Dear Chennaite, Here’s Why You Cannot Miss These 6 Legendary Restaurants In Your City.

Change sometimes can leave us all confused and nostalgic – specially when it comes to buildings, art and food. We’re quick to reminisce the good old days, there’s a certain comfort in knowing that your favourite food will never change no matter how many years go by. You’ll also be thrilled to know that there are some restaurants in Chennai have retained their old-world charm. Here are 6 legendary restaurants that will take not just you but also your parents back to their childhood!


1. Ratna Cafe, Royapettah

Ratna Cafe shines bright for its classic Tamil Nadu style breakfast fare. Throughout the decades, the restaurant has splendidly retained its distinctive taste. Their ghee-mini idli is much sought after! The hero of this dish is the softness of the idlis and the warm sambhar that’s brimming with their in-house ground spice mix.

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2. Buhari Hotel, Velachery

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If you’ve ever wondered where the Chicken 65 got its origin from, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that it was first made here in Buhari Hotel by its owner A.M. Buhari in the year 1965. He came up with idea of first deep frying the chicken and then tossing it in a sauteed mix of green chillies, ginger-garlic and crispy curry leaves. Today, the humble chicken 65 commands respect amongst many meat lovers across India and the world beyond. To this very day, Buhari Hotel still continues to cook and serve Chicken 65, the way its owner intended for it to be made.

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3. Rayar Mess, Mylapore

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A quaint, hole-in-the-wall outlet – Rayar Mess has withstood the test of time in a constantly changing world. It has seen many legendary politicians, movie stars and famous artists crown its list of patrons who have enjoyed its praiseworthy food. Their menu is small and simple, yet it has been given a standing ovation for its taste. Their vadais and bondas are best-sellers, don’t miss a chance to try these out.

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4. Samco, Alwarpet

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Chennai has its own treasure trove of Mughlai food in the form of Samco Hotel. In more ways than one, Samco Hotel has established itself as the pioneer for bringing together three cuisines under one roof – Kerala, Mughlai and North Indian. Back in the days, this was considered quite a an accomplishment. Their Nalli Ghosht has gathered a fan following of its own amongst many generations, you’ll thank us later for putting this on your must-try list!

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5. Novelty Tea House, Mylapore

This legendary eatery began as a humble tea cart in 1956 in Sowcarpet, one of Chennai’s busiest areas. Novelty Tea House was one of the first few places in Chennai to serve a special all-Jain menu for their Jain patrons. They also have an array delectable north Indian food, their chaats are legendary – the pani puri particularly is known for its special spicy undertones. They’ve also dedicated a section of their menu to south Indian local food fare. If you’re looking to give this place a try, you must eat the cheesy pav bhaji. You’ll agree that it tastes like comfort in a plate.

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6. Cascade, Nungambakkam

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The undisputed doyen of Asian food in Chennai, Cascade restaurant was one of the first few places to offer multi Asian food to patrons. While restaurants were still offering a mixed “Indo-Chinese” cuisine, Cascade stood apart by offering authentic Sichuan-Thai-Korean food on their menu, untouched by Indian food influence. This list would be incomplete without the mention of their Bulgogi, a delicious Korean style grilled beef! We hope you will give this a try.

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Know of any other legendary restaurants that didn’t make it to this list? Let us know in the comments below. If you’re not too keen on stepping out of the comfort of your bean-bag, simply head over to the Swiggy app and place an order from any of these restaurants! We’ll bring the food in while you stay cosy.

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