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Anise, Taj Coromandel’s all day dining option can be a let-down, when judged in the light of its outstanding neighbors - Prego and Golden Dragon. The buffet spread is just about acceptable, but the made-to-order dishes are below par. Anise, however, is best known for late night or early morning Biryani cravings - their 'Gosht Gilli Biryani', is regarded as one of the best in the biryani-crazy Chennai.
I was thoroughly impressed by our Father's day experience at Anise. I was visiting Chennai from the US and figured I'd take my dad out to some place nice, My dad was celebrating his birthday as well on Father's day and so it called for something extra special. I decided on the Anise restaurant at the Taj. I called ahead and the manager Mr.Sagayaraj Mohan was very courteous. I asked him to have a small Birhtday cake ready for my dad to cut post lunch and he did not disappoint. The entire wait staff and crew made us feel very welcome and took care of all our needs. My parents had special dietary needs and the chef came out in person to assist and prepare food that they loved. The whole experience was just terrific. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough and the whole Taj experience. The birthday cake was excellent as well !!! Thank you Mr.Sagayaraj Mohan and team for creating such a wonderful experience from my parents. We will be back for sure.
The food was good but the place was loud and the ambience was not that great. Decent selection of wines. Service was not that great.
I had been to Anise last week with our family. Usually, we go to Navaratna in Le Royal Meridien. This time we wanted to go to Southern spices in Taj Coromandel. On arrival, it was too noisy & smelly that evening. The family wanted a change and we went to Anise (opposite to Southern Spices) Very disappointing experience I must say. The menu for the main course in the buffet was very sparse for a vegetarian. As soon as we placed the food on the table, two flies sat on the food and it was such a let down right away. The restaurant manager had an arrogant response when I took this to his attention (to this day I wonder why!). I think Mr. Naresh Singh - not sure if I have the name right, gave me an arrogant look, the tone and the words of his response to a customer made me wonder about the kind of culture the organization has. The last time I visited Southern spice for a business meeting, I enjoyed the 'Elaneer payasam' & wanted my family to enjoy it. So I had asked if they'd serve it at Anise & they'd said yes. I ordered for four portions of it. After insisting a few times that we want the 'elaneer payasam' before we started off with the buffet (we eat according to the ayurvedic principles where the sweet/dessert is had before the main course - which helps the digestive process), we never got to have it until just before paying the bill. Again, the Restaurant manager & supervisor gave a lame excuse that they were waiting for us to finish the main course before they served the dessert. Service was pathetic - many times we could see each of the waiter directing the other waiter & going round robin in directing each other to serve our table. To the extent that even the finger bowl was cold when it reached our table! Many a times I had to leave the dining table and walk up to the waiter/supervisor to get their attention. The flies, the arrogance, the delay and the lack of service - Beyond a point, we felt it was completely useless to try addressing these inconveniences to them. We finished eating, paid the bill, stood up and quietly left telling ourselves that we'd never visit this place another time. Next evening, we went to Navaratna in Le Royal Meridien and had an amazing time there.
Sous Chef M Prabudoss came to my rescue and made me some delicious curries without chilli - he was very attentive, and made sure that I was happy with what he had prepared. I had a long stay at the hotel, and the Anise staff remembered my preferences.
The spread of buffet was too good at dinner. huge varieties of dishes.. staffs are so caring.. will visit again for sure..
The beauty of all day dining restaurant is that no matter what time your hunger pangs hits you, all you have to do is drive down and you will be gloriously fed. You don’t have to bother with reservations or stand in a queue waiting for your table like at standalone restaurants. At 24/7 places there is always a table vacant in dark hours of the night. The staff is always on alert too no matter how late it is and never fails to give a smooth yet prompt service. Chennai has a strong tourist trade all year round which is why there are so many great luxurious hotels dotted all over the map, including the very famous Taj Coromandel in Nungambakkam area. This prestigious hotel chain brings a wonderful all-day dining establishment called ‘Anise’. The restaurant is everything you expect of a Taj brand, posh and classy.
Anise easily proves why Taj is one of the top names in hotel industry. The attentive and polite staff completely makes your evening. You are made to feel welcome and are treated like a royalty. Décor is typical of a hotel restaurant. No bright or cheerful colours highlights the space, the décor is muted by the usage of subtle earthy tones. It’s the combination of pale brown upholstery with wooden finished room that comes off as laid back and cosy. Patrons feel relaxed in such comfy interiors. Set-up is casual chic. The restaurant maintains the welcoming vibe without compromising on elegance. Anise is ideal for a quiet power lunch with a business associate or even a cosy get-together with friends. It’s the kind of place where everyone feels comfortable and posh.
Keeping in mind the diverse well-travelled clientele, Anise features a multi-cuisine menu that trots all over the globe. It will not be cheap but it will be highly satisfying. It also caters to those with diet limitations. You may be lactose intolerant or not okay with gluten, worry not. Let Anise take care of you. You can begin with appetizers such as, crispy fish fingers, murgh malai kebab, chicken consommé, peri peri shrimps with chipotle dip, Cajun spiced vegetable quesadilla, seafood bisque and XO glazed gosht gilafi seekh. Main course features, croissant omelette, pizzas, pastas, risotto, burgers, morrocan style charmoula roast chicken, grilled fish, kofta shahpasand, dum ki nalli and nasi goreng. As grand finale opt for kulfi, gulab jamun, tiramisu and chocolate signature.