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Madras is Raintree’s South Indian restaurant offering the cuisine from all four southern states. It skips the glitz and glitter of the genre’s forbearers, sticking to business-like if slightly dull décor. The food is agreeable and would not drill a hole in your pocket, making it a good option if you want to entertain colleagues without splurging.
After a tiresome week at office you sometimes want to lose yourself into a relaxing state of harmonious ambience and sensational food. After a row of trendy and modern restaurants your palate desire for something which feels like home and what better place to do that than ‘Madras’. At Madras you can unwind in their cosy and posh ambience while drooling over a plate of lovely regional dish. Experience the culinary magic of Chennai by exploring its multi-dimensional food history right here at Madras. The restaurant is part of The Raintree Hotel at Teynampet and is a huge favourite with the locals. The elegant and lavish décor of the restaurant works really well with its traditionally rich menu. Usage of colours are kept at the minimum with only use of burgundy to add a contrast. Overall Madras is the perfect place to organise a power lunch or a family celebration. But if you truly want to enjoy the culinary delights then take a fellow foodie along.
The service at Madras is warm and friendly. Staff is courteous and aware of your needs at all times. Whatever questions you might have – feel free to ask as they are well versed with the menu. At Madras you can taste the regional flavours of the area. Along with the South Indian cuisine the chef also prepares delicacies from Kerala and Chettinad region. Although the restaurant is an expensive place there is so better way to explore the regional cuisine than at Madras. To quench your thirst drink a flavourful broth, Rasam which comes with crab meat or lemongrass flavours. Seafood is the star of the show so respect that. For first course opt for, baby corn kempu, erachi ularthiyathu (beef morsels stir fried), pacha pattani vada, karuvepillai yera and attukari sukka.
Mains section is full of spicy and tangy curries flavoured with tamarind, spices, coconut and curry leaves. With a Malabari parotta or bisibella huliyana you can enjoy any region’s curry. Pick on a Kerala style lamb curry or Singapore fish head curry or konju pappas which is a Syrian Christian prawn preparation and is magnificent. You should also try muttai thokku, madras meen kozhambu, mushroom & green peas in black pepper curry and kal yera which is lobster with spices. Thalis are a great way to sample little bit of everything too. Indulge your sweet tooth with vathalappam or semiya payasam.