5 of the trendiest restaurants to look out for in Chennai

As the lockdown restrictions have continued to ease over the year, several new restaurants have been causing a stir on Chennai’s culinary scene. From dine-in to online orders, it’s all here! 

With all of India cooped up at home for nearly two years, the F&B industry took a hard hit to say the least. As the restrictions continue to ease now, people are finally stepping out to reclaim all the missed lunches and dinners. 

Even as some restaurants were forced to shut down, the pandemic also paved the way for others to begin their culinary journey. With the evolving palate of Indian consumers, there’s plenty of global cuisine to choose from. From Middle Eastern to European and even Japanese, Chennai is definitely amping up its foodie game. 

If you’re looking for a trendy resto-bar for Saturday nights, or simply a chill, fun hangout by the beach – there’s something to be found for everyone. 

Black Orchid 

Experience cocktails at Black Orchid, one of the trendiest restaurants in Chennai

A dynamic two-level space, Black Orchid is designed to enrapture. Deep leather sofas, black walls, and orange-hue lamps greet you, charming you with the luxurious vibe upon entrance. The place also boasts a private dining room and a large bar perfect for all kinds of events. 

Staying true to their global cuisine mantra, the menu features a diverse selection of specialities focusing on Continental, Chinese, Japanese and Thai techniques. There’s comfort staples like delicious Three cheese pizzas and succulent BBQ Chicken to indulge in. For the more adventurous, there’s a large selection of maki and sushi rolls, and even tuna and capers among others.

The intense ambience coupled with the array of delightful food makes Black Orchid a place you have to visit, or at the very least, have delivered from! 

ImPasta 

ImPasta’s hand-rolled offerings are the talk of the town in Chennai

Chef duo Aarnav Merchant and Alagu Vignesh have managed to create a pasta bar cum Italian cuisine heaven for anyone having a pasta craving in Chennai. 

At Impasta, you can expect 12 hand-rolled pasta variants from tagliatelle to tortellini. For the IHM Mumbai graduates with Michelin level experience, it’s all about creatively experimenting with flavours. The devil is in the details though, and their Pomodoro tomatoes sourced all the way from Italy is proof. 

Given their global experience working with the best of the culinary world, the menu is unsurprisingly rife with innovative flavours. There’s a little bit of the French in the Parisienne Gnocchi and Japanese in the dashi sauce used to heighten flavour in the Mushroom Cappellacci. The desserts are not to be left out either, with the Basque Cheesecake with a caramel sauce that’s indulgence personified. At Impasta, teleport to Italy on the back of some great hand-rolled pasta and bold flavours.

Jack Miller Cafe 

Jack miller's swanky interiors and delectable food have set it apart as one of the trendiest restaurants in chennai.
Jack Miller’s swanky interiors and delectable food have set it apart as a trendy restaurant in Chennai. Image: Jack Miller Cafe

Jack Miller Cafe is the latest exciting addition to Elliot’s Promenade. What started off as a Barista is now a swanky blue-white phenomenon. With a minimalistic kitchen on the ground floor and a limited yet cozy dining area above it, Jack Miller is keen on curating the food and ambience that delivers you all the simple fun and cheer that a beach day has to offer. 

Jack Miller, the namesake icon, is the owner’s way of creating a mysterious yet fun character, reminiscent of the spirit and experience of the place. While the food and vibes are all things good, there’s plenty more to look forward to. The cafe plans to start Sunrise breakfasts at 6am, a delicious wake-up call for all who can make it. They also hope to introduce live music, be it single-piece live performances or patio concerts on weekends.

Bayroot

Chennai’s very own foodie haven is at Bayroot, with an ambience as charming as the menu

Located in Green Meadows Resort, Beirut is the perfect place to relax and unwind while digging into gourmet delights. Surrounded by lush green trees with the scent of the sea in the air, the in-house specialty restaurant is perfect for a global culinary experience. 

You could choose to dine indoors in the plush greenhouse themed restaurant, or outdoors in the well lit cabanas. The menu features delicacies from Middle Eastern, Asian, and Indian cuisines. Nestled in the trees, it’s relaxing with food like you’ve never experienced before.

Bay 6 

A list of the trendiest restaurants in Chennai would be incomplete without Bay 6

An exotic new beach lounge in Chennai, Bay 6 is perfect for anyone who shares a mutual love for food, drinks, and the ocean.

Thanks to the wonderful view of Panaiyur beach and equally delicious food, the lounge has got the entire city raving. On the food front, there’s everything from Veg Phyllo Pouches, Goong Satay, and Tandoori Broccoli, to fish, a mezze platter, pasta, and even North Indian.

If you’re looking to kick back with loved ones with exotic cocktails, great food, and an excellent view, look no further than Bay 6. 

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