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Glimmering chandeliers and starched table cloths cut through the plush piano-black décor at the two-levelled On the Rocks. The lower lounge is for chit-chat over wine-paired small plates, before you climb up for serious dining. Indeed, you must understand the gravity of the situation when they caution you to not touch the heated lava rocks. After you select your choice of protein (there are some fancy cuts here), the tabletop DIY comes as a set meal including soup, sides and a dessert. On the Rocks takes its á-la-carte fine dine options with unusual gravitas for Chennai, however, despite the world-class produce, the dishes lack pizzazz. Recommended dishes are the baked camembert and the flambé crème brûlée.
Chennai has come a long way where fine dining is concerned. With the influx of five star properties, the gastronomy of the city has gone under a huge transformation. You can now dine in style, surrounded by glamour and finesse. These high end establishments have become highly sought after by the locals who have developed quite a refined palate over the years. Chennai is waking up at last to the kind of dining usually practised in other metropolitan cities. Stating the perfect example of such high class dining is a fabulous restaurant called, ‘On The Rocks’, of Crowne Plaza hotel in Austin Nagar, Alwarpet. It is one of the top dining destinations in the city due to its spectacular décor and even better menu. The place is class apart from your usual posh eateries of five star hotels. Majority of the clientele is upper crust with smattering of businessmen, couples, corporates and foodies.
On The Rocks is made for those who have a taste for fine things in life and know a good thing when they see one. The restaurant is visually spectacular and keeps a stunning décor that might seem intimidating in first glance. The ambience is distinctly masculine and earthy, due to the presence of a gigantic ceiling to floor wine library that dominates the place. If you happen to know your wines, then you have come to the right place. On The Rocks is a wine connoisseur’s paradise. The place is split onto two levels. While below is little less formal and is fashioned in such a way that you can sit over a bottle of wine and small plates for hours. For serious fine dining, move upstairs.
On The Rocks keeps a Continental and European menu. The restaurant only does dinner service so keep that in mind. Begin with scrumptious delicacies like, grilled jumbo prawns, tex mex tofu finger, hoisin glazed chicken winglets, grilled garden green vegetable kebabs, lamb gallet spiced with anise, balsamic cured Portobello mushroom, tuna sashimi and creole spiced chicken skewers. The main course section is a heady combination for grilled food and lovely exotic delicacies. Try out, brown onion & potato gnocchi, grilled halibut fish, celeriac & mushroom cannelloni, pan seared lamb chops and grilled wild forest mushrooms. You can even pick a nice cut of meat or seafood and pair it with a sauce of your choice. Though expensive, On The Rocks surprises you with its elegance and cool sophistication.