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Styled like a ship deck, Coastline is a specialty seafood place with a classic ‘family restaurant’ atmosphere. Their best dishes come from Kerala; the tart fish curry and tapioca is dependable combination. Try pomfret steamed in a banana leaf as a pollichathu, which can be paired with fresh appams from the live trolley. There is not much on offer beyond what is found off Kerala and Tamil Nadu, and you can skip the Mangalorean sannas and neer dosa here.
Visiting Chennai and not feasting on seafood is almost a gastronomic sacrilege. The beauty of seafood multiplies tenfold when had fresh and straight from the sea. The city thrives on its abundant sea produce and what better way to start your culinary journey than with the freshest seafood available to you. Many good restaurants have survived and blossomed on this precise talent, which is to catch and prepare the most authentic regional fare in spectacular way. Counted amongst the best is a gastronomic wonder called ‘Coastline’, a family style restaurant with a tranquil oceanic charm. It carries forth the well-used oceanic theme, not only in their décor but through their menu too. It’s one of those places with which you can never go wrong. Placed on popular Cathedral Road in Gopalapuram, Coastline lures local families, foodies and tourists with its eye-catching décor and its feel good vibe.
Coastline is one of those restaurants that wins many accolades for its décor as well as the scrumptious food. Its décor is charming to say the least, complete with soft painted walls in ivory acting as the perfect foil for the bursts of blue depicting the sea scenes. Walls are broken in places by focal walls carrying the scenes from the sea. The stunning murals are set off by small model boats, oars, navigation wheel, life tube, sea shells and crustacean wall arts. Restaurant is spacious and fitted with smart looking formal tables, where you can sit comfortably with your dinner party. The entire space is designed in such a way that you can have a private nook to yourself, separate from the rest of the crowd. You will find the restaurant to be relaxing, eye-pleasing and an interesting study.
Let’s admit, what Coastline is famous for is its superb lip-smacking menu, which showcases a marvellous spread of seafood. You can have your pick from the freshest catch of the day and can indulge in anything from shellfish to lobster to crab to mussels to an array of fish. The variety is endless. Most of the curries come from the Kerala region and trots all over the Southern India. Dining is not cheap here but entirely worth it. Start with, squid chilly fry, masala fried prawns, fish hariyali tikka, butter garlic crab and crumb fried prawns. Pick any sort of crustacean or fish to go with your choice of curry. Pair it with a bowl of biryani or a nice airy appam.