. Poondu kulambu with Kal dosai. The restaurant is open for breakfast as well. Aathankudi has opened a second branch in Velachery.
Aachi Restaurant is located inside Alsa mall complex, Egmore. Aachi is a great place for lunch. The meals served in banana leaf with choices of side dishes, soups and start making it a feast. It is not too crowded on most days (except on Sundays) but parking is a little problem for four wheelers. Aachi boasts a great number of loyal customers from all around Chennai who visit Aachi when they get time. You should try chicken varutha curry and fried chicken to get a taste of Aachi recipe.
Hotel Kurinchi is known for its Turkey biriyani and mutton dishes. Very popular among Businessmen, Advocates, and politicians, the restaurant boasts many loyal customers not only from Chennai but many people who visit Chennai on business. In the evening, the parotta is prepared and served fresh with Chettinad style kuruma, but it goes well with any of the mutton masalas too. Menu range: Rs. 100 – 400 Dishes Serving Quantity: Medium Average Cost (1 Starter & Main Course): Rs. 350 Kids Play Area: No Party Hall: No Catering Orders Undertaken: Yes Kids Chair: No Parking: Yes Ambiance: Fine Dine Serves Liquor: No Category / Type: Chettinad Non-Veg Must Try Dishes: Turkey biriyani and mutton dishes Home Delivery: yes Take-Away (Parcel): Yes Branches & Address: Periamet