Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park

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Restaurant Information

₹ 3400 for two approx.
South Indian


  • 12:30 PM to 02:45 PM
  • 07:00 PM to 11:15 PM

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Crowne Plaza, Adyar Park, TTK Road, Austin Nagar, Alwarpet, Chennai

Insider Tips

  • There is live Carnatic music at the center pavilion. If that fascinates you, ask for a table close by to watch the magic
  • Do ask for what is in Dakshin’s signature Iyer’s Trolly (tribute to the retired Parameswaran Iyer), a collection of coffeetime snacks - adasi, panniyarams and banana dosa. Other classics include yerra (masala fried prawns) and vazhai shunti (raw banana dumplings)
  • If you want to entertain guests, families or friends for South Indian food on a special occasion, without letting the formality of fine dine gets in the way, then close your eyes and head straight to Dakshin. The air of familiar joviality is effusive

Critic Rating

Amit Speaks Writer & Journalist


While the hotel has changed names (amongst many others) from ITC’s Park Sheraton to now, the Crowne Plaza Chennai - nothing seems to affect the immovable Dakshin. Arguably, the godfather of South Indian fine dining in India, Dakshin remains a jewel in the crown of ITC’s signature dining brands (no pun intended). The food, the concept, the décor (almost) and even the staff have remained seemingly unchanged at this icon, since it opened its doors in 1989, as Chef Praveen Anand’s labour of love. Accolades and legends aside, perhaps the most endearing aspect of Dakshin is seeing it sold out weekend after weekend, bustling with chirpy Chennai families eating to their hearts content, under the smiles of their venerable (and quite formidable) Tamil matriarchs. This is that kind of place.

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About Dakshin, Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park

It would be a shame if you are ever visiting Chennai and go back without sampling some of its lovely southern food. If the city doesn’t offer anything else, it does offer fabulous food. Southern fare has come a long way from dosas and idlys. It is a selection of such hearty homely recipes unearthed from the trunks of Tamil grandmas. To fully understand and explore the beauty of South-Indian food, one has to go visit this iconic fine dining restaurant that stands for everything South-Indian. For authentic South-Indian food, there is no place better than ‘Dakshin’, which is said to be the godfather of South-Indian cooking in Chennai. The restaurant remains unchanged since it opened its doors in 1989 at Crowne Plaza hotel in Alwarpet. While the hotels changed hands from ITC to Crowne Plaza, Dakshin remained the same elegant self.

The beauty of Dakshin lies in its beautiful traditional décor that reflects the heritage of Southern India. It is one of those places that retains the timeless appeal over the years, filling their loyal patrons with nostalgia and charm. Dakshin has designed their dining room on the formal lines with small round or square tables filling the room. Placed on the table is big metal plates lined with a banana leaf, a quintessential part of South-Indian cuisine. The room is spacious and colourful, decorated with key pieces of South-Indian heritage. A large statue of dancing Natraj stands majestically in the centre of the room, reemphasising the South-Indian theme. On walls you will notice beautiful Tanjore paintings all around the room. Dakshin is classy, traditional, vibrant and exotic looking.

Menu of Dakshin is unsparingly South-Indian and includes cuisines from various different regions of Kerala, Chettinad and Andhra. Though expensive, Dakshin is bound to leave you with a multitude of lovely food memories. Its menu is varied and filled with a plethora of sublime classics hailing from all over southern India. Start going through the menu by sipping on refreshing spiced butter milk and continue with, Dakshin yera, nandu puttu, tomato pappu, meen moilee, vazhai shunti, urlai roast and veinchina mamsam. Main course selection is a melange of curries ranging from different states. Feast on, kori rassa, attukal paya, malai curry, vera avarai masala, chapa pulusu, chanaga pappu mamsam koora, Battani masala and avial. Pair the curries with appams or bisi bela bhath or kal dosai. Finale of basundi, badam halwa, vathalappam, coconut baguette and elaneer payasam is a sweet finish.

Dakshin FAQs

Q. What cuisines are served at Dakshin ?
Ans. Main cuisine served at Dakshin is South Indian.

Q. What are current deals at Dakshin ?
Ans. Get super exciting deals of Dakshin on EazyDiner - 25% off on food & beverage including alcohol.Visit Eazydiner.com for more such deals.

Q. What is the cost for 2?
Ans. ₹ 3400 (approx.).

Q. Is this restaurant pure veg?
Ans. No, Dakshin serves both veg and non-veg dishes.

Q. Does the restaurant play live music?
Ans. No, Dakshin doesn't play live music.

Q. What are the restaurant timings?
Ans. For Today : 12:30 PM to 02:45 PM, 07:00 PM to 11:15 PM

Q. Does this restaurant serve buffet?
Ans. No, Dakshin does not serve buffet.

Q. Do they have a bar or they serve alcohol?
Ans. No, Dakshin does not serve alcohol.

Q. What are the best and must-try dishes at Dakshin ?
Ans. People love Appam Kuruma, biryani the most at Dakshin .

Q. Are kids allowed?
Ans. No, kids are not allowed at Dakshin .

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