While East Coast Road is famous for ambiance beach resorts which have in-house restaurants, there are some individual best buffet restaurants which serve day visitors. Some of them which are now within 30 minutes drive from OMR also cater to corporate team lunches.
In our effort to identify spots for weekends around the most important cities in India, here we present the Top 10 best restaurants in ECR, Chennai READ THIS LIST ONE BY ONE FROM NUMBER 10.
Kipling Café is quite costly but it counts many celebrities among its customers. It is ideally located in Akkarai near ECR – OMR junction. Shyams hospitality, the chain that operates Karaikudi and Amaravati chain of restaurants has two restaurants in ECR namely the Farmhouse and Malgudi. These serve many popular dishes in Chettinad, Chinese, North Indian and Andhra styles. For western tourists, the in-house restaurants of five-star resorts could some justice without much spice and oil. The Wharf in Radisson BLU Temple Bay and L’attitude 49 in Grande Bay resort are places worth the try.
Annachi Dosa Kadai operates from the campus adjacent to VGP Golden beach which once held the record for introducing the largest dose in the world. Even today, VGP Universal Kingdom serves two large masala dosas at 8 feet and 4 feet. Anyone who can eat the 8 feet masala dosa in one go can win a spot cash prize of Rs.5000. Bella Ciao and Firenze serve mouth-watering wood-fired pizza with thin crust and rich choice of toppings.
Food Village and Hot Kitchen are an obvious first choice for family dining with a consistent taste and quality. New fine dining places like Mascarpone, Madras Wok and East Coast at Madras Square are a must-try restaurant which should find a place in a wish list.
Sangeetha vegetarian in Muttukadu, ID by Satyam Cinemas and A2B restaurant in Vettuvankanni and Mahabalipuram are some choices for pure vegetarians. Pitstop, Cheesy Juicy burgers, and Wrapsody serve nice burgers and fries for quick dining.
ECR Restaurants are very famous for its Dhabas. The famous ECR Dhaba counts thousands of loyal customers who visit regularly. Don Pepe in Uthandi serves a Tex-Mex menu. Biriyani lovers too have many choices in ECR like Junior Kuppana, Madurai Appu, Virundhu and Buharis Elite.
ECR has few restaurants located by the beach offering great views of sea and sand. Bay view in Vivanta by Taj (Fisherman’s Cove), Bella Ciao Pizzeria in Kottivakkam, Ideal Garden Restaurant, Upper Deck (Vivanta by Taj, Covelong) and Upper Crest in MGM resorts offer to dine by the beach. In MGM, the music and cocktails make the dining experience even better. A few pubs and café for tasting imported spirits and beers include Cocktail bar by Kipling and TouchDown bar and café.
Pitstop is operated by Parveen travels, a government recognized luxury tourist bus operator. The fast food has a dine-in space and a banquet hall for hosting small events. The menu is mostly American & western viz. Burgers, Fries, salads, pizzas, chicken wings, and fried chicken.
Kipling Cafe is located opposite in Akkarai, ECR (Take an immediate left once you cross Sholinganallur – ECR link road). There are three kinds of dining areas mini-bungalows, Terrace and The Garden (The tables here are nested in beautiful huts which provide a great ambiance). The food is carefully prepared, served elegantly and tastes fantastic.
Located near Prarthana drive-in theatre, it is one of the oldest restaurants in ECR. It is an ideal location for corporate lunches and dinners owing to their sizes which can comfortably accommodate 100 people. Basera offers a comprehensive menu covering continental, Chettinad, barbeque, south Indian and north Indian dishes.
The Farmhouse is a theme based restaurant operated by the Savera hotels group. Located in Uthandi, the restaurant has a great ambiance and an impressive menu which is backed by great tasteful dishes. But whatever may be said in praise, the food is very costly here.
Located in Muttukadu, ECR Dhaba serves north Indian food, especially Tandoori items. The Dhaba style restaurant is very popular and attracts customers from all segments. Since Tandoori items are dry and can be consumed readily, take away is a good option here.
Bay view, Vivanta is a great restaurant on the shore overlooking the Bay of Bengal. The menu is priced high, but those who wish a share of private space; the place is a great choice. It serves varieties of food including coffee, drinks, beverages, snacks etc.
Food Village is adjacent to Sai Baba temple entrance in Injambakkam. A spacious restaurant is an ideal place for hosting parties and team lunches. It is quite an ambiance with small lawns and some birds and serves all varieties of food viz. Chinese, north Indian, south Indian, desserts etc.
Malgudi restaurant in ECR serves south Indian cuisines and is operated by Savera Hotels group. Savera hotel at Radha Krishan road has a specialty restaurant in the premises by the same name. Food is served in a classical ambiance and tastes good as well. However, restrict your orders with the most popular dishes.
Hot Kitchen is a fine dining restaurant in Enjambakkam, though on the west side of the road. The spacious place has many huts with dining tables and a play area for kids. It serves Chettinad, tandoori, sizzlers, kebabs and many varieties of seafood.
Ever wanted to taste Tacos, Fajitas, Burritos, Tortillas, and Quesadillas in Chennai. Don Pope by Oriental Cuisines serves Mexican food in its original form and has quite a few branches in the city. Located near Uthandi toll plaza in ECR, it serves a comprehensive spicy menu and most dishes here are good when consumed fresh and hot.