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In a city where exotic restaurants stir up a buzz, A2 has remained conspicuously underground. Its avant-garde design of chic grunge, modelled as an alter-ego to Aqua, drew many eyeballs initially but gets fewer footfalls than I would expect. A2 started off as a Tiki and Tapas bar, with a Japanese section. As it evolved, the focus shifted eastwards. Chef Rahul Srivastava, previously with Oberoi Delhi’s Threesixty (honing his skills under Augusto Cabrera) now champions contemporary Japanese that India just can not get enough of. Think crunchy 'Tempura Filled Maki Rolls', 'Tuna Tartare with Miso and Truffle' and 'Seared Tuna Nigiri with a cube of Ponzu Jelly'. Apart from the Japanese dishes, I liked the 'Bheja Fry Bruschetta', 'Pepper Lamb Chops' and 'Mini Ghevar'.
Chennai has a fabulous coast line that runs parallel to the city and afford the greatest view from the skyscrapers. It’s because of the beautiful scenic location, the city gets to enjoy the sea from all vantage points – a fact noted by the restauranteurs. Numerous restaurants and pubs have taken advantage of the view on offer by giving their patrons complete access to rooftops and cosy balconies. You would find many patrons dining al fresco, enjoying cool sea breeze and open panorama of this beautiful coastal town. Five star hotels too have tapped the al fresco market by opening some superb restaurants on the premises that share the scenic view. The Park hotel has bought to you a great gastropub, which has an access to a quaint rooftop from where you can admire the city while dining.
This stylish little gastropub is luxurious in making with dark grey tones mellowed by beige furnishings. A striped black and white floor acts as the perfect foil for this dramatic room. Décor is a pleasant surprise that unfolds with each corner. Focal point is the large wooden log bar that dominates the room and brings all aspects of the décor together. Every corner of the gastropub reveals a new facet that endears you towards their exotic interior. Plush sofas in ice blue colour are cosy and comfortable. The entire seating area flanks the central bar making tiny nooks and corners for you to snuggle in. Pick up your drink and head outside towards the pool area where you can sit beside the parapet with scenic city view on one side while the pool on the other side. A2 is perfect for families and friends that are looking to have a good time.
A2 at The Park keeps an interesting and exotic menu that totally matches with their ambience. The chef features Japanese and Continental cuisine on the menu. Dining at A2 might not be cheap but it’s very satisfying. Tackle the appetizers section with, paneer tikka doner, truffle parmesan fries, drunken chicken wings, stuffed chilli poppers, crispy Malabari calamari, patatas bravas, tempura prawns, water chestnut & spinach dim sums and sticky hoisin pork ribs. Main course features, miso ramen, crunchy ebi maki, red snapper sashimi, sushi mori, sankan yasai crunchy maki, vegetable curry ramen and tuna maguro sushi. Have fun with their innovative sweet course with funky nitro falooda, ghevar miniatures and Poitou goat cheese mousse.