Dining in the South is a whole new experience, and its breadth and depth is probably lesser known compared to the more popular cuisine of the North. The flavours are gentler, the spices fewer, the richness more contained. Multiple and vegan dining options will delight both the vegetarians and the adventurous. From Anglo-Indian and global mainstays at The Verandah, to culinary heirlooms of Chettinad at the award-winning Raintree and the 19th century inspired English Afternoon Tea service at the Lady Connemara Bar, the ambience at each of them, is just as tasteful.
Finding the perfect blend of spices is a skill, making Chettinad cuisine one of the most skilful in its preparation. Chettinad dishes revolve around mutton, chicken and fish and are less fiery and more about the use of cinnamon, cumin and star anise. Traditions here are still alive, and well. And those forgotten are brought to life into fine-dine dishes of the highest calibre. They’re passionate and personal, authentic and artistic. And all for you to discover and devour, al fresco style, surrounded by a lush green canopy.
Once upon a time, the best nightlife in all of Madras, was witnessed at the Connemara. In modern day Chennai, it still is. Elite sophistication can still be heard in the ambience and energy of Lady Connemara Bar & Lounge. Here, heritage-inspired cocktails and mixologist blends flow in haramony. Hand rolled cigars conjure wispy trails and tales. And new memories of unforgettable nights just wait to be made. Do remember to book in advance for the English Afternoon Tea Service, another of the bar’s signature experience.
The Verandah is a place of peace. Where nature performs its very own light and sound show through floor to ceiling windows. Power your morning with a hearty English breakfast or customize your own at the buffet live counters. And as the day passes, and if hunger strikes, appease your appetite with some global favourites or cuisine inspired by our very own Anglo-Indian homes and the royal kitchens of the Nawab of Arcot.