Food and dining has a different notion at Chennai. The
metropolitan city caters to any taste and the menu here is marked by
popular cuisine served throughout the world. There is plenty to eat
and plenty to taste. The popular food of Chennai has very
characteristics of South Indian dishes. Local food consists of Idli,
Dosa, Vada and Sambhar. The locals are very much fond of vegetarian
dishes which are good in taste as well as inexpensive. Chettinad is
the popular non-vegetarian dish.
The typical breakfast in Chennai consists of Idli, Dosa, Vada,
Pongal and Upma. Idli and Dosa are made as rice cakes, Vada is a
doughnut made from lentils. Pongal is a blend of rice and lentils.
These dishes are served with Chutneys like Sambhar and Coconut
Chutney (kinds of soups).
Rice and lentils are two essential ingredients of the meals
consumed here. The place also relishes a variety of sea food and
fish is popular in the coastal regions. The city like the rest of
the region is famous for serving spicy treats. Soth Indian food has
enough of chilli, peppercorns, garlic and tamarind.
Besides popular dishes the restaurants of Chennai are known to
serve several cuisine including continental, North Indian, Chinese,
Italian and more. The restaurants are graded as serving any of the
popular cuisine or providing multi cuisine recipes. Some of these
restaurants are :
Chinese - Canton (Nungambakkam), Carnival Heights (Kilpauk),
Chin Chin (Thyagaraya Nagar), Dynasty (Anna Nagar).
Continental - Duchess (Teynampet), Eden (Anna Nagar), Hotel
Impala Continental (Egmore).
North Indian - Copper Chimney (Gopalapuram), Delhi
Restaurant (Ashok Nagar), Dhaba Express (Anna Nagar).