The concept of theme-based dining is trending in a big way nowadays. Themes in restaurants give the guests a unique experience visually apart from the delicious fare on offer. These are also places which let you leave behind the hustle and bustle of city life even if it is for a couple of hours. We give you a list of some such restaurants in Chennai.
1) Chokhi Dhani
A Rajasthani village-like feel and a bazaar that has many stalls and lots of other forms of entertainment such as mehendi, an astrologer, folk dancers, bullock cart rides, magic shows, and games. All this and more can be enjoyed at Chokhi Dhani as you wait for your order. This place is away from the city too! Some must-try dishes in the Rajasthani menu include Dal Bati Churma, Kadi Kachori, and Sprouts Chaat. They also have a Jain thali.
Where: NH-4, Near Queensland Theme Park, Kevlur Road, Tandalam, Sriperambudur, Chennai
If you are a nature buff, you are sure to fall in love with this place. The entrance is the mouth of a cave and once inside you are serenaded by the soothing sounds of a jungle! There is a large banyan tree and a waterfall too to complete the overall effect. Rainforest offers Mexican, Chinese, Continental, and Indian cuisine. Do try the Phuket Fish, Fish Fry, and Butter Chicken.
Where: 41 & 42, 1st Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai
3) The Rock
Want to go back to the stone age? Visit The Rock. Gorilla statues welcome the guests, waiters are dressed like cavemen and there are artificial trees all around. Children will enjoy the huge aquarium with lots of fish. The menu has North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, and Thai options. Crab Soup, Hara Bhara Kebab, and Shanghai Fried Rice are some of the best bets here.
Where: No. 163 & 164, Sony Center Basement, LB Road, Adyar, Chennai
L’amandier means almond tree in French. Transport yourself to a Parisian setting in this cafe with its artistic décor, brick walls, bright yellow paint, and large panelled windows. Food served includes pastas, grills, soups, and salads. They also have a Sunday Brunch option. Some must-try options here include the Bruschetta, Breaded Chicken Escalope, and Piri Piri Chicken.
Where: 57, 2nd Main Rd, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai
5) Animal Kingdom
Adyar sure has many jungle-themed restaurants and here’s another addition to the list. You can hear the occasional roar of a lion apart from birds chirping and other jungle sounds in the Animal Kingdom. The lighting is dim and you feel transported to another world altogether. Chinese, Thai, Continental, North Indian, and South Indian are the food options to try here. Their Paneer Frankie, Chettinad Chicken, and Mutton Biryani are some of the more famous dishes.
Where: No. 44, 1st Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai