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The Raintree at Teynampet is a business hotel, also popular for its rooftop bar and it often hosts comedy gigs. Unsurprisingly, the frenzied vibe of the chaotic Anna Salai often spills into the hotel with teenagers, business travellers and tipsy gangs barging around the lobby. Lamentably, it seeps inside The Kitchen as well. Designed such as an airy, sunlit all-day dining space, it ends up resembling a spruced college canteen during the busy meal hours. The buffet fare varies from the humdrum South Indian and Punjabi to the dodgy Continental staples, turning your five star experience into a plebeian meal. As a saving grace, they offer quite some variety.
We had breakfast here everyday during our stay at the Raintree. They have a big spread and a lot of variety. All the usual choices and more. There are pre-made and also made-to order options. Very light and pleasant ambiance. Polite and prompt service. The only thing the can improve is that the breakfast end timings are early. Not convenient for people who want to relax on their vacation.
Had been with family for Sunday brunch. Good variety of food, for non vegetarians. The salads and cold cuts were standard fare and fresh. Beef tenderloin was hard. Their butcher needs to be revisited. I tried the sushi, but it was made with standard rice and not the sticky sushi rice. Really the staff selection and training standards are abysmal. The south indian items were ok , but all North Indian dishes were below par. Chefs and cooks need to spend some time in Mumbai / Delhi to learn the stuff. We don’t expect this level of ignorance at a top level restaurant ( else stick to south indian and make a great work of it). The wine list consisted of just one Spanish red wine for the brunch ( Maybe they don’t get enough guests of my type who ask for wine) We thought that you can’t go wrong with desserts, but again only the pastries were tolerable. The baked Gulab Jamun was not even cooked properly. The feedback from all members of our family was the same. Hope they can listen to feedback and take specific action to improve.
After hearing about Raintree for a while I decided to go and check the food/joint myself. I found the ambience of the place decent though the chairs are uncomfy to sit down. The soup (egg drop chicken) and starters (panneer, corn tart, chicken, fish) were very good and the service was very warm and refreshing. The spread of food was quite good but the layout / presentation was very average. The sign boards were very unfriendly and quite a few missing and the dishes were huddled up quite close to one another. The desserts was a good spread and of the lot a fusion jamun dish was the highlight. I'd strongly recommend to avoid all the pastries/custards as the sugar level are a touch too high. Overall I wasn't very impressed and will not be among the top choices for buffet lunches in Chennai.
The restaurant has a pleasant aura, the buffet is worth the money. The dessert section has a more creative appearance, especially the way the delicacies are arranged over chunks of ice cubes.The restaurant has of one of the finest bakers.
The buffet was little bit costly and the food is exotic and not in Indian style.The ambiance and service is great