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Calling Chennai Foodies, Eat Your Way Through 8 Exciting International Cuisines

If you think you've figured out the food scene in Chennai, hold your thoughts. Chennai's food scene is dynamic, and forever evolving. Look beyond the ubiquitous idli, vada, dosai, chutney, and you will find new food that must be tried. Here are some exciting new options.


This is the only Ethiopian restaurant in Chennai, and thankfully it has amazing reviews and ratings. If you're completely new to African cuisine, you might turn into a happy convert once you try their food. The staff is well informed and are happy to help you order the best from the menu.

Where: Alwarpet

When: Noon to 3 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Average cost for two: ₹1800

Must try: Injera, honey wine

Winter Place

For a completely different food experience, head to Winter Place, a Russian speciality restaurant. Their food is refreshingly delicious, low on spice, and high on flavour. You will surely get your money's worth with the variety of dishes available here.

Where: Alwarpet

When: 11 AM to 11 PM

Average cost for two: ₹1100

Must try: Chicken a la Kiev, banana strudel

Fuji Japanese Restaurant

Put down that cheap sushi, and head to Fuji for some good Japanese favourites. The freshest fish is converted into artistic sashimi, maki, nigiri and more. There is so much to explore here that you are likely to come back for more.

Where: Nandanam

When: 11am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm

Average cost for two: ₹1850

Must Try: Salmon sashimi, oshinko maki

Shiraz Art Cafe

For an Iranian/ Persian style feast take your friends and family to Shiraz. Their food will be relatively familiar to our palates and yet exotic. The menu is extensive with a number of dishes and beverages to choose from.

Where: Neelangarai

When: Noon to 3 PM, 6 PM to 11 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Average cost for two: ₹1100

Must try: Chicken gheimeh, gharch and shivid polo

Y Cook

Every tried red idiyappam with Sri Lankan style seafood curries? Order in from Y Cook and check it out for yourself. Tasty, hearty and pocket-friendly, Y Cook also serves north Indian food.

Where: Besant Nagar

When: Noon to 3 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM

Average cost for two: ₹300

Must try: Idiyappam, prawn sodhi

Ottoman's Royally Served

Another great spot to try something new is Ottoman's. They serve Turkish food at very reasonable prices. Doner kebab, shawarma, iskander kebab, baklava, kunafa and a lot more.

Where: Navallur

When: 11 am to 11 pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

Average cost for two: ₹400

Must try: Doner kebab, baklava


Sudaka's menu covers food from almost all of South American countries such Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, and Venezuela. You must explore each with a signature dish such as breaded humita, tamale, empanadas, ceviche and a lot more.

Where: T Nagar

When: Noon to 3 PM, 6 PM to Midnight

Average cost for two: ₹2000

Must try: Empanada, tamale

Nasi And Mee

Bored of the same kind of 'Chinese' food? You should give other Asian cuisines a shot, like Malaysian, at Nasi And Mee. Delicate dumplings, the flavour punch of nasi goreng, and enjoy the simplicity of ingredients in the stir fry spinach with garlic and sesame.

Where: Nungambakkam

When: 12 noon to 3:30 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM

Average cost for two: ₹2000

Must try: Nasi goreng, ice kachang

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