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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.
The food is a treat for the senses and the menu is very rare. This is the absolute best place to try the best version of the Local South Indian cuisine. Everything is very expensive for sure and if you go for the Full meal, you might not be able to eat all the courses, but it is so worth it. The service is very polite and understanding. Would definitely go for a meal on my nest visit to Chennai.
Madras at The Raintree, Anna Salai, has wonderful South Indian food. I happened to visit their week long Chettinad food festival. There are vegetarian and non-vegetarian Thalis which you can order. You also have an alacarte menu from which you can choose your favourite dishes! My friend and I tried the Non-vegetarian Thali. We started our meal with neer mor aka buttermilk. Such a relief to the body that’s been literally on fire in the summer heat! Then came the soup and starters. Once we were done with some lip smacking staters, our massive Thaali then arrived with abundance of curries and vegetables to choose from. My favourite was the rice, fish curry and fish fry with pappad. The kootu and mandi with rice and pappad is extremely comforting! The desserts are to die for. Very subtle flavors of fruits and the same time not to sweet. I loved the way they chose tropical fruits to make the desserts. Here’s a complete menu: Welcome drink: Buttermilk / neer mor Soup: Kozhi rasam Starters: 1. Keerai vadai 2. Vanjaram meen varuval / Seer Fish fry 3. Semolina cheese cutlets 4. Prawn fry *The prawn fry and the semolina cheese cutlets are not part of the menu but we ordered them from the A la carte Curries and rice: 1. Vegetable biriyani 2. Pumpkin Sambar 3. Rasam 4. Fish curry 5. Chicken curry 6. Milagu kuzhamu / pepper curry Sides: 1. Ladiesfinger fry / poriyal 2. Capsicum and lentils mandi 3. Butterbeans and peas masala 4. Vegetable kootu 5. Mutton uppukari Desserts: 1. Muskmelon kheer 2. Pumpkin halwa 3. Jackfruit, mango and muskmelon icecream Overall it was a wonderful experience.
This is the South Indian specialty restaurant at The Raintree Hotel on Anna Salai, Chennai. Good Food and Service.
If you want to enjoy a really tasty food this is the place to be. You will feel pampered with the whole way the food is prepared exclusively for each family separately. The menu is handpicked with delicacies mostly from South Indian cusine. The thali is one of the best we had tasted with variety of starters, followed by dosa, appam, paratha and rice served with different types of podi and Rasam with special side dishes each of different variety. The ambience is mesmerizing which makes the whole atmosphere good & comfortable. The service is another major factor which added to the pampered feeling Viji, Vignesh, Nitin, ramdas really polite and courteous throughout the dinner. End To End an unforgettable day
First thing I noticed was stylized women and men printed on the plates and coasters..they were a cross between Mario s Goans and Thotta Vainkuntha s Andhra people. Very attractive. Staff was praiseworthy, Menu fantastic, really did not know what to order. Payasam made my day.Food was outstanding.
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.