Tamil Nadu restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Tiruvannamalai

Dreaming Tree

Super-chilled Dreaming Tree dishes out huge portions of exquisite, health-focused veg fare, prepped with mostly organic ingredients, on a breezy thatched rooftop loaded with low-slung purple-cushioned booths. Expect…
Top Choice Multicuisine in Chennai (Madras)

Amethyst

Set in an exquisitely converted warehouse with a wraparound verandah from which tables spill out into lush gardens, Amethyst is a nostalgically posh haven that's outrageously popular with expats and well-off Chennai…
Top Choice Cafe in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Café des Arts

This bohemian cafe would look perfectly at home in Europe, but this is Pondy, so there's a cycle rickshaw in the garden. Perfectly prepared dishes range from salads to crêpes, baguettes, omelettes and toasties. Coff…
Top Choice Continental in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Villa Shanti

Smart candlelit tables in a palm-dotted, pillared courtyard attached to a colourful cocktail bar create a casually fancy vibe at this packed-out hotel restaurant, one of Pondy's hottest dining spots. The building's …
Top Choice North Indian in Chennai (Madras)

Peshawri

Perfect for a five-star splash-out, the ITC's signature Northwest Frontier restaurant serves inventive, flavour-popping creations at intimate booths alongside a glassed-in kitchen that gets you right in on the culin…
Top Choice North Indian in Chennai (Madras)

Copper Chimney

Meat-eaters will drool over the yummy North Indian tandoori dishes served in well-lit, stylishly minimalist surroundings, but the veg food here is fantastic too. Jain specialities mingle with biryanis, chicken kebab…
Top Choice Indian in Chennai (Madras)

Annalakshmi

Very fine South and North Indian vegetarian fare, plus glorious fresh juices, in a beautiful dining room decorated with carvings and paintings, inside a high-rise behind the Air India building. Buffet lunches and di…
Top Choice Continental in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Villa Helena

One of Pondy's favourite culinary teams heads up this fashionable Continental-Indian eatery, launched in 2016 in a dreamy, lantern-lit patio engulfed by tropical gardens and lined with white-columned corridors. The …
Top Choice Multicuisine in Coonoor

La Belle Vie

With tables on the veranda of a beautifully revamped 19th-century bungalow, La Belle Vie has guests driving miles for its flavour-popping European-Indian food. Gazing out over the Nilgiris beyond a lovely lawn full …
Top Choice South Indian in Madurai

Murugan Idli Shop

Though it now has multiple Chennai branches, Murugan is Madurai born and bred. Here you can put the fluffy signature idlis and chutneys to the test, and feast on South Indian favourites like dosas, vadas and uttapam…