Posted by: Raul Dias on April 06, 2015
Never mind namma Chennai’s reputation of being on the wrong side of fun, watch the IPL fever reach a fevered crescendo at one of its many hot spots and you’ll be singing a different tune—both literally and figuratively. Mind it!
The Presidential Suite at the The Park, Chennai reflects a mood that is calm and utterly peaceful thanks to the muted hues that are used in its décor. A premium collection of modern art in canvas, prints, glass, tapestry and ceramics are a few of the highlights of this tranquil oasis. Relaxation is guaranteed by the soft bed with its custom–made 10-inch mattress and down feather pillows. The ‘Jewel Box’ in the room is packed with small eats and beverages for you to enjoy whenever you feel like. But the piece de resistance is the glass-walled bathroom that is swathed in soft, sheer curtains and is the suite’s most unique feature accentuated by black and white film photographs, as is the glass washbasin and massage shower that are statements of true modern luxury! (www.theparkhotels.com)
1. The Flying Elephant at the Park Hyatt Chennai
Get ready for some visual and edible brilliance at this rather strangely named fine dining Chennai restaurant. Bringing a quirky sense of drama to dining, The Flying Elephant is a unique, one-of-a-kind, multi-storied dining complex that takes you on a culinary journey that leaves you breathless. Featuring a carefully curated menu that pays culinary homage to Indian, Turkish, Western and Southeast Asian food, the restaurant claims to offer a “truly unique and arresting atmospheric ambience whilst simulating a total sensory engagement.”
The spiral, four-storied stand-alone structure, designed by New York based architect George Wong, is sheathed in glass overlooking a tranquil lotus pond. The interiors feature five open interactive kitchens with spiral stairs linking the separate levels. Done up in earth tones with red playing the dominant role, the restaurant has interesting design elements like the basket light fixtures and latticed screens. The top most level features a very salon-esque private dining room called The Bedroom that adds a touch of whimsy with its sparkly ottomans and plush couches.
Straddling that fine line between classic and experimental fare, The Flying Elephant has a very eclectic selection of dishes that range from yummy tapas paired with elderflower sangria to a refined 12-hour cooked pork belly with a crispy top and a heartwarming bowl of lamb rendang. Other international classics like the fragrant nasi goreng stay true to their country of origin without any localisation. And the 1980s inspired desserts like the pavlova and baked Alaska make for a sweet blast from the past.
2. Kefi at the Taj Club House
Perfect for a post match sundowner, progressing onto a proper fine dining experience, Kefi, which incidentally means unbridled enthusiasm and exuberance in Greek is a picturesque ode to all things Greek and Mediterranean. But first, the picturesque bit. Perched atop the Taj Club House hotel in the heart of town, this rooftop restaurant offers superb views of bustling, energetic Chennai below and yes, even of IPL’s home in Chennai—the MA Chidambaram Stadium. The ethereal ambience is further heightened by the lilting tunes of Mediterranean music that lull you into a stupor of sorts. But bring you back to terra firma is the fantastic food on offer here. From cold mezzes like hummus Bieruti to Wark Enab, or Spanish Escalivada topped with confit garlic rosemary, peppers to grilled prawns and lobsters cooked in Mediterranean spices the appetiser menu truly runneth over. For mains apart from a traditional Tagine do make it a point to try the Chuletillas with a double lamb rack, Samak Bil Rimmam or roulade of salmon with pomegranate reduction. For ‘after’s indulge yourselves and the all-time favourite Kefi’s signature desserts like Mozaik (a crusty chocolate dessert) or the traditional Crema Catalan from Spain or baklava with your choice of filling (pistachio, almond or walnut) along with some Kazan Dibi or rice custard with sugar and cinnamon all washed down with Turkish coffee.
Likely to exchange high-fives with: Superstars like Rajnikant and Dhanush, father-daughter duo Kamal and Shruti Hassan and even former cricketer Robin Singh can be seen cheering from the stands.
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