Must-see restaurants in Chennai (Madras)

  • Jannal Kadai

    You take what you're given from the chap in the 'window shop', a fast-and-furious hole-in-the-wall famous for its hot crispy bhajias (vegetable fritters),…

  • Ratna Café

    Often crowded and cramped, Ratna is famous for its scrumptious idli accompanied by hearty doses of its signature sambar (soupy lentil dish with cubed…

  • Tuscana Pizzeria

    Tuscana turns out authentic thin-crust pizzas with toppings like prosciutto, mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes, as well as more creative takes such as…

  • Madras Masala

    The Fortel hotel's restaurant has an impressive range of Indian veg and nonveg dishes, including great biryanis and all-day snacks. It's tranquil and…

  • Nair Mess

    Big flavours are rustled up in a starkly simple setting at this no-nonsense, forever-busy spot, pocketed away in a lane opposite the Chepauk cricket…

  • Murugan Idli Shop

    Those in the know generally agree that this particular branch of the small Madurai-born Murugan chain serves some of the best idli, dosa, uttapam and…

  • Murugan Idli Shop

    An oasis of air-conditioning and tasty, cheap South Indian food in the George Town area, this place manages to be busy and exceptionally clean at the same…

  • Mehta Brothers

    This tiny spot pulls in the crowds with the deep-fried delights of its signature Maharashtrian vada pavs – spiced potato fritters in buns, doused in…

  • Seena Bhai Tiffin Centre

    It's all about deliciously griddled, ghee-coated idlis and uttapams at this 37-year-old eatery in the thick of George Town.

  • Adyar Ananda Bhavan

    Tuck into cheap South Indian classics, veg biryanis or thalis (₹120) in the clean AC hall upstairs, or go for snacks downstairs.

  • Spencer’s

    Good supermarket convenient for Egmore and Central train stations.

  • Big Bazaar

    Big, busy supermarket stocking international products.

  • Nilgiri's

    Handy supermarket for self-caterers.